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Laboratory Technologist I

Company: Cooperative Agricultural Support Services
Location: Riverside
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

POSITION TITLE: Laboratory Technologist I

DEPARTMENT: Citrus Research Board

LOCATION: Riverside, CA

REPORTS TO: Laboratory Manager/Laboratory Director

FLSA STATUS: Full-time, Temporary, Non-Exempt

COMPENSATION: $20.30 Hr. Pay Rate

The Cooperative Agricultural Support Services (CASS) is a Joint Powers Authority that was originally formed as a partnership between the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and the Counties of Yolo and Trinity. Since then CASS' services have expanded throughout California to support the agricultural industry and the consumers of its products by providing human resources and administrative support services. CASS' program activities include agricultural inspection, pest prevention and other programs administered by CDFA, county agricultural commissioners, and other public agencies. Our current work includes:

  • Agricultural Commodity Grading Program
  • Grading using County, State and Federal standards
  • Emergency Pest Detection Trapping and Survey program
  • Professional Develop and Educational Training

We are seeking an enthusiastic Laboratory Technologist I to join our Citrus Research Board Program Team. This position reports directly to the Laboratory Manager and Laboratory Manager.


Under the close direction from CASS staff and technical direction from Citrus Research Board, the Laboratory Technologist I performs plant and insect molecular diagnostic testing for the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Performs high throughput molecular diagnostics on plant and insect samples according to established standard operating procedures, protocols and policies.


  • Report to the laboratory manager or the laboratory director for assignments
  • Take leading roles in diagnostic sample processing
  • Receive and log in samples
  • Load insect and plant samples onto DNA extraction plates
  • Perform DNA extraction
  • Perform detailed qPCR based assays to detect HLB-associated bacteria in prepared DNA samples
  • Analyze testing results and prepare report
  • Participate in testing method optimization and improvement
  • Participate in and maintain USDA APHIS HLB Proficiency when required
  • Assist the Laboratory Manager in performing instrument maintenance and the Quality Manager in quality management processes
  • Participate in lab & office clean up and maintenance
  • Clean, repair and store all equipment daily. Notify team lead or supervisor when equipment needs repair or replacement.
  • Attendance, punctuality, and dependability are essential to this position.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in molecular biology, plant pathology, entomology, or related field
  • Ability to adapt to a flexible work environment
  • Excellent aseptic skills
  • Experience with MS Office Suite- particularly Excel
  • Diagnostic or research laboratory experience (especially using real time PCR methods and DNA extraction)
  • Experience in the detection of plant pathogens in plant tissue and insect vectors
  • Familiarity with general laboratory equipment (pipetters, biological safety cabinets, centrifuges, tissue homogenizers, etc.)
  • Laboratory safety including the proper handling of bio-waste
  • Ability to follow and adhere to detailed work instructions, protocols, policies, etc.
  • Self-Starter and proactive
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills


  • Assumes responsibility for doing assigned work and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships.
  • Demonstrates an awareness of and sensitivity to clients including cultural and ethical beliefs; and implements care in a thorough, skillful, consistent, and continuous manner.
  • Attends work regularly and adheres to policies and procedures regarding absences and tardiness. Provides adequate notice to supervisor with respect to time-off requests.
  • Performs other duties, as necessary.


  • Viewed by others to be an effective team member who is flexible, cooperative, and willing to assist others, and acts as a resource to team members and clients where appropriate.
  • Tactfully handles conflicts constructively and seeks appropriate assistance and directive when necessary.
  • Develops and maintains cooperative and courteous relationships with co-workers, supervisor, and agency clients.


  • Full-time, Non-Exempt - Temporary
  • $20.30 Hr. Pay Rate
  • Benefits package including medical benefits, matching retirement contributions, and annual and holiday leave.
  • Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws.


The incumbent in this position will be required, with or without reasonable accommodation, to operate a desktop computer using a keyboard and mouse; employ repetitive arm and wrist motions; occasionally bend, stoop, twist, reach; and, lift file or supply boxes of up to twenty-five pounds.

Cooperative Agricultural Support Services is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status.

Keywords: Cooperative Agricultural Support Services, Riverside , Laboratory Technologist I, Other , Riverside, California

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