Date:  Jul 12, 2024


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Requisition No: 828191 

Agency: Children and Families

Working Title: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II - F/C - 60061921

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 60061921 

Salary:  $32,760.00-$55,297.55 Annually 

Posting Closing Date: 07/26/2024 

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The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the state of Florida’s social services agency. The agency oversees services for child safety, fostering, adoption, domestic violence, adult protective services, refugees, homelessness, mental health, substance abuse, childcare providers, human trafficking, and public assistance. The agency’s mission is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency.

Within DCF, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH) Program office is recognized as the single state authority for substance abuse and mental health services. The Office of SAMH is statutorily responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of a comprehensive statewide system of care for the prevention, treatment, and recovery of children and adults with serious mental illnesses or substance use disorders.

North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center (NFETC) is a 216 bed, all male, forensic, mental health rehabilitation facility. The Center is located in northeast Gainesville, Florida on 639 picturesque acres with regular sightings of deer, turkey and other wildlife. NFETC employs a variety of entry level to leadership positions including food service, maintenance, direct care, nurses, counselors, rehab therapists, medical doctors, security, psychiatrists, and psychologists.






This is a highly responsible and professional position that will serve as Laboratory Technician II- F/C. This position will collaborate with each section within the state facilities and be required to use independent judgement, take initiative in carrying out duties and responsibilities and should be extraordinarily detail oriented. 


Specific Duties and Responsibilities include:

  • Specimens are collected, labeled, processed, stored, and shipped in accordance with the specifications of reference laboratories and standards for infection control. equipment and work areas are cleaned and maintained with established standards for infection control. All laboratory requests are processed with accuracy. Results of testing are accurately recorded and promptly distributed to the requesting physician/clinician.
  • Supplies and inventory are ordered, stocked and maintained in order to provide continuous support for laboratory activities.
  • Admission lab work will be collected on admission as resident status allows or within seven days of admission. Specimen collections requiring special considerations (fasting specimens, drug levels, etc.) will be done in accordance with the specifications of reference laboratories and institutional protocols to assure accuracy. Labs will be transported to Northeast Florida State Hospital per protocols.
  • Keeps supervisor fully informed of activities, pertinent issues and potential problems that may arise in his or her role as laboratory technician. Participates in pertinent clinic meetings and in other committees or project teams as indicated. Effectively shares pertinent information with peers, multidisciplinary staff and administration.
  • Performs routine EKGs as requested by medical services in a timely manner. Runs new lab results daily and processes according to protocols.
  • Coverage responsibilities in clinic for the clinic assistant/clinic front desk and as assistant for the primary care physician as needed.
  • Recognizes that the role of the Lab Technician II is essential to the delivery of quality health care services to the residents of NFETC and makes every effort to treat all residents with respect and insures they are afforded dignity while in the clinic area.
  • Observes established work hours. Obtains permission before being off work. Schedules leave in a manner that minimizes work disruption. Completes work on time and demonstrates a willingness and ability to adapt to changes in work assignments and procedures.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required for the position:

  • Knowledge of the basic concepts and principles of the physical or natural sciences.
  • Knowledge of the procedures, equipment and material used in laboratory testing and analysis.
  • Knowledge of basic arithmetic.
  • Skill in the use of laboratory equipment and materials.
  • Ability to collect, record and analyze laboratory data.
  • Ability to understand and follow technical instructions relating to laboratory testing and analysis.
  • Ability to perform laboratory tests and analyses.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain laboratory documentation data.
  • Ability to perform basic arithmetical calculations.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • A high school diploma or its equivalent and two years of experience in laboratory work.
  • College education from an accredited institution or vocational/technical training can substitute at the rate of 30 semester, 45 quarter or 720 classroom hours for each year of the required experience provided such education includes three courses in the physical and/or natural sciences.


Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:

  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance; $25,000 policy is free plus option to purchase additional life insurance
  • Dental, vision and supplemental insurance
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Opportunities for career advancement;
  • Tuition waiver for public college courses;
  • And more!
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US CITIZEN REQUIREMENT Only US citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

SELECTIVE SERVICE SYSTEM REGISTRATION All selected male candidates born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion into an authorized position unless they are registered with the Selective Service System (SSS).  Verification of Selective Service registration will be conducted prior to hire.  For more information, please visit the SSS website:

RETIREE NOTICE If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be suspended or voided, and you required to repay all benefits received depending upon the date of your retirement.

BACKGROUND SCREENING It is the policy of the Florida Department of Children and Families that any applicant being considered for employment must successfully complete a State and National criminal history check as a condition of employment before beginning employment, and, if applicable, also be screened in accordance with the requirements of Chapter 435, F.S., and Chapter 408, F.S.  No applicant may begin employment until the background screening results are received, reviewed for any disqualifying offenses, and approved by the Agency.  Background screening shall include, but not be limited to, fingerprinting for State and Federal criminal records checks through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and may include local criminal history checks through local law enforcement agencies.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

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