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Date: Jan 9, 2019

Location: MIAMI, FL, US, 33125

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Requisition No: 51185 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II - 64047447

Position Number: 64047447 

Salary:  $34,900.00 - $36,900.00 

Posting Closing Date: 01/18/2019 




This is a responsible Laboratory Technician position in a large multi service health unit. The incumbent provides clinical laboratory testing, maintains Quality Control and Quality Assurance, ensuring that CLIA and State laboratory standards, rules, regulations and laboratory policies are followed, and using independent judgment in a variety of complex laboratory related activities. This position requires that the individual is available to work on weekends, extended hours and on public holidays as per the need of the Department, although regular working hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday. This position is not assigned to a permanent site. This individual is required to notify the main office immediately upon the arrival at the work site on a daily basis. The position reports directly to the MDCHD Laboratory Services Program Manager.


Performs daily clinical lab duties pertaining to STD, TB, HIV, Family Planning and other programs, if applicable. Draws blood by venipuncture and fingerstick to perform in-house testing and to prepare specimens for send- out for diagnostic testing to the Bureau of Public Health Laboratories and to Quest/LabCorp.    Performs Stat laboratory tests including R.P.R., Gram Stain, Wet Mount, dilution titers for positive R.P.R., both dark field and bright field microscopy, pregnancy test, urine dipstick, Hemoglobin, Glucose, and other tests ordered by the doctor as her/his qualifications permits. Travels to different clinics as needed.


Performs rapid HIV testing and reports results in HMS, in 1628 form and in-Patient Log, monitors test performance by comparing results with results from established State lab–based HIV testing algorithm, brings all discrepancies to Lab manager attention. Run Quality Control program as per SOP. Responsible for HIV electronic results ordering, labeling, completeness of 1628 forms, results documentation and confidentiality issues. Prepares and submits HIV reactive test log as well as 1628 forms with negative rapid results to lab office on monthly basis to be sent to FLDOH HIV/AIDS Bureau.


Collects additional specimens, such as serum for creatinine level, dry blood spot and plasma (frozen) for special subsequent testing, such as HIV genotyping and drug resistance for patients of PREP clinic and collaborative research projects. Communicates positive results with clinical staff in urgent manner to ensure patients’ timely linkage to care.


Participates in new test kits validation studies such as for Alere Determine Combo, Clearview Complete, Orasure rapid HCV, Healthcheck for syphilis, and other kits and devices recommended for screening and diagnostics purposes. Performs QC, panels and samples testing on different lots to ensure performance characteristics are within manufacturer’s ranges. Participates in preparation of Individualized Quality Control Plans for CLIA regulated tests as needed. 


Assists EPI program with enhanced surveillance for Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika viruses by traveling to the field and different sites for collecting, preparing and shipping specimens to Bureau of Public Health Laboratories and CDC. Assists with Civic Surgeon Clinic by providing laboratory services per providers’ requests. Collects blood specimens at specific intervals, prepares frozen serum aliquots and ships them for therapeutic drug level absorbance testing.  Handles frozen specimens with caution. Prepares shipping thermo boxes and declaration for dangerous goods as dry ice. With addition of new clinical services for cancer screening project, assists clinicians in tissue specimen collections and ordering, ensuring the proper matching of sites with requisitions.


Runs daily quality controls and maintains QC logs.  Ensures that CLIA and State laboratory standards, rules and regulations are followed; CHD laboratory policies are followed. Maintains daily temperature log for incubators, refrigerators, and freezer.  Performs equipment maintenance on a routine basis and/or notify supervisor for outside service, if required. Participates in proficiency testing program requested by CLIA. Keeps logs of all collected specimens and results for Quality Assurance and statistical purposes, submits them for review on a monthly basis.


Prepares manifests/shipping logs and ensures they match the type and amount of specimens. Runs pending reports and other lab reports in HMS to ensure all results are received and orders are transmitted.  Contacts reference laboratories to investigate and resolve pending orders, brings to Lab Manager’s attention all unresolved and pending orders.  Brings to providers' and Lab Manager’s attention all unsatisfactory, abnormal and suspicious laboratory results. 


Responsible for ordering supplies and maintaining inventory of blood collection devices, liquid controls, reagents, pipettes, slides, etc. in adequate quantity.


Provides on-job training for lab personnel, new employees, non-laboratory field staff upon the request of the program manager in the area of Phlebotomy, lab testing, quality control and record keeping.   Attends general and lab program staff meetings and mandatory trainings, including CEUs to maintain active Florida clinical laboratory personnel license and to enhance professional growth.  Inputs EARS in computer on a daily basis. Inputs time sheets in a timely manner for supervisor approval.  Follows all security guidelines when using a computer for email, internet, and all other programs pertaining to Lab Services.


Performs other duties as necessary and as they relate to the program to achieve the best outcome possible for clients and program.


Participates in disaster response activities.



Must hold a valid Clinical Laboratory Technician or Technologist license issued by the Florida Department of Health and a National Certification as Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) or Medical Technologist (MT).


Lab experience in clinical, public health, research or hospital setting is required along with phlebotomy experience.





  • Knowledge of the basic concepts and principles of the physical or natural sciences. 
  • Knowledge of the procedures, equipment and materials 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 work independently. 
  • Ability to perform laboratory tests and analysis. 
  • Collection of blood by venipuncture and fingerstick.
  • Ability to communicate effectively. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others. 
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Thorough knowledge of Quality Control, Quality Assurance and record keeping.     



All applications must be completed online through People First.  No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted by the agency.


**NOTE:  Your response to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **


This position requires a security background check and participation in direct deposit.


Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.


Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website:


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 canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.


The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility.


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.



Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

•        State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required

•        9 Annual paid holidays

•        Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)

•        Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)

•        Health insurance for individual or family coverage

•        Life insurance

•        Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.

•        Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available

•        Tuition waiver available



Your take home pay can be significantly influenced by your insurance premiums.  Compare your current premium with the State of Florida employee premiums!



Monthly employee premium for the standard PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $50

Family coverage is $180


Monthly employee premium for the High Deductible Health Plan PPO/HMO:

Single coverage is $15

Family coverage is $64.30


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.  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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