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Date: Nov 20, 2020

Location: WEST PALM BEACH, FL, US, 33407

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Requisition No: 265082 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN III - 64030801

Position Number: 64030801 

Salary:  $36,766.60 

Posting Closing Date: 11/30/2020 

Open Competitive Opportunity 

**NOTE: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  This language simply takes the place of previous language used that referenced the “State of Florida” application**


Duties and Responsibilities:

This position is a Laboratory Technician III providing laboratory services in the Palm County Beach Health Department Main Laboratory located in West Palm Beach Health Center. Work is performed under the supervision of the Biological Administrator I – SES. This position requires independent judgment, initiative, applying general knowledge of business practices and skill in applying instructions to accomplish various job functions. This position is delegated to release medical information in accordance with Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Palm Beach County Health Department (CHD) rules/guidelines.


This position is a designated sensitive position and is required to maintain confidential information in accordance with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) Palm Beach County Health Department (CHD) Information Security Policy, Protocols and Procedures. This position has access to the Clinical Information Data Set. Has access to the Laboratory Information System (LIS) for the purpose of receiving specimens, ordering tests, verifying test results, as well as submitting testing orders to contractual laboratories.  This position has access to Health Management System (HMS) for Employee Activity Reports (EAR’s) input only.


Responsible for verifying receipt of all specimens for FDOH - CHD and Health Care District (HCD) FQHC clients sent to the main laboratory adhering to all Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) rules and regulations.  Verifies specimens received are labeled properly before receipt in the LIS.  Performs pre-analytical specimen processing such as centrifuging and separating blood components. Responsible for the distribution of specimens to the appropriate department for specimen testing.

Prepares, process and packaging specimens for testing via State, Federal, and contractual laboratories to include requisitioning as needed, and ensuring all required information is included. Responsible for verifying the correct specimen type was drawn for the test ordered, correctly labeled and logging specimen onto an excel spreadsheet before pickup by the Courier.


Prepares, processes and packages specimens for transport to various State and other contractual laboratories adhering to all CLIA, Department of Transportation (DOT) and International Air Transport Association IATA shipping rules and regulations. Attends mandatory packaging and shipping training on a biennial basis. Responsible for processing/packaging/shipping of Arbovirus specimens for Environmental Health, AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) specimens, and shipments to the CDC. Maintains send out records according to departmental policies and procedures. Collects blood specimens via vacutainer system, syringe etc. as needed.


Responsible for maintaining laboratory results for certain tests sent to contractual /State laboratories from assigned Department and ensuring receipt within the specified time frame according to policy.  Reviews results for completeness and accuracy.  Forwards copies of any patient results to appropriate health center.


Responsible for filling and sending out supplies ordered from center laboratories, Regional Prenatal Intensive Care Center (RPICC), Healey Rehabilitation Center, and HCD locations.  Assembling FIT collection kits for distribution to FDOH CHD and HCD clinics.  Check all timers in laboratory for accuracy.


Maintains a quality assurance program by performing instrument care and preventative maintenance procedures on all laboratory equipment in accessioning and receiving area according to departmental policies and procedures.  Monitors and documents assigned temperatures within the laboratory. Maintains appropriate quality assurance records including but not limited to Quality Control (QC), maintenance, corrective action, troubleshooting, etc. Responsible for inventory of equipment and supplies. Initiates request to replenish supplies and prepares reports as needed. Attends departmental staff meetings and communicates with supervisor as needed and on a regular basis regarding problems or concerns. 


Cleans assigned work area and equipment on a regular basis. Keeps work area organized and stocked with appropriate supplies. Disposes of infectious Waste/Biohazardous material/sharps according to policy.  Follows OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standards, Laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan, and adheres to infection control policies such as glove wearing, hand washing, lab coats, etc.


Perform other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge, skills and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • 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.
  • 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 analyses.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.


Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):


Other job-related requirements for this position:

Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs, or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.


Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00AM to 5:00PM (B) Total hours in workweek 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) Rotation may include working from 8am to 5pm, 8:30am- 5:30pm, or 9am-6pm on occasional basis.



This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration.

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 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. 

We hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers.

In the event of an emergency, you will be required to perform emergency operations functions, work during and/or beyond your normal work hours or days.

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country. 


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. 

Nearest Major Market: Palm Beach
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami