Job description


  • Entry level
  • No Education
  • Salary $3,057.00 - $3,962.00 gross per month
  • Shoreline



The Opportunity

The salary listed includes 5% premium pay due to the duty station of this position being located in King County.

As a Laboratory Assistant, you'll directly support the DOH mission of improving the health of infants born in Washington State by providing general laboratory and clerical support to the Newborn Screening and Metabolic Treatment Programs.

About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe. Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies.To learn more about the agency, visitour website,DOH Infographic,andsee what it's like to Work@Health!

DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:

- We arecommitted to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
- We have an engagingWellness@Healthprogram which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
- We support ahealthy life/work balanceby offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (Depending upon job duties.)
- We are making exciting steps towardsmodernizing our workplaceby providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
- We have anInfant at Work Programthat is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending upon job duties and work location.)

What will you be doing? – Duties include:

•Retrieving specimens and supplies from central accessioning.

•Separating, sorting, and evaluating the suitability of specimens for testing.

•Accessioning cards and punching plates with patient samples.

•Scanning, filing and retrieving specimen cards.

•Coordinating distribution of the dietary supplement program.

•Working with patients and families with special metabolic needs.

•Maintaining patient dietary files and working with DOH and external staff to ensure correct shipments are sent according to an appropriate schedule.

•Providing general laboratory support.

What we're looking for

Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.

Required Qualifications

•One (1) or more quarters/semesters of coursework with laboratory work performing microbiological, chemical, clinical, or public health testing or surveillance; OR Six (6) or more months of work experience performing microbiological, chemical, clinical, or public health testing or surveillance.

•Demonstrated experience in the following:

oWorking in a laboratory environment.

oEffectively using common laboratory equipment.

oUsing MS Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Desired Qualifications

•Two (2) or more years of laboratory work experience.

•Demonstrated experience in the following:

oReceiving and tracking samples and/or materials into inventory.

oWorking safely in a laboratory environment with blood-borne pathogens and chemicals.

oMaintaining electronic and hard copy records.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

•Work indoors, at a desk/workstation the majority of a workday, in an open office environment with possible conversation and other noise distractions.
•Work at a tobacco-free campus and environment.
•Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
•Occasionally travel throughout the state (including rural areas) which may include overnight stays.
•Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
•Move objects weighing up to 50 pounds for up to 90 minutes each day.
•Work with dried blood (occasionally whole blood) and various laboratory chemicals.
•Receive vaccinations.
•Stand and perform repetitive work for 2 to 3 hours, with or without an accommodation.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.

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Application Process

Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you. Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

1.A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required qualifications for this position.
2.A current resume.
3.Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

Note: Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected. These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214.


Supplemental Information
Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.

This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.

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