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Microbiologist 3 sought by the State of Washington Department of Agriculture in Olympia

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The State of Washington Department of Agriculture seeks Microbiologist 3 in Olympia

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has been serving the state for more than 100 years. Through service, regulation and advocacy, we keep agriculture viable and vital in Washington State, while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment. We work extensively with farmers and ranchers, but our responsibilities – from ensuring food safety to environmental protection – touch the lives of millions of people locally, nationally, and abroad.

The agency includes 780 employees approximately and grows close to 1,000 employees at the peak of seasonal work. To learn more and view additional openings, please visit our Employment Page.

The mission of the Food Safety and Consumer Services Laboratory is to provide laboratory testing to protect the public’s health by conducting analyses of dairy, human food, animal feed, and environmental samples for regulatory purposes. The Laboratory’s data also allows for the shipment of dairy products and provides information for food borne pathogen surveillance. The position: 1) supports the use of the quality system that is evidence that the laboratory is capable of delivering reliable laboratory test results; 2) serves as a primary back-up microbiologist in Food Section; 3) also serves as one of primary analysts in cannabis and produce testing; 4) may serve as Laboratory Evaluation Officer (LEO) in the state and acts on behalf of FDA to regulate dairy plant appendix N labs as needed.

  • Serves as the Lead in Dairy Section, one of the main technical sections in the laboratory.
  • Conducts analysis of dairy and water samples.
  • Serves as one of the primary analysts in cannabis and fresh produce testing.
  • Designs and coordinates ad-hoc research projects within the laboratory sections.
  • Coordinates activities of personnel within the laboratory sections to ensure that the laboratories are adequately staffed at all time.



  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in microbiology, biology, biochemistry, and/or other biological fields which shows knowledge of microbiology theory, principles, and practices and laboratory procedures, equipment, and instruments.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in a microbiology lab or similar lab science laboratory. This experience should be least at a Microbiologist 2 or equivalent position level.
  • Demonstrated experience training and/or overseeing the work of laboratory technical staff
  • Demonstrated experience reviewing laboratory test results and quality control data.
  • Demonstrated experience applying knowledge of various microbiology disciplines to modern instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated experience developing, evaluating, validating, verifying, and implementing new methods, procedures and instrumentation.
  • Demonstrated experience reading, synthesizing, and presenting information clearly orally and in writing.
  • The incumbent may be required to work extended hours during emergency testing situations.
  • This position is required to work in a laboratory setting, which involves long period (multiple hours) of standing while perform the task
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • Punctuality and attention to detail are also required.
  • Ability to understand and follow complex written and oral instructions.
  • Support the laboratory staff
  • Conduct analysis feed, food, dairy, produce, cannabis, and environmental samples.
  • Maintain laboratory inventory.
  • Ability to prioritize competing deadlines and work under pressure in a team environment.
  • Must be willing to work in a laboratory requiring appropriate sanitation and bio-security practices as the laboratory works with food-borne pathogens
  • Be willing to work during food/feed recalls, emergency or surge situations which may involve extended work hours or weekend work.


  • An advanced degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, public health or closed allied fields.
  • Five years of professional experience in a microbiology or similar lab science laboratory at a Microbiologist-2 or equivalent level. This experience should be at least a Microbiologist 2 or equivalent position level. A Master’s degree may be substituted for one year of experience, and a Ph.D. degree may be substituted for two years of experience.
  • Be able to obtain certification as an analyst in the Interstate Milk Shippers program
  • Experience with microbiological testing of dairy, feed/food in a regulatory laboratory, and experience with microbiological research projects and quality assurance projects.
  • Experience with ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation and Laboratory Information Management System
  • Experience with grant writing and applications.
  • Strong background in advanced laboratory analytical instrument

Supplemental Information

How to Apply:
You must complete your profile and answer the supplemental questions. In addition to completing the online application, and supplemental questions applicants must attach the following documents to their profile in order to be considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position.
  • Current resume detailing experience and education

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

Applications with comments “see attachments” will be considered incomplete.

If you are having technical difficulties creating, accessing or completing your application, please call NEOGOV toll-free at (855)524- 5627 or email

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact the Human Resource Office at (360) 902- 2020 or

Prior to a new appointment into the Department of Agriculture, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment, but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

The initial screening will be solely based on the contents and completeness of your application and the materials submitted. All information may be verified and documentation may be required. Applications received via e-mail will not be accepted in lieu of applying through the state’s on-line recruitment system.

The Human Resources Division may use referrals from this recruitment to help fill future similar vacancies for up to six months.

Veteran’s Preference: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wish to claim Veteran’s Preference MUST attach a copy of their DD214, or other verification of military service. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For additional information on Veteran’s Preference and guidance on how to determine if you are eligible, click here.

Military Spouse Preference: To take advantage of military spouse preference, you will have an opportunity to identify your status in the questionnaire. We thank you and are grateful for your service!

The Department of Agriculture celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

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