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Public Health Microbiologist

County of Santa Barbara
$81,612.65 - $98,090.47 Annually
medical insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, vision insurance, vacation time, paid time off, paid holidays, sick time, long term disability, retirement plan, relocation assistance
United States, California, Santa Barbara
1226 Anacapa Street (Show on map)
Feb 18, 2024


Notice of Change: New Hire Incentives for incumbents with a Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the California State Department of Human Services up to the amount of $15,000 may be available depending on the experience and qualifications of the individual. Please note that New Hire Incentives cannot be guaranteed as part of the offer package and are subject to final approval.

Notice of Change: We are accepting applications until all vacancies are filled.


$39.10 - $47.00 Hourly

$6,801.05 - $8,174.21 Monthly

$81,612.65 - $98,090.47 Annually


The Public Health Department is currently accepting applications to fill one (1) full-time Public Health Microbiologist vacancy at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Laboratory.

NOTE: We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Public Health Microbiologists.

*1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence (Civil Service Rule 1414) and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.

Please select which location(s) you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position and pass the required selection steps, then your name will be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.

BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits. Click on the Benefits Tab above or to view more information.

In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for:

  • Retirement reciprocity
  • Time and service credit towards for an advanced vacation accrual rate

POSITION: Under general supervision, the Public Health Microbiologist performs and interprets microbiological tests in the areas of communicable disease and environmental sanitation; performs related duties as required.

The Public Health Department operates a full-service Public Health Laboratory committed to providing the highest quality technical service to its providers and patients. The staff is a dedicated group of licensed/certified professionals with decades of patient care experience working in the community. For more information on the Public Health Laboratory, click to visit the website.

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will have:

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience using a Laboratory Information System (LIS).
  • Excellent organizational and follow-up skills.

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Examples of Duties

  • Performs laboratory tests in the areas of bacteriology, serology, mycobacteriology and virology.
  • Prepares and examines specimens of human, animal and environmental origin to aid in the diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hepatitis B surface Antigen, and chlamydia, food-borne illnesses, animal rabies, tuberculosis and coccidioidomycosis, and other diseases such as plague and diphtheria.
  • Analyzes and interprets test data; prepares reports of findings; maintains records of test results.
  • Conducts quality control tests to ensure the integrity of tests and compliance with regulations.
  • Provides technical information to physicians, nurses, and other clinical laboratories regarding the interpretation of laboratory tests and proper laboratory procedures.
  • Utilizes computerized and other laboratory equipment.

Employment Standards

  1. Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the California State Department of Human Services; Or,
  2. Valid Temporary Public Health Microbiology Certificate issued by the California State Department of Human Services; Or,
  3. A California Certified Clinical Laboratory Scientist General License issued by the California State Department of Human Services; Or,
  4. A Limited License in Microbiology issued by the California State Department of Human Services.

NOTE: Appointees with a valid Temporary Public Health Microbiology Certificate must obtain a Public Health Microbiologist certificate issued by the California State Department of Human Services within 6 months of appointment, as a condition of continued employment.

Knowledge of: principles of chemistry, biology, microbiology, and physics; state and federal laws affecting public health laboratories; techniques and equipment used to perform laboratory tests; laboratory safety practices.

Ability to: analyze data and draw conclusions; explain technical information; understand, interpret, and apply federal, state, and local laws pertaining to public health laboratories; prepare and maintain records and reports; communicate with medical professionals; learn laboratory computer information systems; operate and care for laboratory equipment; operate a personal computer.

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions: Incumbents may be exposed to pathogenic organisms, acids, and caustic or volatile chemicals. In order to handle specimens, incumbents must be willing to be immunized against various communicable diseases, including rabies.

The Public Health Department (PHD) requires all employees working in direct contact with patients or clients in a high-risk environment to comply with the PHD Employee Immunizations policy. This can be accomplished by providing documentation of immunizations, submitting laboratory immune titers demonstrating adequate immunity, or obtaining required vaccinations. A list of requirements, based on the specific program, will be sent at the time an offer letter is presented to the selected candidate(s) and initial documentation will be required at this time.


  1. Application Review. Review applications to determine those applicants who meet the employment standards.
  2. Computerized Competency Assessment: Candidates will be notified by email with instructions on obtaining and taking the Competency Assessment. The deadline will be clearly stated in the email invitation. All candidates must complete both in order to advance to the next step in the selection process.
  3. Supplemental Questionnaire Ranking. Responses to the required supplemental questionnaire will be evaluated and scored. Candidates' final score and rank on the eligibility list will be determined by their responses to the supplemental questionnaire. This process may be eliminated if there are fewer than 11 qualified candidates.

Candidates must receive a percentage score of at least 70 on the supplemental questionnaire ranking to be placed on an employment list. An adjustment may be made to raw scores based on factors listed in Civil Service Rule VI. Those candidates who are successful in the selection process will have their names placed on the employment list for a minimum of three months. At the time the employment list is established, all candidates will receive an email notice of their score on the exam(s), rank on the employment list, and exact duration of the employment list.

NOTE: Veteran's preference credit is applicable for this recruitment (5 points for veterans, 10 points for disabled veterans). To be eligible for this credit, you must be applying for this position within five years from your most recent date of: (1) honorable discharge from active military service; or, (2) discharge from a military or veterans' hospital where treatment and confinement were for a disability incurred during active military service; or, (3) completion of education or training funded by a Federal Educational Assistance Act. No time limit exists for veterans with 30% or more disability. To receive veteran's preference points, you must: (1) check the Veteran's Preference Points box on the employment application form, (2) submit a copy of your Form DD214 to the Human Resources Department on or before the closing date, and (3) pass all phases of the examination process. The preference points will be added to your final test score.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS: The County of Santa Barbara is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to applicants. Qualified individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process should contact the recruiter listed on the job posting. We require verification of needed accommodation from a professional source, such as a Medical Provider, or learning institution.

Recruiters will communicate with applicants by e-mail during each step in the recruitment process. Applicants are reminded to check spam filters continuously during the Recruitment & Selection Process steps listed above to ensure they do not miss required deadlines.

Conditional Job Offer: Once a conditional offer of employment has been made, candidates will be required to successfully complete a background check, which includes a conviction history check, and satisfactory reference checks. Appointee will be subject to a post-offer medical evaluation or examination. The appointee must satisfactorily complete a (12) twelve-month probationary period.

COVID-19 Vaccination Verification: This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders (SHOOs) or County policy regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. Please contact the hiring department for more information.

Disaster Service Workers: Pursuant to Governmental Code section 3100, all employees with the County of Santa Barbara are declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service. Activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.


The County of Santa Barbara is dedicated to cultivating and sustaining an environment that exhibits equity and inclusion everywhere, and at all levels of our organization. The County believes equity is a fundamental principle that must be imbedded in policies, institutional practices and systems. The County recognizes the negative impacts of systemic racism and is committed to eliminating the barriers affecting our Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian community members, as well as people of other diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. We envision a world where society and its systems (e.g. education, criminal justice, and health care, housing the economy) are just, fair, and inclusive, enabling all people to participate and reach their full potential.

We celebrate community and employee diversity, strive for inclusion and belonging, and promote empowered participation. We aspire to build a workforce that is reflective of these values and the communities we serve. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and will resolutely uphold federal, California state law and/or Santa Barbara County ordinances.

We believe equity and inclusion are vital to fulfill the County's mission and to embody a culture of "One County, One Future." Expanding the full range of employee talent allows the County to deliver our best to all our community members.

We believe in the dignity and humanity of all people. We strive for a healthy and prosperous society that promotes all people having equitable access and opportunity.

APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: until filled. Applications and job bulletins can be obtained 24 hours a day at .

Farrah Medrano, Talent Acquisition Lead, Public Health Department,