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Department of Agriculture

P.O. Box 790, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho


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Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: January 10, 2018 - January 22, 2018
Announcement # 07411098839
Salary Range: $17.00 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Microbiologist in the Ag. Bureau of Laboratories located in Boise, Idaho.

Job Summary:

Perform Brucellosis analysis on lab samples. Perform related sample preparation work, quality assurance and result reporting tasks. Maintain laboratory equipment. Communicate with internal and external clients.

Testing/analysis. Typical responsibilities: prepares, tests, interprets, and reports results of various biological and microbiological specimens; receives, receipts and numbers specimens; centrifuge and pipette samples; prepares reagents, dyes, standards, and quality control solutions; prepares and calibrates laboratory equipment and instruments for operation; performs quality control testing on materials and samples; calculates finished data; evaluates the validity of sample; confers with staff regarding testing of specimens; may recommend new techniques or changes in standardized laboratory methods.

Equipment operation/maintenance. Typical responsibilities: learns to evaluate methods and instrument operation problems and to review and analyze test results to locate malfunctions; performs minor repair and maintenance on laboratory equipment; insures glassware and equipment are washed and sterilized; orders and verifies supply needs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Organize and perform daily Brucellosis testing
  • Reporting out Brucellosis results and testing materials
  • Responsible for filling in the duties of the Federal Brucellosis Employee in their absence
  • Communicating with clientele, State and Federal officials
  • Initiate corrective action for non-valid testing or results
  • Fulfills responsibilities of an ISDA employee as outlined in the department risk management/safety policy
  • Other assigned duties

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

Good knowledge of:

  • Principles, laboratory practices and application of biology and microbiology
  • Current laboratory methods, materials, and equipment
  • Information sources for technical data used for standardizing testing and quality control


  • Performing basic microbiological analyses on medical, animal, and environmental samples
  • Performing algebraic computations required to compute relationships between standards and samples
  • Accurately recording examination observations and writing technical laboratory reports
  • Operating, calibrating, and maintaining laboratory instruments and equipment
  • Determining interference factors of tests and recognizing sample variation

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: These qualifications are not required however if you have the related background it may increase your score.

Good knowledge of:

  • Animal disease diagnostics
  • Brucella species diagnostic tests
  • Laboratory safety


  • Writing SOPs

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.

Examination: Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each minimum qualification question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 44 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. To preview the exam, click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. Please follow the directions under "How to Apply".

How to Apply: Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When completing your online application information, please select/add: 

  • Department of Agriculture under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Boise under "Cities"

When updating your online application information, you must complete/update all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. Items in the Application Checklist to include:

  • Personal Information
  • Education
  • Work History
  • Cities
  • Agencies
  • Job type

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check. Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.  

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!  


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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.