Minimum Qualifications Food Laboratory Specialist Trainee 1, NS=13:
A Bachelor’s degree in or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Food Science, or related fields.
Food Laboratory Specialist Trainee 2, NS=14:
A Bachelor’s degree in or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Food Science, or related fields; AND one year of professional experience conducting microbiological, immunological, or chemical testing and analysis in a commercial, academic, or governmental laboratory.
Food Laboratory Specialist 1, NS=18:
A Bachelor’s degree in or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Food Science, or related fields; AND two years of professional experience conducting microbiological, immunological, or chemical testing and analysis in a commercial, academic, or governmental laboratory.
Duties Description Department Summary:
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, through its various divisions and programs, promotes New York agriculture and its high-quality and diverse products, fosters agricultural environmental stewardship, and safeguards the State’s food supply, land and livestock to ensure the viability and growth of New York’s agriculture industries.
If you would like to work for a premier agency focused on enhancing the quality of life for the people of New York State by supporting production of agriculture; ensuring safe, nutritious and accessible food supply; providing economic opportunities for farm and rural residents, then the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is for you.
To learn more about our agency and our mission, please visit https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/
Division of Food Laboratory:
The Food Laboratory's mission is to provide expert state of the art analytical testing in support of food safety and security programs and consumer and agricultural interests in New York State. Current expertise in food chemistry, food microbiology, pesticide residues, animal feed and fertilizer testing. The laboratory supports the regulatory programs of the Divisions of Food Safety and Inspection, Milk Control and Dairy Services, and Plant Industry by providing analytical testing of samples that are collected as part of scheduled regulatory or surveillance programs and in response to disease outbreak investigations, consumer complaints, and a variety of other food related investigations. Specialized analytical services are provided on a contract basis to universities and state and federal agencies within and outside of New York State. The laboratory is accredited to the ISO 17025 and AOAC ALAAC standards.
The Food Lab Specialist 1 will work within the Food Laboratory Division and in support of the USDA Pesticide Data Program (PDP).
Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
• Receives and prepares samples for testing and analysis, following proper laboratory protocols related to handling, labeling and storage.
• Performs laboratory testing methods using chemical principles.
• Calibrates instrumentation to establish and demonstrate appropriate conditions for a particular analysis.
• Operates complex laboratory equipment, instrumentation and electronic data processing and computer equipment.
• Analyzes test results and prepares summaries and reports of analyses to document findings, observations, and results.
• Performs duties in compliance with standard operating procedures and regulatory requirements.
• Seeks clarification and guidance on regulatory standards, testing techniques and processes by discussing issues with Food Laboratory Specialist 2 or higher-level staff.
• Contributes towards method development, process improvement, and/or investigations into new techniques, methods, and instrumentation.
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.
Notes on ApplyingCandidates that are eligible and interested in being considered for appointment to this position must complete our online employment application and upload their cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript(s) to the system. Our online employment application can be found at: https://fs30.formsite.com/zMiW7u/5daykmjljv/index.html
The deadline to apply is December 15, 2022.
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