Laboratory Technologist (Public Health)

Modified: June 22, 2022 10:21am


Laboratory Technologist (Public Health)

42-122 - Continuous Recruitment (no written exam required)

Salary: $43,006-$55,652 Annually
Application fee: $15.00

Residence Requirements:


Preference may be given to successful candidates with one month Erie county residency preceding the date of exam.

If you pass the examination, your name will appear on the continuous eligible list for one year. After one year, your name will be removed from the list. You may apply for retest at six month intervals.

The eligible list will be used to fill vacancies at the Erie County Public Health Laboratory.



A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Laboratory Technology, Medical Technology or related title which meets the standards set forth in Title 8, Article 165 of New York State’s Education Law and Subpart 79-13 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education; or

B) Possession of a license or limited permit to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist as issued by the New York State Education Department.


Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements of 42 CFR 73 (“Select Agent Rule”), including, but not limited to successful completion of a Security Risk Assessment (i.e. “background check”) to be conducted by the United States Dept. of Justice.

Eligibility for licensure or limited permit to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist at time of application;

Possession of a license or limited permit to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist as issued by the New York State Education Department at time of appointment;

Possession of a license to practice as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist as issued by the New York State Education Department at time of permanent appointment.

Notice to Candidates: Transcripts will now be accepted by the Department of Personnel ONLY at time of application.
All subsequent transcripts must be submitted at time of interview.

Examples of Duties:

DUTIES: A Laboratory Technologist-Public Health performs a variety of routine and specialized tests relative to public health bacteriology, diagnostic immunology, virology, clinical chemistry, parasitology, and serology;

Conducts tests, examinations, or analysis according to established procedures;

Prepares and reads smears, stains, fluids, crystals, and slides for microscopic examination and analysis;

Prepares various media, reagents, stains, smears and solutions for specific tests;

Sets up, adjusts, cleans and maintains laboratory equipment, instruments and work areas;

Maintains records and prepares reports of tests and examinations;

Performs quality control as needed to ensure instrument function and appropriateness of reagents used in specimen testing;

Investigates quality control problems; determines and performs basic fixes such as recalibration; reports problems to supervisor;

Performs laboratory activities in a Biosafety Level 2 and/or Level 3 laboratory facility;

Assists in the education and training of other employees;

Communicates essential laboratory data to supervisors and laboratory administration;

Exercises care and safety in handling infectious and biologically active specimens and in using clinical laboratory equipment and analytical equipment;

Utilizes laboratory information system software and other electronic programs to assist with laboratory workflow.

A medical examination may be required before appointment.

Subjects of Examination:

SUBJECT OF EXAMINATION: The only subject of examination will be an evaluation of your training and experience. You are therefore, asked to include in your application a summary of all pertinent training and experience in sufficient detail so that your background may be evaluated against the duties of the position.

In your summary of training include all college course work, formal in-service training, and seminars you have attended. You must specify either the number of credits received or the number of contact hours and dates of attendance. Also include a copy of your professional license or documentation indicating eligibility for licensure. Specify the date that your license was first issued.

In your summary of experience, you must specify the dates of your employment, the number of hours worked per week, your title, and the main duties for each. Be specific; vagueness and ambiguity will NOT be resolved in your favor. Candidates who submit incomplete applications or documentation may be disqualified.


WHERE TO APPLY: You must obtain Form P.O. 30X, “Erie County Application for Examination or Appointment” at the Erie County Civil Service Commission/Personnel Office web site located at Click on “Civil Service Jobs”. If you do not have internet access you may pick up an application form at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Room 604, Buffalo, New York 14202. Forms are also available at Buffalo and Erie County Public Libraries and at Town, Village and School District administrative offices.

Completed forms should then be returned to the Erie County Personnel Department. In addition, candidates must attach transcripts to their application. No applications will be evaluated until all the above information, including transcripts, is received.

REISSUED: 06/2020

This examination is prepared by the New York State Department of Civil Service and held in compliance with the New York State Civil Service Law and the rules and regulations of the New York State Department of Civil Service.


A $15.00 filing fee is required for this exam. The required fee must accompany your application. Send or bring check or money order made payable to Erie County Personnel Department and write the examination number(s) on your check or money order. Do not send or bring cash, as the County cannot be responsible for cash payment. As no refund will be made, you are urged to compare your qualifications carefully with the requirements for admission and file only for those examinations for which you are clearly qualified.

APPLICATION FEE WAIVER: A waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are unemployed and primarily responsible for the support of a household. In addition, a waiver of application fee will be allowed if you are determined eligible for Medicaid, or receiving Supplemental Security Income payments, or Public Assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families/Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance) or are certified Job Training Partnership Act/Workforce Investment Act eligible through a State or local social service agency.

All claims for application fee waiver are subject to verification. If you can verify eligibility for application fee waiver, complete a “Request for Application Fee Waiver and Certification: form and submit it with your application by the close of business on the Application Deadline as listed on the Examination Announcement. The form is available at the Erie County Personnel Department, 95 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY (Room 604) or can be downloaded from the County’s website at Click on “County Departments and Agencies”, then “Erie County Civil Service”.