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Laboratory Technician

  • 515004
  • Full-time
  • Closing at: Feb 12 2023 at 23:55 MST


The Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council (ACRPC) is an organization formally established by statute in 1984 to serve as a vehicle through which Arizona cotton growers could provide adequate funding for research and applied technology to address industry needs relating to pest control and crop production.
ACRPC provide, maintain and monitor innovative technology and programs for the Arizona cotton industry. Through this agency the Arizona cotton industry will be provided with sustainable programs and technologies to eradicate, control and manaae cotton pests.



Job Location:

Address:  3721 E. WIER AVENUE, PHOENIX, ARIZONA 85040

Posting Details:

Salary: $39,520.00 - $45,761.00 

Grade: 01

Closing Date: 02/12/2022

Job Summary:

The Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council (ACRPC) invites applicants for a Laboratory Technician position to support methods development of insect mass-rearing technology at the Phoenix Rearing Facility (PRF). Under the supervision of the Lab Manager, this position assists in the development of rearing best practices for navel orangeworm by performing various technical duties in laboratory and field settings.

Job Duties:

• Runs experiments using live insect specimens and records data and observations accurately.
• Performs tedious tasks that require attention to detail, including but not limited to counting insect eggs under a microscope, counting adult insects in a variety of environments, sorting insects by sex, screening samples of insects for deformities, and more.
• Enters and verifies data into databases accurately and efficiently.
• Operates and performs basic maintenance on lab equipment such as microscopes, scales, pipettes, stir plates, etc.
• Cultures insect pathogens using aseptic technique.
• Learns new skills and procedures for experiments as required through oral and/or written instructions.
• Assists in the training of other personnel.
• Assists as needed production staff with the day-to-day operation of the PRF.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

• Knowledge of scientific method.
• Knowledge of scientific and laboratory terminology.
• Knowledge of aseptic technique.
• Knowledge of insect biology and physiology.
• Knowledge of hazardous material handling.
• Skill in basic computer skills.
• Skill in Microsoft Office.
• Skill in laboratory equipment.
• Skill in Microscopy.
• Skill in time management.
• Skill in oral and written communication.
• Skill in reading/understanding scientific literature.
• Ability to perform laboratory analysis.
• Ability to keep accurate records.
• Ability to form effective working relationships.
• Ability to multi-task and set priorities.
• Ability to work safely with hazardous chemicals.
• Ability to cross-train in Production departments.
• Abilitv to perform work that requires normal dexteritv and foot control.

Selective Preference(s):

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in a biological or life science that included laboratory coursework in the basic sciences appropriate to the assignment. 1 to 2 years of relevant laboratory experience in an appropriate field.

Pre-Employment Requirements:
  • Successfully complete the Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify), applicable to all newly hired State employees .
  • Successfully pass background and reference checks; employment is contingent upon completion of the above-mentioned process and the agency's ability to reasonably accommodate any restrictions.
  • State travel is required for State business. Employees who drive on state business must complete any required driver training (see Arizona Administrative Code R2-I0-207.12.) AND having an acceptable driving record for the last 39 months is required including no DUI, suspensions, or revocations and less than 8 points on your license. A copy of your MVR (Motor Vehicle Record) is required at the time of your interview if an Out of State Driver's License was held within the last 39 months.

The Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

- Affordable Health, Dental, Vision, and Life and Disability Insurance
- 10 holidays per year
- Paid Vacation and Sick time off - start earning it on your 1st day
- Eligible to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (must meet qualifications)
- Contribute to, and participate in the Arizona State Retirement System
- Ride Share and Public Transit Subsidy
- Career Advancement Opportunities

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page


State employees are required to participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the State-sponsored retirement contribution plan, and the Long-Term Disability (LTD) program after a 27-week waiting period. The ASRS defined benefit plan provides for life-long income upon retirement. You will also have the option to participate in a voluntary deferred compensation program to take advantage of tax-deferred retirement investments.

Contact Us:

For questions about this career opportunity, please call Bernetta Johnson at 602-438-0059 or email bjohnson@azcotton.org.

Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or an alternative format by contacting 602-438-0059. Request should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

The State of Arizona is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.