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  • 511093
  • Full-time


To protect the health and safety of Arizona consumers, advance and support Arizona agriculture, and safeguard commerce.



Job Location:


Posting Details:

Salary: 24.00 - 24.00 

Grade: 18

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

The Arizona Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Public Health Scientist Associate for the State Agriculture Laboratory; the position is located in Chandler, Arizona.

Under general supervision, the successful candidate will be responsible for technical laboratory testing and analysis on meat, dairy, feed, fertilizer, pesticides, seed and other food product samples that have been submitted to the State Agriculture Laboratory; perform quality assurance reviews of both chemical and biological analytical results; analyze scientific data to produce final test results. Participate in the quality assurance, preventive maintenance and loss control program; sample and reagent preparation for daily laboratory examinations; clean and sterilize laboratory equipment; discard finished analyzed samples and general laboratory cleaning and maintenance. May require supervision of other laboratory staff members. Maintain confidentiality and other duties as assigned.

Job Duties:

Testing and analysis
Quality assurance principles
Safety practices in a laboratory environment

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
• Laboratory practices and principles of chemistry and microbiology
• Laboratory equipment, terminology
• Testing and analysis
• Quality assurance principles
• Safety practices in a laboratory environment
• Supervisory principles
• Good customer service principles

Skills in:
• Use of laboratory equipment
• Computer and computer software
• Oral and written communication
• Organization
• Basic math principles

Ability to:
• Perform analytical laboratory analysis
• Determine if method parameters are met
• Manual dexterity with fine motor control
• Good record keeping
• Write technical reports
• Lead and supervise others

Selective Preference(s):

Experience in Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology or other Physical Science in a laboratory setting.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Bachelor’s Degree in Science – Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology or other Physical Science
Certification or the ability to be certified by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the analysis of dairy products


The Arizona Department of Agriculture offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:
Sick leave
Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
Health and dental insurance
Retirement plan
Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

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


Positions in this classification participate in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS). Mandatory condition of Employment for all employees who meet the eligibility and membership criteria defined in statue. Current contribution rate is 12.17%. Enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.

Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Melissa Meek at mmeek@azda.gov for assistance.


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.