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  • 502873
  • Full-time


To support and promote Arizona agriculture in a way that encourages farming, ranching and agribusiness, protects the well-being of people, plants, animals and the environment while safeguarding commerce, consumers and natural resources.



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Posting Details:

Salary: 28.00 - 35.00 

Grade: 22

Closing Date: 

Job Summary:

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

This position will be responsible for QA activities at the State Agricultural Laboratory. The position will be responsible for obtaining and retaining the State Laboratory Assurance Program as it pertains to ISO 17025 accreditation; perform work of unusual difficulty related to planning, evaluation, policy development, and implementation of a laboratory quality assurance program; work with minimal direction and without technical supervision; develop internal audit procedures, proficiency test systems, and corrective action policies to measure and report sample analysis quality; will assure compliance with International (ISO), Federal and State mandated quality assurance criterion. Serve as a subject matter expert in quality assurance principles and as a technical resources in the scientific principles utilized in the State Agricultural Laboratory; research, develop and implement sampling guidance that meet all federal and state requirements. Provide laboratory certification support and management activities for outside agricultural laboratories certified by the State Agricultural Laboratory; maintain necessary knowledge of state and federal requirements for certification, perform document review, scientific data review and laboratory site audits to determine compliance with requirements and recommend certification actions. Perform other duties as assigned.

Job Duties:

Obtain and retain the State Laboratory Assurance Program, policy development and implementation of a laboratory quality assurance program.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Knowledge of:
Principles and practices of microbiology including bacterial, mycotic, viral and serological specialties and characteristics of pathogenic responses; principles and practices of analytical, organic, inorganic and physical chemistry; principles and practices of developing, validating and documenting complex scientific testing methods; handling and testing of animal, plant, food, feed, agricultural chemical, soil, air, water, and seed specimens; principles, practices and Federal/State standards of regulatory (forensic) testing; capabilities, usage, maintenance and repair of highly specialized scientific equipment; procedures of maintaining chain of custody for regulatory enforcement samples; principles of mathematics and statistics; utilization of business and scientific computer systems; principles of quality assurance; practices and procedures of handling, working with and decontamination of infectious, highly toxic and hazardous materials; practices and procedures of laboratory safety; policies and procedures of the work unit; principles and practices of leadership and work management.

Skills in:
Applying technical chemistry methodology to laboratory testing and analysis; applying microbiological techniques to isolate, identify and enumerate micro-organisms; operating specialized laboratory equipment; oral and written communication; interpersonal relationships; data analysis; attention to detail; fine motor skills.

Ability to:
Develop, test and validate new and/or improved testing methodologies; perform complex chemistry and biology laboratory analysis; generate, interpret and report scientific data; form effective team relationships; communicate effectively verbally and in writing; apply the principles and practices of leadership and work management; determine the validity of results and ensure compliance with quality assurance criteria; review data with an extraordinary eye for detail; work independently; use independent judgment and discretion.

Selective Preference(s):

5 plus years of experience in a chemistry/microbiology laboratory.
2 plus years of experience in or previous experience in quality assurance in an ISO accredited laboratory setting.

Pre-Employment Requirements:

Bachelor of Science in one the natural sciences.


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 12.44%. 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.