Microbiologist, Principal (Dairy)

Idaho Division Of Human Resources Boise , ID 83701

Posted 3 months ago


"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Microbiologist, Principal for the Dairy Lab in the Bureau of Labs located in Boise.

Example of Duties

Key Responsibilities:

Laboratory Evaluation Officer (LEO):

  • Prepare annual split sample surveys for FDA certified laboratories for Section 6 and Appendix N testing that meet national standards.

  • Evaluate split sample results, prepare a written report, determine level of certification, and notify proper state and federal departments, companies, and industry personnel.

  • Perform on-site evaluations to certify analysts and facilities to ensure compliance. Perform investigations regarding deficiencies. Decertify analysts or facilities as necessary.

  • Provide training, support and technical assistance to the Dairy Bureau and the dairy industry.

  • Attend required training workshops and seminars.

Dairy Laboratory:

  • Maintain laboratory certifications.

  • Perform required testing.

  • Perform required QA/QC testing.

  • Prepare reports to be used by the FDA, state, and surveyed laboratories.

  • Fulfill responsibilities of an ISDA employee as outlined in the department's Risk Management/Safety Policy.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:
These qualifications are mandatory requirements.

Completion of the core requirements for a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Medical Technology, Biology, or Chemistry from an accredited college to include courses in bacteriology, immunology, and pathogenic bacteriology, and closely related classes in life sciences; AND approximately four years of journey level supervised laboratory experience providing considerable knowledge of:

  • Standard testing,
  • Quality control,
  • Safety practices,
  • The application of the laws and regulations relative to a microbiology laboratory

OR completion of a Master's degree in Microbiology, Biology, or related science including the above listed courses, AND three years experience as above.


  • Implementing laboratory procedures;
  • Calibrating, operating, trouble-shooting, and maintaining sophisticated laboratory equipment and instruments

Supplemental Information

Desirable Qualifications:
These qualifications are not required; however, if you have the related background it may increase your score.

  • Experience working within the Dairy Industry

  • Experience working in a diagnostic laboratory

  • Experience working in Quality Assurance

  • Experience performing Coliform Plate Counts, Somatic Cell quantification, testing for the presence of antibiotics, and testing for pasteurization.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check. Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!

If you have questions,

please contact us at:

jobs@isda.idaho.gov or at (208) 332-8520

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Microbiologist, Principal (Dairy)

Idaho Division Of Human Resources