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Laboratory Technician

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is looking to fill two vacancies both in Harrisburg (Dauphin County). One vacancy is a temporary wage position, and the other vacancy is a Limited-term position that expires August 31, 2020.

Applications will be accepted from February 13 through February 27, 2017.

The Laboratory Technician temporary wage position is a full-time, 37.5 hours per week, temporary position not to exceed 9 months. There are no benefits with this position. The Limited-term position is full-time, with benefits, which will expire on August 31, 2020. This position will be reviewed annually prior to the expiration date and will be extended if funding is available to support the position. Duties for both titles include preparing samples and performing standard chemical, physical, or microbiological tests; setting-up, cleaning, and performing minor maintenance on different types of laboratory equipment; following oral and written instructions to carry out laboratory procedures and comply with safety protocols; and recording the results of laboratory tests on standard forms or computers and performing basic mathematics involving percentages, ratios, and metric system conversions.

In order to be considered, applicants must be PA residents, pass the civil service exam for Laboratory Technician, and meet the following requirements: One year of experience as a Laboratory Assistant (Commonwealth title); or one year of technical laboratory experience; or an equivalent combination of experience and training. Clarification of Requirements: You may substitute undergraduate education majoring in physical or life sciences for technical laboratory experience on a year-for-year basis.


Pennsylvania law (51 Pa.C.S. ยง7103) provides employment preference for qualified veterans for appointment to many state and local government jobs. To learn more about employment preferences and opportunities for veterans, visit www.scsc.pa.gov or call (717) 787-6039.

Starting Wage: Temporary Wage Position is $14.62 per hour; Limited-term position is $28,597 annually, with excellent benefits.

Have job-specific questions about these opportunities? Please contact Cathy Smith, Department of Agriculture, by calling (717) 836-3244 or by sending an email to catsmith@pa.gov.

Have questions about the application process? Please call the State Civil Service Commission at (717) 783-3058.

How to Apply: Apply online at www.scsc.pa.gov. Log in to the Online Services section of the homepage, and select View Open Announcements and Apply from the menu. Reference test announcement #2016070 for Laboratory Technician to submit your application. If your application shows that you meet the requirements, you will be contacted, after the closing date, about scheduling to take the civil service exam. The exam will be held in Harrisburg.

Department of Agriculture
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110