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AGRICULTURE LABORATORY DIR

Class Title: AGRICULTURE LABORATORY DIR
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 077881

Education and Experience: Determined by the appointing authority.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: Determined by the appointing authority.

Examination Method: Determined by the appointing authority.

Job Overview: Summary: Under general direction, is responsible for professional and managerial laboratory work of unusual difficulty in directing the functions and operations of the Agriculture consolidated laboratory; and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: The incumbent of this class directs all functions occurring at the agriculture laboratory on a statewide basis. This class differs from lower level professional classes used in the agriculture laboratory in that the scope and managerial responsibilities of the latter are of lower nature. The incumbent of this class receives non-technical guidance in work from an administrative supervisor.
Work Activities: 1. Plans and directs all operations and functions occurring at agriculture laboratory on a statewide basis.

2. Through subordinate supervisory staff, directs a large laboratory of professional and subprofessional staff performing laboratory analysis in such areas as (a) bacteriology, including media preparation, organism isolation of both aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, identification by biochemical reactions, and sero-typing reactions; (b) mycology, involving media preparation and quantitation of both yeast and fungus; (c) virology, including tissue culture isolation and serologic identification, complement fixation, hemagglutination, and hemagglutination inhibition; (d) milk bacteriology, including media preparation and dilution procedures for colony counting; (e) serology and immunology, including direct and indirect fluorescent antibody test, serum neutralization and agar gel immunodiffusion; (f) toxicology, involving the analysis of anti-coagulents, metals and mycotoxins; (g) environmental analysis, including the analysis of insecticides and herbicide formulations and residues; (h) feed, seed, and fertilizer, involving determinations of nitrogen, phosphate potash, protein, fat, fiber, and for seed analysis, the tests for purity germination and peroxidase.

3. Assigns, trains, supervises, and evaluates chief subordinate staff and their work; makes decisions and recommendations on such matters as employment, promotion, demotion, retention, transfer, and merit increases.

4. Prepares, submits, and directs the monitoring of personnel and non-personnel budget for the laboratories; authorizes expenditures; directs and participates in studies of laboratory organization, economy, and efficiency and makes recommendations to improve same.

5. Accomplishes necessary liaison and contact with other divisions and departments, professional community, and at times, legislators in explaining operation of the laboratory.

6. Directs the preparation of recurring reports on laboratory operations and services; personally prepares reports requiring the highest of expertise.

7. Assures that public safety and animal health is guarded by establishing and maintaining a high order of excellence in testing occurring within the laboratories.

8. Provides guidance and advice on technical matters to subordinate staff where necessary; assists in the solution of technical problems requiring the use of laboratory analytic knowledge of an advanced level.

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