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Calling all Lab Techs!

Come expand your career with an organization that values and supports you to learn, grow, and develop. Join our collaborative, supportive, and results-driven team. This role provides the opportunity to bring your whole self to work, engage, lead, and drive your own learning and growth within the organization. La Crosse County leaders are committed to provide a supportive and inclusive work environment. We are also dedicated to your learning and development to grow in an organization that is deep in talent.

Lab Technologists perform clinical and environmental laboratory analyses requiring a high degree of skill and knowledge of chemical and microbiological testing procedures.  Employees in this class use independent judgment and work under limited supervision performing technical work following accepted laboratory procedures in accordance with DNR, DATCP and CLIA regulations and departmental policies. This is a full-time position working Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm, and one hour on Saturdays once a month.
 Associate Experience – What’s In It For You?
  Supportive, collaborative, inclusive, and diverse workforce.
  Career learning, development, and growth opportunities.
  Culture of respect and dignity, teamwork, honesty, and integrity.
  Serving your community in a purposeful and meaningful way.
  Flexibility with generous paid time-off benefits.
  Excellent benefits:
  ••Wisconsin Retirement System - Very stable and strong
  ••Health Insurance with options for free care
  ••Dental Insurance with many services covered at 100%
  ••Life Insurance with short and long-term disability

We will be accepting applications until the right person is hired.


La Crosse County Respects Diversity

Performs microbiological tests on water, waste water, and other specimens.

Analyzes environmental samples using complex chemistry methods and equipment.

Conducts drug testing of clinical specimens.

Packages and submits clinical and environmental samples to reference labs.

Works in a safe manner at all times and follows general and specific lab safety procedures.

Reads and understands SDS forms and follows the chemical hygiene plan.

Writes SOPs, lab reports and other communications.

Explains sampling directions to customers.

Performs all laboratory analyses with an acceptable level of accuracy and precision using standard methods and procedures.  Follows quality assurance plan at all times.

Enters data accurately, prepares reports and provides interpretations to customers and discusses mitigation options.

Prepares culture media and appropriate chemical reagents and standards.

Orders routine supplies following protocols.

Operates autoclaves, water purification systems, microscopes, chemical hoods, centrifuges, spectrophotometers, atomic absorption spectrophotometer and other equipment and cleans and sterilizes laboratory equipment for re-use. Manually cleans some equipment.

Maintains equipment, identifies and evaluates equipment problems and assists with repairs.

Participates and passes continuing education and mandatory proficiency testing programs.

Maintains confidentiality and complies with HIPAA regulations.

Complies with all local, federal and state safety rules and follows the laboratory chemical hygiene plan.  Identifies and mitigates hazards as needed.

Uses personal protective equipment and safety devices to protect self, coworkers and clients.

Provides consultation with customers and coworkers to assist in selecting lab services.

Works cooperatively with coworkers, customers and managers to achieve the mission of the Department.

Provides educational presentations and training to students, interns, public, media, officials and others.

Prepares press releases for media.

  • Thorough knowledge of methods, procedures, equipment and materials needed to perform a variety of chemical and biological laboratory tests.

  • Laboratory skills to operate equipment, measure minute volumes and weights, observe chemical reactions.

  • Considerable knowledge of appropriate safeguards in working with hazardous chemicals and biohazards.

  • Considerable knowledge of chemicals, reagents and cultures in an environmental health laboratory.

  • Considerable knowledge of and ability to perform environmental field testing techniques and instrumentation.

  • Ability to produce accurate reports and records as needed.

•Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Chemistry, Microbiology or related lab field.
•Two years prior experience in a laboratory environment, preferably in an environmental health laboratory with working knowledge of quality assurance practices, microbiology and chemistry, and testing instrumentation.
•May consider relevant combination of training and experience.