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Microbiologist Intern (7956)

Microbiologist Intern

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SW70
  • Class Code: 7956
  • Established: 09/22/1960
  • Revised: 04/06/1993
  • Title Changed: 04/06/1993


Under close supervision, to perform microbiological and similar biological analyses in a training capacity; to receive orientation and guidance in the application of laboratory methods in various aspects of public health microbiology; and to do other related work.

Typical Tasks

As a trainee, on a rotational plan in the various functional areas of a public health laboratory, receives instruction in and performs microbiological examinations for the detection and identification of microbial agents of disease using well defined procedures, periodic check tests of a microbiological nature on water, serological examinations to assist in the detection, definition, and control of disease, and serological procedures relating to blood grouping and typing; assists in the preparation of stains, culture media, and reagents; reads assigned material from scientific literature; keeps records and makes reports on assignments received.


Tenure in this class is restricted to temporary employment.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a Baccalaureate Degree with a major in Medical or Public Health Microbiology or equivalent subjects required to meet the academic requirements for certification as a public health microbiologist in California.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Bacteriological, serological, mycological, virological, parasitological, and other microbiological principles relating to the detection and identification of disease agents; principles of bacteriology relating to the examination of foods and water; principles of immunology; common causes of disease and methods of transmission and control of communicable diseases; laboratory equipment and its care. Ability to: Work cooperatively with others; observe safety precautions and procedures.

Special Personal Characteristics

Color vision adequate to successfully perform the job.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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