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Food Laboratory Specialist Trainee 1 (Seed), G-13

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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Job Description

Food Laboratory Specialists use knowledge of chemistry, microbiology and other sciences to conduct analytical testing in support of food safety and security, agricultural and consumer interests in New York State.  These positions use a variety of laboratory techniques to study, test and analyze specific health hazards or accuracy of labeling of foods, beverages, livestock feed, pet food and agricultural commodities.  These positions are located in the Department of Agriculture and Markets.

A Food Laboratory Specialist 1 (Seed) conducts germination and purity testing on seed samples and prepares summaries and reports of analysis.

Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

A bachelor's or higher degree in agriculture, animal science, biochemistry, biology, botany, crop science, ecology, ecosystem management, environmental biology, environmental studies, forest science, forestry, genetics, horticulture, microbiology, molecular biology, natural resources, plant science, seed science, seed technology, urban forestry, veterinary science, wildlife management, zoology.

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Most employees will be appointed to the Trainee 1 job title.

Appointments to this job title require a two-year traineeship that starts at the Trainee 1, G-13, and advances, after one year of acceptable performance, to Trainee 2, G-14. After one year of acceptable performance as a Trainee 2, employees advance to the Food Laboratory Specialist 1 (Seed), G-18, job title described above. No further Civil Service examination is required for advancement from Trainee 1 to Trainee 2, or from Trainee 2 to the Food Laboratory Specialist 1 (Seed).

Advanced Placement Appointments - For most trainee titles, employees may be able to be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 level or to the full performance title if they meet certain qualifications. This is known as advanced placement and is at the discretion of the hiring agency. View the qualifications for advanced placement, at:

To Apply

You must have or expect to receive a bachelor's or higher degree by September 1, 2020.

The 2019 PCO will be open for application from January 18, 2019. To apply for the examination for this PCO Select Job Title you must apply for the PCO examination by February 20, 2019, fill out and submit the PCO Questionnaire by April 5, 2019, and take the PCO written test in April of 2019. The application for and information about the PCO examination is at: