Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Laboratory Specialist 1 (Marine), G-18

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

Salary Information

Starting Salary

$61,270

Career Ladder Information

Salary Information for Laboratory Specialist 1 Marine
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Laboratory Specialist 1 Marine 18 $61,270 $77,912
Laboratory Specialist 2 Marine 23 $79,325 $100,342

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

Job Description

Laboratory Specialists 1 (Marine) are involved in the sampling and analysis of marine bacteria, dinoflagellates, phytoplankton, and potential human pathogens. Specifically you would assist in the scientific examination of specimens or samples for the program using a variety of laboratory techniques; perform production, standardization, and sterilization of bacteriological medial and reagents; collect and examine shellfish samples using a DNA based gene probe technique; prepare reports for and assist in the preparation of publications; prepare and give presentations; perform basic statistical analysis of data; remain current on regulations for laboratories; and provide technical assistance to Biologists, United States Food and Drug Administration, or the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by advising on laboratory methods used to detect pathogenic bacteria and other potentially human health pathogens.

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Minimum Qualifications

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

A bachelor's or higher degree with 24 semester credit hours in the natural sciences. At least 3 semester credit hours must have been in aquaculture, biological oceanography, fisheries biology, fisheries ecology, fisheries management, mariculture, marine biology, marine ecology, or marine resources management; AND 3 semester credit hours must have been in bacteriology, biochemistry, or microbiology.

OR

A bachelor's or higher degree including or supplemented by 24 semester credit hours in the natural sciences. At least 3 semester credit hours must have been in aquaculture, biological oceanography, fisheries biology, fisheries ecology, fisheries management, mariculture, marine biology, marine ecology, or marine resources management; AND one year of experience in a laboratory setting performing professional or technical duties in bacteriology or microbiology.

How to Apply

The November 2022 PCO Examination is closed, applications are no longer being accepted