Udder Health Systems (UHS) is a growing, progressive animal health, milk quality and food safety services company. UHS provides laboratory testing and microbiology diagnostic products and services to both the dairy farm community and food processors. We currently have a full-time opening in our Bellingham, Washington location for a Laboratory Analyst, focusing on milk quality and mastitis diagnostic testing.
Responsibilities & Duties:
In a laboratory environment this position is responsible for receiving milk, water and environmental samples, setting up tests per specific SOPs in a timely manner, reading results and maintaining records of results. The Analyst will be trained on and responsible for identification of bacteria cultured using basic principles of microbiology, reporting results in a timely manner and communicating the results as directed. The Lab Analyst must follow established lab protocols and procedures involving sanitation and cleanliness, sample plating, inventory control and customer service. This position works in close proximity to the Lab Manager. The Lab Analyst may occasionally be asked to travel to local dairies to pick up milk samples or assist in obtaining herd milk samples for testing, and must possess a valid driver's license and a clean driving record. This position will work one weekend as either part of a regular weekly schedule or rotational schedule. Occasional Sunday work may be required.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
This position requires a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the life sciences with a preference given to dairy science, food science, animal science, biology or microbiology. Preference will be given to candidates with dairy farm or milk laboratory training, education or experience. Familiarity with general microbiological principles and good laboratory practices is required. We prefer a minimum of one year of customer service experience preferably in an agricultural environment (internships and volunteer work may be considered). Education or experience with MS Office and good oral and written communication skills are desired. The selected candidate will have a demonstrated strong attention to detail, follow through, independent work ethic and initiative. We may consider recent graduates and entry level candidates with minimum requirements.
The position requires the ability to pass an internal training course on process, procedures and mastitis in cows, usually within the first 90 days.
The current position is full-time (40 hours/week). Insurance benefits are offered for eligible employees working 30 hours or more including medical, dental, vision insurances, paid time off and holidays plus a 401(k). Starting wage range is $16-19/hour and is dependent on experience.
Please submit a cover letter and resume to the Laboratory Director.