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Laboratory Assistant

OPENING DATE: 05/17/22
CLOSING DATE: 05/27/22 11:59 PM Central Time
JOB TYPE: Full-time
LOCATION: Downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota
DEPARTMENT: Community Corrections and Rehabilitation

Join the Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation (DOCCR) as a Laboratory Assistant. This position will serve the Adult Field Services (AFS) with urinalysis collection for clients who are court ordered to submit to random drug testing.
The Laboratory Assistant is an excellent opportunity for an individual who is interested in a career working in a municipal county laboratory providing services within the criminal justice system.

Location and hours: 
This position is primarily located at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 South 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55487 and other satellite locations. The hours of the Drug Testing Lab are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Schedule will vary to meet these needs and will not to exceed 40 hours per week. All personal protective equipment materials are provided and safety protocols are required to be followed.  

About the position type: 
This is a full-time, benefit earning position. This position requires direct observation of male clients submitting urinalysis, so being male has been determined to be a Bona Fide Occupational Qualification (BFOQ), therefore this position must be filled by a male applicant.  
This position is internally classified as a Laboratory Assistant.
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Effective September 1, 2021, all new job offers are conditional based on the candidate being fully vaccinated for COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means 14 days after receiving the second dose in a two-dose vaccination series approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on a full or emergency-use basis, or 14 days after receiving a single-dose vaccine approved by the FDA on a full or emergency-use basis. After a conditional job offer is made, the candidate must show proof of full vaccination prior to their start date. A COVID-19 vaccination card from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a vaccination record from your doctor’s office, or a personal digital vaccination record constitutes sufficient “proof.” The candidate must also attest they are vaccinated by completing a form on the first day of employment. Reasonable accommodations to this vaccination requirement will be considered upon request by a candidate for medical or religious reasons as required by applicable law. 

In this position, you will: 
  • Greet, check in, and verify client information. 
  • Explain protocols and procedures for the drug urinalysis, breathalyzer tests, and DNA collections.
  • Observe clients during urinalysis collection and administer breathalyzer test.
  • Register client into BCA website and collect buccal swab DNA sample.
  • Prepare specimen for analysis. 

Need to have:
One of the following:
  • Completion of an approved three month course in clinical laboratory technique.
  • Completion of ten quarter credits or more of biology or chemistry college courses.
  • Six months or more of experience in a clinical laboratory setting.

Nice to have:
  • Experience:
  • Administering urinalysis for the purpose of drug testing.
  • Working with chemically dependent clients.
  • Handling highly confidential client medical information.
  • Working in a lab setting using a drug testing specimen analyzer.
  • Knowledge of:
  • State of Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) computer system.
  • Adult Field Services Court Services Tracking System (CSTS) computer system.
  • Statewide Supervision System (S3).
  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension computer system.
  • Ability to:
  • Establish and maintain good relationships with clients, co-workers, and the public.
  • Resolve problems and develop creative solutions.
  • Prioritize work involving large caseloads and work independently with minimal direction.
  • Work effectively with an increasingly diverse client population.

About the department:
The Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation works to enhance community safety, promote community restoration, and reduce the risk of re-offense. Department staff and volunteers serve Hennepin County at more than 20 service locations ranging from correctional facilities to probation reporting offices and occupational training centers, delivering sustainable correctional services to more than 26,000 adult and juvenile clients. It is the largest community corrections organization in Minnesota. Learn more at  

About Hennepin County:
Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.
Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at
Hennepin County envisions an organization where our commitment to diversity and the reduction of disparities is fundamental in providing excellent service to our community.
Your future. Made here.
This posting may be used to fill future full-time, part-time, and limited duration vacancies.

Invitations to interview will be based upon an assessment of education and experience. Job offer will be contingent on passing a drug test, employment history/reference check, criminal background check including fingerprinting, and driver's license check prior to employment.