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Laboratory Technician

This position is located at our Forbes Field Office in Topeka, KS until December 2019. At that time, the KDA Lab will relocate to Manhattan, KS. This position will remain open until the position is filled. 

Job Summary:

This individual will serve as support personnel for Dairy, Micro, and Feed and Fertilizer. In the Dairy/Micro Lab this individual will be responsible for taking daily temperatures, setting-up supplies for testing, sample receiving, creating test kits for micro testing, prepare media for both Dairy and Micro, make dilutions biweekly, and assist with both Dairy/Micro during testing of samples. Finally, the individual will complete all KIS tests on submitted carcass samples.

Within the Feed and Fertilizer Lab, this individual will be responsible for performing moisture and fiber testing according to established Standard Operating Procedures. This includes sample preparation, sample analysis, review of data, and final reporting

Salary: $31,200/year

  • High school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience in laboratory procedures/analysis.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Valid Driver’s License

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1: Register by completing the online Personal Data Form.  (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2: Complete the State of Kansas Application Form and submit to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. If you prefer to mail your application, please send to: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Human Resources, Attention: Kelsey Senn 1320 Research Park Dr. Manhattan, KS 66502.

STEP 3: Email these additional required documents to Kelsey Senn at  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line. 
  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency. This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:
Name: Kelsey Senn
Phone: (785) 564-6712
Fax: (785) 564-6777

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the qualifications of the position. Next, your application will be evaluated based on selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What to Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer