Job Description

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$23.14 /hour
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TX Contract
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Work Schedule:
Days, 8:00A - 4:30P, Tuesday - Saturday or Thursday - Sunday

#TP113349 Sampling Support Technician

Extended Deadline: Mon 2/28/2022

For the safety and well-being of the entire university community, the University of California requires, with few exceptions, that all students, faculty and staff be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus and influenza before they will be allowed on campus or in a facility or office. For more information visit: Flu Vaccine Mandate / COVID Vaccine Policy

Position available through UC San Diego Temporary Employment Services (TES). Employment through TES is an excellent way to gain valuable UCSD experience and get your foot in the door for career positions. TES employment includes medical coverage, paid vacation & sick time, paid holidays, as well as training and development opportunities!


UC San Diego implemented a multi-faceted proactive strategy and screening programs to detect SARS CoV-2 (which causes COVID-19) in our community to reduce transmission of the virus on the campus to the greatest extent possible. These screening programs will ultimately contribute to the public health and well-being of the UC San Diego campus and the surrounding communities.

Through our wastewater testing program, UC San Diego has the ability to identify the presence of the virus in wastewater. The virus is shed from the gastrointestinal tract and is present in feces early in the infection. UC San Diego’s ability to identify the virus in wastewater is key to our proactive approach and to support the expansion of this effort we are seeking a team of COVID-19 Sampling Support Technicians to work as part of an integrated campus team.

Typical duties include for a COVID-19 Sampling Support Technician include:

Hazardous Sample Collection

  • Collect hazardous samples/specimen (wastewater samples, self- administered COVID-19 test samples) from assigned campus and off campus sites using safe handling techniques.
  • Collection of sampling container (auto sampler pulls one sample every hour for 24 hours but will not exceed max sampling volume).
  • Access sampling apparatus adjacent to manhole and change out battery/bottle.
  • Ensure specimen integrity by enforcing laboratory procedures for handling and transporting specimens.

Transport and Delivery

  • Perform assigned specimen pick-ups from an established route.
  • Retrieve specimens from specimen boxes and/or health care offices / facilities.
  • Transport specimens from sites to laboratory in a safe, efficient and timely manner.
  • Communicate problems / concerns to supervisor and/or local coordinator as they occur.
  • Load all necessary supplies (PPE, etc) needed for the daily pickups.
  • Complete daily pick up schedule in a timely manner.
  • Safely operate company vehicle and obey all traffic laws.
  • Utilize handheld electronic device to manage daily picks up.

Administration, Inventory & Logistics

  • Assist with creating lab/specimen kits.
  • Assist Supervisor and Logistics Manager in inventory management.
  • Providing logistical support at testing site locations, such as guiding people through self-administered testing line, ensuring social distancing protocols are maintained.
  • Maintain all PPE in a clean and operational order.
  • Maintain inventory of supplies at testing locations around campus, including testing kiosks/vending machine locations.
  • Work with students in the performance of student tasks.
  • Maintain training requirements, as needed.
  • Follow all procedures and safety protocols to ensure conformity with policy and other health guidelines.
  • Follow applicable organizational and departmental policies.


  • Graduation from high school or a General Education Diploma and one year of experience in an environmental health and safety program, or two years of college including appropriate science courses; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated ability to safely operate vehicles and/or cart around campus and city streets while transporting hazardous waste.

  • Ability to handle routine administrative matters. Ability to organize, work independently exercising good judgment, take initiative, set priorities, meet deadlines and schedule tasks to complete projects effectively and efficiently with high attention to detail and accuracy.


  • Must have a valid California driver license.
  • Must pass a medical examination and be cleared to perform physical requirements and wear respirators, Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus, and personal protective clothing.
  • Must be able to work various hours, days, shifts, and overtime based on business needs. The typical schedule would be 8:00a - 4:30p. Weekday and weekend shifts are available.

Job offer is contingent on successful engagement in the UC COVID-19 Vaccination program (fully vaccinated with documented proof or approved exception/deferral).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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