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Billings Clinic Laboratory Technical Assistant - Bozeman, MT in BOZEMAN, Montana

You can make a difference as a part of our region's largest health care system, based locally in Billings, Montana. Join our amazing team with a focus on safe, high quality care and an excellent patient experience. Billings Clinic is here to take care of our community and region.

We look forward to meeting you.

About Us

Billings Clinic is a community-owned, not-for-profit, Physician-led health system based in Billings with more than 4,700 employees, including over 550 physicians and non-physician providers. Our integrated organization consists of a multi-specialty group practice and a 304-bed hospital.Learn more ( about Billings Clinic (our organization, history, mission, leadership and regional locations) and how we are recognized nationally for our exceptional quality.

Your Benefits

We provide a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to all full-time employees (minimum of 24 hours/week), including Medical, Dental, Vision, 403(b) Retirement Plan with employer matching, Defined Contribution Pension Plan, Paid Time Off, employee wellness program, and much more.Click here ( for more information ordownload the 2021 Employee Benefits Guide ( .

Magnet: Commitment to Nursing Excellence

Billings Clinic is proud to be recognized for nursing excellence as a Magnet®-designated organization, joining only 97 other organizations worldwide that have achieved this honor four times. The re-designation process happens every four years. Click here ( to learn more!

Laboratory Technical Assistant - Bozeman, MT



Shift: Day

Schedule: As needed; Monday - Friday; 8am to 5pm

Employment Status: Per Diem

Hours per Pay Period: 0.01 = per diem (Non-Exempt)

Starting Wage DOE: $ 15.00 - 17.64 + $2.25/hr differential

Under general supervision, the incumbent in this position will work in one or more of the primary areas within the Laboratory Department to include Processing, Cytology, Histology, Microbiology, Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry and/or Inventory Control. Responsible to assist Laboratory Staff in accordance with established procedures for specimen receipt and testing. Performs laboratory duties as instructed by Laboratory Leadership. ## Additional characteristics for the Lead Role: Acts as a lead for an assigned area of department, including assisting with the day to day operations of the department, responsible for quality control and regulatory readiness of department.

Essential Job Functions

  • Supports and models behaviors consistent with Billings Clinic’s mission, vision, values, code of business conduct and service expectations. Meets all mandatory organizational and departmental requirements. Maintains competency in all organizational, departmental and outside agency standards as it relates to the environment, employee, patient safety or job performance.

Laboratory Technical Assistant – Level I Responsibilities

  • Processes and accessions samples according to established policies and procedures.

  • Assists with inventory management including stocking, ordering and monitoring to ensure adequate supplies to meet business needs within the assigned section of the laboratory (Cytology, Histology, Processing, Sendouts, Hematology, Microbiology, Blood Bank, etc.)

  • Performs waived laboratory testing and specimen processing within scope of practice.

  • Provides administrative/clerical support for the departments including maintaining accurate record systems, requisitions, quality control data, patient results, and workflow documentation. Understands and demonstrates appropriate communication of Private Health Information.

  • Assist pathologists and physicians, including collecting and transporting specimens, preparation of bone marrow specimens and/or fine needle aspiration/fine needle biopsies, preparing slides, maintaining integrity of specimens, and disposal of specimens according to procedure.

  • Answers multi-line telephones and responds to the majority of all incoming calls before transferring to alternate resources. Responds to questions from patients, physicians and other reference labs and provides routine information, collection and testing procedures, specimen processing, turn around times, result reporting and reference lab availability.

  • Also responds to non-routine questions regarding what steps need to be taken to rectify a situation when the integrity of a sample/specimen has been compromised.

Facilitates result reporting. Results may be called to physician’s office, faxed or mailed depending on orders and situation.

  • Monitors all label printers and fax machines for incoming orders. Responsible for ensuring printers and faxes are maintained in good working order due to the critical nature of information being received. Acts as a resource in resolving printer and fax related function problems, maintenance and form loading.

  • Responsible for checking and verifying the integrity/quality of the specimens to ensure appropriate specimen volumes, packaging, etc. Assumes responsibility for initiating follow-up action necessary to prevent and/or resolve problem scenarios and coordinates as appropriate with other departments, management, etc.

  • Coordinates specimen mail-outs to reference laboratories. Duties include decisions regarding how to draw sample/specimen, timing of draw, appropriate preparation of the sample/specimen, timing of mailing, selecting appropriate reference lab for processing as outlined in laboratory policies and procedures and tracking and planning the appropriate transportation mode.

  • Maintains inventory management including order entry in Lawson, stocking and monitoring to ensure adequate supplies to meet the business needs for all areas within the Laboratory department and reference laboratory. Uses the correct cost center and General Ledger numbers.

  • Dispatches and monitors the phlebotomy staff to maintain efficient response and turnaround times on hospital specimen orders.

  • Receives specimens from the laboratory runners, phlebotomy staff, pneumatic tube system and external clients. Utilizes judgment to determine if sample/specimen is appropriate for testing according to established guidelines or if a redraw will be necessary. Initiates specimen preparation and processing. Utilizes appropriate equipment (i.e. track system, centrifuge), prepares spin-offs, aliquots, cassettes, blocks and slides and distributes to the appropriate area of the laboratory for final processing. Monitors printers for STAT orders from the nursing units.

  • Responsible for set-up, basic maintenance and records of work stations; filling staining stations, imagers, cleaning work areas, emptying garbage, cleaning of track, checking temperatures of refrigerators and freezers, cleaning of centrifuges, monitoring courier contact points, creating cassettes, changing fluids and paraffin, etc.

Lab Technical Assistant-Level II Additional Laboratory Responsibilities

  • Assists with orientation and training of Level I staff and Technologists/Technicians within scope of practice. Acts as a resource to Level I or other ancillary staff responding to procedural questions and assisting with problem resolution within scope of practice. Acts as a resource to Level I staff and Technologists/Technicians regarding appropriate specimen handling and processing for mail outs, processing, receiving, order entry, and the handling of reference specimens

  • Participates in the daily scheduling of Laboratory Technical Assistants including all shifts, weekends and holidays. Assists in finding coverage for staff shortages.

  • Participates in and assists with additional levels of responsibilities for special projects and/or delegated tasks. Participates in personnel development programs such as PSE, Operational Excellence, and Safety Committee. Actively participates in interview of candidates.

  • Utilizes appropriate CIS applications to complete daily tasks in the department to include all applications within PathNet, Powerchart, and Revenue Cycle. Uses MS4, Misys and other legacy systems as needed. Demonstrates competence in MayoAccess and LifePoint as well as other Laboratory Interface/Portal programs (i.e. Harvest, GenOptix eCompass, etc.)

  • Uses pendings/worklists effectively to support patient care.

  • Review and documents daily/weekly maintenance (BB cleaning, Pipette, Processors, Stainers, etc.) Generates monthly statistics as necessary for Laboratory Section.

    Minimum Qualifications


  • High school graduate or equivalent

  • Advanced education in areas of science, chemistry and mathematics normally acquired through college level courses preferred


  • Prior laboratory or health care experience preferred

    Billings Clinic is Montana’s largest health system serving Montana, Wyoming and the western Dakotas. A not-for-profit organization led by a physician CEO, the health system is governed by a board of community members, nurses and physicians. Billings Clinic includes an integrated multi-specialty group practice, tertiary care hospital and trauma center, based in Billings, Montana. Learn more (

    Billings Clinic is committed to being an inclusive and welcoming employer, that strives to be kind, safe, and courageous in all we do. As an equal opportunity employer, our policies and processes are designed to achieve fair and equitable treatment of all employees and job applicants. All employees and job applicants will be provided the same treatment in all aspects of the employment relationship, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy and family status, national origin, spoken language, neurodiversity, age, and/or disability. To ensure we provide an accessible candidate experience for prospective employees, please let us know if you need any accommodations during the recruitment process.