Lab Technician, Level III/ Lead

Job Description

Location: Varies | Reports to : Lab Director | Department: Lab Operations | Classification: Full-time, Non-Exempt | Direct Reports: No

Company Overview:

Kaycha Group, LLC is a leading provider of innovative Cannabis and Hemp testing technologies and methods. We perform product testing to help ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. We provide comprehensive cannabis testing for potency, homogeneity, heavy metals, microbial contamination, mycotoxins, residual solvents, terpenes, and pesticides.

Job Purpose:

The Lab Technician, Level III (Lead) will be responsible for leading the extraction team, duties include, but are not limited to managing sample work flow, overseeing all prep activities, assessing daily priorities and assigning daily tasks to the team of extraction technicians. This position will also be responsible for overseeing the successful onboarding and training of new technicians. Assist the extraction team as needed in sample preparation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Execute laboratory protocol and procedures under the supervision of the Lab Director.
  • Regularly display good laboratory technique to avoid cross-contamination or misidentified samples.
  • Provide training and mentoring for incoming extraction technicians.
  • Serve as subject matter expert for extraction techniques.
  • Perform sample preparation procedures including homogenization, weighing, and extraction.
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative tests.
  • Perform primary and secondary data review.
  • Manage workflow and prioritize samples based on daily assessment of sample volume and testing status.
  • Assign daily preparation and extraction tasks for other technicians.
  • Utilize the LIMS system to create batches, enter sample prep information and maintain physical and electronic records.
  • Oversee maintenance of equipment and facilities, notifying Lab Director of any calibration or service needs.
  • Adhere to ISO 17025 standards as well as state regulatory requirements.
  • Manage consumables and reagents inventory and coordinate biweekly supply orders.
  • Promote a strong customer service culture while adhering to the highest safety and industry standards.
  • Other duties and/or special projects as assigned.

Education & Experience:

  • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry or related field, based on state requirements.
  • 3+ years of post graduate lab experience is strongly desired.
  • Knowledge of principles, terminology, practices, techniques, and instrumentation commonly used in a laboratory setting preferred.
  • Exposure to the cannabis industry is a plus.


  • Must pass Level 2 background check.
  • Must be at least 21 years old.
  • Kaycha Labs offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, vision and time off.
  • Kaycha Labs is an Equal Opportunity Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status

Skills, Abilities and Competencies:

  • Ability to maintain an incredibly high degree of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Strong agility, engagement, and flexibility in an ever-changing environment.
  • Working knowledge of logging, organizing, and analyzing data.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced deadline environment while successfully managing multiple tasks.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
  • Working knowledge of standard laboratory protocol.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to effectively work, problem solve, and communicate with multiple levels of the organization.

Essential Functions:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that an employee must meet to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand, handle or feel, to speak, and to hear. The employee is occasionally required to walk, sit, reach with hands and arms, bend, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to thirty-five (35) pounds.

Specific vision abilities required for this job include close (proximity) vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment described here is representative of that which an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The standard analytical laboratory environment is one in which potential health hazards do exist. Administrative, operations, technical, and professional staff are expected to safely operate in accordance with applicable and appropriate health and safety policies and procedures, as prescribed by the applicable Kaycha manuals and policies and/or federal, state, or local standards.

Laboratory staff can be expected to work in areas where hazards associated are with, but not limited to, airborne pathogens. Biological materials, hazardous substances, and radioactive material exist and are handled. Appropriate training is provided regarding these hazards and staff are expected to adhere to all health and safety policies at all times, whether they are in writing or verbalized by a supervisor.

The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or physical requirements. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions