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Pharmacy Technician, Ventura & Santa Paula, CA

Organization: Ventura County Health Care Agency
Category: Pharmacy Technician
Location: Ventura & Santa Paula, CA
Date Job Posted: November 4, 2022
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SALARY RANGE (approximate)

$15.00 - $23.02 Hour $2,600.00 - $3,990.53 Monthly $31,200.00 - $47,886.33 Annually

This posting is for the Ventura County Health Care Agency; vacancy location is Ventura & Santa Paula.


Under direct supervision, the incumbent performs a variety of tasks to assist in the operation of the Ventura County Medical Center or Santa Paula Hospital pharmacy.

NEW HIRE/RETENTION/REFERRAL INCENTIVES: Subject to the applicable section of the SEIU 721 MOA 2019-2022, Amendment #6 (Secs. 3801 – 3803):

  • In compliance with specific requirements, effective 10/12/2022 a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Referral Incentive of $500.


  • Pharmacy Technician I: $15.00 - $18.81 hourly
  • Pharmacy Technician II: $15.00 - $20.73 hourly
  • Pharmacy Technician - PDP I : $20.72 hourly
  • Pharmacy Technician - PDP II: $23.02 hourly

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE: Some positions may be eligible for educational incentive. This incentive may be 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% for incumbents in eligible positions based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT: Health Care Agency – Ventura County Medical Center, Santa Paula Hospital, and Oncology Infusion Pharmacy.
Pharmacy Technicians are represented by the Service Employees' International Union (SEIU) and are eligible for overtime compensation.
The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-Term), Intermittent, Per Diem Pool, and Extra-Help vacancies within the Health Care Agency. There are currently two (2) Intermittent vacancies.

NOTE: If appointed at the lower level, incumbents may be promoted to the higher level without further examination upon meeting the minimum requirements, demonstrating satisfactory performance, and in accordance with the business needs of the department.


OPENING DATE: February 11, 2022
CLOSING DATE: Continuous


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

Pharmacy Technician I/PDP I

  • Operates a computer to complete tasks related to prescription filling, stocking,
  • inventory, and billing;
  • Assists in the maintenance of other pharmacy records;
  • Requisitions necessary supplies for daily operations;
  • Assists in the compounding, preparation, and dispensing of medications, solutions, and
  • supplies where appropriate;
  • Counts and repackages medications;
  • Assists the pharmacist staff in the completion of Joint Commission unit inspections;
  • Restocks and maintains stock and receives, unpacks, and locates incoming
  • medications and other supplies;
  • Maintains general neatness and cleanliness of the pharmacy; and
  • Performs other related duties as required.

Pharmacy Technician II/PDP II

In addition to the duties above, the duties of the Pharmacy Technician II/PDP II may include but are not limited to:

  • Compounds and prepares medications and solutions and distributes supplies;
  • Assists in the unit-dose medication distribution system;
  • Assists in the admixture of parenteral solutions, including:
    • I.V. piggyback medications (IVPB)
    • Large volume parenteral solutions (LVP)
    • Parenteral nutrition solutions (PN)
    • Chemotherapeutic solutions (CTX)
    • Specialty solutions (critical care medications)
  • Fills/refills medications and floor stock in automated dispensing cabinets;
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by a Pharmacist.


These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.


Pharmacy Technician I/PDP I

Any combination of education, training, and/or experience comparable to six (6) months experience in a pharmacy setting with knowledge of general pharmacy procedures and practices.

Pharmacy Technician II/PDP II

Any combination of education, training, and/or experience comparable to one (1) year experience in a pharmacy setting with knowledge of general pharmacy procedures and practices.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT (all four classifications)

Must possess and maintain a current California Pharmacy Technician Registration/License.


This position may be subject to State Health Officer Orders regarding vaccine verification and/or testing. These requirements are a condition of employment. Depending on assignment and work location(s), successful candidates for this position will be required to submit proof of vaccination and/or booster against COVID-19 or request an exemption for qualifying medical or religious reasons during the onboarding process.


  • Hospital pharmacy experience
  • Certified Pharmacy Technician certificate

Knowledge of:

  • Basic pharmacy practices and procedures
  • Inpatient, outpatient, and/or infusion pharmacy practices and procedures
  • General clerical and recordkeeping procedures

Ability to:

  • Type and operate a computer
  • Follow pharmaceutical procedures
  • Carefully prepare medications for patient use
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with staff.


FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura, Human Resources Division, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

Information for Transfer Candidates

NOTE: If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader) for additional information.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE – qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION – qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

WRITTEN EXAMINATION - 100%: A job-related written examination will be administered to test candidates' knowledge of generic drug names, pharmacy calculations, pharmacy procedures, conversions, filing, and interpersonal relationships. Candidates must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list. Applicants successfully completing the exam process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information, and driving record may be required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Erin Niemi via email at or by telephone at (805) 654-2568.

VETERAN’S POINTS: This is a trainee/entry level classification (Level I), and Veteran’s Points may apply to eligible candidates.


The County of Ventura is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

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