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Dairy Farmers of America Lab Technician in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Position : Lab Technician

Location : Minneapolis, Minnesota

Requisition ID: : 16953

Kemps has an immediate job opening for a quality assurance technician to perform microbiological and chemical testing of finished products, raw materials and associated items, while adhering to food safety and quality system requirements by committing to meet all pertinent regulatory, customer and SQF requirements. The person in this position would need to maintain all applicable standard operating procedures, while utilizing a continuous improvement mindset, and assist in identifying opportunities to improve processes.

Kemps is a farmer-owned brand of Dairy Farmers of America (DFA), a dairy marketing cooperative owned by more than 12,500 family farmers. Our mark matters and it represents the wholesomeness of dairy that we share with our communities and loved ones. DFA manufactures a variety of dairy products, including cheese, butter, fluid milk, ice cream, dairy ingredients and more, under well-known and established regional brands. Our fingerprints touch thousands of brands across the marketplace, and we’re passionate about delivering the simple pleasures of dairy to people everywhere, straight from our family farm-owners. At Kemps, we create milk, sour cream, yogurt, cottage cheese and are proud to provide families with fresh, delicious dairy.

By joining DFA, you can help us continue to make a difference that matters. We care deeply about the well-being of our neighbors and friends, and we celebrate the diversity of our company and our world. It takes an incredible team to deliver the goodness of dairy and enrich our communities – come join us!


  • up to $29.00 per hour (three year progression), $25.52 starting pay


  • Sunday/Monday: 11pm to 9:30am, Tuesday: Midnight to 10:30am, Friday/Sat: 10:30am to 9pm


  • Union pension plan

  • Competitive pay

  • Paid vacation and holidays*

  • Career growth opportunities – we promote from within!

  • Comprehensive healthcare benefits

  • Service recognition and employee rewards*

  • Employee referral program

  • Tuition reimbursement*

  • Uniforms provided

  • Work for dairy farm families

  • More benefits, too many to name

* varies by company and governing CBAs


  • High school diploma or GED required

  • 1–2 years related experience required

  • Must be able to pass all pre-employment screenings including drug, background and criminal checks

  • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to flavor milk-based, sugar-based and caffeine-based products

  • Must be able to stand, walk, kneel, and bend for virtually the entire shift

  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds, occasionally including overhead

  • Must be able to effectively work in a team environment

  • Must be able to work in a wet environment

  • May occasionally be exposed to chemicals

  • Associate’s or bachelor's degree in a related field (Food Science, Dairy Science, Microbiology, Chemistry) preferred

  • Must be willing to work flexible hours including overtime as required

  • 2-4 years of dairy laboratory experience preferred

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