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Environmental Laboratory Supervisor
Job ID: 2872
City of San Jose, South Bay


For more info contact:
[email protected]
(408) 975-1443
Close Date: Jul 31, 2013
Salary: $72,425.66 - $88,025.60 Annually

About the Department


The City of San José, the Capital of Silicon Valley, is one of the nation's best managed cities and one of the top ten cities in which to live, work, and do business.  Moreover, San José is the center of cultural, government and economic activity for the region.  The employees of the City of San José have embraced the following values:  Integrity, Innovation, Excellence, Collaboration, Respect and Celebration.  The City's Environmental Services Department is seeking an individual whose values align with the values of the City's employees.


The mission of the Environmental Services Department (ESD) is to work with the community to conserve natural resources and safeguard the environment for future generations.  The department provides services for wastewater management, garbage and recycling, drinking and recycled water, and watershed protection.  Over the next several years, ESD will play a key role in helping San José achieve its "Green Vision" goals to advance San José as a sustainable community.


ESD is comprised of a staff of more than 450, boasting a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team - treatment plant operators, administrative professionals, biologists, chemists, inspectors, environmental program specialists, accountants, maintenance personnel, and more.  The department and its personnel demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.


The Watershed Protection Division provides services that support the City’s efforts to protect water quality in local creeks and in the Bay.  Key functions of the division include Environmental Enforcement, Pollution Prevention, Stormwater Management, and Laboratory Services. 


The Laboratory provides critical services including analysis for monitoring operations and compliance at the Water Pollution Control Plant, for monitoring industrial discharges to the Plant, and to support various studies aimed at understanding and monitoring water quality issues in the Bay and urban tributaries.  The Laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility able to provide analysis for trace metals and organics, conduct bioassay and other toxicological tests, and perform testing for air, soil, and water.  The lab operates 365 days a year to support Plant Operations and processes more than 60,000 samples annually for internal and external customers.  The 28-member laboratory team includes chemists, microbiologists, biologist and laboratory technicians.


The Laboratory is comprised of three sections including the Wastewater Support, Client Support, and Trace Analytical Sections.  The City of San José is seeking a dynamic and committed individual to manage the Wastewater Support Section of the Laboratory.  The Environmental Laboratory Supervisor position reports to the Environmental Laboratory Manager.


Position and Duties


This position will be responsible for providing front line supervision for a group of highly technical staff.  Key responsibilities of the Environmental Laboratory Supervisor may include:


  -   Planning, organizing and directing the operations within an assigned section of the laboratory. 


  -   Supervising staff to include:  prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; and making personnel recommendations.


  -   Providing technical consultation to laboratory customers in developing sampling procedures and analytical programs to meet their service requests; reviewing, evaluating and establishing analytical methods within an assigned section; setting goals, determining priorities, developing work schedules, monitoring workflow, and maintaining timelines.


  -  Planning, organizing and directing complex applied research including designing experiments, developing time schedules, setting goals, monitoring results, analyzing data, and submitting oral and written reports as required. 


  -  Planning, implementing, coordinating, evaluating, and reporting laboratory projects for an internal and external Department customer base.


  -  Monitoring and evaluating problems related to plant operations and laboratory analyses and recommending solutions to alleviate such problem situations.


  -   Implementing, evaluating, and monitoring the maintenance of appropriate quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) processes and procedures and establishing data quality objectives to meet laboratory certification requirements.


-   Evaluating, implementing, and reporting National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Discharge Monitoring Report (DMR), and regional Watershed Permit related analytical requirements.  


  -   Evaluating laboratory services and equipment, and preparing justification and recommendation for purchase of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and equipment replacement.


  -   Assisting in preparing budget and projections for assigned section; monitoring expenditures and revenues and ensures that they are within budget targets; participating in the forecasting of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials, and supplies; administering the approved budget.   


  -   Researching and preparing technical and administrative reports, written correspondence and presentations for technical meetings and publications. 


  -   Directing and supervising the implementation and use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS) by staff within an assigned section.


  -   Representing the laboratory to outside agencies and organizations; participating in studies conducted by other agencies to evaluate new or existing analytical methods; providing technical assistance as necessary.


  -   Building and maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, other organizations and their representatives, exhibiting effective customer service and communication skills.


Minimum Qualifications


Any combination of training and experience equivalent to:


Education:  Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor of Science degree with major work in chemistry, microbiology, biology or related discipline.


Experience:  Three (3) years of professional experience, including at least two (2) years of independent applied research in water or wastewater analysis. 


Allowable Substitutions: A Master of Science Degree may be substituted for the required independent applied research experience.


Employment Eligibility:  Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country.  Please be informed that the City of San José will not prepare or file a labor condition application with the Department of Labor.


Desirable experience, knowledge and skills for this position include:


  -   Master of Science degree in chemistry, microbiology, biology or related discipline.


  -   Knowledge of chemical, microbiological, biological and/or toxicological methods and their application to environmental analyses.


  -   Knowledge of administrative, supervisory, and management principles with regard to the operation of an environmental laboratory.


  -   Knowledge of and experience in data processing and control strategies utilized in laboratory environments for data storage, manipulation and statistical analyses.


  -   Ability to conduct and direct specialized research work on problems of a chemical, microbiological, biochemical or toxicological nature.


  -   Knowledge and experience in using computer applications or data management systems as they relate to laboratory operations.


-               Knowledge and experience in permit related reporting of NPDES Self Monitoring Reports, Discharge Monitoring Reports, and regional Watershed permits.


To Learn More and Apply


To view the full announcement for this exciting opportunity and apply online with the City of San José, please visit the City of San José’s employment page by clicking on the link below.


Then click on the “Prospective Employees” link.  


City of San José Employment Page


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