Thousand Oaks

Laboratory Chemist (20257090)

Public Works
Ventura County
Until filled
$39.80-$53.33 Hourly

Please review the special instructions before applying for this job opportunity.


9600 Santa Rosa Road Camarillo, 93012


The City of Thousand Oaks has an Excellent Opportunity!

We are seeking a conscientious, organized, and detail-oriented Laboratory Chemist to perform a variety of biological, physical, and chemical analysis on wastewater, receiving waters, potable water, and biosolids. The Laboratory Chemist will perform analyses to evaluate operating conditions of the treatment facility, assure compliance with facility’s NPDES permit, and to satisfy State of California drinking water requirements. This is a journey-level position where Chemist is expected to be experienced and fully qualified to be able to perform assigned duties with minimal supervision.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Collects, preserves, and prepares plant samples for laboratory analysis, performs sample analysis, reviews data, and reports results.
  • Performs bacteriological tests on potable water and wastewater to assure safety and regulatory compliance. Organizes and/or participates on special projects and analyses.
  • Understands and interprets data obtained from tests, including whether or not results meet laboratory QA/QC criteria.  Enters laboratory results into data base, and maintains accurate written records of sample preparation, reagents, and analysis.
  • Prepares reagents, standards, and other solutions used in daily lab operations.
  • Maintains, calibrates, and services laboratory and/or sampling equipment.
  • Monitors data analyses to comply with Quality Assurance/Control Program, promptly recognizes, flags, and reports data outliers, presents fully vetted data results
  • Trains other staff in use of lab equipment as necessary
  • Performs sample collection duties as required and delivers samples to contract labs 

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate should possess:

  • Strong knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology, and industry specific procedures, i.e. Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, EPA Wastewater and drinking methods, TNI principles and requirements.
  • Understanding of pertinent local, state, and federal regulations
  • Theory, practices, and methods, commonly used in chemical, bacteriological, and physical analysis of water, wastewater, and biosolids.
  • Proper sample collection procedures and techniques, including operation, maintenance, and programming of automated field samplers.
  • Principles and practices of Qualitative and Quantitative Analyses in Chemistry and Microbiology.
  • Methods and processes used in wastewater treatment
  • Methods and principles of Microbiology and Analytical Chemistry associated and applicable to wastewater treatment and laboratory analyses
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices
  • Common laboratory chemicals, reactions, precautions, use of appropriate PPE, and appropriate disposal of commonly used chemicals
  • Mathematical calculations commonly used in industry specific analytical methods
  •  Principles and procedures of record keeping
  • Quality Assurance/Quality Control practices and procedures
  • Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications

Ability to:

  • Perform sophisticated chemical analysis
  • Proficiently use Microsoft Office, Search Engines, and Excel to generate data tables, track information in support of  laboratory traceability, lab inventory, and in support of Safety Data Sheets Management system.
  • Analyze, understand, and interpret test results
  • Calibrate, repair, and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Calibrate and maintain automated plant samplers
  • Generate clear, accurate, and concise analytical results
  • Learn and apply new information or skills
  • Understand and accurately follow detailed oral and written instructions
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain professional working relationships 
  • Successfully transition to, and adjust to, changing scheduling needs and analyses, in a fast paced environment; effectively multi-task while maintaining accuracy
  • Successfully perform other related duties, as necessary
  • Respond and perform assigned duties in the event of a City-declared emergency


Core Competencies:

  • Results Oriented
  • Customer-Focused
  • Accountable
  • Problem Solver and Decision Maker
  • Ethical
  • Technically Knowledgeable

Additional Characteristics:

  • Dependable
  • Highly focused, Detail Oriented, Organized 

Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Studies or a related field
  • 2+ years of increasingly responsible industry specific chemical or biological laboratory experience in the chemical, bacteriological, and physical analyses typically used in a wastewater treatment plant or environmental laboratory
  • A California Water Environment Association, Laboratory Analyst Grade I Certificate
  • A Valid Class C California’s Driver’s license



The City provides excellent benefits. Please visit the City website for more information.

Special Instructions

FILING DEADLINE: Open until filled.  First review date is Thursday, July 7, 2022.  Applications and supplemental questions will be reviewed on an on-going basis and candidates are encouraged to apply by Thursday, July 7, 2022. Please note, the recruitment may close without notice at any time after the first review date. 

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE: Applicants are required to complete the Supplemental Questionnaire. This will be used throughout the process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications for the position.

Additional information about the City is available on our website at

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION - The City of Thousand Oaks makes reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities to participate in the selection process.  If you wish to request an accommodation in order to participate in the selection process, you must inform the Human Resources Department in writing no later than the final filing date.  Applicants requesting an accommodation should document the request including the type and extent of accommodations requested to participate in the selection process and/or perform the duties of the job for which applied.

Veteran’s Preference - In order to qualify for Veteran’s Preference a Form DD214, or other acceptable proof of service, must be submitted by the deadline date/time noted in the job announcement. Any veteran who has successfully completed all phases of a selection process for employment with the City shall be granted a final interview regardless of his or her ranking on the eligibility list, providing he/she meets the criteria for an eligible veteran.

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