The District is seeking a Laboratory Technician I/II who will perform a variety of chemical, physical, microbiological, and toxicological analysis of wastewater and biosolids in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Federal and State regulations in support of treatment plant operations and regulatory compliance monitoring. In addition, the Laboratory Technician I/II collects samples from the field, enters data in a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), and performs other related work as required.
Lab Technician I is the entry level class in the series. Incumbents perform most of the job duties but are not expected to function with the same amount of skill level and independence as the journey level. Incumbents perform field sampling and a variety of routine analyses on wastewater and biosolids samples in accordance with SOP and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) program criteria. Incumbents prepare, calibrate, standardize, and operate a variety of equipment and instruments required for sample collection and analysis. Incumbents calculate and record laboratory analysis results and enter data into the LIMS. Advancement to the Laboratory Technician II level may be granted once the incumbent has demonstrated satisfactory work performance as determined by the Laboratory Supervisor and Environmental Services management and has obtained a CWEA Laboratory Analyst Grade II certificate.
Lab Technician II is the journey level class in the series. In addition to the characteristics of the Laboratory Technician I, incumbents perform the full range of duties with a significant level of skill and expertise beyond that expected at the entry level. This level is further distinguished from the Laboratory Technician I by the ability to work independently, exercise sound judgment and initiative, and to perform the most complex duties assigned. Assignments are given with the expectation that incumbents have the ability to work productively without close supervision. The Laboratory Technician II participates in LIMS administration, procedure and worksheet development, report generation, staff training, analytical data review, and special projects.
KNOWLEDGE OF:●Principles and methods of chemical, microbiological, and toxicological analyses of wastewater and associated sampling procedures. ●Laboratory safety practices and procedures. ●Computer based applications including spreadsheets, word processing, and laboratory information management systems. ●Standard laboratory equipment operation and maintenance. ●Familiarity with regulations governing wastewater treatment. ●Basic understanding of laboratory QA/QC.
ABILITY TO:●Understand and follow oral and written instructions. ●Work with others and accept direction. ●Prepare legible, clear, complete, and technically accurate records and reports. ●Follow established analytical procedures in all activities and apply routine QA/QC protocols. ●Operate and maintain standard laboratory equipment. ●Operate transport equipment between collection sites (vehicle, cart), office and field communication equipment, and laboratory equipment and materials safely and efficiently. ●Use modern office and laboratory equipment and digital resource systems, programs, and hardware. ●Define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. ●Accept constructive criticism from supervisors and co-workers. ●Follow safe work practices at all times. ●Walk on uneven surfaces ●Work in inclement weather. ●Communicate with irate or difficult people. ●Work overtime, off hours, and be on standby as needed during wet weather.
EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be:
Completion of college level courses equivalent to an AS degree in physical or life sciences and two (2) years of experience. Experience may be substituted for education on a one (1) year of experience for one (1) year of education basis up to a maximum of one (1) year. Experience must be in conducting chemical or biological laboratory analyses, ideally in methods applicable to wastewater.
LICENSE / CERTIFICATE:
Laboratory Technician I: Must possess a current Grade I or higher Laboratory Analyst certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association at the time of application.
Laboratory Technician II: Must possess a current Grade II or higher Laboratory Analyst certificate issued by the California Water Environment Association at the time of application.
Must possess a valid California Class C Driver’s License at the time of employment. The ability to drive District vehicles is a specific requirement for this position. For that reason it is the employee’s responsibility to maintain a driving record that is acceptable to the District’s insurance carrier or be subject to dismissal.
Please review the supplemental questions prior to applying for this position by using the Supplemental link in the Additional Questionnaire section found above.
Please attach a PDF copy of your current CWEA Grade I or higher Laboratory Analyst certificate. If you have other documents you would like to be considered, please scan them together as one PDF and attach them to your application using the Other Documents attachment option.