CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO
invites applications for the position of:
Laboratory Analyst (SBP)
An Equal Opportunity Employer
Hourly-$28.63 - $43.18
Biweekly-$2,290.00 - $3,454.00
Monthly-$4,961.67 - $7,483.67
Annually-$59,540.00 - $89,804.00
OPENING DATE: 11/18/20
CLOSING DATE: 12/03/20 05:00 PM
APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT:
Please note that we are planning to conduct virtual interviews on December 8th.
Under direction of the Laboratory Manager, collects samples and performs a variety of routine and advanced analyses of water, wastewater, reclaimed water and sludge in support of City services and operations. This job class includes responsibility for the performance of the full range of the classification's tasks and duties, ultimately performing at a journey level of classification. Appointment to a level in this job class is based upon achieving and maintaining a specified level of competence, professionalism and performance as defined through a skills-based-pay program.
This position is part of the "Skills Based Pay" (SBP) program. Employees in this position shall have the opportunity to advance within the range. Advancement shall be based on attainment and continued demonstrated performance of the required knowledge, skills, and abilities, and/or required certifications, and the recommendation of the department head.
SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:
Employees in this classification receive general supervision from the Laboratory Manager.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks that may be found in positions of this class.)
- Performs a variety of laboratory chemical, physical and biological tests to determine compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies, process control parameters and to characterize raw water, treated water, wastewater and industrial waste streams.
- Collects water, wastewater, soil, sludge and receiving water samples from a variety of sources including creeks, spill sites, manholes, sewer lines and storm drains and maintains automatic samplers in proper working condition.
- Analyzes and interprets routine test results for use in studies, regulatory compliance, process control, and for the public.
- Follows established Chemical Hygiene Plan.
- Follows established laboratory Quality Assurance (QA) program and chain of custody procedures.
- Maintains detailed written and computerized records of laboratory data.
- Prepares chemical reagents, lab supplies and glassware for use in analysis.
- Conducts and evaluates special monitoring projects.
- Recommends changes in collection, analyses, QA procedures or lab manuals.
- Monitors level of laboratory supplies and orders supplies as needed.
- Monitors condition of analytical instruments and performs preventative maintenance of equipment to meet ELAP requirements and ensure accurate, precise measurement.
- Observes proper safety precautions and procedures and maintains the laboratory in a safe, clean, neat and orderly condition.
- Performs and completes required written and electronic reporting requirements and associated reports and duties.
- Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
- General principles, methods and techniques of water quality-related sampling, analyses and treatment processes.
- Fundamentals of laboratory chemistry and mathematics.
- Laboratory safety and equipment care.
- Basic operating principles of water processing plants.
- Regulatory requirements governing certified laboratories and operating permits.
- Perform accurate and precise chemical, physical and biological analyses of water, wastewater and sludge.
- Operate, maintain and calibrate analytical instruments and equipment.
- Understand, follow, and give verbal and written instructions.
- Use computer, spread sheets and data management systems for regulatory recordkeeping, reporting, and data analyses.
- Utilize proper sampling collection and handling techniques.
- Prepare testing media and reagents.
- Keep accurate and legible records.
- Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.
- Convey, receive and follow written and oral instructions
- Understand state and federal regulatory and permit requirements for water quality from the City's treatment facilities and evaluate that compliance through laboratory analysis.
- Perform work in potentially hazardous conditions
- Meet the physical requirements necessary to safely and effectively perform required duties.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology environmental, sanitary or public health engineering, natural or physical science;
A High School Diploma or G.E.D and six months experience in the operation of water and wastewater lab equipment;
A Grade I or higher Laboratory Analysis technical certification from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA).
An equivalent combination of education and experience.
POSSESSION AND MAINTENANCE OF:
- A valid California class C driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.
APPLICATIONS MAY BE OBTAINED AND FILED ONLINE AT: