LABORATORY TECHNICIAN

Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.

SALARY

Step I Step II Step III Step IV Step V
$28.43 $29.93 $31.51 $33.16 $34.91

This is a non-exempt position in the General Bargaining Unit (hourly, union).

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Final filing deadline: Friday, December 7, 2018

A current DMV printout is required with all applications. Must pass pre-placement physical and drug screen.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

Under general supervision of the Laboratory Coordinator, plans, organizes, and performs a variety of routine work related to the technical, chemical, and biochemical analysis of water, raw water, and similar material in accordance with guidelines and requirements established by regulatory agencies; enters regulatory compliance data, evaluates and interprets water quality and assists in maintaining laboratory compliance and certification requirements, keeps detailed and accurate records and enters laboratory data into informational management systems; conforms to safe laboratory practices.

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

  1. Performs qualitative and quantitative chemical and biochemical analysis of water and other materials, using standardized and predetermined methods to meet operational and regulatory requirements.
  2. Performs routine and specialized tests, including but not limited to total and suspended solids, calcium, hardness, alkalinity, phosphate, coliform MPN, and standard plate counts.
  3. Evaluate and interpret lab data.
  4. Prepare reagents, sterilize glassware, dispose of laboratory waste; clean calibrate and otherwisemaintain delicate laboratory instruments.
  5. Document the collection of samples and data by following established protocols; prepares andmaintains clear and detailed records.
  6. Assists with preparing a variety of data reports, charts and graphs for internal use and for submittal to maintain compliance with regulatory requirements using various software programs (excel, word, HACH WIMS).
  7. Cleans, maintains, and repairs lab equipment, fixtures, and sampling and monitoring equipment.
  8. Assist in the preparation and standardization of chemical reagents.
  9. Collect samples at various water point sources such as canals, reservoirs, receiving streams, transmission lines, and other sources as required using established techniques and procedures as well as perform tests and analyses on-site and in the laboratory.
  10. Participate in the quality control of laboratory procedures and equipment; perform instrumentation checks.
  11. Assist on special projects, such as laboratory safety programs and development of new procedures.
  12. Transport samples to off-site laboratories.
  13. Performs related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.

    Knowledge of:
  • Practices, tools, equipment, and materials used in laboratory testing.
  • Principles and practices of modern chemistry, bacteriology and the physical sciences.
  • Operation and care of a variety of laboratory equipment.
  • Principles and methods of quality control and assurance.
  • Preparation of chemical reagents and solutions.
  • Chemistry, microbiology, mathematics, and the metric system.
  • Standardized chemical and biochemical tests used at a water treatment facility.
  • Safe working practices and procedures in the laboratory and the field.
  • Laboratory techniques, equipment, terminology and procedures.
  • Operation of a computer and assigned software.
    Ability to:
  • Work independently with good problem solving and organizational skills.
  • Plan and organize work to meet deadlines on a timely basis.
  • Complete thorough, clear and concise records or tests and to convey results in an easily understood manner.
  • Learn procedures for the analysis of samples, demonstrate good laboratory and field monitoring techniques.
  • Learn general operations of the Nick C. DeGroot Water Treatment Plant.
  • Understand and follow moderately complex technical written and oral instructions.
  • Perform calibration of continuous monitoring instrumentation and bench top analytical equipment.
  • Skillfully use a variety of laboratory equipment and conduct tests.
  • Apply technical knowledge of chemical and biochemical testing.
  • Complete proper preparation of required laboratory reports and clear and concise data summaries and written reports.
  • Must be able to adjust to peak workloads and work in a team environment with maintenance, laboratory, operational and administrative personnel.
  • Effectively use personal computer hardware and common software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Education/Training:
Possession of an Associates degress from an accredited college or university with coursework in biology, chemistry, microbiology or related field.

Experience:
Two years of increasingly responsible experience performing a variety of chemical and biochemical tests in water, wastewater, or a related field.

License or Certificate:
Must posses a valid California driver's license, provide evidence of a clean driving record, and maintain a clean driving record.

Possession of, or ability to acquire within one year of employment a Laboratory Analysis Level I certification issued by California Water Environment Association or AWWA and a Water Treatment Plant Operator T2 certificate issued by the California Water Resources Control Board.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

Environment: Work is performed primarily in a laboratory setting, with some travel from site to site and exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals, moderate to loud noises and adverse and extreme weather conditions.

Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach, and twist; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light to moderate amounts of weight; to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction.

Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.

PRE-EXPLOYMENT MEDICAL EXAMINATION:
All persons selected for appointment for a permanent position must pass a medical examination paid for by the District. This medical examination will evaluate the applicant's ability to meet the physical and health status requirements for this classification as stipulated in the District's medical standards. The examination also includes a chemical screening.

This job description has been prepared to define typical duties that an employee is expected to perform in this classification. They are not intended to limit the work which may be performed since other tasks may be assigned that are similar in nature. Further, specific duties may be changed or deleted from time-to-time as deemed necessary or prudent by the general manager.