Laboratory Supervisor Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Water Production Superintendent, performs responsible professional, specialized, and supervisory work in water treatment laboratories. Work involves responsibility for performing and supervising the performance of various laboratory activities and tests. Incumbent is responsible for the quality of tests and analysis performed in the laboratory related to the operations of the water treatment plant. Work is performed with considerable independence within established guidelines, policies, and procedures. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and for results obtained. Performs other work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Supervises and/or performs a variety of chemical, bacteriological, organic, and inorganic tests associated with the operation of water treatment facilities.

Prepares and/or supervises the preparation of chemical solutions, culture media, and reagents used in chemical and microbiological tests.

Supervises the use of laboratory equipment; maintains and calibrates all laboratory equipment in the main laboratory, bacteriology laboratory, and in the operators' laboratory; arranges for repairs or replacement; and orders supplies as necessary.

Maintains and/or supervises the keeping of proper records and data to maintain laboratory certification and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) compliance. Reviews all laboratory data and evaluates results.

Plans, assigns, directs, and evaluates the work of the laboratory technicians and provides or supervises training as needed. Prepares annual personnel evaluation reports.

Actively participates in the planning and formulation of division operational and capital improvement budgets.

Coordinates laboratory section training programs and establishes uniform safety practices and procedures. Assures staff compliance.

Ensures that laboratory and personnel are proficient in certified lab analysis through use of regular proficiency testing and equipment calibration.

Communicates pertinent matters, to include anomalies detected in analysis, to the operational supervisors and Superintendent.
     
Coordinates with City departments to maintain water quality parameter compliance and reports main line clearances to respective engineering or Water Distribution officers.

Submits analysis results to appropriate personnel for regulatory reporting, boil water notice compliance, Well Flushing DMR and Generic Use Permit reports, and annual Consumer Confidence Report.

Maintains State Emergency Response Commission (SERC) local recordkeeping and reporting of hazardous chemicals compliance.

Establishes standards for quality control and quality assurance and monitors performance of laboratory technicians to ensure compliance with QA/QC standards.

Coordinates sampling and reporting drinking water monitoring requirements set forth by FLDEP. Coordinates Consumptive Use Permit sampling between laboratory and plant personnel, then reports the results to the respective agencies. Coordinates sampling and analysis for the lead and copper program, UCMR and IDSE.

Maintain lab accreditation through The NELAC Institute (TNI) compliance testing and on-site lab inspections for currently approved analysis and obtain accreditation for future required analytical work.

Maintain laboratory information management systems.

Coordination of laboratory sampling with plant operation personnel, supervisors and outside contractors concerning changes in treatment parameters required to maintain compliance with primary and secondary drinking water regulations, additional testing to confirm water plant treatment status, supplementary testing to include, but not limited to well rehabilitation, iron studies, nutrient studies, and algal bloom studies to insure compliance requirements are maintained.

Communicates with customers verbally and in writing to respond to complaints, concerns or questions.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor’s degree in the chemical, environmental, biological sciences, physical sciences or engineering, with at least 24 college semester credit hours in chemistry and at least two years of experience in the environmental analysis of representative inorganic and organic analytes for which the laboratory seeks or maintains accreditation. A masters or doctoral degree in one of the above disciplines may be substituted for one year of experience. Must possess a valid State of Florida driver's license. Applicants who possess a valid out of state driver’s license must obtain the Florida driver’s license within 10 days of employment.
 

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of scientific principles, theories, and practices in a wide range of analytical disciplines, tests, and procedures used in a modern water treatment plant laboratory.

Knowledge of preparing solutions, culture media, and reagents used in laboratory and field procedures, tests, and analysis associated with water treatment plant operations.

Knowledge of State and Federal rules and regulations related to potable drinking water.

Knowledge of occupational hazards and necessary safety precautions applicable to laboratory work.

Knowledge of modern management methods and supervisory procedures.

Ability to keep required records and accurately log resulting readings of tests and analysis performed.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, superiors, City officials, customers, and adhere to City policies and personnel rules.

Skill in calibrating and operating modern analytical instruments and general laboratory equipment.

Skill in the use of a personal computer and various application programs.    

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to see, read, print, and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, and symbols both large and small.

Ability to use hands and fingers to perform titrations and other lab tests. Dexterity is required.

Ability to hear normal conversations and communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.

Ability to learn, understand, remember, and complete normal tasks without assistance.

Ability to work with chemicals used in laboratory water tests and work around chemicals used in water treatment processes.

Ability to identify and distinguish colors.

Ability to smell, identify, and distinguish odors in laboratory water tests.

Ability to operate a car or pickup truck.

Ability to lift objects up to 50 pounds that may be awkward to hold.

Ability to open/close fire hydrants and valves.

Ability to work in awkward positions such as bending, squatting, and kneeling.

Ability to walk, stand, or sit for periods longer than 30 minutes.

Ability to climb stairs up to four stories and climb ladders up to 5 feet.

Ability to work in adverse environmental weather conditions during the day or at night.



THIS JOB DESCRIPTION IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AND SHOULD NOT BE CONSTRUED AS AN ALL INCLUSIVE LIST OF ALL THE RESPONSIBILITIES, SKILLS OR WORKING CONDITIONS ASSOCIATED WITH THE POSITION. WHILE IT IS INTENDED TO ACCURATELY REFLECT THE POSITION ACTIVITIES AND REQUIREMENTS, MANAGEMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MODIFY, ADD OR REMOVE DUTIES AND ASSIGN OTHER DUTIES AS NECESSARY. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT.

Revision Date - 10/19/12