Laboratory Technician Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general supervision of the Laboratory Supervisor, performs analytical work in a state accredited laboratory involving chemical and bacteriological analyses associated with the operation of a drinking water facility.  Work is performed through standard laboratory methods governed by drinking water procedures, regulations and policies.  Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports, and quality controlled results.  Performs other lab related work as assigned.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.        ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs a wide variety of chemical, organic, and bacteriological analyses using approved methods and procedures specified by drinking water regulations.

Maintains technical records pertaining to sample collection, analysis, and results as prescribed by applicable laws, rules, and regulations.           

Schedules and oversees the maintenance, adjustment, and/or calibration of laboratory instruments, apparatus, or testing equipment for the laboratory and operations.

Maintains cleanliness of laboratory facilities and equipment.

Prepares solutions, culture media, and reagents used in chemical, organic, and microbiological analysis.

Collects water samples, calibrates and maintains field instrumentation and support documentation.

Assures work quality by adhering to standard operating procedures and methods to maintain sample analysis integrity.

REQUIREMENTS

A.        TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE           

Must possess a Bachelor’s degree with major course work in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or a related field.  A minimum of one year experience in a water or an environmental laboratory is required.  Must possess and maintain a valid State of Florida Driver’s License, or obtain within 10 days of employment.

B.        KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Knowledge of scientific principles, theories, and practices on a wide range of analyses and procedures used in an accredited drinking water plant laboratory.

Knowledge of preparing solutions, culture media, and reagents used in laboratory and field procedures, and analyses associated with a drinking water plant operations.

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

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

Ability to keep accurate and legible records, logs and benchsheets of analyses performed.

Ability to access, store, and populate data in a computer.

Ability to communicate effectively written and orally.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

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

Ability to make mathematical computations.

Ability and willingness to work overtime and holidays.

 C.        PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Able to hear, speak and understand conversation in English in normal tones of voice.

Able to wear personal protective equipment

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

Able to use hands and fingers to perform titrations and other lab tasks.  Dexterity and fine motor skills are required.

Able to hear normal conversations and communicate clearly, both orally and written.

Able to learn, understand, remember, organize and carry out work assignments independently.

Able to safely work with and around chemicals and materials associated with laboratory activities and the water treatment process.

Able to identify colors and hues, tints and shades by sight.

Able to smell, identify, and distinguish odors in laboratory water analyses.

Able to adapt to new technology and methods to enhance laboratory effectiveness.

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

Able to open/close fire hydrants and valves.

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

Able to walk, stand, or sit for periods of up to (1) hour.

Able to climb stairs up to four stories and climb ladders up to five feet.

Able to work in adverse environmental weather and working conditions (outdoors, standing water, heat and noise).

 

 

 

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: 08/31/16