Laboratory Technician Job Description

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CHARACTERISTICS OF THE CLASS

Under the general direction of the Environmental Compliance Supervisor, performs skilled work in the state certified compliance laboratory involving routine and special analysis related to all phases of wastewater treatment and industrial waste. Work is performed with independence within strict established guidelines, procedures and policies. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, reports and from results obtained. Performs other lab related work as required.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

A.    ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Performs laboratory analyses specific to wastewater compliance monitoring.

Maintains analysis result records; prepares data sheets; maintains and operates laboratory instrumentation and equipment.

Measures samples, runs analyses and monitors results on various parameters to ensure that wastewater quality standards are being met according to federal NPDES and state law requirements.

Maintains cleanliness of laboratory facilities and equipment.

Preparation of chemical reagents, bacteriological media and test solutions used in laboratory analysis.

Maintains QA/QC standards through prescribed standard operating procedures to ensure sample analysis integrity throughout custody and procedural practice.

Collects samples, cleans and calibrates field sampling instrumentation, maintains field sampling instrumentation logs.

Assist in site inspections of industrial and commercial users of the City’s wastewater systems.

Collect samples and perform laboratory analyses required to monitor industrial user compliance with Federal and/or local pretreatment standards.

REQUIREMENTS

A.    TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or a related field. A minimum of one year experience in an environmental laboratory. Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel.  Must possess a valid State of Florida Driver’s license. Applicants who possess an out of state driver’s license must obtain the Florida within 10 days of employment.

B.    KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES

Knowledge of the scientific principles, theories and practices used on a wide range of analyses, tests and procedures performed in a certified environmental laboratory facility.

Knowledge of preparing solutions, cultures, media and reagents used in laboratory and field procedures, tests and analyses associated with water reclamation compliance.

Knowledge of state, federal and national rules and regulations related to environmental laboratory activities.

Knowledge of the occupational hazards, chemical hygiene and safety precautions applicable to laboratory and fieldwork.

Ability to keep accurate logs, records and benchsheets for all laboratory activities

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the general public.

Ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.

Ability and willingness to work overtime and holidays.

C.    PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

Ability to operate vehicle, i.e., pick-up, van, etc.  
    
Ability to remove and replace manhole covers using proper tools.

Ability and willingness to enter and work in confined spaces as necessary when provided adequate safety devices.

Ability to hear and understand conversations in a normal tone of voice, both in person and by telephone.

Ability to see and read prints, letters, numbers, words, characters and symbols which are both large and small. Binocular vision required.

Correctly identify colors and hues, tints and shades of colors by sight.

Ability to stand or sit for periods of up to one (1) hour.

Ability to walk for up to 5 minutes at a time.
    
Ability to walk up and down stairs.

Ability to print and draw letters, numbers, words, characters, diagrams and symbols. Must be legible and understood by others.

Ability to use small hand tools which require the use of hands, wrists and fingers. Dexterity, including fine motor skills, required.

Ability to move from a standing or sitting position to a bending, kneeling or squatting position and vice-versa periodically.

Ability to learn complex tasks and remember how to complete tasks without assistance once trained.

Ability to perform data entry tasks on a computer.

Ability to lift, carry, push and pull items weighing up to 35 pounds over uneven terrain.

Ability to lift and/or carry items which are awkward to grasp or hold on to or are from an overhead location.

Ability to lift items weighing up to 35 pounds up to or down from laboratory counter top.

Ability to work in undesirable conditions which include heat, humidity, wetness, cold, excessive noise and/or odorous environments.

Ability to work around various hazardous chemicals and materials.



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 - 4/3/2015