Laboratory Technician I/II at South Tahoe Public Utility District in SOUTH LAKE TAHOE

South Lake Tahoe, 96150 | 11/18/2020 | Ad id: 7-0000638368-01
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Job Summary

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I:
SALARY: $5283 -$6742/mo
Under the direction of the Laboratory Director and the Laboratory
Technician II, performs a variety of chemical, physical, and biological analysis on water, wastewater and soil, as required for State Water Quality compliance, Public Health, and Plant operation. Makes appropriate calculations and enters data onto Lab forms and computer; prepares standard solutions; prepares media for bacteriological tests; cleans and maintains glassware and equipment; performs field sampling for the potable water and sewer systems and in Alpine County.

A Laboratory Technician I may be promoted to Laboratory Technician II upon meeting four (4) years experience as a South Tahoe Public Utility District Lab Technician I, and obtaining either AWWA or CWEA Grade II Laboratory Technologist certificate, and will also be based on satisfactorily meeting performance standards established by the District for the Laboratory Technician position.

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II:
SALARY: $6209 - $7924/mo

Under the direction of the Laboratory Director, performs a variety of chemical, physical, and biological analysis on water, wastewater and soil, as required for State Water Quality compliance, Public Health, and Plant operation; uses a variety of automated instrumentation; makes appropriate calculations and enters data onto Lab forms; prepares standard solutions; performs field sampling for the potable water system and in Alpine County.


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Essential Functions

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I:

1. Performs quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis on water, wastewater, and soil; performs microbiological analysis on drinking water, wastewater, groundwater and surface water. Performs nutrient and mineral analysis using an ion chromatograph.

2. Performs a variety of field sampling: potable water weekly potable water bacteriological sampling, customer complaints, and process control; wastewater treatment plant, Tahoe Basin streams and monitoring wells, Alpine County soils, streams, reservoirs, monitoring wells and domestic wells. Performs many tests in the field: EC, pH, DO, Cl2, temperature and H2S.

3. Makes appropriate calculations; maintains legible records; enters data onto Laboratory forms, and into a Laboratory microcomputer.

4. Prepares reagents and standard solutions.

5. Sets bacteriological samples, reads and interprets results. Pre
pares and sterilizes bacteriological media.

6. Contributes to the maintenance of the quality assurance program.

7. Oversees and assigns duties to Laboratory Assistants and Laboratory Aides.

8. Adheres to and enforces stated safety policies and procedures.

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II:

Performs quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses on water, wastewater, and soil; performs microbiological analysis on drinking water, wastewater, groundwater and surface water.

Performs a variety of field sampling: weekly bacteriological sampling, customer complaints, and process control; wastewater treatment plant; Tahoe Basin streams and monitoring wells; Alpine County soils, streams, reservoirs, monitoring wells and domestic wells.Performs many tests in the field:EC, pH, DO, Cl2, temperature, and H2S.

Uses a variety of advanced instrumentation to perform water and soil analyses, such as ion chromatograph, segmented flow analyzer, or atomic absorption spectrophotometer.

Makes appropriate calculations; maintains legible records; enters data onto Laboratory forms, enters data into a laboratory information management system; produces computer reportsand graphs that are submitted to staff, customers, and regulatory agencies.

Maintains quality assurance program.Must be able to determine validity of test results.

Prepares reagents
and standard solutions.

Sets bacteriological samples, reads and interprets results.Prepares and sterilizes bacteriological media.

Oversees and assigns duties to Laboratory Technicians I, Laboratory Assistants and Laboratory Aides.

Schedules the Laboratory's routine sampling and testing.

Adheres to and enforces stated safety policies and procedures.


Education & Experience Requirements

EDUCATION

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I/II:

1. Requires graduation from college with at least a Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or other physical or biological science.

2. Must pass a written exam covering general
chemistry, biology, and mathematics and a lab practical exam covering basic laboratory skills and calculations.

EXPERIENCE

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I:

1. One year experience in an analytical or microbiological laboratory is required. A minimum of two college laboratory courses in chemistry, microbiology, or other related sciences can be used for this requirement.

2. See proficiency section for Certification Requirements.

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II:


Four (4) years experience performing chemical or biological analysis on water or wastewater in either a public or commercial environmental
laboratory.

See Proficiency section for Certification requirements.



Proficiency Requirements

PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I:

1. Must possess either an AWWA or CWEA Grade I Laboratory Technologist certificate or obtain this certificate within eighteen (18) months after hire date.

2. Requires knowledge of basic laboratory methods and procedures including sampling and testing procedures.

3. Requires knowledge of general characteristics of chemical and bacteriological contaminants in water and wastewater.

4. Knowledge of basic chemical quantitative and qualitative analysis.

5. Requires knowledge of principals of mathematics, including algebra and statistics.

6. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.

7. Requires ability to keep legible, accurate records.

8. Must have knowledge of basic laboratory safety.

9. Ability to read, understand and follow written or verbal instructions.

10. Requires the ability to maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers and supervisors.

11. Requires a valid, current drivers' license, acceptable by the State of California, with a driving record which enables insurability.

12. Must have cur
rent, valid CPR and First Aid certificates or ability to obtain within two years of hire date.

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II:


Must possess either an AWWA or CWEA Grade II Laboratory Technologist in order to become a Laboratory Technologist II.
Requires knowledge of basic laboratory methods and procedures, including sampling and testing procedures.
Requires knowledge of laboratory instrumentation (such as auto analyzers, ion chromatographs, or atomic absorption spectrophotometers).
Requires knowledge of general characteristics of chemical and bacteriological contaminants in water and wastewater.
Knowledge of basic chemical quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Requires knowledge of principals of mathematics, including algebra and statistics.
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekends and holidays.
Requires ability to keep legible, accurate records.
Must have knowledge of basic laboratory safety.
Ability to read, understand and follow written or verbal instructions.
Requires the ability to maintain cooperative relationships with co-workers and supervisors.
Requires a valid, current drivers' license, acceptable by the State of California, with a driving record which enables insurability.
Must have current, valid CPR and First Aid certificates, or ability to obtain within two (2) years of hire date.



RESPONSIBILITY

LABORATORY TECHNICIAN I/II:

1. Requires the ability to work independently after receiving instructions.