Laboratory Technician, Lead

City of Glendale AZ in Glendale, AZ 85304 USA

This is a lead positioninvolving the collection of samples of water and/or wastewater for chemical and microbiological analysis for various parameters as mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and City ordinances.
Essential Functions:
1. Leads, plans, directs, trains and reviews the work of staff responsible for the collection, sampling and analysis of water, wastewater, storm water and industrial water to ensure compliance with federal, state and local environmental compliance regulations.Prepares samplingschedules and assigns work to Laboratory Technicians.
2. Collects and performs daily bacteriology samples and testsfrom drinking water distribution systems and water reclamation facilities. Performs field analysis at drinking water distribution system sampling points.
3. Collects water or sewage samples from representative points throughout the City utility system.
4. Samples operating wells for bacteriology, organic and inorganic constituents, and field tests. Assists in sample preparation for inorganic and/or organic analysis including performing digestions, extractions, or analysis required.
5. Perform wet chemistry analysis.
6. Collect water samples from new construction sites and customer complaints. Able to perform water and wastewater bacteriological analysis: process and review data.
7. Maintains instruments, equipment and work spaces; uses reagents, chemicals and standards to prepare working solutions; prepares samples, sample containers and required preservatives. Monitors, prepares, and refills reagents used in the laboratory.
8. Calibrates instruments; uses correct procedures for sample preparation; analyzes parameters such as conductivity, pH, nitrate, total chlorine residual,and related tests.
9. Recordstest results and sample observations into laboratory logs; enters data into automated data base; calculates results for preliminary reports; prepares and completes various special and recurring reports and forms.
10. Maintainsinstrument logs and control data sheets. Ensures SDS's of chemicals are current.
11. Operatesa vehicle to travel to various locations to collect samples using approved methods and devices; verifiessample identification and chain of custody documentation; stores, archives and secures samples as appropriate.
12. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications & Special Requirements:
Associate's degree or two years of college level coursework in science or water technology with courses in microbiology, chemistry or a related natural science and two years of experience collecting and/or analyzing drinking water samples as a Laboratory Technician.
One year of public contact experience involving inspection preferably in a municipality or other government setting is preferred.
*Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying.*
**Knowledge of:**
Basic mathematics, chemical and biological principles, quality control procedures, wastewater collection systems and sampling methods.
Principles, practices and techniques of water quality sampling.
Principles andprocedures of record keeping.
Occupational hazards, standard safety practices and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).
Relevant federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulation.
**Skill In:**
Laboratory techniques
Sample collection techniques.
Following scientific methods and procedures as written.
Leadership and mentoring.
Effective communication.
**Ability to**:
Lead,organize and review the work of staff.
Perform a variety of laboratory tests on water and wastewater samples.
Read and understand technical specifications for equipment preparation and sample collection and handling.
Interpret and properly apply methods, procedures, and regulations related to safety and proper waste disposal.
Keep current by reviewing professional journals, and attending appropriate seminars and training opportunities to stay abreast of changing regulations and procedures, pertaining to job-related requirements and methods.
Interpret,explain and enforce department policies and procedures.
Provide on-the-job training and direction to entry-level employees.
Usecomputers and a variety of computer software programs.
Workindependently in the absence of supervision and also work effectively in a team environment.
***Special Requirements***
Valid Arizona driver's license.
Work holidays, weekends, nights/evenings when demand requires it.
**Applicants will be required to undergo drug testing prior to employment and will be subject to further drug and alcohol testing throughout their period of employment in accordance with the City of Glendale Substance Abuse policy.__
Physical Requirements:
Lifting, carrying (with assistance) and pushing items weighing up to seventy (70) pounds; frequent reaching above shoulder height, bending, stooping, crouching.
*Job Title:* Laboratory Technician, Lead
*Closing Date/Time:* Wed. 01/31/18 5:00 PM Mountain Time
*Salary:* $40,680.00 - $61,020.00 Annually
*Job Type:* Full Time
*Location:* Pyramid Peak WTP 28101 N. 63rd Ave., Arizona

Posted date: January 19, 2018

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