County of Alameda

Supervising Chemist (#5556)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - General Mgmt (U15)
$44.13-$53.18 Hourly / $3,530.40-$4,254.40 BiWeekly /
$7,649.20-$9,217.87 Monthly / $91,790.40-$110,614.40 Yearly


DESCRIPTION
Under general direction, to plan, organize, and supervise laboratory operations and assigned staff, either conducting or directing a variety of chemical, physical, biological and bacteriological tests in the examination of water quality at different stages of the water treatment system, or to perform a variety of qualitative and qualitative analyses in connection with the investigation of industrial and environmental health hazards; and to perform other related duties.

DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

This job specification describes two Supervising Chemist positions. One is located in Zone 7 of the Flood Control and Water Conservation District and is assigned program responsibility for the laboratory analyses of water quality. The other position is located in the Department of Environmental Health and is assigned the program responsibility for the analysis of industrial and environmental health hazards. This class is distinguished from the lower level class of Chemist in that both positions in the class of Supervising Chemist have program responsibility in their respective departments, supervising laboratory functions and assigned staff, while the lower-level class is the journey level having none of the supervisory responsibilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

Water Quality Option:

1. Performs various standard tests in the chemical, physical and biological examination of water in various stages of its treatment and interprets test results. Performs nonstandard bacteriological analyses; identifies biological growths by microscopic examination; compares chemical test results and determines compliance with applicable health and safety codes and regulations. Conducts collection of samples of raw, settled and filtered water, including ground, surface, sludge and waste water and reports findings to requesting authority.

2. Responsible for laboratory equipment and instruments; schedules and reviews the work of laboratory staff; interviews and recommends on employment of new personnel; trains personnel in required areas; evaluates work performance, recommends disciplinary action; assembles budgetary and annual reports as required; makes calculations, maintains records and statistical data on lab activities; and prepares reports on work performed. Responsible for Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) certification renewals.

3. Conducts special studies to improve water treatment process, and occasionally makes metal determinations for trace elements; when required performs inspections and makes analyses of water outside the laboratory for individuals or private and public sectors; and reports on the general sanitary conditions of water facilities. Serves as a leader of short-term field and laboratory chemical or biochemical projects; interprets results of tests performed by technicians and other field personnel; instructs and trains others in routine examination of water.

4. Tests, evaluates and recommends on new analytical instruments for laboratory use; checks accuracy, speed and endurance of instruments, and evaluates special equipment for sensitivity and overall durability. Formulates and recommends on new or proposed analytical lab procedures; updates and reviews current procedures to ensure continued compliance with ongoing or newly mandated State and Federal regulations related to examination and analysis of water.

5. May inspect; adjust, and make minor repairs of plant and laboratory equipment; and may also be responsible for instrument maintenance through checklists, calibrations and minor servicing.

6. Generate and update standard operating procedures/quality control and quality assurance manual for the different sections of the laboratory.

Environmental Health Option:

1. Performs specialized work in connection with health hazards in industrial environments, including chemical analysis to determine the presence or amount of contaminants or adulterants in food and drugs, water, sewage, and trade waste samples or substances potentially hazardous to workers in industry.

2. Responsible for laboratory equipment instruments; schedules and reviews the work of laboratory staff; interviews and recommends on employment of new personnel; trains personnel in required areas; evaluates work performance; recommends disciplinary action; assembles budgetary and annual reports as required.

3. Develops and tests special field apparatus and techniques to measure and evaluate health hazards so they can be minimized or eliminated; determines proper chemical sampling methods for the collection of toxic gases, vapors, dust and fumes for laboratory analyses; supervises and participates in the evaluation of existing laboratory techniques and assists in the development and implementation of new and improved procedures.

4. Compiles information on food and drug analyses, on methods of testing and treating water, sewage, and trade waste samples, or on the development of means of the elimination or control of industrial health hazards.

5. Serves as consultant to the Health Department staff and representative of government agencies and private businesses in matters of industrial hygiene; prepares data for court cases, and acts as an expert witness; and prepares reports and writes papers for publication; responsible for custody and maintenance of evidentiary materials.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Water Quality Option:

Either I

The equivalent of two years of experience in the class of Chemist in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in chemistry, bacteriology or a similar science, which included courses in analytical chemistry,

And

Experience:

The equivalent of three years’ full-time experience in making chemical analyses that include water or waste water testing. One year of the required experience must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity. (Possession of a master's degree in chemistry or bacteriology may be substituted for two years of the general experience, not the supervisory experience).

Environmental Health Option:

Either I

The equivalent of two years’ experience in the class of Chemist in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)

Education:

Possession of bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in chemistry,

And

Experience:

The equivalent of three years’ full-time experience in making chemical analyses that included work in the field of industrial hygiene analyzing substances potentially hazardous to industrial workers or the general population. One year of the required experience must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity. (Possession of a master's degree in chemistry may be substituted for the two years of general experience, but not the supervisory experience).

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles of organic and inorganic chemistry, including quantitative and qualitative analyses.
• Laboratory techniques and analyses in the file of analytical chemistry.
• Methods, techniques, equipment, and materials used in conducting chemical, physical and biological, and bacteriological tests of water supplies.
• Operation and care of laboratory instruments and equipment used in industrial hygiene or a water treatment and distribution facility.
• Principles of industrial hygiene.

Abilities:

• Performing accurate chemical analyses and research work interpreting test results and taking or recommending corrective action.
• Supervising laboratory operations and assigned staff reviewing and evaluating work.
• Training laboratory staff in the aspects of chemical analyses.
• Management control.
• Analysis and problem solving.
• Planning and organizing.
• Making decisions.
• Written communications.
• Oral communications.

CLASS SPEC HISTORY
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CSC Date: 4/21/93