Under general supervision, supervises the work of a small laboratory; and/or conducts chemical research and analysis as applied to water, sewage and industrial wastes, and purchased or processed materials.
Essential Job Functions
Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Assigns, supervises, and reviews work of subordinate personnel; rewards, disciplines, directs, or adjusts grievances; recommends their hiring, transfer, suspension, layoff, recall, promotion or discharge.
Supervises and assists in the chemical analyses of supplies and materials used by the District.
Manages and directs the operation of the quality assurance program of the Q.C. labs.
Carries out chemical research as applied to sewage and stream pollution.
Other Job Functions
Performs statistical evaluations and calculations.
Reviews and validates data for daily and monthly reports.
Prepares and standardizes chemical solutions for analytical work.
Prepares reports and keeps records of laboratory work.
Performs other duties as assigned.
May involve exposure to a variety of chemical and biological materials, some of which may be hazardous or toxic. May involve exposure to fumes and noxious odors.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Considerable knowledge of environmental chemistry and laboratory equipment, instrumentation, policies and procedures.
Considerable knowledge of safety and quality control principles in a laboratory setting.
Some knowledge of computer spreadsheets and databases.
Knowledge of wastewater treatment process.
Ability to compile, analyze, and interpret a variety of data.
Ability to plan and supervise the work of others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.
Ability to manage several projects concurrently.
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
Graduation from a four-year accredited college or university majoring in chemistry or chemical engineering, or a degree in the biological sciences with substantial coursework in chemistry; and two years of full time experience in a laboratory performing work in analytical chemistry.
Graduate study in chemistry or chemical engineering may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
Possession of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or chemical engineering, or a degree in the biological sciences with substantial coursework in chemistry.
One year of service with the District as an Assistant Environmental Chemist, Senior Laboratory Technician or Senior Environmental Research Technician.
Civil service status in one of the foregoing classifications.