City of Tampa

Environmental Technician (#336100) 025

$24.34-$34.63 Hourly / $4,218.93-$6,002.53 Monthly / $50,627.20-$72,030.40 Yearly


This is work involving the laboratory testing and analysis of drinking water and environmental water samples.  Bargaining unit position.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing tasks of average difficulty involving the laboratory testing of water samples. Under general supervision, employees are required to exercise some initiative and independent judgment in the performance of assigned tasks. At times the position may require that the employee participate in field activities which might involve sample collection and public contact. In addition, the employee might be responsible for providing general information to the public in response to customer inquiries. Work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion through oral and written reports, conferences, and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Performs field sampling and collection duties; responsible for the documentation of sample receipt and log in procedures; operates a lightweight motor vehicle.

Performs routine equipment maintenance; cleans and prepares sample collection and laboratory equipment; performs calibration and standardization procedures for instrumentation; records and maintains logbooks for laboratory instrumentation, reagents, etc; utilizes the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Prepares and standardizes reagents used for various microbiological and chemical analyses; performs and documents microbiological and chemistry analyses; performs and documents the appropriate quality control and quality assurance procedures.

Performs quality control analyses on treatment chemicals; performs routine jar testing.

Follows appropriate safety and good laboratory practices.

Responds to customer phone calls and inquiries regarding water quality concerns.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: chemical and biological analysis of water; water quality monitoring procedures; occupational hazards, appropriate precautions, and methods of promoting safety.

Working knowledge of: practices, methods, tools, and equipment utilized in laboratory testing analysis of water samples; sampling, testing and analysis techniques.

Ability to: communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; prepare clear and legible reports; input data into the LIMS; operate and maintain laboratory testing and analysis equipment; interpret basic scientific data; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the general public; operate a lightweight motor vehicle.

Skill in: the operation and maintenance of laboratory testing and analysis equipment; use of computer software including Access, Crystal Reports etc.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from an accredited high school, supplemented by courses in chemistry, microbiology, and/or biology and one (1) year of experience in laboratory work; or a bachelor’s degree in science with related laboratory course work; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 336100; EST: 8/12/2013; REV: 3/1/2021;