City of Ventura

Laboratory Supervisor (#S25)

Unit: SEIU - Supervisory Unit (S)
$40.34-$54.06 Hourly / $6,992.63-$9,370.26 Monthly / $83,911.57-$112,443.14 Yearly


Under general direction plans, coordinates, and supervises industrial waste permitting and inspection and laboratory operations used to monitor wastewater and water systems. Performs special projects as needed.


Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Maintains regulatory and environmental compliance records; prepares and submits electronic monthly, quarterly, and annual monitoring and compliance reports to the water department and other regulatory agencies.

Directs and schedules all sampling of water and wastewater sites. 

Verifies and proofs all laboratory data, analysis and test procedures before reporting.

Supervises, trains, and evaluates laboratory staff; assists in hiring of new staff; train departmental staff to prepare regulatory reports. Evaluates work performance of subordinates, recommends merit increases, disciplinary and other personnel actions.  Assists in resolving grievances. Trains others on the use of asset management and information systems.

Prepares and monitors the budget for laboratory operations; makes and/or approves purchases of necessary supplies, materials, specialized equipment and contracted services to accomplish laboratory and department assignments.

Develops and monitors all chemical and biological testing procedures, methods, and processes suitable for adequate monitoring of wastewater, water reclamation, and potable water systems.  

Conducts a variety of special tests/analyses as warranted by development of problem area.  Adjusts and makes minor repairs to laboratory instruments. Implements requirements into routine testing procedures.

Serves as technical advisor to other City employees on matters related to wastewater, water and industrial pretreatment, and reclamation. Coordinates monitoring protocols with Industrial Pretreatment department; proofs pretreatment reports; interpret Federal/State agencies requirement with engineers, contractors, and other outside agencies on matters of pollution and environmental control.

Participates in the development of policies and procedures; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established policies and procedures; make recommendations for changes and improvements to existing standards and procedures.

Responsible for maintaining laboratory certification.

Performs other duties as assigned.


Knowledge of: State and Federal monitoring regulations, laboratory standard methods of operation and procedures,  equipment and processes used in analytical chemistry, bacteriology, and microbiology; wastewater and water treatment processes; industrial waste discharge requirements; supervisory principles and practices.

Ability to: direct and supervise the work of subordinate employees; prepare comprehensive reports and analyses; operate laboratory equipment; organize and schedule lab work for group effectiveness; maintain working relationships with City officials and related public and governmental agencies.


License:  Depending on assignment, possession of a valid California Class C driver's license may be required.


Certificate: Possession or ability to possess within one year a CWEA and/or AWWA Laboratory Analyst Grade 3, is highly desirable.


Environment:  works in wastewater laboratory environment with exposure to raw sewage, chemicals, noise, and electrical energy; may have some exposure to outside conditions; may drive a vehicle to different locations. Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping for prolonged periods of time; uses hands to handles, feel, or operate laboratory or standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical concepts.  Hazards:  exposed to hazardous or toxic chemicals and solvents, fumes, sewage, noise, electrical energy, and computer screens and laboratory equipment.   


A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in chemistry or a related field and four years of laboratory experience including one year of supervisory or lead experience.

CLASS: S25; EST: ; REV: 7/1/2017;