Laboratory Analyst I/II; Senior Laboratory Analyst

Two vacancies: One Analyst I/II and One Senior Analyst

Recruitment #18-A28-001


Are you an environmental steward with proven experience in the analysis and sampling of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water, receiving waters and environmental samples?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Laboratory Analyst I/II vacancy and a Senior Laboratory Analyst vacancy on our progressive laboratory team in the Ventura Water Department. To be considered for the two rewarding career opportunities, apply online at by the 5/19/2019 filing deadline!

Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As environmental stewards, our goal is to integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community.  As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and invest wisely in maintenance and renewal projects.  

To learn more about the Ventura Water Department, visit


We are currently accepting applications to fill one vacant Laboratory Analyst I/II position and one Senior Laboratory Analyst position, as well as establishing eligibility lists for future Laboratory Analyst I/II, and Senior Laboratory Analyst vacancies. 

When applying online, you may submit just one application to be considered for any level.  Simply indicate on the application the levels (Laboratory Analyst I/II or Senior Laboratory Analyst) in which you are interested.  The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current as well as future related vacancies.  The Laboratory Analyst I/II position is a flexibly staffed position and may be filled at either the I or II level depending on the qualifications of the applicants and the organizational needs of the City. 

Laboratory Analyst I/II

Under general supervision, to perform routine chemical, physical, biological analysis, and sampling of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water, receiving waters, and other environmental samples.

Senior Laboratory Analyst

Under general supervision, to lead and participate in the performance of chemical, physical, biological, and microbiological analyses of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water, receiving waters, and other environmental samples.


All levels may be required to work weekends and holidays.


The Laboratory Analyst I class is the entry-level class in the Laboratory Analyst series.  The Laboratory Analyst II classification differs from the Laboratory Analyst I classification in that incumbents at the II-level operate more sophisticated instrumentation, perform complex, new, or difficult laboratory procedures, and adapt existing procedures to unfamiliar samples.  This series is flexibly staffed and progression from the I to the II-level is based upon obtaining the required experience and certifications.

The Senior Laboratory Analyst classification differs from the Laboratory Analyst I/II in that incumbents lead the work of the unit as well as perform more complex analyses requiring the use of sophisticated analytical instructions and troubleshoots analytical and instrument issues. The Senior Laboratory Analyst also prepares monthly reports in the absence of the Laboratory Supervisor.


  • Understands general laboratory safety standards
  • Leads by example and empowers staff to do the same
  • Is self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team
  • Understands California Water Environment Association sampling procedures and chemical testing methods
  • Has prior working experience in a water/wastewater laboratory operation
  • Embraces a team approach to problem solving and creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of computers and has excellent math and computation skills
  • Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Is able to stand for long periods of time and perform sampling activities around raw sewage and wastewater  


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

Laboratory Analyst I/II

Collects samples from treatment plant, receiving waste locations, and other various locations in the City. 

Conducts chemical, physical, and biological analysis of environmental water samples by standard and non-standard (II-level) procedures including, but not limited to the analysis of TKN, ammonia, total and ortho phosphorous, solids (TSS, SS, TDS, FDS), pH, conductivity, alkalinity, COD, BOD, dissolved oxygen, color, odor, chlorine residual, sulfide, boron, MBAS, total cyanide, turbidity, volatile acid, hardness, chronic toxicity, bacteria by multiple-tube fermentation, enzyme substrate, and heterotrophic plate count.

Operates, maintains, and calibrates laboratory equipment including, but not limited to, pH meter, turbidity meter, conductivity meter, dissolved oxygen meter, analytical balances, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, thermometers, sterilization equipment, ovens, incubators, water baths, refrigerators, and autosamplers.

Maintains records of sampling, analysis procedures and results in conformance with professional standards and practices; maintains laboratory instructions used in analysis.

Prepares media, standardized solutions, and reagents; conducts chronic toxicity tests.

Performs equipment and supply inventories and orders materials.

Performs general laboratory housekeeping including cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment.

Performs other related work as assigned or required.

Senior Laboratory Analyst

Assists in planning, directing and scheduling the work of subordinate staff in routine sampling and analytical procedures.  

Analyzes samples using sophisticated instrumentation such as Atomic Absorption, Gas Chromatograph and Ion Chromatograph. Calibrates and maintains laboratory instruments used in analysis.

Interprets and reports data in database and assists in preparing technical reports.

Coordinates the completion of required State and Federal performance evaluation tests for laboratory certification with the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.

Performs Quality Control and Quality Assurance reviews of all laboratory analysis. 

Instructs and assists laboratory staff in routine sampling and analysis procedures; conducts chemical and biological analysis of environmental samples by standard and non-standard operating methods and procedures.

Prepares media, standard solutions and reagents; maintains records of sampling analysis procedures and results in conformance with professional practice.

Performs equipment and supply inventories and prepares purchase orders for materials and supplies.

Maintains and updates Standard Operating Procedures as needed.

Performs other related work as assigned or required.


License:  Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license and an acceptable driving record is required. 


Laboratory Analyst I:  Possession of a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst I certification within one year of employment.


Laboratory Analyst II:  Possession of a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst II certification.


Senior Laboratory Analyst:  Possession of a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst II certification is required upon hire.  Possession of, or ability to obtain, a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst III certification within 12 months of hire.


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; ability to lift up to 30 pounds; uses hands to handle, 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.   


Laboratory Analyst I:  A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to one year of college level coursework, including two courses in a laboratory science, and one year of analytical laboratory work.


Laboratory Analyst II:  A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to an Associate degree in chemistry or related field, and two years of analytical laboratory work.


Senior Laboratory Analyst:  A combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the following:


Associate degree in a related field and four years of full-time laboratory analysis experience; or Bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of full-time laboratory analysis experience.


Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution, and may be subject to compensation limits per Section 401(a)(17) of the IRC.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution, and are subject to compensation limits per Government Code Section 7522.10.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210,  Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at

Department Selection Interview

A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in June 2019, date to be determined.


The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: