Laboratory Assistant

Recruitment #18-A27-001

Introduction

Do you see yourself as an environmental steward with experience in the analysis of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, stormwater and environmental samples?  If you are interested in a career in this field, the City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Laboratory Assistant vacancy on our collaborative Wastewater Laboratory team in the Ventura Water Department.  To be considered for this rewarding opportunity, apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 7/7/2019 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 integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community. As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and use resources efficiently, understand and meet the needs of our customers, and protect our infrastructure by investing wisely in maintenance and renewal projects.

To learn more about working for the Ventura Water Department, visit http: https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water

THE POSITION

Under general supervision collects and performs routine chemical and physical analysis of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water and environmental samples.

Incumbent may be required to work weekends and holidays.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Will be self-motivated, detail oriented, and able to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Will understand California Department of Health sampling procedures and chemical testing methods.
  • Is proficient in the use of computers and has excellent math and computation skills.
  • Is able to stand for long periods of time and perform sampling activities around raw sewage and wastewater.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

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

Collects samples from treatment plant, water distribution, industrial waste and receiving water locations.

Lifts manhole covers and portable samplers from inside manholes.  Carries several liters of water samples from site back to vehicle.

Conducts chemical analysis of environmental water samples by standard procedures including, but not limited to the analysis of, solids, pH and alkalinity, COD, BOD, and chlorine residual. 

Operates pH and turbidity meters, portable samplers, analytical balances and maintains records of sampling, analysis procedures and results, and inputs data.

Cleans and maintains laboratory equipment; and performs other related work as assigned or required.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATES

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

WORKING CONDITIONS

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 45 pounds; 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.   

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Requires a combination of education, training and experience equivalent to a high school diploma and one year of related laboratory experience.  College level course work in a laboratory science is desirable.  

BENEFITS

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 ww.socialsecurity.gov/form1945

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 www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. 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 recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.

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

Conclusion

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:  recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.