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Water Quality Laboratory Technician
City Of Watsonville | Watsonville, California
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Job Description

Water Quality Laboratory Technician

City of Watsonville $4,638.27-$6,215.71 per Month. Filing deadline: Monday, March 19 at 5:00 pm.


To prepare equipment and materials for laboratory tests; to safely perform a variety of chemical, biological, and bacteriological analyses; to perform laboratory cleaning and sterilization duties; and to collect samples.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This job class functions at a journey level of classification and is responsible for performing a wide variety of technical laboratory analyses and duties.

Supervision Received:

Receives general supervision from the Water Quality Chemist and the Laboratory Manager.

Examples Of Essential Duties - Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:

Performs a variety of laboratory chemical, biological, and bacteriological analyses to determine compliance with state and federal regulatory agencies and for plant process control.

Performs chemical and bacteriological analyses for the Water Division.

Performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of drinking water, groundwater, wastewater, and sludge samples.

Maintains detailed records of laboratory tests and prepares related reports as assigned.

Uses a keyboard.

Performs quality assurance tests.

Collects samples and maintains sampling equipment.

Trains plant personnel in safe and proper laboratory methods and practices.

Requisitions laboratory supplies.

Prepares chemical reagents, lab supplies, and glassware for use in analyses.

Maintains the laboratory in a clean, neat, orderly condition.

Performs related duties similar to the above in scope and function as required.

Employment Standards:

Knowledge of:

Principles and methods of chemical, biological, and bacteriological tests commonly performed for water/wastewater analyses.

Laboratory safety and equipment care and maintenance.

The City’s Utilities Laboratory is committed to protecting our environment and the public health of our community through high-quality laboratory analyses and environmental monitoring programs. Our laboratory team works in close coordination with our drinking water, wastewater treatment, and recycled water operations. We also run monitoring programs for local water bodies, stormwater, a landfill, and industrial and commercial dischargers.

We are looking for self-motivated, positive candidates with strong analytical and people skills who work well both independently and as part of a team. 

Chemicals and equipment used in water quality analyses.

Chemical, physical, and bacteriological characteristics of influents, effluents, and drainage waters.

Ability to:

Perform a variety of laboratory tests involving the chemical, physical, and biological analyses of water and sludge.

Operate, maintain, and calibrate analytical instruments and equipment.

Gather appropriate samples for testing and analysis.

Interpret laboratory data.

Prepare testing media and reagents.

Keep accurate and legible records and prepare clear concise reports.

Use a keyboard.

Bend, stoop, and squat to gather samples.

Use fine hand manipulation.

Intermittently twist to reach equipment surrounding work area and to gather samples.

Distinguish colors of certain fluids.

Hear adequately to converse on a telephone and in person.

Work indoors, using near vision for prolonged periods.

Work outside, walking on uneven ground.

Work with chemical, influent, bacteria, and landfill gas.

Drive an automobile.

Climb stairs.

Effectively and tactfully communicate in both oral and written forms.

Establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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