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Laboratory Technician II job in Paso Robles

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Job Ref:  13/14-27
Organization:  City of Paso Robles
Job Category:  Water and Sewers
Job Type:  Full Time
Country:  USA
State/Province:  California (CA)
City:  Paso Robles
Post Code:  93446
Salary and Benefits:  $3,813-$4,844/Month

APPLICATION AND QUESTIONNAIRE DEADLINE: Monday, July 7, 2014, at 5:00 p.m.


Under direct or general supervision from the Wastewater Operations Manager or other assigned supervisory staff, performs standard chemical and biochemical analysis of water, wastewater, raw and digested sludges, and similar materials, as required by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board; collects samples for laboratory testing; operates and maintains a variety of laboratory equipment; maintains laboratory data on a computerized system.


Performs routine qualitative and quantitative chemical and biochemical analysis of water, wastewater, sludge, or other materials by standardized and predetermined methods, including detailed testing of wastewater, to provide operators with information necessary to properly control the wastewater treatment process, and to measure compliance with the discharge requirements of the City's NPDES permit; collects and logs a variety of water and wastewater samples at the wastewater treatment plant and at various locations throughout the City; operates a variety of equipment and instrumentation used for the analysis of laboratory samples; cleans, washes, sterilizes, calibrates, and maintains equipment used in tests and analyses; performs routine calculations; drafts standard operating procedures for laboratory analyses; records a variety of test data and maintains records pertaining to analysis through the use of a computerized Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS); writes and prepares laboratory reports; performs quality control tests on laboratory procedures and equipment for State accreditation purposes; conducts inventory of chemicals, reagents, solutions, and other supplies and equipment essential to laboratory operation; orders supplies and minor testing equipment as necessary; communicates with operators and management staff regarding how the system is functioning based on laboratory tests performed; maintains laboratory records; ensures adherence to safe work practices and procedures as well as federal and state laws, rules, and regulations; participates in special projects as assigned; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of: Operations, services, and activities of a laboratory; modern laboratory techniques and procedures as related to the analysis of water and wastewater samples; statistics as applied to chemical and biological testing procedures; the care, maintenance, and operational requirements of laboratory equipment and apparatuses; physical plant characteristics; available options and seasonal changes in treatment system operations; State Laboratory Accreditation procedures and required records; principles of organic and inorganic chemistry; microbiological techniques and procedures applicable to public water and wastewater systems; sampling procedures and field equipment; basic mathematics; English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation; occupational hazards and standard safety practices; pertinent federal, state, and local laws, codes and regulations pertaining to public water and wastewater systems; computer applications related to the work, including word processing, database and spreadsheet applications.

Ability to: Conduct routine chemical, biological, and bacteriological examinations and analyses; conduct routine mathematical calculations; recognize treatment process efficiency or problems by observation of physical properties and/or chemical examination; operate appropriate safety equipment; recognize health and safety hazards connected with plant operations and maintenance; prepare and maintain clear, concise technical reports; set up and maintain laboratory accreditation, including acceptable quality assurance and quality control programs; operate standard office equipment including computers and supporting software applications; safely and effectively operate the tools and equipment used in the operations, analysis and testing procedures; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; organize assigned work, initiate processes, coordinate projects, set priorities, meet critical deadlines and follow up on assignments with a minimum of direction.

Education and Experience: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications would be equivalent to graduation from high school and three years of responsible technical experience working in an organization which will have provided knowledge of the departmental function to which assigned.

Possession of an Associates of Arts degree in a field related to work assigned; college level coursework or other specialized training in biology, microbiology, chemistry or other courses that require working in a laboratory setting; wastewater treatment or related laboratory experience; and experience working in a public agency setting are all desirable.

Special Requirements: Must possess a valid California Class C driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record. Must possess and maintain a Grade II California Water Environmental Association (CWEA) Laboratory Certification.


Each applicant must submit a completed City Employment Application and Supplemental Questionnaire by the filing deadline, POSTMARKS NOT ACCEPTED. Persons interested in applying for this position can request an application from:

City of Paso Robles
1000 Spring Street
Paso Robles, CA 93446

You may also download an application and supplemental questionnaire at: www.prcity.com/jobs, or contact Human Resources at (805) 227-7234. Resumes, while encouraged, will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application. All statements made in the application materials are subject to verification. False statements will be cause for disqualification or discharge. Applications can be submitted in person or by mail to the address above.


Applications will be reviewed for accuracy, completeness and job related qualifications. A limited number of persons whose applications clearly demonstrate they most closely meet the requirements may be invited to participate in the selection process which may be any combination of written, oral, and/or performance exams. Appointment is subject to successfully passing a pre-employment physical, and background and criminal history check. Before starting work, applicants must present documentation of their identity, authorization to work in the United States and a DMV driving record. Following appointment, a twelve month probationary period may be required as the final phase of the appointment process.

Conditions of Employment: Employees in this classification are under an Agency Shop agreement that requires the employee to either join or pay a service fee to the Service Employees' International Union Local 620.


VACATION: 10 days, increasing to 20 days annually after 12 years.

SICK LEAVE: 12 days per year

HOLIDAYS: 12 days per year

INSURANCE: Health, Dental & Vision; City pays 100% of employee premium and a portion of dependent coverage

RETIREMENT: Public Employee's Retirement System:

• Current Members: 2% @ 60, 36 highest consecutive months, employee pays 7% member contribution
• New Members: 2% @ 62, 36 highest consecutive months, employee pays a member contribution rate of fifty (50) percent of the expected normal cost rate, which currently is 6.25%

The City also participates in Social Security

LIFE INSURANCE: $75,000 for employee only

COMP TIME: Employee has the option of accruing up to a maximum of 80 hours compensatory time off in lieu of paid overtime

EAP: The City pays 100% of the cost of this program for you and your family

BILINGUAL PAY: Verbal: $100 per month; Written: $25 per month

All persons employed by the City of Paso Robles are designated as "Disaster Service Workers" as defined in the California Government Code Section 3100 and 3101.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, and handicapped individuals are encouraged to apply.

The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute a contract.

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