Employment Opportunities

Laboratory Technician

  • Type:Full Time
  • Salary/Pay Rate:$41,270 - $56,891 annually
  • Posted Date:01/14/2019

Water Reclamation Division/Public Works Department
Full-time Regular Position

Posted: January 14, 2019

Essential Duties: This is skilled chemical/microbiological analysis work supporting the Provo City Water Reclamation Plant Laboratory Manager and assisting with general plant operator duties. The individual appointed to this position will be required to perform the following duties: collect and perform physical, chemical, and microbiological analysis on water, wastewater, sludge, and other related samples; prepare and maintain automatic samplers and equipment; collect field data; conduct laboratory tests and perform analyses by retrieving data from specialized equipment including spectrophotometers, pH meters, turbidity, dissolved oxygen meters, and similar equipment; follow procedures and parameters for biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), chemical oxygen demand (COD), sludge solids (TS), suspended solids (TSS), volatile solids (TVSS), dissolved oxygen (DO), pH, microbiological tests for fecal coliforms and e-coli, ammonia nitrogen (NH3), chlorine (CI2) residual, nutrients, and other anions and cations; read and interpret meters, charts, and other weight and measuring devices; perform calculations on data and accurately record and document all results; assist in preparing reports for WRP process controls and various regulatory agencies; maintain a safe working environment in accordance with established procedures; ensure sample preparation and analysis is conducted within established Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved methodologies; assist Laboratory Manager; recommend solutions for work problems; maintain and inventory all chemical reagents; maintain and clean laboratory in accordance with established specifications and professional requirements, including washing and cleaning glassware and equipment; perform all work in strict adherence to prescribed steps and procedures to ensure quality control; maintain current knowledge of all quality control processes; interact with City departments, vendors, and the public, including conducting public tours of the facility; perform plant operator duties including operating process equipment, electrical controls, valves, and pumps; may monitor gauges, meters, and controls and inspect facilities for operational status; may perform appropriate plant operation duties including making adjustments to processes and equipment; and perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements: Associate’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, or Physical Science and one (1) year of job-related experience OR two years (2) of applicable experience in a laboratory or wastewater treatment plant OR an equivalent combination of education and experience [substituting each one (1) year of job related post-secondary education training/experience for six (6) months of experience]. Bachelor’s degree preferred.

License(s)/Certification(s): A valid, lawful driver’s license is required. Applicant may be disqualified on the basis of an unacceptable driving record as reflected by the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Must obtain Utah Grade II Wastewater Systems Operator Certificate within first twelve (12) months of employment.

Salary: $41,270 - $56,891 annually (range 24). Payment will be made by direct deposit and position includes a full benefits package, including: medical, dental, life, and LTD insurance plans; retirement plans; employee assistance and wellness programs; and sick, vacation, and holiday leaves. Optional plans available include: health care and dependent care flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, vision and AD&D insurance, legal assistance, home and auto insurance, ID theft protection, supplemental medical insurance, and deferred compensation (401k, 457 & IRA) plans. Overtime will normally be accrued as compensatory time.

Selection Factors: Knowledge of chemistry and microbiology as directly applied to physical and biological treatment of wastewater; applicable processes, and procedures associated with chemical and biological analysis and wastewater treatment; related laws, codes, rules, and regulations governing functions of the position, including applicable EPA and OSHA regulations; research methodology and statistical analysis; functions and operations of a water reclamation plant; operations, functions, and terminology common to the work; and basic English composition, spelling, and grammar. Skill in conducting water and wastewater analysis and testing; following detailed directions and procedures; performing basic to mildly complex mathematic calculations; using basic spreadsheet and word processing software; and practicing trust-building behaviors. Ability to assist in water treatment operations; detect and analyze production and work flow problems and implement effective solutions; quickly and accurately perform work; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; evaluate programs and procedures; exercise independent judgment while evaluating situations and in making determinations; prepare clear, concise, accurate, and informative reports; perform duties in a manner that demonstrates respect, integrity, courtesy, and kindness towards fellow workers, customers, and the general public; and demonstrate a high level of commitment to the principles of positive customer service.

Screening: Based on meeting the minimum requirements and job-related experience, skills, knowledge, and education. Selection may be based largely upon an oral interview and hands on demonstration. Criminal background checks are conducted on all City positions. Non-disclosure may result in dismissal.

Pre-employment Screening: Prior to appointment, applicant will be required to successfully pass a drug screening and background investigation. Individuals with unsatisfactory drug screening results will be ineligible for appointment or application to any Provo City position for a minimum period of six (6) months.

Physical/Environmental Factors: Requires physical strength, conditioning, and agility to perform work such as lifting, climbing ladders, working on scaffolding, climbing stairs, working in tight quarters, and physical hand work. Must be able to lift 70 lbs. Requires regular exposure to hazardous conditions, noxious chemicals, odors, and gases. May require exposure to adverse weather conditions. Note: Employees of this class are subject to on-call status including weekends and holidays.

To Apply: Apply online at www.provocity.jobs or at the Provo City Division of Human Resources located at 351 W. Center, Provo, UT.

Closing Date: Open until filled.

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