The City of Bend is actively recruiting for one (1) regular, full-time Laboratory Technician position to work in the Public Works Department. This is an hourly, non-exempt (eligible for overtime position) and is represented by the City of Bend Employees Association (COBEA).
It is required that you submit your application, cover letter and resume no later than the closing date and time specified for this job announcement. In addition, be sure to thoroughly complete the application including all relevant education and experience you possess. Incomplete application packets will not be considered.
This class performs water and wastewater analysis, tasks to ensure efficient laboratory operations, routine laboratory maintenance and quality assurance, and assists other technicians.
Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:
The following duties ARE NOT intended to serve as a comprehensive list of all duties performed by all employees in this classification. Shown are duties intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
Performs a variety of basic wet chemistry and microbiological analyses on water and wastewater.
Implements quality control and quality assurance standards in the laboratory, which includes rejecting chemicals and equipment that does not meet minimum requirements and retesting or recalibrating applicable equipment.
Enters results of laboratory testing into applicable databases; identifies and resolves data entry errors; sets up new projects and/or clients in applicable database.
Prepares and maintains a variety of records related to laboratory activities, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of data.
Collects, preserves, and disposes of water and wastewater samples following established guidelines, which may include: collecting samples from applicable sites; handling preserved or hazardous samples; determining acceptable hold times; disposing of samples based on sample types and applicable preservatives; and/or, performing other related activities.
Maintains and cleans laboratory, following established procedures for the safe disposal of hazardous waste items and materials. Prepares chemical/microbiological standards, media, and solutions.
Maintains and troubleshoots equipment, identifying problem sources and implementing appropriate repairs.
Assists senior laboratory personnel in preparing bottles, preserving samples, setting up samples for acid digestion, and/or performing other related activities.
Complies with safety requirements of the position and actively promotes safe work practices.
In an emergency event or an officially declared State of Emergency, responds as directed to ensure the restoration of essential public services, facilities and infrastructure.
Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
Knowledge, Skills and Qualifications:
Knowledge and Skills:
· Safe work methods and procedures;
· Wet chemistry and microbiological principles;
· Mathematical principles;
· Applicable laboratory equipment;
· Hazardous waste handling procedures;
· Aseptic techniques.
· Using a computer and related software applications;
· Performing basic wet chemistry and microbiological analyses;
· Maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing laboratory equipment;
· Handling hazardous waste and materials;
· Maintaining laboratory records;
· Collecting water and wastewater samples;
· Performing mathematical calculations;
· Communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
Education, Experience, Certifications and Licenses Required:
Associate degree or two-year technical certificate in Microbiology, Biology, Chemistry, or Laboratory Sciences and at least two years of experience utilizing basic wet chemistry knowledge; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
· Valid Oregon driver’s license;
· NELAC certification in water microbiology testing.
City of Bend, OR - 21 months ago