Under direction performs work of moderate difficulty analyzing wastewater samples for a State certified laboratory. Maintains individual competency to insure; that the laboratory meets all certification requirements. Performs related work as required.
Examples Of Duties:
Tests samples using specialized equipment and methods to determine quality of wastewater; controls precise testing environment; analyzes chemical composition; mixes and prepares test chemicals and solutions.
Records test results daily and posts records; interprets data and compiles summary reports as required; conducts quality control tests to ensure the quality of regular testing; updates procedures and records as needed to maintain laboratory certification.
Prepares chemicals for future testing; reports lab equipment and supply needs.
Cleans equipment and the laboratory.
Bachelor's degree in chemistry, biology or bacteriology and two-years of responsible laboratory experience in the wastewater field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
Must possess and maintain throughout duration of employment a valid Iowa Driver's License.
Knowledge and Skills:
40 CFR 136 Sampling Requirements
Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater in each process.
State laboratory certification rules and requirements occupational hazards and safety precautions.
Good Knowledge of:
Statistics used in quality control.
Laboratory method development and method troubleshooting.
Specialized lab equipment such as inductively Coupled Plasma-Atomic Emissions, Spectrophotometer, Ion CChromatograph, and UV-VIS Spectrophotometer.
Considerable Skill in:
Establishing test procedures, testing wastewater samples, and interpreting test results.
Recording test results and preparing reports.
Performing mathematical calculations using Microsoft Office - Access, Excel, Word.
Working skill in:
Establishing and maintaining effective working relations with coworkers and the public.
Programming sewer samplers.
The care and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment.