Laboratory Supervisor

  • 009119

SUMMARY: Under limited direction, performs or assigns routine and complex collection, sampling, and analysis of water from water and wastewater plant, distribution system and catchment area for City water quality; and performs related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (Which are not in any hierarchical order)
  1. Maintains wastewater treatment plant in compliance with State regulations.
  2. Performs quality control tests on influent and effluent sewage.
  3. Collects water samples and data to keep plant operations informed and process controls.
  4. Performs analytical testing of chemicals and water quality to obtain data necessary in making process control adjustments.
  5. Collects and analyzes water samples from catchment, residential or business location sites.
  6. Disinfects surfaces and performs bacteriological tests of samples collected daily.
  7. Prepares distilled water, broth (cultures), autoclaves equipment, and sterilizes equipment.
  8. Collects annual copper and lead samples.
  9. Prepares reports and data for Quality Assurance, state and federal regulatory agencies.
  10. Prepares reports on test results for wastewater analysis.
  11. Inventories and orders chemicals and laboratory supplies.
  12. Prepares and submits annual budget to management.
  13. Assigns, reviews work and trains new employees.
  14. Cross train with stormwater drainage.
  • Knowledge of laboratory collection and analysis of water.
  • Knowledge of chemistry and microbiology methods, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment, methods, measurements, and practices.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of reporting, record keeping and file maintenance for state and federal regulatory agency requirements.
  • Skill in utilizing health and safety precautions in the collection and analysis of water samples.
  • Skill in safely performing laboratory testing, conversions, titration, chemical analysis, and pH ranges.
  • Skill in accurately performing and recording basis math calculations and data.
  • Skill in assigning and reviewing work.
  • Skill in utilizing public relations and customer service techniques when responding to inquiries and complaints.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves long hours with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, and mechanical equipment during the inspection of facilities and equipment, with the ability to detect mechanical problems. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas and on catwalks, lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the work day. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Chemistry, Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences or Engineering with at least twenty-four (24) college semester credit hours in chemistry and three (3) years related experience in Chemistry or Microbiology, including one (1) year lead work or supervisory experience, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

FLSA Code: NE B/U: SEIU Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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