Laboratory Technician I

  • 009134

SUMMARY: Under close supervision performs routine collection, sampling, and analysis of water from water 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. Assists in collection of water samples and data to keep plant operations informed and process controls.
  2. Performs analytical testing of chemicals and water quality to obtain data necessary in making process control adjustments.
  3. Collects and analyzes water samples from catchment, residential or business location sites.
  4. Disinfects surfaces and performs bacteriological tests of samples collected daily.
  5. Prepares distilled water, broth (cultures), autoclaves equipment, and sterilizes equipment.
  6. Collects annual copper and lead samples.
  7. Prepares data for Quality Assurance.
  8. Prepares reagents, inventories and stocks chemicals and laboratory supplies.
  9. Attends meetings and training classes.
  • Knowledge of basic microbiology and chemistry methods, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment, methods, measurements, and practices.
  • Knowledge of health and safety regulations and procedures.
  • Knowledge of mixing chemicals.
  • 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 basic math calculations and data.
  • 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 collection and analysis of water samples and mixing of chemicals, with the ability to detect water quality problems. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas, lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment drug testing.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Associate’s Degree from an accredited college with a major in Chemistry, Microbiology, or Wastewater Management and one (1) year related experience collecting and analyzing water samples, or any equivalent combination of training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required.

Last revision date: October 2001
Overtime: Yes
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