This position is directly responsible for supervising all laboratory data validation, analytical reporting and customer invoicing in the complete analysis and interpretation of water and wastewater.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE:
1. Supports supervision of laboratory personnel in biological examinations and chemical analysis of water and wastewater.
2. Supports responsibility for the records and quality of control measures required by the Environmental Protection Agency,Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and NELAP accreditation.
3. Controls documents such as analytical reports, chains of custody and all laboratory invoicing.
4. Evaluates and interprets analytical results, establishes test priorities and assists the Laboratory Division Chief in preparing periodic reports for state and federal regulatory agencies.
5. Responsible for maintaining a high quality of controlled test measurements and records to comply with state and federal regulations.
6. Supervises and maintains safe working conditions for laboratory personnel in the operation and handling of potentially dangerous equipment and chemicals. Responsible for safety training including implementation and auditing of the Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan.
7. Orders chemicals and supplies necessary to maintain stock and comply with state and federal regulations governing the analytical methods.
8. Collaborates with the IT Department and the QC Supervisor for proper daily computer data storage of laboratory analytical results for the Central Regional Wastewater System Laboratory.
9. Supports technical supervisors in hiring, training, scheduling and performance evaluation.
Supports and assists personnel management responsibilities including approving time, selection, discipline, grievances and formal performance evaluations for a position’s direct and indirect reports.
Recommend budget adjustments as needed.
(required level of education)
Bachelor degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science or related field with 24 college credit hours of chemistry and/or 16 college credit hours of biology preferred.
(minimum years and types of related experience required)
Four or more years of laboratory experience including supervision. Water analysis experience involving extensive instrumentation necessary. May substitute up to two years of experience with an advanced degree.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
(any specialized certifications licenses or registrations required by TRA or other authority in order to do the job, including those the incumbent must be able to obtain)
Valid Texas driver’s license. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (or predecessor agency) Class B Wastewater and Water Operator’s Certificates of Competency required. Laboratory Analyst Certificate preferred.
(Information or facts than employee must know in order to be able to perform the work)
Should be knowledgeable of state and federal laws related to water quality analysis. Must possess a broad knowledge of all laboratory instrumentation and be capable of keeping records to comply with state and federal regulations governing laboratory operations. Knowledge of basic computer usage and programs.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES
(developed capability to use or apply knowledge effectively or dexterity/coordination in the performance of physical tasks)
Ability to make responsible decisions as required by circumstances. Ability to review data with attention to detail required. The ability to deal tactfully and effectively with employees and representatives of other organizations.
Guided by Department Goals and Priorities. Makes decisions that are guided by overall Departmental goals, priorities and policies. Job requires interpreting goals and priorities into action steps and delegating responsibility for completion; has broad latitude in regard to methods and approaches but must obtain approval for actions that have policy, service or cost implications.
This position requires moderate physical exertion with lifting requirements up to 10 pounds daily.
Duties are almost always carried out in a laboratory or office environment. Working conditions include exposure to odors, chemical hazards and fumes.
TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED
All technical equipment and instrumentation used in the laboratory, and office equipment including computer and calculator.