LABORATORY ANALYST I/II; SENIOR LABORATORY ANALYST

Other
Full-time
City of Ventura
5/19/2019

TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT:  www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs

LABORATORY ANALYST I/II; SENIOR LABORATORY ANALYST
Two vacancies: One Analyst I/II and One Senior Analyst
RECRUITMENT #18-A28-001
Ventura Water
Salary I/II: $58,766 - $78,925/year Senior: $68,252 - $82,961/year


INTRODUCTION
Are you an environmental steward with proven experience in the analysis and sampling of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water, receiving waters and environmental samples?  The City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Laboratory Analyst I/II vacancy and a Senior Laboratory Analyst vacancy on our progressive laboratory team in the Ventura Water Department. To be considered for the two rewarding career opportunities, apply online at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 5/19/2019 filing deadline!
Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  As environmental stewards, our goal is to integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community.  As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and invest wisely in maintenance and renewal projects. 
To learn more about the Ventura Water Department, visit https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water.

THE POSITION
We are currently accepting applications to fill one vacant Laboratory Analyst I/II position and one Senior Laboratory Analyst position, as well as establishing eligibility lists for future Laboratory Analyst I/II, and Senior Laboratory Analyst vacancies.
When applying online, you may submit just one application to be considered for any level.  Simply indicate on the application the levels (Laboratory Analyst I/II or Senior Laboratory Analyst) in which you are interested.  The eligibility list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current as well as future related vacancies.  The Laboratory Analyst I/II position is a flexibly staffed position and may be filled at either the I or II level depending on the qualifications of the applicants and the organizational needs of the City.
Laboratory Analyst I/II
Under general supervision, to perform routine chemical, physical, biological analysis, and sampling of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water, receiving waters, and other environmental samples.
Senior Laboratory Analyst
Under general supervision, to lead and participate in the performance of chemical, physical, biological, and microbiological analyses of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water, receiving waters, and other environmental samples.
All levels may be required to work weekends and holidays.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
The Laboratory Analyst I class is the entry-level class in the Laboratory Analyst series.  The Laboratory Analyst II classification differs from the Laboratory Analyst I classification in that incumbents at the II-level operate more sophisticated instrumentation, perform complex, new, or difficult laboratory procedures, and adapt existing procedures to unfamiliar samples.  This series is flexibly staffed and progression from the I to the II-level is based upon obtaining the required experience and certifications.
The Senior Laboratory Analyst classification differs from the Laboratory Analyst I/II in that incumbents lead the work of the unit as well as perform more complex analyses requiring the use of sophisticated analytical instructions and troubleshoots analytical and instrument issues. The Senior Laboratory Analyst also prepares monthly reports in the absence of the Laboratory Supervisor.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
Understands general laboratory safety standards
Leads by example and empowers staff to do the same
Is self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to work independently and as part of a team
Understands California Water Environment Association sampling procedures and chemical testing methods
Has prior working experience in a water/wastewater laboratory operation
Embraces a team approach to problem solving and creates an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust
Demonstrates proficiency in the use of computers and has excellent math and computation skills
Has excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Is able to stand for long periods of time and perform sampling activities around raw sewage and wastewater 

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Laboratory Analyst I/II
Collects samples from treatment plant, receiving waste locations, and other various locations in the City.
Conducts chemical, physical, and biological analysis of environmental water samples by standard and non-standard (II-level) procedures including, but not limited to the analysis of TKN, ammonia, total and ortho phosphorous, solids (TSS, SS, TDS, FDS), pH, conductivity, alkalinity, COD, BOD, dissolved oxygen, color, odor, chlorine residual, sulfide, boron, MBAS, total cyanide, turbidity, volatile acid, hardness, chronic toxicity, bacteria by multiple-tube fermentation, enzyme substrate, and heterotrophic plate count.
Operates, maintains, and calibrates laboratory equipment including, but not limited to, pH meter, turbidity meter, conductivity meter, dissolved oxygen meter, analytical balances, UV-VIS spectrophotometer, thermometers, sterilization equipment, ovens, incubators, water baths, refrigerators, and autosamplers.
Maintains records of sampling, analysis procedures and results in conformance with professional standards and practices; maintains laboratory instructions used in analysis.
Prepares media, standardized solutions, and reagents; conducts chronic toxicity tests.
Performs equipment and supply inventories and orders materials.
Performs general laboratory housekeeping including cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment.
Performs other related work as assigned or required.
Senior Laboratory Analyst
Assists in planning, directing and scheduling the work of subordinate staff in routine sampling and analytical procedures. 
Analyzes samples using sophisticated instrumentation such as Atomic Absorption, Gas Chromatograph and Ion Chromatograph. Calibrates and maintains laboratory instruments used in analysis.
Interprets and reports data in database and assists in preparing technical reports.
Coordinates the completion of required State and Federal performance evaluation tests for laboratory certification with the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program.
Performs Quality Control and Quality Assurance reviews of all laboratory analysis.
Instructs and assists laboratory staff in routine sampling and analysis procedures; conducts chemical and biological analysis of environmental samples by standard and non-standard operating methods and procedures.
Prepares media, standard solutions and reagents; maintains records of sampling analysis procedures and results in conformance with professional practice.
Performs equipment and supply inventories and prepares purchase orders for materials and supplies.
Maintains and updates Standard Operating Procedures as needed.
Performs other related work as assigned or required.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATES
License:  Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license and an acceptable driving record is required.
Laboratory Analyst I:  Possession of a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst I certification within one year of employment.
Laboratory Analyst II:  Possession of a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst II certification.
Senior Laboratory Analyst:  Possession of a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst II certification is required upon hire.  Possession of, or ability to obtain, a California Water Environment Association Laboratory Analyst III certification within 12 months of hire.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
Laboratory Analyst I:  A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to one year of college level coursework, including two courses in a laboratory science, and one year of analytical laboratory work.
Laboratory Analyst II:  A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to an Associate degree in chemistry or related field, and two years of analytical laboratory work.
Senior Laboratory Analyst:  A combination of education and experience equivalent to one of the following:
Associate degree in a related field and four years of full-time laboratory analysis experience; or Bachelor's degree in a related field and three years of full-time laboratory analysis experience.

BENEFITS
To view benefits, please visit our website at https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/971/Benefits .

SELECTION PLAN
Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is online and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210,  Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.
Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.
Department Selection Interview
A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in June 2019, date to be determined.