Laboratory Analyst I

Description :

General Statement of Duties

Operation of the wastewater and drinking water laboratory including analyses, sampling, quality control and quality assurance programs, as well as lab data systems. Ensure accurate and reliable results applied to process control and NPDES permit requirements for the State of Colorado and EPA.

Organizational Responsibilities

Works under the direction of the Laboratory Manager. This position requires a 40-hour work week. May be required to maintain an acceptable MVR as this position may use a company vehicle.

Typical Duties

  • Provides skilled technical laboratory functions, performing analyses on water, wastewater, and other environmental samples.
  • Maintains the operation of instruments/equipment in the lab.
  • Assists operators with laboratory procedures and techniques.
  • Performs special projects including quarterly lab tests and annual QA/QC compliance tests.
  • Performs laboratory maintenance activities including, but not limited to, preparing reagents, media, and standards; cleans, maintains, and calibrates equipment and instrumentation; routine cleaning/decontamination/disinfection of glassware, working surfaces, equipment, and facility.
  • Performs calculations, data entry, and clerical tasks related to laboratory procedures and record keeping.
  • Assists in laboratory internal quality control procedures.
  • Participates in development and maintenance of Standard Operating Procedures for new or existing instruments/equipment, lab procedures and analyses.
  • Coordinates with Laboratory Manager to make product purchases and ship/receive samples.
  • Provides backup support for Laboratory Analyst II during vacation/extended absences.
  • May assist in sample collection at the facility or additional offsite locations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
These duties are not all inclusive but represent items critical for success in this position.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biology– preferred.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • At least six months, with one year preferred, experience in an environmental laboratory.
  • An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant job experience may be substituted.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Thorough, detail oriented, well organized, and conscientious.
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills.
  • Takes pride in facility cleanliness.
  • Understands occupational hazards and safety precautions pertaining to a laboratory environment.
  • Ability to follow standard operating procedures.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
Desired Qualifications

  • Certification in basic first aid and CPR.
  • Knowledge of the operation of instruments and equipment used in job duties. (Discrete Analyzers, GFAA, etc.)
Working Conditions and Physical Requirements

  • Work is performed in a laboratory/office environment with potential field exposure.
  • May be exposed to various weather conditions including wet, hot, and cold.
  • May be exposed to various environmental conditions such as excessive noise; solvents, grease and oils; and slippery or uneven walking surfaces.
  • May be exposed to hazardous chemicals and blood borne pathogens.
  • Must follow all laboratory safety guidelines.
  • Moderate physical work.
  • Activities requiring a full range of body movements including sitting, bending, stooping, kneeling, walking, squatting, crawling, twisting, and climbing.
  • Excessive standing and working over analysis equipment.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Hearing & visual acuity to safely operate equipment & identify hazards/technical problems
Salary Range

Annual: $52,033  -$72,846
Hourly: $25.02 - $35.02

Contact :

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled