Laboratory Analyst II

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 (including Metals) on water, wastewater, and other environmental samples.
  • Maintains the operation of instruments/equipment in the laboratory.
  • 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.
  • Troubleshoot instrument/equipment issues and communicate with vendors to find solutions.
  • Performs calculations, data entry, and clerical tasks related to laboratory procedures and record keeping.
  • Participates in troubleshooting methods and develops Standard Operating Procedures for new or existing instruments/equipment and lab processes.
  • Monitors laboratory supplies and equipment, selecting vendors, making product purchases and shipping/receiving samples.
  • Assists in ensuring completion of internal quality control procedures as well as compliance with federal and state regulations and standards for both wastewater and drinking water.
  • Maintains and updates data in laboratory database.
  • Assists in laboratory cost analysis research and development.
  • Participates in laboratory data review.
  • Participates in the training of lab analysts and operators in laboratory procedures and methods.
  • Participates in DMR review processes.
  • Provides back-up support to Lab Manager 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 to success in this position.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biology – preferred.
  • At least one year, with two years 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.
  • Takes pride in facility cleanliness.
  • Understands occupational hazards and safety precautions pertaining to a laboratory environment.
  • Work safely without presenting a direct threat to self or others.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal oversight.
  • Previous experience and knowledge of procedures and methods utilized in a wastewater laboratory; including but not limited to Nutrient analyses by discrete analyzer, Metals analyses by GFAA, Solids analyses by gravimetric procedures, BOD, COD, Microbiology, etc.

Desired Qualifications

  • Previous wastewater laboratory experience.
  • Certification in basic first aid and CPR.
  • Ability to develop leadership skills.
  • Ability to obtain a Wastewater Operator D Certification.
  • Previous experience using laboratory databases.
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.

Salary Range

Annual: $72,340 - $104,892
Hourly: $34.78 - $50.43

Contact :

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled