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Valley Water
  • Position Number: 2358219
  • Location: San Jose, CA
  • Position Type: Laboratory and Research


Laboratory Technician I/II

Valley Water



Salary: See Position Description

Job Type: Full-Time

Job Number: 01308-E

Location: CA, CA

Department: Treated Water

Closing: 7/18/2021 11:59 PM Pacific

Description

Laboratory Services Unit (Position Code 0672)
Laboratory Technician I: $6,389.07 - $8,172.67 monthlyLaboratory Technician II: $7,044.27 - $9,023.73 monthly
Overview:Do you want to make a difference in your community by ensuring that over 1.9 million people get clean water every day? Do you love being outside in remote locations including reservoirs collecting water samples in a boat? Then come check out this amazing opportunity!
This position is in the Laboratory Technician Series and is a critical need to meet compliance requirements related to plant treatment operations and source water monitoring. The incumbent in this position supports Valley Water functions with field sampling and laboratory processes. Laboratory Technicians perform a variety of routine laboratory procedures including: field sampling; receiving and logging in samples into laboratory information management system; preparing laboratory media, reagents, and solutions; assembling sample collection kits, taking inventory of and assisting with ordering laboratory supplies; maintaining basic laboratory equipment; performing standardized bacteriological and general chemistry testing; assisting microbiologists and chemist with application of quality control standards, sterilizing laboratory equipment; and communicating with other Valley Water personnel as needed. The ideal candidate will have some understanding of drinking water regulations, sample collection and monitoring requirements, and will be able to adapt to specific EPA and/or Standard Methods for the purpose of State accreditation.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Collect water samples from treatment plant processes, treated water turnouts, reservoirs, and other specified locations on a routine basis; make non-routine sample collections as requested; conduct routine field tests on samples and/or prepare samples for storage and transportation. Make field observations at sample collection points; record data and maintain accurate field notes.
  • Perform technical duties in support of laboratory operations and activities including glassware maintenance, prepare standard chemical solutions, reagents, stains, and bacteriological media for use in testing water quality; ensure adequate supply of standard media solutions.
  • Assist chemists and other laboratory staff with specialized research projects, and in maintaining an inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Work with section seniors with shipping and receiving of items and stocking items in lab storage area.
  • Adhere to safe work practices; maintain safety procedures and store records; ensure proper disposal of hazardous waste and chemicals. Perform minor maintenance and repair on a variety of laboratory equipment and instruments; maintain laboratory in a safe and clean condition.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:
Laboratory Technician I
Two (2) years of chemical, biological, or bacteriological laboratory experience OR twelve (12) semester units of college level course work in physical, natural, or earth sciences may substitute for two (2) years of experience.

Laboratory Technician II
Four (4) years of chemical, biological, or bacteriological laboratory experience OR twelve (12) semester units of college level course work in physical, natural, or earth sciences may substitute for two (2) years of experience.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Laboratory Technician I
  • Learn methods and techniques of water sampling and analysis.
  • Learn to collect water samples from a variety of specified locations.
  • Learn to perform standard physical, chemical, biological, and bacteriological tests on water and related materials.
  • Learn to prepare standard chemical solutions, reagent, stains, and media.
  • Dispose of hazardous waste and chemicals according to established rules and regulations.
  • Set up, use, and maintain a variety of laboratory equipment.
  • Provide responsible assistance in specialized research projects.
  • Maintain detailed notes and records of work performed.
  • Learn to prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Operate a wide range of vehicles including trucks, vans, and boats.
Laboratory Technician II
In addition to the qualifications for Laboratory Technician I:
  • Collect water samples from a variety of specified locations.
  • Perform standard physical, chemical, biological, and bacteriological tests on water and related materials.
  • Prepare standard chemical solutions, reagent, stains, and media.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Operate a wide range of vehicles including trucks, vans, and boats.
Ideal Knowledge:
Laboratory Technician I
Some Knowledge of:
  • Methods and techniques of preparing standard media solutions.
  • Principles of chemistry and bacteriology as applied to the analysis of water.
  • Standard laboratory terminology and procedures.
  • Use and care of standard laboratory equipment, instruments, and materials.
  • Mathematical principles.
  • Principles and procedures of recordkeeping.
  • Principles of business writing and report preparation.
Laboratory Technician II
In addition to the qualifications for Laboratory Technician I:
Working Knowledge of:
  • Methods and techniques of preparing standard media solutions.
  • Principles of chemistry and bacteriology as applied to the analysis of water.
  • Standard laboratory terminology and procedures.
  • Use and care of standard laboratory equipment, instruments, and materials.
  • Methods and techniques of water sampling and analysis.
Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade.

Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis. Selected candidate will be required to successfully pass a medical examination. To review the Classification Specification, please click here (Download PDF reader)

Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following: application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above. Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE: Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to re-post this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities. Please advise Human Resources in advance of any special needs by calling 408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned. Human Resources staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.




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