ENVIRONMENTAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
This is technical field and laboratory work in sampling and performing physical, chemical and biological examination of natural and potable water, domestic and industrial wastewater, air quality, solid waste, and related samples.
Assigned to one of the five areas in a NELAP/ ISO 17025 laboratory for sampling and sample analysis of water; wastewater and other environmental waters. The five areas are the Water Lab; Biology Lab; Wastewater Lab; Nutrient Lab or Field Sampling. Assignments will be rotated for cross training.An employee in this class is responsible for collecting representative on-site samples at predetermined locations, collecting various samples for analytical procedures, performing physical tests, professional procedures, and obtaining data required for process control and plant efficiency determinations. The employee is required to use independent judgment in performing tests and analysis and collecting and maintaining scientific data under varying conditions. Under supervision and with experience and training, employee will be required to perform more complex tests and procedures using specialized laboratory instrumentation. Employees will assume responsibility for overall performance of laboratory activities in the absence of the Environmental Chemist. Work is subject to review by supervisor through reported results obtained and by observing performance of laboratory activities.
The City offers a wide variety of benefits to employees. In addition to the competitive benefits package and salary, the City participates in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which offers an investment option and a pension option, and requires a 3% contribution from employees. New hires are automatically enrolled in FRS.
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ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Analyzes laboratory samples; calibrates and troubleshoots instruments; prepares reagents and standards
- Performs chemical and/or biological tests resulting in data for various monitoring projects for regulatory agency reporting
- Collects samples from water and/or wastewater plants, predetermined locations throughout the distribution systems, drinking water production wells, wells with specialized sampling equipment and apparatus, and possibly samples from canals, rivers, lakes, and ocean with or without specialized sampling equipment
- Performs field testing during sampling; maintains records of tabulated test results
- Performs data entry and result calculations
- Maintains inventory of laboratory supplies and equipment
- Trains new employees and coworkers on analytical methods, including sample preparation, biological and chemical analyses
- Prepares daily and monthly reports of plant operating data
- Maintains general cleanliness of laboratory and equipment
- Ensures compliance with safety regulations and standard operating procedures
- Assist with the testing of proficiency samples to ensure Laboratory accreditation
- Knowledge of Federal, State and County Regulations or Requirements
- Works around high voltage, rotating equipment and various hazardous chemicals.
- Performs related work as required
JOB REQUIREMENTS & WORK ENVIRONMENT
Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related sciencesOne (1) to three (3) years of experience in laboratory work, preferably in environmental quality control. Additional qualifying experience or completion of coursework at an accredited college or university in a job related field, may substitute on a year-for-year basis for one year of the required experience or education.
Essential Employees may be required to work during a declared emergency. The employee's Department Head will determine who will be required to work. Works rotating shifts including nights, weekends, and holidays. Responds to emergency call outs.
Ability to walk, bend, and lift containers containing water samples weighing up to 50 pounds.
HOW TO APPLY/ VETERAN INFORMATION
Depending on the number of applicants and the quality of their education and experience, the examination may consist of one or more of the following tests: Evaluation of Training and Experience, Oral Interview, Written Examination, or other assessment method. Applicants must attain a minimum score of 70 in each part of the examination in order to qualify. All successful applicants will be required to pass a medical examination, including drug screening, prior to appointment.
An eligible veteran who enters an open-competitive examination shall receive preference points added to the total passing score earned in the examination as provided for in the Florida Statutes. To obtain veteran's preference, candidates MUST submit a copy of separation papers and the City of Fort Lauderdale's veteran's preference claim form ( J204 ).
The City of Fort Lauderdale is AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER . All applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender (including identity or expression), marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or any other protected classification as defined by applicable law (except as limited by Personnel Rules, Collective Bargaining Agreements, or bona fide occupational qualifications).
In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the City of Fort Lauderdale is committed to providing a safe, quality-oriented and productive work environment consistent with the standards of the community in which it serves. Alcohol and drug abuse poses a threat to the health and safety of City's employees and to the security of the City's equipment and facilities. For these reasons, the City is committed to the elimination of drug and alcohol use and abuse in the workplace.
Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects qualified individuals with disabilities from employment discrimination. Under the ADA, a person has a disability if he has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits a major life activity.The physical demands described within the job description are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job . In compliance with the ADA, the City of Fort Lauderdale will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
The City of Fort Lauderdale offers a comprehensive benefits package to all regular full-time employees including vacation, holiday, and sick leave as well as medical, dental, vision, life and short-term disability insurance.
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Closing Date/Time: 3/10/2023 5:00 PM Eastern