Olympia, WA - Water Quality Analyst
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DATE PREPARED CITY OF OLYMPIA 1/85 JOB CODE 1845 SALARY RANGE CLASS SPECIFICATION 454 FLSA STATUS Covered WATER QUALITY ANALYST REVISED 12/99 POSITION DESCRIPTION Function: Under general supervision responsible for laboratory tests, sample analysis and the accurate recording of findings at the L.O.T.T. Water Pollution Control Facility. Examples of Duties: Responsible for performing chemical (inorganic and organic), physical and microbiological tests and analyses for all plant processes, stream flows, water, sediment and environmental samples. Research and develop new testing/analytical methods and techniques. Ensure on-going industrial pretreatment surveillance. Perform wide- ranging analytical, sampling, and instrument operation tasks associated with water quality assurance and laboratory result quality control. Evaluate and interpret daily plant process tests and relay results to operators to ensure plant effluent meets State and Federal requirements. Establish chemical requirements and recommend adjustments, changes and/or additions for various plant treatment processes. Prepare and standardize solutions. Assemble test data, develop quality assurance/quality control methods, and maintain records and reports. Manage short and long range analysis results and report data utilizing various computer programs, such as spreadsheets, database and word processing. Develop and maintain computer network based lab data reporting, transmission and access systems. Conduct plant process trend analysis based on test results and provide operations staff with timely information and process adjustment recommendations. Compile physical data from operators to calculate necessary information. Respond to calls reporting potential problems and determine testing needs. Ensure that all hazardous materials are stored, received, used, and disposed of in accordance with treatment plant, state, and federal plans and regulations. Operate, troubleshoot, repair, calibrate and maintain laboratory instruments and equipment. Responsible for laboratory safety procedures, order, and cleanliness. Maintain reports, logs, files, manuals, and procedures in accordance with agency requirements. May perform and be responsible for administrative functions of the laboratory, such as budget development and monitoring, maintaining inventory, etc. Contacts: Water Quality Analysts have extensive contact with co-workers and LOTT plant operations personnel to share information, make recommendations, and resolve technical problems. Analysts have contact with other City staff and the staff of other agencies for the purpose of coordinating work or exchanging information. Supervision: May serve in a lead/training capacity for apprentice operators, temporary employees and/or students/assistants. Accountability: Water Quality Analysts are accountable for the accurate, timely performance of duties in a manner that complies with applicable State and Federal laws and regulations, and maintains the State Drinking Water Accreditation. Laboratory tests provide the basis for proper plant functioning. Improper plant functioning may damage the marine environment, degrade water quality, or affect required permits, which represents a significant liability to the City. Working Conditions: Water Quality Analysts work in the L.O.T.T. (Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Thurston County) Wastewater Treatment Plant located on Budd Inlet. Although the facility is designed to optimize working and safety conditions, a number of hazards are present when working with chemical agents, biological samples and laboratory testing equipment. Employees are responsible to be constantly aware of safety requirements. The laboratory is in operation seven days per week (day shift only) and a Water Quality Analyst is on duty at all times. During weekend shift, the Water Quality Analyst is responsible for laboratory functioning. WATER QUALITY ANALYST PAGE 2 QUALIFICATION GUIDELINES: Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: Knowledge of the principles of chemistry (organic and inorganic), microbiology, biology and physics. Knowledge of industry standard publication: "Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and Chemical Analysis of Water and Wastewater." Knowledge of quality assurance/control techniques and application to the laboratory environment. Knowledge and skill in general laboratory testing and analysis methods including wet chemical and instrumental (i.e., F.I.A., AA, GFAA) methods. Knowledge of environmental laboratory analytical instrumentation and equipment including inductively coupled plasma spectrometer (ICP) and total organic carbon (TOC) analyzer. Knowledge of the operation of personal computers and database, spreadsheet, and word processing software. Knowledge of laboratory hazards, hazardous material use and handling, and related MSDS. Knowledge of wastewater treatment plant functions, operations, and process control procedures. Skill in performing complex mathematical calculations, such as statistical analysis, chemical calculations, and advanced algebra. Skill in written and verbal communication. Ability to employ necessary safety precautions applicable to work environment such as proper/safe storage of equipment, materials, supplies, safety clothing and personal equipment. Ability to perform instrumentation and equipment maintenance, troubleshooting, programming, and calibration. Ability to work independently and as a team to plan and organize work assignments. Ability to maintain effective working relationships. Ability to work in a potentially dangerous physical environment with exposure to offensive odors and fumes and potentially hazardous chemicals and biological agents. Ability to lift, bend, climb and stand as necessary to perform work assignments such as collecting plant samples. Ability to maintain accurate reports, summaries, and records of laboratory results. Experience/Education: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Environmental Science or closely related field and two years work experience performing qualitative and quantitative analysis of environmental samples required. Graduate level course work in chemistry, biology, microbiology, environmental science or closely related field may be substituted for one year of required work experience. Work experience in a certified laboratory environment preferred. Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator certification is desired. Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for education on a year for year basis.