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Laboratory Analyst - WPC

Job Summary/Scope
Job Summary/Scope
Runs laboratory tests on various types of water samples for process control and regulatory compliance. Collects various types of plant and environmental samples. Maintains complete and accurate records on test data.
Examples of Duties & Responsibilities
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Analyzes water and wastewater samples using wet chemistry, spectroscopy, spectrometry, ISE meters, and other techniques on automated and manual laboratory equipment.
  • Obtains wastewater, biosolids, and other types of samples from the Water Protection Facility, Industrial Users, and other various sources in St. Joseph as needed.
  • Operates and maintains manual and automated sampling equipment.
  • Operates, repairs, calibrates and performs preventative maintenance on lab equipment.
  • Records test results and maintains accurate and complete logs and laboratory database records.
  • Participates in routine Missouri River sampling.
  • Cleans laboratory workspaces, equipment and sample containers daily.
  • Utilizes Laboratory and Operations databases daily including data entry, report generation, and configuration.
  • Follows established Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and assists with future SOP development.
  • Must maintain regular and reliable attendance. 
Other Duties and Responsibilities
Performs all other related duties as assigned.
Employee Behavior and Conduct
City employees shall conduct themselves in a professional manner and shall exhibit and extend such professional conduct appropriate for the circumstances to those with whom they come into contact both internally and externally during the performance of their duties. Examples of professional conduct include, but are not limited to, being communicative, informative, fair, honest, and respectful.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities, Materials & Equipment, Working Environment/Physical Requirements
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Skills in laboratory analysis and problem solving.
  • Skills in effective communications.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Knowledge of theories of chemistry and operation of analytical instrumentation.
  • Requires skilled and precise application of sampling techniques and accurate recording of results.
  • Skills and knowledge gained from prior experience in same or related field required.
  • Skills in detailed record keeping
  • Ability to use laboratory equipment including ICP-MS, analytical balance and, DO meter, pH and ISE meters and automated composite samplers.
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
  • Must obtain a Missouri "D" level Wastewater Treatment license within one year of hiring.
  • Must obtain a Missouri "D" level Wastewater Analyst license within one year of hiring.
  • Must obtain the highest level of Wastewater Analyst license available within four years of hiring.
Material and Equipment Directly Used
Operates a variety of laboratory test equipment, laboratory instruments and computers. There may be times when use of personal vehicle may be required.
Working Environment/Physical Requirements
Work normally performed in a laboratory environment with routine sampling at the Water Protection Facility and other environmental and industrial sites. Must have hearing and visual acuity. Environment requires ability to walk over uneven terrain, bend, stoop and perform other similar manual tasks. Frequently lifts from ten to 20 pounds. Exposure to dust, fumes and infrequently exposed to varying intensities of noise. Some overnight or day travel may be required for business purposes. Vacation and other leave scheduling shall be requested of and approved by the appropriate supervisor.
Bachelor's degree in natural sciences such as Chemistry, Biology, or Geology preferred.
Passing of a drug screening required prior to appointment.
The City is a Governmental entity subject to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which requires that otherwise qualified handicapped individuals be protected from discrimination.