Laboratory Manager

Salary: $51,854 - $73,831 annually
Shift: 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or as required
Recruitment Period: Closes at 5:00 p.m. on 10/30/20

Job Description

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Human Resources, 201 West Gray Bldg C, Norman, OK 73069

Employment Application

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Inclusion Statement


Education and ExperienceHigh school diploma or equivalent.  College level courses in chemistry desirable.  Three years of experience in conducting chemical and bacteriological laboratory testing; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

License and Certifications:  Valid Oklahoma driver’s license and satisfactory motor vehicle record.  Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) Laboratory Operator Certification, Class A, or ability to obtain within six months of employment.  Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) Wastewater Operator Certification, Class B, or ability to obtain within six months of employment.  

Knowledge:  Modern laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures.  Standard methods of wastewater chemical and bacteriological tests.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) monitoring and reporting requirements. 

Skills:  Computerized programs with word processor and spreadsheets. Use of laboratory scales, incubator, and related equipment. Performing laboratory examinations of water and wastewater characteristics. Recording data, maintaining records, and compiling reports. Following oral and written instructions. 

Duties and Responsibilities: Conducts standard and specialized chemical and bacteriological examinations of regular and special samples of wastewater and bio-solids. Collects samples and tests wastewater quality.  Prepares, maintains, and sets up for specific operation a wide variety of laboratory equipment, apparatus, and supplies.  Cleans and sterilizes laboratory equipment utensils and facilities.  Analyzes samples to determine adequacy of treatment, and to discover any foreign substances or materials which may adversely influence the normal physical, chemical, and bacteriological actions occurring in the treatment process.  Manages and reports Oklahoma Pollution Discharge Elimination System (OPDES) requirements to ODEQ. Oversees the work of laboratory personnel; conducts performance evaluations. Maintains data records including Sludge Management Program and annual reports, Biomonitoring Program, ODEQ Control Charts, Lab Data Management System (LIMS), AllMAX Operator 10 lab data, and other reporting records stored at the facility.  Manages laboratory budget.  Prepares annual Consumer Confidence Report.  Maintains and orders chemicals and equipment for the laboratory.  Instructs and trains plant operators on routine laboratory analyses. Performs chemical and mathematical calculations.  Keeps supervisor, operators, and plant managerial staff informed of analytical results and any potential process problems reflected by the test results.  Performs related work as required.    

Working Conditions:  Works primarily in a lab environment; however, time is spent (up to 50% of the time) exposed to dirt, dust, noise, noxious odors, etc. while working in the treatment plant.  Some work will be outdoors.  On call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergencies.

Mental and Physical Abilities:  Ability to concentrate and pay close attention to detail.  Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy (25-50 lb.) materials frequently.  Moderate mobility; duties are usually performed by combinations of sitting, walking and, long periods of standing.  Ability to maintain regular, predictable and punctual attendance. 

Additional Information: Selected applicant must have telephone or message number where he/she may be reached and pass background investigation, physical examination, and drug screen.