Laboratory Manager

Salary: $51,854 to $73,831 annually
Shift: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or as required
Recruitment Period: Open Until Filled

Job Description

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Inclusion Statement


Education and ExperienceBachelor’s Degree in Science (Microbiology or Chemistry preferred).  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.  Laboratory Operator Certification, Class B from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), or ability to obtain substantial progress within six months of employment.  Water Operator Certification, Class A from the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ), or ability to obtain substantial progress within six months of employment.

Knowledge:  Modern laboratory techniques, practices, and procedures.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (ODEQ) monitoring and reporting requirements.  Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater chemical and bacteriological test procedures. 

Skills:  Use of computer programs including Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access.  Developing spreadsheets and graphs, maintaining access database, and electronically submitting compliance data to the State regulatory agency.  Use of laboratory scales, incubator, titration and other related equipment.  Performing laboratory examinations of water characteristics using inorganic chemistry methods.   Recording data, maintaining records, and compiling reports and graph data.  Following oral and written instructions.

Duties and Responsibilities:  Works with operations staff to optimize treatment process.  Supervises, coordinates, collects, and trains staff to collect samples for chemical and microbiological tests to monitor water quality.  Develops and maintains data precision and accuracy through a Quality Assurance/Quality Control program. Conducts and trains staff to conduct standard and specialized chemical and bacteriological examinations of regular and special samples of raw and treated water.  Prepares, maintains, sets up, and operates a wide variety of laboratory equipment, apparatus, and supplies.  Supervises and coordinates laboratory staff to clean and sterilize laboratory equipment, utensils, and facilities.  Analyzes and trains staff to analyze samples to determine adequacy of the treatment process and to discover any foreign substances or materials which may adversely influence the normal physical, chemical, and bacteriological actions occurring in the treatment process.  Instructs and trains plant operators and laboratory staff on routine maintenance of laboratory equipment.  Monitors Federal and State drinking water rules and regulations for changes that may impact the division operation and updates manager on changes.  Maintains, coordinates and updates the compliance sample schedule for the division.  Researches and develops plans for new required testing requirements.  Coordinates with plant management, laboratories, consultants, state and federal regulators regarding testing requirements.  Coordinates and advises plant supervisor and operation personnel on adjustments to treatment processes and plant equipment to meet specific results.  Keeps operators and plant manager informed of regulatory changes, analytical results and potential process problems reflected by the test results.  Performs chemical and mathematical calculations related to plant treatment processes.  Responds to utility customer complaints and inquiries. Submits microbiological and chemical data to the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality for compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Prepares and maintains records and reports.  Manages laboratory budget; orders chemicals and equipment for the laboratory.  Prepares annual Consumer Confidence Report.  Prepares and signs Monthly Operations Report.  Performs related work as required.    

Working Conditions:  Work is performed primarily in a laboratory environment; however, time is spent (up to 25% 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 (20 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.