Laboratory Technician I

Recruitment #17-A24-001

Introduction

Do you see yourself as an environmental steward with experience in the analysis of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, stormwater and environmental samples? If you are interested in a career in this field, the City of Ventura is accepting applications for a Laboratory Technician I vacancy on our collaborative Wastewater Laboratory team in the Ventura Water Department. To be considered for this rewarding opportunity, apply on-line at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs by the 1/15/2018 filing deadline!

Ventura Water is dedicated to providing our community with quality water and wastewater services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As environmental stewards, our goal is integrate water management to create long-term health and economic benefits for our community. As financial stewards, our goals are to operate and use resources efficiently, understand and meet the needs of our customers, and protect our infrastructure by investing wisely in maintenance and renewal projects. To learn more about working for the Ventura Water Department, visit https://www.cityofventura.ca.gov/885/Ventura-Water.

THE POSITION

Under general supervision, to perform routine chemical, physical and biological analysis of potable water, wastewater, industrial waste, storm water and environmental samples.

Incumbent may be required to work weekends and holidays.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

This classification differs from the Laboratory Technician II classification in that incumbents are not expected to operate as sophisticated instrumentation or to carry out as complex laboratory procedures as are the Laboratory Technician II's.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

  • Understands general laboratory safety procedures.
  • Is self-motivated, detail-oriented, able to work alone and as part of a team.
  • Understands California Water Environment Assocation sampling procedures and chemical testing methods.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in the use of computers and has excellent math and computation skills.
  • Is able to stand for long periods of time and perform sampling activities around raw sewage and wastewater.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Collect samples from treatment plant and receiving waste locations.  Conduct chemical and biological analysis of environmental water samples by standard procedures including, but not limited to the analysis of bacteriological, nitrogen compounds, phosphorous, solids, pH and alkalinity, COD and BOD, chlorine residual, boron, MBAS, total cyanide, turbidity, and volatile acid; operate pH meter, turbidity meter, analytical balances and UV-VIS spectrophotometer; maintain records of sampling, analysis procedures and results; prepares media, standardized solutions and reagents; conducts chronic toxicity tests; general laboratory housekeeping including cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment; and perform other related work as assigned or required.

LICENSE/CERTIFICATES

License:  Possession of a valid Class C California driver's license and an acceptable driving record is required.

WORKING CONDITIONS

Environment:  works in wastewater laboratory environment with exposure to raw sewage, chemicals, noise, and electrical energy; may have some exposure to outside conditions; may drive a vehicle to different locations. Physical Abilities:  hearing and speaking sufficient to exchange information in person or on the telephone; vision within normal range with or without correction; sitting, standing, walking, reaching, twisting, turning, kneeling, bending, squatting, and stooping for prolonged periods of time; ability to lift up to 30 pounds; uses hands to handles, feel, or operate laboratory or standard office equipment including personal computer; mental capability to use and apply mathematical reasoning and abstract statistical concepts.  Hazards:  exposed to hazardous or toxic chemicals and solvents, fumes, sewage, noise, electrical energy, and computer screens and laboratory equipment.   

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

A combination of education, training and/or experience equivalent to one year of college level course including two courses in a laboratory science and one year analytical laboratory work.

BENEFITS

Employment Information:  Right to Work:  Before employment, candidates must submit documentation verifying legal right to work in the United States.  Background Check:  A pre-employment verification of background, references, and medical examination will be conducted.  A drug screening may be required for some positions.  Applicants for positions using City vehicles will be required to submit a DMV report.  Probationary Period:  Twelve months.

Deferred Compensation: $442 per year will be matched in a Section 457 Plan.

Medical/Dental Insurance: Up to $691 monthly toward a selection of plans.  Medical insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.  Dental insurance is effective the first of the second month after date of hire. 

Vision Insurance:  City paid coverage provided for employees and their dependents. Vision insurance is effective the first of the month after date of hire.

Optional Benefits: $469 monthly, which may be applied toward medical insurance premiums.  Cash-out option is not available. 

Life Insurance: City paid term life insurance equal to the employee’s annual salary, and dependent life insurance of $2,000 per dependent.

Disability Insurance:  City paid short-term and long-term disability coverage. 

Retirement:  Tier I - 2% @ 55/Single Highest Year of Compensation for Classic CalPERS members who worked for the City prior to December 31, 2012 and are returning to City employment.  Employees make a 7% member contribution.  Tier II - 2% @ 60/3-Year Final Compensation Period for Classic CalPERS members with less than a six-month break in service from another CalPERS or CalPERS'-reciprocal agency.  Employees make a 7% member contribution.  Tier III - 2% at 62/3-Year Final Compensation Period for New CalPERS members.  Employees make a 6.25% member contribution.  Additional details regarding the City’s retirement plan will be provided to candidates during the job offer process.

Social Security: CalPERS members do not participate in Social Security retirement so there is no payroll deduction. Receiving a CalPERS benefit may affect your Social Security upon retirement. For further information contact a Social Security office or ww.socialsecurity.gov/form1945

Medicare:  Employees participate only in the Medicare portion of Social Security. There is a 1.45% payroll deduction for this benefit.

Annual Leave: 3 weeks per year, increasing to 5 weeks after 15 years service, for vacation and sick leave. Employees may use vacation after successful completion of probation.

Personal Leave:  27 hours per calendar year. 

Holidays: 12 paid holidays per year.

Tuition Reimbursement: $2,500 per year for tuition and books for courses taken at accredited institution and after completion of probationary period.

Direct Deposit:  Paychecks are automatically deposited to employee accounts. 

Flexible Workweek:  A 9/80 workweek is available for some positions

Wellness Program:  A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.

Selection Plan

Submit a City application and supplemental questionnaire by the filing deadline. The preferred method of application is on-line and you are highly encouraged to apply at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs. If you are unable to apply electronically, you may request paper application materials by calling (805) 654-7853 during regular business hours. Paper applications can be FAXed to (805) 648-4467, or mailed, or hand delivered to City Hall at: 501 Poli Street, Room 210; P.O. Box 99; Ventura, CA 93002. If you FAX, it is highly recommended that you also send the original documents. The Eligibility List established may be used to fill other regular and temporary vacancies at the discretion of the City.

Once your application has been submitted, all future correspondence from the City will be via e-mail. Please keep your contact information up-to-date and ensure that your email spam filter allows you to receive messages from recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov. You may also view notices send to you by the City in the "My Applications" tab at www.cityofventura.ca.gov/jobs.

Department Selection Interview

A select number of candidates will be invited to a department selection interview being held in February 2018, date to be determined.

Conclusion

The City of Ventura is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants without regard to age, race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, and military and veteran status.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you need an accommodation in a selection process, please notify the Human Resources Department in writing by the final filing date of the position you are interested in. The Human Resources address is: 501 Poli Street, Room 210, Ventura, CA 93001, (805) 654-7853, e-mail: recruitment@cityofventura.ca.gov.