Status: Full-time position
Location: Hobbs, NM
Salary: $20.31 - $29.97
Deadline Date: 2/9/13
Qualifications: Bachelorís degree in chemistry, microbiology or related field plus two years experience in environmental lab work or related field.
Knowledge of laboratory procedures and scientific methods and procedures. Knowledge of principles, practices, and techniques of bacteriology and chemistry. Knowledge of operations and care of laboratory equipment, sterile techniques, and contamination control. Knowledge of quality assurance/quality control procedures. Ability to perform standard chemical and bacteriological tests accurately and evaluate and interpret results. Ability to utilize spreadsheets and database programs. Ability to read and interpret various reports, and learn mathematical formulas. Ability to learn procedures in the Standard Methods book. Ability to work independently and to complete daily activities according to work schedule. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing. Ability to understand, follow and transmit written and oral instructions. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Utilities personnel, Septic haulers, NMED Inspector, vendors, and general public.
Ability to obtain and maintain Sampling certification. Ability to obtain and maintain Wastewater Lab Tech 3 certification and Water Sampling Tech 2 certification. Valid state issued drivers license.
Duties: Manages the compliance and process laboratory for the Utilities Department. Performs and supervises laboratory analysis required by local, state, or federal regulations of water and wastewater. Maintains quality assurance plan, quality control records, and accurate data relative to all samples and analysis performed. Performs a wide variety of chemical tests on water samples. Conducts routine chemical and bacteriological analysis of water and wastewater samples. Determines the efficiency of the wastewater treatment plant process by producing reliable test results. Checks, calibrates, maintains, and assures the accuracy of all laboratory equipment to ensure reliability of all tests performed. Collects wastewater samples to include composite samples, grab samples, and aeration basin samples, throughout the wastewater treatment plant for various testing. Performs or supervises analysis of the Cityís wastewater and biosolids for both chemical and bacteriological content. Performs or supervises the semi-annual testing on all City wells. Performs or supervises bacteriological analysis for private water suppliers, public household wells, governmental agencies and private companies. Prepares water sample billing for state and private well owners. Interprets analysis, prepares reports, and notifies appropriate person of any unusual test results to insure efficiency of the wastewater treatment plant and the public water system. Prepares a variety of monthly reports of water and wastewater quality required by regulatory agencies. Prepares quarterly workbooks and spreadsheets to ensure proper record keeping throughout the year. Performs quality control each month on all instrumentation and media. Updates and maintains MSDS manual and SOP and QC procedures. Attends classes in order to stay abreast of new methods approved by EPA. Prepares and maintains budget for laboratory; assists with long-term planning. Facilitates the procurement of material needed throughout the laboratory.
Human Resources Department
City of Hobbs
200 E. Broadway
Hobbs, NM 88240