City of Bethlehem - WWTP Laboratory Technician

Department/Bureau: Water & Sewer Resources/Wastewater Treatment Lab

Job Class: 27T

Pay Range: $2,249.52 - $3,149.83 biweekly

Position Summary: performs laboratory analyses and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) procedures to maintain regulatory permits, laboratory accreditation, and industrial reporting requirements; works in compliance with City, PA DEP, and US EPA requirements; works day shift, weekdays with day shift weekend and holiday rotation; and reports to the WWTP Plant Chemist and Quality Manager.

Minimum Qualifications: Associate’s degree from accredited college/university in chemistry, biochemistry, physics, environmental science, biology, microbiology, physical sciences, engineering, or other related field; minimum 1 year of wastewater analysis experience following PA DEP and US EPA approved methods in accredited laboratory; if not already certified, must obtain a PA DEP Wastewater System Operator Certification, Class A, subclassifications 1 (activated sludge) and 2 (fixed film treatment), within four (4) years of hire date and maintain a valid certification thereafter.

Nature of Work Performed: performs physical, chemical, and bacteriological analyses on wastewater samples following standard operating procedures and state and federal regulations and requirements; maintains records of tests conducted and related QA/QC procedures; maintains inventory of laboratory chemicals, instruments, apparatus, and supplies; cleans and maintains laboratory, equipment, glassware, plastic ware, etc.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: basic knowledge of wastewater plant operations; considerable knowledge of standard methods of physical, chemical, and bacteriological analysis of wastewater for tests such as ammonia, pH, alkalinity, BOD, COD, TSS, VSS, temperature, and dissolved oxygen; ability to perform laboratory tests in accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures; skill in use and care of common laboratory instruments (such as spectrophotometers, ion selective electrodes, and dissolved oxygen electrodes); effective oral and written communication skills; ability to maintain a professional working relationship with others; possess intermediate computer skills and ability to learn laboratory data management software; thorough knowledge of laboratory safety rules; ability to climb, bend, stoop, twist, walk, and carry moderate to heavy items on an as needed basis; ability to work non-standard hours and be available through phone call or other communication method to respond to emergency after hours calls or for shift coverage.

HOW TO APPLY: Applicants should send a resume and cover letter outlining how they meet the specific requirements of the position to [email protected] or City of Bethlehem, Human Resources, 10 E. Church St, Bethlehem, PA 18018. While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for interview will be contacted.