Wastewater Laboratory Supervisor

City of Gastonia | Gastonia, NC

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Posted Date 4/07/2020


Performs difficult skilled technical and administrative work analyzing industrial wastewater, surface water, and municipal wastewater samples; does related work as required. Work is performed under the general direction of the assigned assistant division manager. Continuous supervision is exercised over Laboratory staff.

Salary: $61,848.00 - $75,916.00 Annually

Deadline: 4/30/2020

Essential Functions/Duties


  • Serves as Laboratory Supervisor in accordance with NCDEQ and USEPA requirements; (5%)
  • Supervises laboratory staff; (10%)
  • Maintains laboratory certification for all required parameters; (5%)
  • Responsible for laboratory safety program; (5%)
  • Develops and implements quality control programs according to accepted laboratory practice and to meet U.S. EPA and North Carolina DEQ requirements; (10%)
  • Responsible for the correct operation and maintenance of all laboratory instrumentation and equipment; (10%)
  • Trains personnel to correctly perform all analyses; (10%)
  • Interprets laboratory tests results and prepares technical reports; responsible for preparation of all laboratory reports; (15%)
  • Sets up new tests according to Standard Methods; (5%)
  • Writes Standard Operating Procedures for new and existing tests; (0%)
  • Designs and conducts experiments in support of special projects; (5%)
  • Responsible for maintaining inventory of chemicals, solutions, general lab supplies, and equipment; (10%)
  • Schedules daily routine to efficiently utilize resources; (0%)
  • Keeps abreast of latest analytical procedures by attending seminars and studying technical journals; (5%)
  • Develops budget recommendations; (0%)
  • Maintains a safe work area; (5%)
  • Prepares Chain of Custodies, bench sheets, calibration records, and other reports as necessary; (0%)
  • Performs all standardized water and wastewater analyses; (0%)


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Comprehensive knowledge of basic laboratory techniques, materials, and equipment, including those used in standard chemical and biological analysis of water and wastewater; comprehensive knowledge of the principles of organic and inorganic chemistry; ability to prepare laboratory reagents and assemble laboratory apparatus for chemical and biological analysis; comprehensive knowledge of laboratory instrumentation; ability to collect, preserve, and analyze water and wastewater samples; ability to make complex mathematical calculations; ability to keep neat, accurate records and prepare reports; ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees, supervisors, and the public; ability to effectively supervise and motivate employees.

Education/Experience/Physical Demands/Special Requirements/Additional Information

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in chemistry, or related field and considerable experience in analytical chemistry, laboratory operations including considerable supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience. In any case, the minimum requirements as set forth in North Carolina Administrative Code 15 2H .0805(a)(3)(B) must be met.

Physical Demands:
1. The physical activity of this position includes:

  • Stooping: Bending body downward and forward by bending spine at the waist. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • Kneeling: Bending legs at knee to come to a rest on knee or knees.
  • Crouching: Bending the body downward and forward by bending leg and spine.
  • Crawling: Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • Reaching: Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • Standing: Particularly for sustained periods of time.
  • Walking: Moving about on foot to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.
  • Pushing: Using upper extremities to press against something with steady force in order to thrust forward, downward or outward.
  • Pulling: Using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  • Lifting: Raising objects from a lower to a higher position or moving objects horizontally from position to position. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires the substantial use of upper extremities and back muscles.
  • Fingering: Picking, pinching, typing or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.
  • Grasping: Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.
  • Feeling: Perceiving attributes of objects, such as size, shape, temperature or texture by touching with skin, particularly that of the fingertips.
  • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal spoken word levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sound, such as when making fine adjustments on machined parts.
  • Repetitive Motions: Substantial movements (motions) of the wrists, hands and/or fingers.

2. The physical requirements of this position

  • Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

3. The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception and field of vision

  • The worker is required to have close visual acuity to perform one or more of the following: preparing and analyzing data and figures; accounting; transcription; computer terminal; extensive reading; visual inspection involving small defects, small parts, operation of machines (including inspection); using measurement devices;
  • The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform one or more of the following:

4. The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position:

  • The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.
  • The worker is subject to hazards: Includes a variety of physical conditions, such as proximity to moving mechanical parts, electrical current, working on scaffolding and high places, exposure to high heat or exposure to chemicals.
  • The worker is subject to atmospheric conditions: One or more of the following conditions that affect the respiratory system of the skin: Fumes, odors dusts, mists, gases, or poor ventilation.

Special Requirements/Additional Information:

  • Wastewater
    NC Wastewater Laboratory Analyst Class IV certification within five years of hire.
    Obtain NIMS 700 certification within twelve months of hire.
    NC A Surface Water Treatment Operator Certification and a NC Laboratory Analyst Certification in Water Bacteriology and Process Control Chemistry three years of hire.
    Obtain NIMS 700 certification within twelve months of hire.


Must possess a valid appropriate driver's license with acceptable driving history.Drug screening, criminal background, and a POET (post offer employment testing) are required.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.The City of Gastonia is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/H



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