MICROBIOLOGIST II/III

Valley Water | San Jose, CA

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Posted Date 9/18/2019
Description

MICROBIOLOGIST II/III

Closing Date/Time Thu. 09/26/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time

5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA, California

Water Utility Operations and Maintenance Division

Laboratory Services Unit (Position Code 0606)

Monthly Salary:

Microbiologist II: $8,141.47 - $10,415.60
Microbiologist III: $8,762.00 - $11,214.67

Overview:
This position is in the professional Microbiologist series for Valley Water's Water Quality Lab. The focus of this position is to perform full range of microbiological and analytical testing activities in the Water Quality Lab's microbiology section, including method development, data review and approval, standard operating procedure updates, and meeting all requirements of the Laboratory's quality assurance program. This position has the responsibility to perform a number of bacteriological determinations, analysis of Giardia/Cryptosporidium, invasive mussels, algae speciation, and other work as assigned. The candidate will be responsible for sample collection and analysis of a variety of samples in the field and at various facilities. In addition, the ideal candidate will have thorough understanding of drinking water regulations and monitoring requirements and will be able to adapt specific EPA and/or Standard Methods for the purpose of State accreditation. The position requires instrument troubleshooting and maintenance skills, and ability to perform complex water quality studies; review and analysis of analytical data; follow all environmental health and safety policies and procedures; and work well with other team members.

Requirements

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Develop and review microbiological and analytical methods and procedures for water quality analysis. Perform complex microbiological testing and evaluate effectiveness of testing methods.
  • Comply with requirement of Laboratory Quality Management System.
  • Maintain all documentation and conduct Standard Operating Procedure review and updates.
  • Sample collection, receiving, login, preservation, and shipping.
  • Participate in the proficiency testing program and monitor the performance of work performed in Microbiology section through the internal audit program.
  • Perform routine and non-routine maintenance of laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Data reporting, review, and trend analysis using Laboratory Information Management System.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:

  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related scientific field.
  • Three (3) years of experience in water or wastewater analysis.
  • Monitoring of reservoirs and source waters to detect changes in water quality due to biological activity, such as, algae and algal toxicity, bacteriological, invasive mussels and other constituents as needed.
  • Hands on experience or training in the analysis of Giardia/Cryptosporidium.
  • Knowledge and experience in the preparation of bacteriological media, and Total Coliform and E.coli, and Heterotrophic Plate Counts (HPC) analysis.

Ideal Knowledge:
Microbiologist II
Some Knowledge of:

  • Operational characteristics of laboratory and electronic instruments and equipment.
  • Methods and techniques of water sampling, preservation, extraction, storage requirements and analysis of microorganisms.
  • Methods and techniques used in laboratory quality assurance programs.
  • Principles and practices of applied research projects.
  • Methods and techniques of handling and storing hazardous materials.
  • Federal and state laws, codes, and regulations such as Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Parts 136 and 141, and Title 22, Chapter 15 of the California Code of Regulations for drinking water.

Working Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of microbiology measurement techniques for various water matrices.
  • Operation of analytical instrumentation and operating systems.
  • Calibration, operation, and minor maintenance and repair of instrumentation.
  • Interpretation of test results for water quality determinations.

Microbiologist III (in addition to the qualifications for Microbiologist II):
Working Knowledge of:
Principles, practices and responsibilities involved in leading the work of assigned staff.

Thorough Knowledge of:
Drinking water regulations and monitoring requirements.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Microbiologist II
Ability to:

  • Perform special investigations of reservoirs, distribution systems and recycled water collect samples for specified projects in microbiology.
  • Assist in the development of applied research projects; develop and review test equipment, products, methods and procedures; recommend operational and equipment modifications to ensure delivered water meets regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain and conduct minor maintenance on various laboratory equipment.
  • Adhere to District policies and procedures.
  • Develop, implement, and continuously optimize measurement techniques.
  • Enter data and navigate the Laboratory Information Management System
  • Perform a variety of duties in the analysis of drinking water, recycled water and groundwater samples.
  • Learn to perform and interpret water analysis test results.
  • Learn to identify and analyze existing and potential laboratory demands and management challenges.
  • Learn to administer budget, personnel, and administrative issues.
  • Learn to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Learn to conduct complex water quality studies and review, analyze, and interpret the results.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.

Microbiologist III (in addition to the qualifications for Microbiologist II):
Ability to:

  • Identify and analyze existing and potential laboratory demands and management challenges.
  • Administer budget, personnel, and administrative issues.
  • Analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals.
  • Conduct complex water quality studies and review, analyze, and interpret the results,
  • Perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Perform a wide variety of professional analytical and technical duties involved in the analyses of water, wastewater, and related material samples for microbiological determinations.

Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology, Molecular Biology or related scientific field.
Microbiologist II: Three (3) years of experience in water or wastewater analysis.
Microbiologist III: Five (5) years in water or wastewater analysis.

Closing Date for Applications: Closing Thu. 09/26/19 11:59 PM Pacific Time

For detailed information regarding requirements and qualifications for this opening and to apply online, please see the job posting by clicking on the following link: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/scvwd

Please visit our website: www.valleywater.org

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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