Job Description

Overall Job Objective


This examination will establish an Open Competitive and Promotional list to fill current and/or future vacancies that may occur within the next six (6) months or may be extended as needed by the Office of Human Resources.

All DD-214's may be faxed to 702-668-9050


Education and Experience: An Associate degree, equivalent to two (2) years of college level course work in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or a related field AND four (4) years of full-time laboratory experience OR a Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or related field and two (2) years of full-time laboratory experience, preferably in an environmental or water/wastewater laboratory.  Sample management experience and familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures in an environmental or water/wastewater laboratory are highly desirable.

Working Conditions: Work extended shifts or be called back in emergency situations. Work with potential exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances. Work underground and/or in confined spaces. Climbing, lifting, pulling and carrying required in outdoor environments and possibly on uneven surfaces. Work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Licensing and Certification: Must possess a valid Nevada Class C Driver's License at time of appointment. Must possess or be able to obtain a valid NWEA Waste Water Quality Analyst Grade II Certification, during the first two years of hire.

Background Investigation: Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation. Periodically after employment background investigations may be conducted.

Medical Examination: Employment is contingent upon the results of a physical examination performed by our examining physician.

Pre-Employment Drug Testing: Employment is contingent upon the results of a pre-employment drug examination.


Coordinate the weekly schedule for laboratory staff to ensure that there is coverage throughout the operating hours of the day.  Direct sample custodians in accomplishing the required sample distribution to the lab. Responsible for ensuring that samples are collected and distributed in accordance with requirements of the 40 CFR, part 136. Processes incoming test samples/test requests into the company's LIMS system. Directs sample custodians in the organization and storage of test samples in the appropriate storage units. Oversee the coordination, collection, communication, receipt and shipping of samples to specified contract laboratories for testing. Review and file sample chain of custody forms and other documentation related to shipping. Work with appropriate department liaison in preparing sampling plans for operations projects and entering samples received into the LIMS system. May draft and review SOPs and train incoming employees on use of the LIMS system. Provides Laboratory and operations support. Perform general laboratory duties to include management of equipment cleaning and maintenance activities and physical inventory of samples. Performs calibrations and maintenance on laboratory and plant instrumentation. Maintains field equipment and performs troubleshooting as needed for repair or replacement decisions. Writes and revises SOPs related to sample collection, receipt, tracking /handling and physical inventory records. Collecting a variety of wastewater and specialized sampling; to include but not limited to Coli-form, Inorganic, Organic, Trace-organics, Low level (Hg), virus, and monitoring well sampling. Collecting samples from different sampling sources for a multitude of water quality parameters in normal or emergency situations and poor weather conditions. Order and inventory materials in order to maintain supplies. Disposal of unused portions of water and wastewater samples; clean sampling equipment, and dispose of used sample bottles. Empty, rinse, and clean reusable jugs and vials following prescribed laboratory policies and procedures. Maintain all related work areas in a safe, clean, and orderly condition. Keep entire area clean and organized including sweeping, mopping, cleaning tables, wiping down equipment, and organizing shelves. Interact with operations and regulatory compliance, when needed, for sampling, testing and other complex activities. Responds to plant operations staff questions on related sample concerns. Insure that the District field (sampling)staff are familiar with the specific procedures for processing, handling, storing, and shipping samples for each.  Providing oversight with laboratory sampling staff to assure that they diligently follow all protocol specific procedures and all general laboratory SOPs.  Verify that sample transport, receipt, and shipment records are being properly maintained and that the data is completely and accurately documented into the appropriate record storage systems (LIMS and or network directories) by technical staff each day.  Assure that staff members are aware of and obey all required and necessary safety procedures and the use personal safety equipment.  Assuring field staff and equipment complete all required annual training courses and services.   Oversee the training of newly hired sample custodian.  Serves as the primary point of contact for all communications with external personnel working with samples coming to the laboratory or for shipping.  Coordinate site visits and audits.  Prepare a detailed instruction file that contains all information required to ship all research samples submitted to the laboratory. Regularly monitor the Project Tracking Files and other tools that have been created to establish a daily shipping schedule one week in advance.  Insure that all documentation required for each shipment, including requisition forms, sponsor specific manifests, airway bills, shipping containers have been obtained; promptly contact the responsible CRC for any missing items.  Perform the Quality Assurance review for each package to be shipped prepared by the Sample Specialist.


Mobility to work in a typical office setting, use standard office equipment including a computer and keyboard; vision to read printed materials, correspondence and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone and hear and understand normal conversations; strength and mobility to work in typical plant operations setting, stamina to perform sustained physical labor, including standing, walking, sitting, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, retrieving, climbing and working in confined or awkward spaces; strength to carry, lift and maneuver materials and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds with proper equipment. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

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