Job Description

Overall Job Objective



Plans, organizes, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of staff and activities of multiple wastewater and water laboratories for the Clark County Sanitation District and serves as a technical resource for the Big Bend Water District; directs sampling and process quality control functions.


This is the first full supervisory level of the professional laboratory class series of Chemists and Microbiologists, responsible for process quality control and regulatory compliance and reporting in addition to the supervision of staff in multiple laboratory sites. Responsibilities also include monitoring regulatory changes and participating in long- and short-term planning to ensure that equipment and procedures meet all necessary standards. This class is distinguished from other professional/supervisory classes within the County and the District by its specialist emphasis on wastewater and water analysis and regulatory compliance.

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: Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in organic or inorganic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology or a field related to the work, and two (2) years of full-time supervisory experience in a water or wastewater laboratory.

Working Conditions: Work with exposure to hazardous chemicals and substances found in the wastewater and water treatment processes. Wear self-contained breathing equipment.

Licensing and Certification: Must possess a valid Nevada Class C driver's license at time of appointment.

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

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


Plans, organizes, assigns, supervises, reviews and evaluates the work of professional and technical support staff through subordinate lead staff. Recommends selection of staff; trains staff in work procedures; administers discipline as required. Oversees, coordinates and develops and implements schedules for plant and process sampling, testing and analysis and for regulatory report preparation and submission. Evaluates and interprets test results on industrial waste, influent, in-plant processes, effluent, pre- and post-treatment potable waters and other materials to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations; recommends process changes as appropriate. Performs complex physical, chemical, microbiological and other laboratory analysis of samples of domestic and industrial wastewater, effluent, potable water and other materials. Recommends appropriate plant operational changes to resolve problems and ensure compliance. Plans and conducts specialized analytical studies related to plant processes; directs and may personally perform complex chemical and microbiological tests to provide analytical data; interprets test results, evaluates alternatives, makes recommendations and prepares narrative and statistical reports. Negotiates and administers contracts with private testing laboratories to perform specialized, periodic tests; reviews procedures and results for compliance with specifications and technical accuracy. Participates in long- and short-term planning regarding laboratory functions; prepares budgetary requirements and monitors expenditures. Directs the preparation and maintenance of records and documentation of samples, tests and procedures; prepares periodic and special reports, correspondence and other written materials. Confers with management staff, representatives of governmental and industrial organizations and others relating to the laboratory function. Prepares purchase orders; researches and directs the acquisition of equipment and materials for the wastewater and water laboratories; ensures the maintenance of an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies according to predetermined levels. Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit's service to its customers by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a work team. Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work; drives a County motor vehicle to attend meeting and visit multiple laboratory sites.


Mobility to work in a typical laboratory setting and use standard laboratory and office equipment and to drive a motor vehicle to attend meetings and visit work sites; stamina to stand and/or walk for an extended period of time; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen and determine fine color differences and hearing and speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Accommodation may be made for some of these physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodation.

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