Laboratory Technician I/II – Environmental Services Department

City of San José - Environmental Services Department (ESD) | San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility | San Jose, CA

Salary Range: $53,601.60 - $78,041.60 Annually
Open Date: 06/08/2018
Close Date: 06/29/2018

Position Description

job ID #1801034

About the Department

The San José Environmental Services Department (ESD) is responsible for the management of solid waste collection and recycling; watershed protection and pollution prevention; municipal drinking water and recycled water; community sustainability initiatives, and the operation and infrastructure improvements of the San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility. ESD’s mission is to deliver world class utility services and programs to improve our health, environment, and economy. ESD is comprised of a staff of over 530 with a diverse set of skills and specialties among our team. ESD staff demonstrate a strong commitment to teamwork, environmental protection, and building good partnerships.

For more information about the Environmental Services Department, please visit @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Positions & Duties

The Laboratory provides critical analytical services for monitoring operations, compliance, and industrial discharges at the Wastewater Facility; and the support of various studies monitoring water quality issues in the Bay and urban tributaries. Our state-of-the-art facility provides analysis for trace metals, organics, microbiology, toxicological bioassays and other tests for air, soil, and wastewater. The lab operates 365 days a year and processes more than 50,000 samples annually for internal and external customers. The 28-member laboratory team includes chemists, microbiologists, and laboratory technicians.

Laboratory Technician I is the entry level in this classification series. Under immediate supervision, technicians in this class perform standardized qualitative and quantitative physical, chemical, biological and bacteriological analyses of wastewater, industrial waste and related materials. Incumbents in this class normally advance to the Laboratory Technician II class which is involved in the performance of more difficult or complicated analyses and may provide assistance in directing and instructing incumbents of the Laboratory Technician I class. Assignments may be to any shift in and around-

the clock operation, and incumbents must be available for work on weekends and holidays.

Key responsibilities of the Laboratory Technician include:

– Prepares samples for chemical analysis, including pH adjustment, sample homogenization and acid digestion.

– Prepares bacteriological growth media and cleans and sterilizes glassware, equipment, and supplies.

– Performs physical measurements, including pH, temperature, conductivity, salinity, and turbidity.

– Performs routine chemical, biological, and bacteriological analyses of water, wastewater, industrial wastes and related materials, following specific procedures.

– Conducts vertebrate and invertebrate biomonitoring procedures.

– Assists in ordering, receiving, and maintaining an adequate supply of chemicals and related equipment.

– Compiles and records data for a variety of logs, reports, and records, performing calculations as required.

– Maintains clean and organized work areas, equipment, and devices

– Inspects screening equipment, sampling equipment and collects varied wastewater samples from specific locations.

– May assist in sample collection programs for special or short term projects.

– May need to lift 50 lbs sample containers

Position Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Education: Two (2) years of college chemistry or related field, with a minimum of 20 semester units in chemistry.


Lab Technician I - None

Lab Technician II - One (1) year of experience equivalent to a Laboratory Technician I with the City of San Jose.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate must possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of the fundamentals of chemistry and mathematics; basic principles of qualitative and quantitative analysis, demonstrate ability to perform routine chemical mathematics and statistics; demonstrate ability to perform basic biological, bacteriological and chemical analyses; demonstrate knowledge of sample preparation techniques; demonstrate knowledge of basic laboratory safety procedures; demonstrate knowledge of the care, maintenance and sterilization requirements of laboratory glassware, equipment and apparatus; demonstrate knowledge of standard laboratory equipment, instruments and procedures; demonstrate knowledge of laboratory quality assurance methods and procedures; demonstrate knowledge of computer fundamentals to enter and extract lab data from specific applications used in the laboratory.

Analytical Thinking - approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; identifies relevant features, parameters, or considerations; collects, summarizes and analyzes data;, makes inferences of the data; and utilizes logic and intuition to develop conclusions and make recommendations.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration, constructive feedback, and conflict resolution skills.

Initiative - exhibits self-directed, resourceful and creative behaviors towards meeting job objectives; ability to follow through on assignments and work effectively with only general supervision and seek assistance when appropriate; pursue continuing educational opportunities which promote enhanced job performance; display willingness to assume extra responsibility or workload and accept challenges; be willing to accept change.

Reliability - completes quality work assignments in a timely and efficient manner; meets established schedules and deadlines, including assigned work hours; follows-up on progress of work; follows instructions and appropriate procedures

Computer Skills - experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Excel; and laboratory information management system

(LIMS) applications

Communication Skills - communicates and listens effectively and responds in a timely, effective, positive and respectful manner; written reports and correspondence are accurate, complete, well organized, concise, clear, and in proper grammatical form; demonstrates comprehension of oral and written questions, instructions, and information rapidly, thoroughly, and accurately.

If you have questions about the duties of these positions, please contact Payal Sarkar at

If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Maria Lane at

Claiming Veterans Preference

The City of San Jose has a Veteran's Preference Policy ( that applies to this recruitment. To claim veteran's preference points, you must provide a copy of your military discharge form, Form DD214, when appearing for the written/practical examination for this recruitment. (For more information on the City's Veteran's Preference policy, visit the link above.)

How to Apply

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