Environmental Laboratory Supervisor – Environmental Services Department

City of San José - Environmental Services Department | San Jose

Salary Range: $88,233.60 - $107,224.00 Annually
Open Date: 7/16/21
Close Date: 7/30/21

Position Description

About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2020 Annual Report (https://www.sanjoseca.gov/Home/ShowDocument?id=70356). For more information about the department, please visit our website www.sjenvironment.org or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join us to make a difference!

Positions & Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third-party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at www.sanjoseca.gov/citycareers.

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Environmental Laboratory Supervisor classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay

City Association of Management Personnel IFPTE, Local 21 (CAMP) represents this position. Click here to view contract information.

About the Watershed Protection Division:

The Watershed Protection Division strives to preserve and sustain natural aquatic resources by connecting people to their watershed and the San Francisco Bay by helping them understand how their daily activities affect water quality. The Watershed Protection Division is approximately 100 employees and is responsible for stormwater management, environmental enforcement, source control and laboratory services. Stormwater Management coordinates a wide array of activities, such as education, outreach, trash reduction and collaboration with County wide stakeholders to protect and to prevent pollution into the waterways. Environmental Enforcement provides inspection, education, and enforcement services to ensure that local discharges into the storm and sanitary sewers meet regulatory requirements and protect water quality. The Pretreatment Program administers federal requirements that includes permitting and compliance monitoring to industrial that discharges into the sanitary sewer system and Region Wastewater Facility. Lastly, Laboratory Services provides scientific analysis for monitoring operations and compliance at the Regional Wastewater Facility that addresses water quality issues entering into the Bay

Trace Metals Position:

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience with inorganic trace metals instrumentation, analyses, and associated standard laboratory quality control and quality assurance requirements related to wastewater methodologies and procedures in an ELAP (Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) accredited laboratory under TNI (The Nelac Institute 2016) tenets.

Microbiological and Toxicity Position

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience with microbiological and toxicological laboratory methodologies and standard laboratory quality control and quality assurance requirements related to bacteriological and Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) testing and procedures in a ELAP (Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) under TNI (The Nelac Institute 2016) tenets.

Key responsibilities of both positions include but are not limited to:

Planning, organizing, and directing the operations within a section of the laboratory.

Supervising staff to include scheduling, prioritizing, and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; making personnel recommendations and addressing employee disciplinary issues.

Reviewing, evaluating, updating, and establishing analytical methods within an assigned section; setting goals, determining priorities, developing work schedules, monitoring workflow, and maintaining timelines.

Planning, organizing, and directing complex applied research including designing experiments, developing time schedules, setting goals, monitoring results, analyzing data, and submitting oral and written reports as required.

Monitoring and evaluating problems related to plant operations and laboratory analyses and recommending solutions to alleviate such problem situations.

Implementing, evaluating, and monitoring appropriate quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) processes and procedures and establishing data quality objectives to meet Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) laboratory certification and the TNI 2016 standard requirements.

Evaluating laboratory services, equipment, and preparing justification and recommendation for the purchase of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation and equipment replacements.

Assisting in preparing budget and projections for their assigned section; monitoring expenditures and revenues to ensure they are within budgetary targets.

Research and preparation of technical and administrative reports, written correspondence and presentations for technical meetings and publications.

Directing and supervising the implementation and use of a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) by staff within an assigned section.

Representing the laboratory to outside agencies and organizations; participating in studies to evaluate new or existing analytical methods; providing technical assistance as necessary.

Building and maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers, other City employees, other organizations, and their representatives, exhibiting effective customer service and communication skills.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Position Qualifications


Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, or a related discipline.

Experience: Three (3) years of professional experience, including at least two (2) years of independent applied research in water or wastewater analysis.

Acceptable Substitution: A Master of Science degree may be substituted for the required independent applied research experience.

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

Job Expertise - Demonstrates knowledge of and experience with applicable professional/technical principles and practices, Citywide and departmental procedures/policies and federal and state rules and regulations.

Knowledge of standard laboratory quality control and quality assurance requirements related to wastewater methodologies and procedures for chemical, microbiological, and toxicological analytical determinations.
Knowledge and experience in maintaining and reviewing wastewater and recycled water monitoring programs.
Ability to conduct and direct specialized research work on problems of a chemical, microbiological, biochemical, or toxicological nature.
Trace Metals Job Expertise - Knowledge and experience with inorganic trace metals analyses, instrumentation and associated standard laboratory quality control and quality assurance requirements related to wastewater methodologies and procedures in a ELAP accredited laboratory under TNI tenets.

Having detailed knowledge and familiarity with the operation, analyses and troubleshooting of Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emissions Spectrometry (ICP-OES), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry ICPMS, and Atomic Absorption Spectrometry (AA) instrumentation.
Responsible for ensuring efficient operation and maintenance of trace metals instrumentation and equipment at ultra-trace contaminant levels.
Microbiology and Toxicology Job Expertise - Knowledge and experience with microbiological and toxicological laboratory testing, procedures, quality control and quality assurance requirements related to wastewater methodologies and procedures in an ELAP accredited laboratory under TNI tenets.

Knowledge and familiarity of analytical methods, their application, and related environmental analyses as defined by NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System) or EPA 40CFR Part 136 Method Update Rule.
Experience in WET monitoring and reporting under NPDES regulatory guidelines and requirements.
Supervision - Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

Problem Solving - Approaches a situation or problem by defining the problem or issue; determines the significance of problem; collects information; uses logic and intuition to arrive at decisions or solutions to problems that achieve the desired outcome.

Computer Skills - Experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Customer Service - Demonstrates the ability to anticipate customers' needs and deliver services effectively and efficiently using professional demeanor.

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

Analytical Thinking - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Collaboration - Develops networks and builds alliances; engages in cross-functional activities.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

How to Apply

The Job ID for this position is 2100646. To view the complete announcement and to apply, please visit http://sanjoseca.gov/citycareers. If you have questions about the selection or hiring processes, please contact Janie Scanlan at Janie.Scanlan@sanjoseca.gov
Contact Email: janie.scanlan@sanjoseca.gov
Website: https://sanjoseca.taleo.net/careersection/ex/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100646

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