Pay Range 16 Breakdown

Hourly (40 hrs.)$18.7910$28.1865
Hourly (42 hrs.)$17.8962$26.8443
Hourly (56 hrs.)$13.4222$20.1332

Laboratory Supervisor

Range: $39,085.31 - $58,627.96 (16)
Position Number: 6643

  This position is responsible for performing technical and administrative work in the management of a certified drinking water laboratory.
Collects distributions samples throughout the City of Wilson using colilert and HPC methods; collects samples from water plants for outside testing.
Oversees the performance of daily tests including conductivity, chlorides, fluorides, total solids, nitrates, sulfides, phosphates, silica, lead, copper, odor, and others as required.
Orders all laboratory supplies for water plants.
Performs proficiency testing to maintain laboratory certification.
Responds to customer complaints by collecting and analyzing water samples; maintains records of complaints.
Maintains all laboratory data in support of state lab inspections and other regulatory programs.
Calibrates and standardizes conductivity meter, balances, and turbidmeters monthly; performs temperature checks on autoclaves; performs thermometer checks for state audit; maintains all laboratory equipment.
Performs laboratory inspections for each water plant; conducts annual safety meetings
Enters all plant data into computer; revises new spreadsheets for the laboratory; prepares solutions and laboratory reagents to perform the required analysis.
Performs special sampling for city inspectors and water leak technicians.
Trains new employees in bacteriological methods and other water analyses.
Maintains lab in good operating condition; interprets test results and records findings on a daily basis.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.
Knowledge of modern techniques, equipment, and procedures for the laboratory testing and analysis of water samples.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations related to water analysis.
Skill in interpreting laboratory test results.
Skill in collection of water samples and the performance of laboratory tests and analyses.
Skill in performing mathematical computations.
Skill in the use of a computer.
Skill in oral and written communication.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Water Treatment Manager assigns work in terms of general instructions.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.
GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include federal, state and local regulations, city policies, and standard operating procedures for the Water Treatment Division.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. 
COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of related administrative and technical duties.  The need to respond to customer complaints contributes to the complexity of the position.
SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to manage the water treatment laboratory in the collection, testing, and analysis of water.  Successful performance ensures safe drinking water for city residents and visitors.
PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, vendors, state and federal agency personnel, and the general public.
PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, and motivate personnel.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping. The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color.
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed in an office or laboratory.  The employee may be exposed to contagious or infectious diseases, or irritating chemicals.  The work may be performed outdoors and occasionally in cold or inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.
Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work, in addition to basic skills typically associated with a high school education.
Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years experience or service.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution as appropriate.