Kitsap County, WA    Poulsbo, WA
Job Description
Kitsap County Public Works Department is dedicated to making our communities better and safer places to live, work, and play.Our mission is to provide the citizens of Kitsap County with quality service in the planning, maintenance and operations of public works facilities. We are committed to delivering these services in a courteous, expedient, and professional manner. The Public Works Central Kitsap Treatment Plant has a unique opportunity to join the Utility Analysts team in the lab.Position InformationThe incumbent performs chemical and bacteriological analysis on samples in accordance with standard methods for wastewater treatment. Responsibilities include conducting all necessary laboratory tests to meet the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements and provide process control, interpret test results and use to help troubleshoot corrective measures for treatment and sludge processes. QUALIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:Required Education and Experience
  • Associate of Arts degree from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the US Department of Education in chemistry, biology or laboratory sciences; AND
  • Four years experience working in a laboratory that performs chemical and bacteriological analysis is required; OR
  • Any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired knowledge, skills and ability required to perform the work.
  • Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Bachelor s degree in chemistry, biology or environmental science.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Word and Excel, version 2000 or newer.
  • FIA, BOD, TSS and TS experience.
  • Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certification for Grade I.
  • Criminal Conviction Standards:The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
  • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/FSA/bccu/documents/Secretary%27sCrimesListforALLPrograms.pdf
  • Driving Requirements
  • The successful incumbent must meet the driving requirements of this position and submit a copy a current driving record/abstract (from state of residency) to review for eligibility to drive for Kitsap County prior to employment.The successful incumbent must obtain a valid Washington State Driver s License prior to hire and maintain a satisfactory driving record as outlined in the Kitsap County Vehicle Use Policy. This position is categorized as Category 1 Driver operates County-owned vehicle.
  • Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other RequirementsPlease note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements. Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Submit official transcripts from an accredited college or university or business school, if education is being used to meet the minimum qualifications.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Within one year of appointment, the successful candidate must:
  • Washington State Industrial First Aid/CPR certification
  • Within two years of appointment, the successful candidate must:
  • Washington State Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators Certification Grade 1
  • Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • The principles and practices of secondary activated sludge wastewater treatment.
  • Sampling and laboratory procedures used in environmental analysis.
  • Laboratory safety and quality control practices.
  • The principles, techniques and objectives involved in conducting chemical and bacteriological tests of wastewater samples and other environmental samples.
  • Appear for scheduled work and complete assigned tasks within a reasonable period of time.
  • Schedule and prioritize workflow to complete tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Work independently without regular direction, and troubleshoot problems in assigned area of responsibility.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others using tact, courtesy and good judgment.
  • Work successfully within the context of a team as a team player.
  • Maintain a professional demeanor under heavy workload and stressful situations.
  • Maintain confidentiality and adhere to policy and procedures of the department.
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Interpret and implement a variety of documents, policies and procedures.
  • Understand and execute oral and written instructions and procedures.
  • Conduct laboratory tests with reliable results.
  • Basic math ability is required to make general calculations.
  • Effectively read and interpret results.
  • Operate a computer and utilize various computer applications specific to the department including databases, word processing, document imaging, spreadsheets, and web based systems for entering, retrieving and researching data and records.
  • Compile, prepare, and tabulate statistical data, reports, statements and summaries.
  • Physically perform assigned duties and essential functions of the position.
  • Work under the occupational hazards and safety precautions required when performing assignments.
  • Wear protective gear as needed.
  • Work various shifts, weekends, holidays and overtime as required, including on-call duty.
  • Report for duty on time and remain at work until the end of their scheduled shift even if an inclement weather event or emergency is declared as an Essential Employee under the Public Works Inclement Weather/Emergency Response policy.
  • Working Conditions/Physical Activities(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)Positions in this class typically require:
  • Primarily working at a wastewater treatment plant and plant laboratory environment.
  • Exposure to wastewater and various toxic chemicals and noxious odors may present a hazard.
  • Vision sufficient to read source materials, meters, gauges, operate computers and equipment and maintain logbooks.
  • The incumbent is required to collect samples from the various stages of treatment, which includes bending, stooping, reaching and pulling motions.
  • Requires exertion of force of 100 pounds occasionally with assistance, 25 pounds frequently and continuously to lift/carry/move objects and standard laboratory equipment, such as pipettes, glassware, knobs and switches.
  • Sitting and/or standing for short or extended periods of time.
  • Clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately in-person and/or on the telephone.
  • Repetitive motions for computer/tool/equipment use.
  • Incumbents may be:
  • Exposed to potentially hazardous conditions when violent or hostile individuals.
  • Inclement weather (temperature extremes and slippery surfaces)
  • Environmental hazards
  • ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF DUTIES:(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.) Essential Job Functions:
  • Perform Routine Laboratory Analysis for Wastewater Treatment Process on: biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) , total suspended solids (TSS), total solids (TS), volatile solids (VS), pH, dissolved oxygen and other required parameters.
  • Prepare sample containers for operators.
  • Receive samples and review sample logs for accuracy. Calibrate and maintain all associated laboratory equipment.
  • PerformAnalysisforAmmonia(NK3NH3-N),(TKN),(NO-N) - Nitrate (NO3-N), total phosphorous (TP) by Flow Injection Analysis (FIA), Analyze chemical oxygen demand (COD), volatile acids (VA), Alkalinity, ortho-phosphate (OP) and ultraviolet (UV) transmittance by other methods.
  • < > laboratory instrumentation including: dissolved oxygen (DO) meters, pH meters and spectrophotometer.
  • Ensure equipment is properly calibrated and maintained, troubleshoot equipment and methods as needed.
  • Analyze fecal coliform and perform microscopic analysis.
  • Other Job Duties:
  • Perform other related duties as requested.

    Positions in the classification are:

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as non-exempt and eligible to earn overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Represented and covered under the AFSCME 1308 union.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • Flexible work hours may be available, as approved by management.

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