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Laboratory Analyst

City of Cartersville Water Department

Listing Summary

Classification: Fulltime

Department:  Water


Job Summary:  This position is responsible for performing laboratory analyses of water and wastewater samples.


Major Duties: 

  • Analyzes wastewater samples taken at different stages of the treatment process by performing standard chemical, bacteriological, and physical examinations.
  • Analyzes samples for various parameters as required by EPA and EPD in compliance with NPDES permits.
  • Prepares sample analysis reports; logs results of all samples tested.
  •  Monitors, Inspects, and Analyzes industrial wastewater.
  • Maintains laboratory equipment including calibration, monthly checklists, and limited repairs.
  • Conducts tests of water samples as requested by city residents.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Knowledge of standard laboratory principles, techniques, terminology, equipment and materials. 
  • Knowledge of chemistry and biology.
  • Skill in performing standard mathematical calculations such as ratios, unit conversions, and percentages.
  • Skill in operating lab equipment.
  • Skill in public relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication. 
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office)



  • College Degree in related field.
  • Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of specialized training in the laboratory field, in addition to skills typically associated with a college education.


SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Laboratory Director or Laboratory Manager assigns work in terms of general instructions. The Laboratory Director, Manager and QC Officer spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.


GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include supervisory instructions, United States Environmental Protection Agency approved methods and regulations, Georgia EPD guidelines, and accepted practices and procedures.  These guidelines are generally clear and specific, but require some interpretation in application.


COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of related duties in laboratory analysis.  Working with and mixing potentially hazardous chemicals contributes to the complexity of the work.


SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to analyze water and wastewater samples to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local standards.  Successful performance helps ensure a safe water supply.


PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, industry representatives and regulators, federal and state agency representatives, and the general public. 


PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give and exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services. 


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, stooping, and walking.  The employee must occasionally lift up to 50lbs and use tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.     


WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is performed in a laboratory and outdoors, where the employee may be exposed to machinery with moving parts, contagious or infectious diseases, irritating chemicals, and occasional inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, and gloves. 




Interested in applying? Please submit a letter of interest and resume/application to Human Resources at or in person at 1 N. Erwin St. Cartersville, GA 30120. Please direct any questions to Human Resources 770-387-5685. 

The City of Cartersville is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or any other protected status.

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