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Wastewater Treatment Plant Lab Analyst


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WWTP Lab Analyst

Department:     WWTP

Pay Grade:       106

FLSA Status:   Non-Exempt


This position is responsible for operating the wastewater treatment plant laboratory. This position may also be classified as a Wastewater Laboratory Analyst/Operator Class III, Class II or Class I.



  • Assists in plant maintenance operations such as maintaining, repairing and cleaning plant equipment, operating belt press, washing basins, clarifiers and grit chambers, mowing grass, and performing other related work.
  • Assists in pumping sludge with pump truck at manhole plugs as necessary.
  • Calibrates laboratory equipment.
  • Checks motors and pumps for excessive noise and temperatures; reports problems to appropriate personnel.
  • Cleans, sterilizes, and stores laboratory equipment, apparatus, and glassware.
  • Collects and analyzes field samples from commercial oxidation ponds.
  • Collects representative wastewater samples from the plant and distribution system; performs chemical, physical, and bacteriological tests to assure water quality.
  • Collects, preserves, and stores samples of wastewater and effluent at various stages of processing.
  • Develops and implements Quality Assurance and Control for lab procedures.
  • Enters laboratory activity data into computer.
  • Maintains the efficiency of laboratory operations, including testing, quality control, and record-keeping procedures; fills out and completes lab bench sheets.
  • Maintains inventory of lab equipment such as chemicals, tests, and apparatuses; orders as necessary and keeps records of orders and shelf-lives of chemicals.
  • Performs quality control tests such as biological-oxygen demand, total suspended solids, total volatile suspended solids, PH, anomia, phosphorus, chemical oxygen-demand, and other related examinations.
  • Reads and records chemical usage.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.




Minimum Education and Experience:

High School diploma or equivalent and one (1) years of related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Possession of a valid State of Georgia driver’s license. Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution. Must maintain the minimum qualifications levels as required by State regulations.


Additional Requirements:

Ability to work weekends and holidays.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:   

  • Knowledge of wastewater system operations and plant operations.
  • Knowledge of the handling and application of the chemicals necessary to maintain a safe water supply.
  • Knowledge of standard laboratory principles, techniques, equipment and materials.
  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures.
  • Knowledge of basic chemistry and biology.
  • Skill in performing standard laboratory-related mathematical calculations.
  • Skill in operating laboratory equipment.
  • Skill in the use of water analysis equipment.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, mechanical, and oral and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to utilize a variety of software applications such as Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, Word) and learn new software programs as they are introduced.


Must have sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting, laboratory, chemical storeroom and in a field environment; must be able to withstand exposure to extreme heat, cold, noise, mechanical hazards, fume/odor hazards; toxic waste/material hazards. Must be able to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; Occasionally stoop, bend, kneel, crouch, reach and twist; Ability to walk on uneven terrain, loose soil, and sloped surfaces; Must be able to lift, carry, push, and/or pull light (5lbs) to moderate (50lbs) amounts of weight; Walk up and down flights of stairs. Must have close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus. Must have hearing ability sufficient to understand general in-person and telephone conversation. Requires ability to read a variety of informational, technical, financial and administrative documentations, directions, instructions, and methods and procedures. Requires the ability to write reports and essays with proper format, punctuation, spelling and grammar using all parts of speech. Must be able to operate a variety of automated office equipment including computer, printer, photocopier, calculator and telephone. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, use hands to handle or feel, and reach with hands and arms. The employee uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity.

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