2022-06-14 2022-06-28

Laboratory Supervisor

Irvine Ranch Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 83789
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  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Irvine, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 83789
  • Organization Website

Salary: $7,934 to $10,986 Monthly

Closing Date: June 28, 2022, 11:59 p.m.

Apply: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/irwd/jobs/3588607/laboratory-supervisor

The Irvine Ranch Water District is currently recruiting for a Laboratory Supervisor position in our Water Quality Department. The current opening is in the Organic Chemistry section. The successful candidate will perform various complex and routine sampling and analysis of the water distribution and wastewater treatment facilities. Summarize, evaluate, and interpret analytical and quality control/quality assurance data. Participate in the preparation of operating and general capital budgets; evaluate and select capital equipment. This recruitment will establish an open eligible list and may be used to fill immediate and future positions within the Water Quality Department.

This position is scheduled to receive a 7.9% salary range increase effective July 1, 2022.


Organic Chemistry:

  • Perform, troubleshoot, and supervise organic chemistry analyses.

  • Supervise staff using analytical instrumentation including IC, GC, GC-MS and LC-MS-MS.
Inorganic Chemistry:

  • Perform, troubleshoot, and supervise inorganic chemistry and physical analyses.

  • Supervise staff using analytical instrumentation including ICP, ICP-MS, and discreet analyzers.

  • Perform, troubleshoot, and supervise microbiological, molecular, and immunological analyses to examine, isolate and identify microorganisms, and detect waterborne pathogens.

  • Supervise staff using microscopy, aseptic technique and biosafety level 2 procedures.

  • Oversee and organize laboratory's sample receiving, contract lab work and glassware preparation activities.

Summary of Duties

  • Supervise, develop, train, discipline and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.

  • Oversee analysis of water quality samples within the lab for assigned staff.

  • Validate data, interpret analytical results, and prepare reports and recommendations.

  • Research, develop, and implement technological advancements in laboratory technology and analytical methodologies to serve the operational needs of the District.

  • Select methodologies and techniques for sampling and analysis.

  • Review, revise, oversee and maintain QA/QC practices to assure compliance with laboratory certification requirements.

  • Maintain laboratory equipment, methods, and procedures to assure conformance with standards prescribed by regulatory agencies.

  • Input and authorize purchase requisitions for procurement of supplies and equipment.

  • Compile cost estimates, perform cost benefit analysis and write justification for the budget/purchase of capital equipment and laboratory operating supplies.

  • Administer the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

  • Design, select, and implement water quality projects.

  • Stay abreast of technological advancements and state-of-the-science developments in water quality analysis.

  • Interface with other departments, consultants, regulatory agencies, and customers to provide analytical support and interpretation.

  • Assist the Water Quality Manager with activities relating to the Laboratory Accreditation/Certification Program.

  • Update and report strategic and tactical measures for the appropriate sub-department.

  • Assist with the Public Relations aspects of the laboratory by discussing the role of the laboratory during public tours.

  • Comply with District safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.

  • Participate on District process teams, and internal/external committees and organizations.

  • Prepare and give presentations to internal/external groups.

  • Represent Department as the Safety Officer.

  • Responsible for all other work-related duties.


A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biochemistry, biological science or a closely related physical science discipline. For degrees obtained outside of the U.S., an official equivalency evaluation is required.

Five (5) years of experience in a water, wastewater, or environmental related laboratory experience.

One year in a lead capacity or supervisor capacity (preferred).

Additional Information
The physical and mental demands described below are representative of those that must be met by employees to successfully perform the essential functions of this class. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Language Ability and Interpersonal Communication
Ability to communicate effectively with all levels of office/field employees and management. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside suppliers and customers. Perform public speaking duties when necessary. Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others.

Mathematical Ability
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide, and calculate percentages, fractions and decimals. Must be able to use stoichiometric and algebraic equations.

Technology Ability
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite. Keyboarding abilities sufficient to perform the job.

Judgment and Situational Reasoning Ability
Ability to use good judgment in performing influence functions such as supervising, managing, leading, teaching and directing assigned staff, and controlling budgets and contracts.

Physical Requirements
Regularly required to sit, walk, bend, stoop, and stand. Ability to correctly differentiate and interpret colors. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Water Quality Monitoring: Must be able to lift 50 lbs. and up to 80 lbs. with assistance on a routine basis.

Environmental Adaptability
Ability to work in an environment which may expose employee to toxic or other materials in the laboratory/field. Noise level in the laboratory/field may be greater than typical office conditions.

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