The Orange County Water District is accepting applications for a Supervising Chemist within the Inorganic section. The Supervising Chemist is the fourth level in a four-level chemist series and reports to the Laboratory Director. Under supervision from the Laboratory Director, this Supervising Chemist is one of two within the Inorganic section responsible for 1) supervising Principal Chemists, Senior Chemists, Chemists, Senior Lab Technicians, Lab Technicians and Student Interns within the Inorganic Section and 2) performing trace level inorganic analyses on water, wastewater, or related samples using EPA or Standard Methods with required quality control and data review.
QUALIFICATIONS: A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or a related field is required; a master’s degree is preferred. Minimum of eight years of professional level analytical laboratory and quality control experience, including two years of supervisory experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.
Special Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class “C” Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance.
Representative Duties: The following essential job functions are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed job functions and/or may be required to perform additional or different job functions from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices. Management reserves the rights to add, modify, change, or rescind the work assignments of different positions and to make reasonable accommodations so that qualified employees can perform the essential functions of the job.
• Supervises employee(s), which includes prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff are trained; and making hiring, termination, and disciplinary recommendations. Responsible for section performance and team quality goals and objectives. Fosters staff professional development and growth.
• Reviews and/or audits data packets and/or laboratory data; oversees analytical, data reduction and support activities to ensure compliance with standard operating procedures, normal quality control protocols, and laboratory practices; approves numerical data and quality control components; assists the Laboratory Director in the State’s certification of organic/inorganic lab section.
• Responds to requests for information; resolves operational laboratory issues or troubleshoots problems. Plans and implements the performance testing (PT) protocols required for ELAP certification.
• Prepares a variety of technical reports and correspondence. Interacts with specific agency requests (EPA, SWRCB, ELAP, MWD, OC San, etc.) to support research or regulatory monitoring requirements.
• Develops and maintains manuals, standard operating procedures, targets, and/or methods to improve laboratory operations and efficiency; assists database administrator with software selection, design, and maintenance. Works with the Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to effectively report both target compounds and quality control information needed to meet State Certification.
• Initiates, leads, and participates in research in support of District projects and goals; keeps abreast of new developments in the field of water chemistry and/or microbiology; evaluates new instrumentation for purchase and use in the laboratory. Oversees the section’s hazardous waste processing, ensuring proper compliance.
• Participates in and supervises routine laboratory analysis, which includes performing trace analyses on water, wastewater, and related samples using ICP-OES, ICP-MS, IC-MS; performing additional analyses using other advanced instrumentation, such as ion chromatograph, flow injection analyzer (FIA), total organic carbon analyzers, and ion specific electrode systems; performing chemical and microbiological analyses on water, wastewater, and related samples (e.g., recycled water, raw surface water, groundwater), using volumetric, colorimetric, and various other laboratory techniques, and reporting results; participating in developing or selecting appropriate testing methods for non-routine analyses; selecting, adapting, or developing methods and techniques for conducting special tests and analyses; performing analysis on water samples; performing EPA methods for drinking water and wastewater analysis; reviewing analytical data; and, performing other related tasks.
• Interacts effectively with others in the workplace.
• Follows all workplace and job safety rules and policies.
• Performs other duties of a similar nature or level as required.
• General supervision and personnel management.
• Applicable Federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations regarding environmental laboratory operations (e.g., EPA, Title 40 CFR drinking water and wastewater requirements; CA-ELAP & NELAC/TNI).
• Specific Water Quality Health Requirements –State drinking water Notification and Response Levels, Detection Limits for Purposes of Reporting (DLRs), and Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs).
• EPA and Standard Methods for laboratory analysis of drinking water and wastewater, including QA/QC principles.
• Complex instrumental and analysis techniques such as ICP-MS, ICP-OES, IC-MS, ion chromatography, flow injection analyzer, ion specific electrode systems, wet chemistry, and microbiology.
• Preventive maintenance and optimization for analytical systems.
• Use of Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), electronic data transfers, and file management.
• Effective communication and interpersonal interactions with employees supervised, coworkers, supervisor, upper management, general public, etc., sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
• Training staff in laboratory work methods, policies, and procedures; fostering staff professional growth and development.
• Performing complex and sophisticated analyses of water and wastewater samples utilizing the above knowledge and up-to-date analytical techniques, including analytical method development and QA/QC.
• Performing preventive maintenance and troubleshooting analytical instrumentation malfunctions.
• Using computers and related software applications, preparing reports, and conducting research.
• Reading, analyzing, and interpreting scientific and technical journals, financial documents, and legal documents.
• Interacting with and responding to inquiries from regulatory agencies (e.g., EPA, State Division of Drinking Water), lab data end users (e.g., Groundwater Producers, District staff) and other stakeholders.
Physical Demands: The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.
Physical: Positions in this class typically require reaching, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing, and repetitive motion. Light Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Light work involves sitting or standing for the majority of the time. Incumbents may be subjected to moving mechanical parts, fumes, odors, chemicals, gases, limited ventilation, chemicals, and travel. Incumbents require sufficient physical ability to work in an office setting; stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; operate office equipment including use of a computer keyboard; push, pull, lift, and/or carry amounts of weight; verbally communicate to exchange information.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents; and to operate assigned equipment.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS: All Orange County Water District employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employees are required to complete all related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.
SCHEDULE: 9/80 with every other Friday off. 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Must be able to work additional hours and weekends when required. Current schedule is subject to change due to COVID modifications/restrictions.
Salary Range (DOQ): $130,125 - $162,635
Candidates given an offer of employment will be required to pass a medical examination and background check. You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit www.ocwd.com to complete an application. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE