Laboratory Manager

DATE: 5/8/01

JOB TITLE: Laboratory Manager
DEPARTMENT: Public Works
DIVISION: Wastewater Treatment

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Plant Superintendent

DIRECTION OF OTHERS: Directs operators in lab operations and process
control procedures.

EDUCATION, TRAINING & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: Two-year degree in Chemistry, Biology, Bacteriology, Bio-chemistry or related fields, with five years of related laboratory experience or Bachelor of Science degree in related field with two years experience. Certification as a Minnesota Class “B” Wastewater Treatment Operator.

NATURE OF WORK: Supervises or performs specialized and complex bacteriological and physical tests of industrial, raw, partially treated and treated waste water and by-products to monitor discharges, process efficiencies, and compliance with applicable regulations.


I. Supervises and operates the Laboratory of the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

A. Assumes responsibility of the general operation of the facility laboratory.
B. Assists the Superintendent in developing a list of necessary analytical tests to insure compliance with all regulations.
C. Develops and maintains a quality assurance program.
D. Supervises and performs all laboratory tests and keeps records of all tests.
E. Performs or supervises the collection of samples.
F. Directs the calibration and operation of process control instrumentation.
G. Inspects, monitors, and analyzes Significant Industrial Users (SIU) to insure compliance with Federal, State and Local regulations.
H. Monitors and analyzes beach waters for public health and safety.

II. Complies with local, State and Federal regulations by maintaining complete and accurate records.

A. Performs hands-on operation of the computer to enter and record laboratory test results.
B. Assembles data, maintains records and prepares reports on the results of the laboratory operation.
C. Must maintain Minnesota Health Department certification for NPDES reporting.
D. Maintain air quality permitting records.

III. Assists the Superintendent in the Operation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant. A. Evaluates and interprets test results and forwards the data to the Superintendent.
B. Communicates needed changes in operation or in chemical use based upon laboratory results.
C. Sets up bench or pilot tests when conducting research on improved plant procedures or operations.
D. Develops along with the Superintendent routine process control tests to be conducted by other operators.

IV. Performs various duties related to the management of the Treatment Plant.

A. Develops safety programs for the laboratory.
B. Assists in the preparation of the annual budget for the operation of the
C. Purchases lab equipment and other related materials and operating
D. Maintains or supervises the repairs of all laboratory equipment.

V. Performs all other job-related duties as assigned.


I. Develops public understanding of work and activities of the Division.

A. Answers citizen questions and requests for materials and information regarding waste water treatment and discharge permits.
B. Assists in follow-up on citizen complaints in areas pertaining to the division.
C. Maintains good relations with industries, businesses, other public agencies and the general public in the course of operating the Plant and the discharge of effluent and sludge.
D. Participates in public education programs regarding waste water treatment, organizes plant tours, etc.


I. Must possess a valid Minnesota driver’s license.

II. Must be certified as a Class “B” Wastewater Treatment Facility Operator as determined by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

III. All required licenses and certifications must be maintained active and valid by the employee.


I. Employee must be capable of operating miscellaneous tools and equipment relative to this position which shall include but may not be limited to: motor vehicles, communication equipment, computers, copy machines, fax machines, measuring devices, and calculators.


I. Hours may vary, but generally 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. This is a non-exempt position.

I. Office environment and construction job site activities, which may include walking, climbing, and bending, in a normal construction environment. This may include exposure to the natural elements, dust, insects, and conditions that could be hazardous or dangerous relative to construction sites.

III. As approved by the Plant Superintendent and availability of funds, continuing education and training will be provided to ensure a competent level of ability to perform this position and to allow maintenance of required licenses and certifications.

In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act the following represents the Physical and Environmental Demands: This position requires an equal amount of time spent standing, walking, and sitting. Lifting, pushing/pulling, or carrying objects weighing up to twenty-five (25) pounds is sometimes required, with a maximum of seventy-five (75) pounds infrequently required. Climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, twisting, and bending are sometimes required. Repetitive movements of the hands are sometimes required. Audio, visual, and verbal functions are essential functions to performing this position. The majority of the workday is spent indoors.