Chemistry, Chemistry - Biochemistry, Chemistry - Physical, Chemistry - Water
4 Year Degree
Job Summary: Performs supervisory laboratory work at the Commission's Marlay-Taylor Water Reclamation Facility. The worker initiates daily assignments, analyzes wastewater and bio-solids in accordance with standard methods and procedures; performs related laboratory duties; follows through on matters and uses independent judgment and training to take appropriate action to deal with issues. All work is supervised by the Chief, Facilities and Operations.
Serves as Supervisor for all lab functions, directing and scheduling lab tests and quality control quality assurance procedures;
Prepares chemical and biological reagents necessary for all laboratory analysis;
Performs a variety of testing procedures on wastewater and bio solids samples;
Provides results for assigned MetCom wastewater treatment plants for reporting and plant efficiency purposes;
Communicates with Metropolitan Commission staff regarding laboratory results;
Develops and implements a comprehensive Laboratory Quality Control Program;
Oversees and verifies the maintenance of all necessary logs, reports, and records on analytical results and quality control.
Ensures verification of equipment accuracy, reagent/media preparation water quality, blind sample analysis and duplicate analysis of samples;
Prepares and updates standard operating procedures for the lab;
Manages the performance of the personnel assigned to the lab; conducts daily checks of log books and check-off sheets; reviews and approves leave requests;
Prepares and conducts training to all employees on new analytical equipment and procedures;
Conducts evaluations of and proposes purchase of new laboratory equipment;
Recommends purchases and procedures to ensure that the operating budget is not exceeded; prepares budget submissions and purchase requisitions;
Conducts research; attends training to keep abreast with lab operations and technologies;
Assists other departments during the research and plan development phases to ensure the effective operation of water and wastewater collection systems;
Performs other duties as assigned.
Four year degree in Chemistry or Biology or microbiology;
plus seven or more years of job related experience;
Wastewater Operator certification preferred;
Or equivalent technical training, education, and/or experience.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to gain thorough knowledge of St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission policies and procedures;
Ability to act as a representative of St. Mary’s County Metropolitan Commission to the public and to representatives of government agencies;
Ability to effectively communicate with other staff members; ability to coordinate, advise, train and work with other professionals;
Expert knowledge of relevant laboratory practices, regulations and established procedures for handling samples;
Ability to perform assigned tests and report results accurately;
Ability to accurately record and report data;
Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines.
Additional Salary Information: vacation, sick leave, holidays, State Retirement, tuition reimbursement, 457B, Health, Dental and Vision, Bereavement Leave, and many other benefits
About St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission
St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission (MetCom) is a quasi-governmental organization that provides water and sewer services for both residential and commercial use in St. Mary's County Maryland. We have a customer base of over 17,000 and employ 92 employees.
MetCom is an EOE employer which offers an excellent benefit package that includes Group Health/Vision/Dental/Prescription Coverage, Life & AD&D, Long Term Disability, Short Term Disability, State Retirement, 457B, AFLAC, FSA, Annual Leave, Sick Leave, 12 paid holidays, Bereavement Leave, Tuition Reimbursement Program, Health Insurance for Retirees.