This is responsible professional and supervisory work providing administrative and technical direction of water treatment plant laboratory. Work is directed and reviewed through the establishment of goals and subsequent evaluation of progress toward goal attainment.
Examples of Work Performed
Maintains Lab Certifications by KDHE, NELAC
Directs testing procedures to maintain approved water quality.
Coordinating with plant operations and maintenance.
Coordinating with Distribution Division with regard to water quality.
Directs, trains and supervises laboratory staff.
Establishes procedures for laboratory activities.
Provides quality control and evaluation of all test procedures.
Statistically evaluates laboratory utilization and testing.
Conducts research and provides consultative services as needed.
Reviews and recommends additions or changes in personnel, facilities, equipment, and materials.
Maintains reference and resource materials.
Implements safety regulations and assures conformance.
Assures compliance with state and federal regulatory requirements.
Develops specifications for and assists in the procurement of treatment chemical supplies.
Responds to water quality problems, and directs appropriate corrective actions working with Operations Manager.
Completion of work assignments may require the operation of a vehicle.
Supervises Bacteriologist, Chemists and Lab Techs.
These examples are not intended to be all-inclusive.
The City of Wichita reserves the right to assign additional responsibilities as needed.
Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of operating a laboratory
Thorough knowledge of water quality and environmental standards regulations
Ability to acquire and maintain a Kansas Class IV Water Supply System Operator Certification
Thorough knowledge of biology, bacteriology and chemistry
Thorough knowledge of laboratory methods, equipment and supervision
Knowledge of statistical analysis
Ability to use a computer to access, interpret and record information
Ability to read and comprehend complex environmental regulations and scientific studies
Ability to understand and interpret water quality and environmental data
Ability to analyze impacts of regulatory requirements on the operation
Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others performing detailed work
Ability to distinguish colors accurately.
Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with associates, employees of other Departments, and representatives of other organizations.
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
May require ability to acquire and maintain a valid Kansas driver's license.
An employee shall not pose a direct threat to the health or safety of other individuals in the workplace.
Required Experience and Training
Graduation from a four-year college with a bachelor's degree in laboratory science, environmental science, or a closely related field, plus at least three years of experience in a supervisory role in a laboratory, treatment plant, or other closely related setting. Master's degree preferred. An equivalent combination of education, experience and training may be considered. Kansas Class IV Surface Water Supply System Operator Certification preferred. Offers of employment are contingent upon passing a pre-employment physical, which includes drug screening, and upon satisfactory evaluation of the results of a criminal record check.
Internal Number: ENV SCI ADMIN
About City of Wichita
The department of Public Works & Utilities' mission is to provide world-class infrastructure and environmental health programs. The Public Works & Utilities department manages multiple infrastructure systems, asset groups, and environmental compliance activities. It is the City's largest department with 858 positions, an annual operating budget of $255 million, and nearly $1.7 billion in Capital Improvement Program projects, through 2025. There are 12 funds and 24 division budgets that support annual activities. The utilities section manages approximately 5,000 miles of water and wastewater distribution and collection lines, provides drinking water and wastewater service to nearly half a million people, and delivers and treats and average of 18 billion gallons of water each year. In November 2017, Wichita City Council voted to optimize the Water and Sewer Utilities through a City-led approach to “Utilities Optimization – Phase II”. The objective of Phase II will be to identify and implement efficiencies in water and sewer operations that will lead to savings. With a focus on preventive maintenance, Phase II will allow the City to take a more proactive approach to asset manag...ement.Faced with more than an estimated $1 Billion in deferred maintenance, Public Works & Utilities is looking for operational savings in order to allow for more aggressive capital investment. Over the last several years, the City has worked to replace aged water and sewer lines and is now focusing on the water and wastewater treatment plants. With a single water treatment plant that has aged past its useful life and new regulations facing wastewater treatment, the City continues to look for innovative and efficient capital investment strategies.