Laboratory Technician – Kalispell

City of Kalispell

Class Title:   Laboratory Technician
Department: Public Works Department
Division: Wastewater Treatment Plant
Union: Non-Union
Salary: $48,152 – $61,639 DOQ
Benefits: 100% paid health insurance for employee & reduced rates for dependents.  State retirement plan, 3-weeks’ vacation, paid sick leave, 10 State and Federal holidays.  This position may be participating in a *VEBA program.
FSLA: Non-Exempt
Date: June 13, 2022

Responsible for activities to support the operation of the Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWWTP) and laboratory. Performs accurate and timely sampling, analysis, data entry and monitoring of a wide variety of sample types, data management, evaluates results, and prepares analytical reports used to ensure compliance with State and Federal Regulations.

Works under the general supervision of the AWWTP Manager.

Generally none, but may provide laboratory instruction, training, and technical assistance to other city personnel or departments.

Note:  It is expected that every employee should be on time, fully prepared, every day that they are scheduled to work. We expect employees to strive for perfect attendance.

Work assignments are made both orally and in writing. Work is performed with considerable independence in judgment and decision making within established policies, procedures, rules, regulations and guidelines. Work is reviewed through observation, conferences, periodic reports and by the results obtained.

The following duties are typical for this classification. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

a. Participates in the organization and scheduling of the activities of the AWWTP Laboratory.
b. Collects and prepares mainly wastewater but may also include drinking water or stormwater samples for analytical testing.
c. Performs analyses of a wide variety of chemical, physical and microbiological samples using approved Standard Laboratory Methods.
d. Collaborates and assists AWWTP Manager and Chemist in performing supplemental testing and reporting that may be necessary to ensure permit compliance.
e. Prepares and assists in the preparation of analysis and reports to document City compliance with all U.S. EPA and MT DEQ requirements for wastewater performance and Federal Clean Water Act.
f. Schedules and organizes analyses to be done; prioritizes samples.  Collects, prepares, preserves and transports samples for special and routine analyses.
g. Calibrates, operates, maintains and troubleshoots, at times with technicians, a wide variety of laboratory and monitoring equipment/ instruments including but not limited to a Discrete Analyzer, pH meters, balances, samplers, electronic instruments, muffle furnace, autoclave, titrators, incubators, water softener, calculators, dissolved oxygen probes, nitrogen probes, ORP probes, flow meter, spectrophotometer and any other instrumentation or equipment added in the future.
h. Interprets, verifies and documents all analytical data and maintains laboratory records to meet applicable Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures, including validating report results by performing and documenting proper quality assurance/quality control procedures on all analysis, instruments and equipment.
i. Performs routine and complex laboratory calculations. Prepares and or assists in the preparation of solutions, reagents, and standards for all analyses.
j. Maintains the laboratory and wastewater operations data program and prepares reports as required or as needed.
k. Maintains laboratory safety policies, procedures, and programs, including the Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on laboratory chemicals.
l. Ensures that the Laboratory is maintained in a neat, clean and orderly manner at all times.
m. Ensure adherence to Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures.
n. Ensure laboratory maintains State Certification status. Becomes and maintains state laboratory certification. Perform and passes yearly Proficiency Testing to ensure accurate, repeatable, and reportable results on all required parameters as part of the AWWTP’s Discharge Permit.
o. Assists the Chemist in maintaining stock inventory for laboratory analysis, equipment and materials.
p. Performs related work as required and completes process control related work orders as assigned.  These are printed out by the O&M Supervisor’s Work Order System.
q. Attends morning meeting and others as needed.

a. Education and Experience:
i. Graduation from high school or hold a GED certificate.
ii. Minimum of Associates degree (Bachelor preferred) in a science or closely related field and
iii. One (1) year of laboratory experience.
iv. Education in chemistry, environmental studies or related fields may substitute for the experience requirement, or
v. Any equivalent combination of education and experience.

b. Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
i. Working knowledge of general laboratory practices, equipment and supplies used.
ii. Knowledge of computers, Word, Excel and other Microsoft programs.
iii. Skill in the use of laboratory materials and skill in the use and repair of laboratory equipment.
iv. Ability to perform sampling and monitoring following local, state and federal standard practices and procedures.
v. Ability to perform chemical, microbiological and other tests and analyses in a timely, efficient manner; ability to create, read and interpret charts, graphs, formulas, and equations.
vi. Ability to understand chemical, biological and physical processes involved in the Kalispell Wastewater Treatment Process.
vii. Ability to read and interpret the ordinances, rules and regulations governing the treatment and discharge of wastewater and wastewater bio-solids.
viii. Ability to perform multiple projects simultaneously.
ix. Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
x. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other departments and the public.
xi. Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing with the supervisor, department head, City employees, employee teams.
xii. Ability to work cooperatively with all City employees toward the common goal of providing high quality services.
xiii. Ability to effectively manage multiple assignments and priorities to ensure the fulfillment of projects, tasks and responsibilities.
xiv. Ability to suggest and carry out procedures to assure the highest standards of risk management, employee safety and risk avoidance.

a. Current certification as a Montana Class 1C Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator or shows proof that out-of-state certification is equivalent and transferable to Montana,
or ability to achieve within 3 years of start date.
b. Possession of or ability to obtain, a valid Montana driver’s license at time of hire and have a satisfactory driving record.
c. Regular work hours are 6am – 2:30pm.  Lunch break is normally from 11:00 am – 11:30 am.
d. Current Hep A, Hep B and Tetanus immunization are recommended within 6 months of date hired
e. Holidays are worked in collaboration with the Chemist.  We will strive to rotate holidays to strive to not work same holidays every year.

A variety of laboratory equipment, motor vehicles, pumps, electronic instruments, phone, calculators, computers and related software programs and hand tools.

a. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
b. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk, smell and hear.  The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.  The employee frequently travels across rough, uneven surfaces to observe processes and associated equipment.
c. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

a. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
b. While performing the duties of this job, the employee routinely works in outside weather conditions.  The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.  The employee occasionally works in high, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles, risk of electrical shock, and vibration.  The employee is frequently exposed to toxic or caustic chemicals, dust and foul odors.
c. Works in an environment directly associated with domestic wastewater. Handles, tests, collects liquids, sludge, and bio-solids associated with domestic wastewater. Direct exposer to domestic wastewater daily.
d. The noise level in the work environment can be moderately loud.

a. Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; other job-related tests may be required.
b. The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
c. Kalispell is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the American with Disabilities Act, the city will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.
d. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

*VEBA (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association) is a tax-exempt health reimbursement account used by employees and their eligible dependent to pay for eligible medical expenses.  The plan is funded by an employee’s sick and/or vacation banked hours upon leaving City employment.

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Posting Date: June 13, 2022
Closing Date: Open until filled.

Only Candidates Selected for Interviews Will be Contacted.

When applying for open positions with the city, a completed City of Kalispell application must be submitted.

A City Application Can Be Obtained From:
• The Human Resources Department with the City of Kalispell, 201 1st Ave East, Kalispell, MT, Phone: (406)758-7757 or 758-7774 or
• The Kalispell Job Service, 427 1st Ave East, Kalispell, MT, Phone (406) 758-6200 or
• Online at the City of Kalispell’s website at: