Laboratory Technician
Reports To: Wastewater Manager
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Aberdeen, SD
Job Summary: This employee performs routine laboratory analysis and related tasks for the water and wastewater departments. The employee is under the general supervision of the Wastewater Manager.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Maintain a clean and orderly laboratory and maintain equipment in clean and properly functioning state.
  • Performs detailed laboratory analysis on water and wastewater samples from the wastewater plants, including process control tests and quality control tests.
  • Collects water and wastewater samples from plants, at multiple locations.
  • Accurately completes and maintains a variety of reports as required by local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Maintains a quality assurance program that meets the requirements of the Wastewater Manager.
  • Accurately communicates the outcome of testing to the Wastewater Manager in order to provide for adjustment to the facilities.
Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:
  • Must have an ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with plant officials and other employees.
  • Ability to keep records and prepare clear and concise reports of wastewater operations and test results.
  • Ability to understand and follow moderately complex written and oral instructions, read, write legibly, and make accurate arithmetic calculations.
  • Knowledge of occupational hazards and safety precautions.
  • Graduation from technical college or 4 year college with a degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, and water or sewer plant operations.
  • Some experience in the operation of a water or wastewater treatment facility is preferred.
  • Possess or achieve in 18 months and Class 1 Operator Certification.
Work Environment:

The employee will use a variety of laboratory equipment including chemicals used in the analysis of water and wastewater. The employee normally works indoors in a laboratory environment and may be exposed to dangerous chemicals and/or fumes. The employee may occasionally work outdoors at a water or wastewater treatment plant or effluent discharge area and may then be exposed to extremes of weather or dangerous chemicals/fumes.

  • Calculates percentage of water used and chemical dosage used; takes and tests samples; reads meters and gauges.
  • May assist with the operation of the wastewater treatment facility.
  • May assist in the repair and maintenance of a variety of equipment.
  • Performs general maintenance activities at the water or wastewater plant. Performs other duties as required.
  • Able to work weekends as needed.
  • Must possess a valid South Dakota driver’s license.