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Field Technician I (Lab Services)

Company: Spartanburg Water
Location: Spartanburg
Posted on: June 15, 2019

Job Description:

Job Skills / Requirements GENERAL STATEMENT OF JOB

Under general supervision, field technician is responsible for collecting, documenting, preserving, and transporting samples to ensure compliance with applicable regulatory and permit conditions for Spartanburg Water. Field technician completes required documentation as prescribed by regulatory agencies. Field Technician reports to the Laboratory Field Services Coordinator.


1) Collects routine water and wastewater samples [more] utilizing grab and composite sampling techniques; composites samples proportional to flow; cleans sample units for routine and preventative maintenance and prepares for re-use as required; demonstrates proper sampling techniques for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permits and Safe Drinking Water Act related parameters; collects samples from the distribution systems, treatment facilities, and lakes.

2) Assists Field Coordinator (or designee) to locate industrial sampling points and other regulatory sample sites; assists in collecting representative samples from industrial discharge sites in accordance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sampling protocols as outlined in the company`s Industrial Discharge Permits; collects and preserves samples for analysis; collects samples in accordance with proper procedures outlined by the company, SC Department of Health and Environmental Control and EPA including proper chain of custody.

3) Demonstrates and maintains proper sampling techniques for related parameters; utilizes dissolved oxygen meter; utilizes pH meter in order to measure hydrogen ion samples; and performs chlorine residual tests. Monitors and tracks water distribution blow offs for water quality and unaccounted for water.

4) Performs routine field analyses including pH, chlorine residual, dissolved oxygen, and temperature. Performs calibration of these instruments using Spartanburg Water Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with proper documentation.

5) Completes and maintains required sampling records and reports; reads water and wastewater flow meters; records data as required; checks for record completeness, proper sample collection, and prepares samples for shipping purposes which includes preparation of chain of custody reports. Utilizes Laboratory Information Management System to properly collect, label and track daily, weekly and monthly samples for compliance and other requirements.

6) Properly cleans and prepares field sampling containers, including acid cleaning, sterilization, and other general lab techniques for cleaning field containers.

7) Practices good housekeeping by maintaining neat and clean work areas.

8) Ensures laboratory vehicle is maintained in proper working condition which includes such routine maintenance duties as checking the oil, washing the interior and exterior, checking and inflating tires as necessary, etc. Correctly completes the proper documentation for vehicle inspection.

9) Communicates in an effective manner with supervisor regarding deficiencies, anomalies or problems at sampling locations, etc.
10) Utilizes various types of machinery, tools, and equipment such as an ISCO sampler, calculator, communications equipment, D.O. meter, pH meter, chlorine meter and other field instrumentation as needed.

11) Performs other related duties as required. [less] Additional Information / Benefits MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Requires a high school diploma or equivalent with the interest and ability to perform chemistry-related activities. Is able to follow complex instructions. Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license. Has good handwriting skills. Must obtain an E level Water Treatment Operators License within two years. Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Stock Options, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance Screening Requirements: Motor Vehicle, Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check, Physical Exam, Education Verification, Employment Verification

Keywords: Spartanburg Water, Spartanburg , Field Technician I (Lab Services), Engineering , Spartanburg, South Carolina

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