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Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) Laboratory Analyst I - Laboratory Operations (Environmental) in Silver Spring, Maryland

Functional TitleLaboratory Analyst I - Laboratory Operations (Environmental)

Recruitment Category TypeStandard

Functional CategoryProduction


FLSA StatusNon-Exempt

Requisition Number21-0099

Number of Vacancies1

Job LevelNon-Management

Job CodeN/A

Job Description Summary

Organization NameLaboratory

Reports toSection Manager, Laboratory Operations

Full or Part TimeFull Time

If Part Time how many hours per week

Regular or TemporaryRegular

Position End Date (if temporary)

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Position LocationSilver Spring

General Summary

The Laboratory Analyst I performs a series of general duties involving multiple step processes, beginning with the receipt of samples and concluding with the entry and approval of results of a series of routine chemical, physical, and microbiological analyses into the appropriate database. Each step in the process is dependent upon the preceding steps and is required to produce accurate and valid data; upon approval the data is made available to the appropriate customers. WSSC Water customers include wastewater plants, water filtration plants, contractors, and the general public.

The work of the Laboratory Analyst I involves routine, reoccurring, clear-cut processes and analyses, which require strict adherence to standard procedures and guidelines. Discretion is utilized to determine the prioritization and scheduling of the work. Unusual or complex matters are referred to the supervisor for guidance and direction. Work is regularly performed under general direction and not usually subject to more than general administrative controls. The Laboratory Analyst I reports to the Section Manager.

Essential Functions

  • Retrieves samples for testing from a variety of sources and locations

  • Produces acceptable data according to Federal and State regulations (Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water Acts) and Laboratory quality control requirements

  • Maintains chain of custody throughout the analytical process

  • Performs a variety of chemical, physical and microbiological analyses on aqueous and non-aqueous samples including, but not limited to: color, odor, total hardness, conductivity, turbidity, pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, solids, alkalinity, fluoride, chlorine, plate counts, and coliform densities

  • Utilizes specific instrumentation or computer software to complete analysis

  • Utilizes basic instrumentation such as pH, Conductivity, and Turbidity meters

  • Reviews, approves, and enters all resulting data into the LIMS system and all other appropriate databases

  • Prepares necessary standards, reagents, and media for chemical, physical, and microbiological analyses in accordance with standard operating procedures and quality control requirements

  • Prepares samples for subsequent analysis, including filtration, autoclaving, digestion, and extraction in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Successfully analyzes quarterly and annual Proficiency Testing samples for assigned analyses

  • Maintains, cleans, and prepares glassware and other laboratory appliances for use in various analytical procedures

  • Maintains analytical, quality control, and maintenance records according to Laboratory QA Manual and SOPs

  • Establishes daily routine necessary to meet work deadlines

  • Assists Laboratory Analyst II when workloads demand

Other Functions

  • Aides laboratory personnel in keeping the laboratory area safe, neat, and clean

  • Maintains sample storage areas including rotating storage areas and final disposal of samples

  • Assists in updating Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Cross-trains other personnel as needed

  • Performs related duties as assigned

Work Environment And Physical Demands

  • This position may require extended periods of standing, sitting and/or driving, exposure to physical elements, and on occasion the ability to move into and out of unusual spaces to collect samples

  • Requires working flexible hours between 12:00 midnight and 10:00 a.m. to collect and pick up samples from different WSSC plants

  • Some repetitive movements and repetitive lifting of minimal weight, as well as occasional lifting of weights up to 100 lbs., may also be required

  • Manual dexterity and precision are also required in the use of laboratory equipment and tools, and the completion of the analysis process

Required Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

  • General knowledge of principles, terminology, practices, techniques, and instrumentation pertaining to physical, chemical, and microbiological analyses

  • Working knowledge of theories and practices in the fields of chemistry, microbiology, or biochemistry

  • Knowledge of principles, practices, methods and techniques of sample collection and preparation per State and Federal guidelines

  • Knowledge of good laboratory practices ( GLP )

  • Knowledge of OSHA safe work requirements and practices, and proper use of Personal Protective Equipment ( PPE )

  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Assurance Manual, Quality Control Protocols, EPA Approved Methods, Material Data Sheets, Safety Manual, all other applicable regulations and guidelines, and all WSSC emergency procedures upon completion of internal Laboratory Services Group ( LSG ) and QA/QC orientation

  • Ability to properly prepare and maintain records of all reagents and standards in accordance with standard operating procedures and quality control requirements

  • Ability to properly utilize the basic laboratory instruments, devices, equipment and tools used in the physical, chemical and microbiological analysis, including the use of the computer and all related computer software

  • Ability to distinguish colors and odors associated with analytical testing

  • Manual dexterity and precision are required in the use of laboratory equipment and tools

  • Ability to effectively prioritize work and manage time in order to meet tight deadlines and constant rush orders

  • Possess effective verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to interact with internal and external customers in an effective and professional manner

  • Ability to deliver superior customer service

Minimum Education, Experience Requirements

  • Associate’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or Environmental Sciences

  • 1 year of related environmental laboratory experience


  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • 4 years of related environmental laboratory experience

Additional Requirements

  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver’s license and the ability to obtain and maintain a WSSC driver’s permit

  • Possession of MDE Certification for Water Samplers or obtain within 6 months of employment

  • Become proficient in one regulated drinking water method (inorganic or microbiology) and gain approval as an analyst under the Maryland Department of the Environment Water Quality Laboratory Certification Program, within 18 months of hire or transfer date

  • Must maintain valid driver’s license, Water Sampler Certification, and method approval for duration of time in position

  • Able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as needed


Environmental laboratory experience


EEO Statement


It is the policy of the Commission to select new employees and to promote current employees without regard to race, sexual orientation, sex, religion, national origin, marital status, or handicap. The Commission does not discriminate against qualified individuals with a disability and will make reasonable accommodation for any disability that does not result in undue hardship for the Commission.

Close Date

Open Until FilledYes

Special Instructions to Applicants

Additional Information

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    • Do you meet one of the following sets of job requirements? • Associate’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or Environmental Sciences; and • 1 year of related environmental laboratory experience - OR - • High school diploma or equivalent; and • 4 years of related environmental laboratory experience
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you have a valid driver's license with no more than 4 points and with no restrictions (except eyeglasses/contact lenses)?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Do you possess MDE Certification for Water Samplers?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you able to work nights, weekends, and holidays as needed?
  • Yes

  • No

    • Are you proficient in at least one regulated drinking water method (inorganic or microbiology)?
  • yes

  • no

    • Will you, now or in the future, require sponsorship for employment visa status?
  • Yes

  • No

  • Are you an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces who was a bona fide resident of the state of Maryland when you entered the U.S. military?

  • Yes

  • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume

Optional Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application