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Laboratory Assistant

Department:Laboratory
Updated:12/1/11
Effective:1/1/12
Approved STPUD:NH
Approved LOCAL 39:CS

Job Summary

Under the direction of the Laboratory Director and the Laboratory Technicians, performs a variety of chemical, physical, and biological analyses on water, wastewater and soil, as required for State Water Quality compliance, Public Health, and Plant operation. Makes appropriate calculations and enters data onto Lab forms and computer; prepares standard solutions; prepares media for bacteriological tests; cleans and maintains glassware and equipment; performs field sampling for the potable water and sewer systems and in Alpine County. A Lab Assistant may advance to a Laboratory Technician I or II, only when a vacancy occurs in either of those positions. The Lab Assistant must meet the job requirements for the vacant position, and participate in the competitive recruitment process.

Job Physical Requirements Analysis

Job Specific Body Movements Occasionally
1/3 of time or less
Frequently
1/3 – 2/3 of time
Continuously
More than 2/3 of time
Sitting10% of day  
Standing  70% of day
Walking12% of day  
Driving8% of day  
Hearing  100% of day
Speaking 50% of day 
Lifting 1-20 lbs  X
Lifting 20-50 lbsX  
Lifting 50+ lbsX  
Working/reaching above shoulderX  
Working w/arms extended @ shoulder levelX  
Working with body bent over at waistX  
Working in kneeling positionX  
CrawlingX  
Climbing stairsX  
Climbing ladderX  
Major HandX  
PullingX  
PushingX  
Fine Manipulation  X
Typing/Keyboard  X
Writing  X
Simple Grasping  X
Filing  X
Power GripX  
ToolsX  
EquipmentX  
Hand Twisting  X
Folding  X

Height from Floor of Objects to Be Reached or Worked On:

Object Height
Glassware6 to 8 feet
Reference Books6 feet
Chemicals/Supplies6 to 7
Work bench3 feet

Equipment Used

  1. Glassware
  2. Chemicals and supplies
  3. Reference books.

Working Conditions

  1. Sampling in all types of weather, including snow, ice, mud and rain.
  2. Exposure to, with safety equipment, poisons, toxic fumes, noxious odors, hazardous wastes, acids, caustics, carcinogens, oxidizers, and flammables.
  3. Office work; calculators, computer video screens and keyboards.
  4. Driving in snow, rain, mud, and ice.
  5. Climbing and descending stairs and ladders less than or equal to 40 feet.
  6. Sampling from a small boat.
  7. Digging, shoveling and boring soils, ice, and snow.
  8. Compresses gases.
  9. Steam pressure vessels.
  10. Broken glassware.
  11. Pathogenic bacteria, protozoa and viruses.
  12. Climbing tanks.
  13. Pulling sled with equipment in snow.