Process Laboratory Specialist I (South Plant)

King County   Renton, WA   Full-time     Manufacturing / Production / Operations
Posted on June 17, 2022
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The King County Wastewater Treatment Division (WTD) has a staffing need for an experienced and technically proficient Process Laboratory Specialist I.

The responsibilities of this classification include learning and performing entry level laboratory responsibilities such as routine chemical and biochemical analyses and operating required instrumentation in a wastewater treatment plant laboratory.

The work associated with this position will primarily be performed onsite; this is not a telework position. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements. Please note that when an employee conducts work that is likely to bring them in contact with another individual, safety precautions are required by the department in alignment with the Public Health Directive from the Seattle & King County Public Health Officer. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team. King County is doing its part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and remains committed to reducing our carbon footprint.  

Who is Eligible: This position is open to all qualified Wastewater SEIU 925 candidates. This posting may be used to establish a list of qualified candidates for any Career Service, Special Duty Assignment or Term Limited Temporary openings in the following six months at any of the three treatment plants.   

Work Location: South Treatment Plant - 1200 Monster Rd SW, Renton, WA 98057

Work Schedule: The treatment plants are operated 24/7. This position is currently assigned to working a 5x8 schedule, with a rotating weekend schedule. Applicants must be available to work any and all assigned shift schedules, including standby schedules/rotations. This position is overtime eligible. 


Job Duties

  • Perform a variety of physical, chemical, and biochemical analyses following established laboratory procedures. Follow established laboratory protocols for spill response, laboratory safety, and cleaning and maintaining laboratory. 
  • Prepare samples for analysis and preserve/store them according to standard procedures. Maintain the physical and quantitative integrity of each sample and maintain associated records.
  • Collect samples and operate a motorized vehicle to travel to remote work locations or locations with no public transportation services. 
  • Clean and perform some routine servicing of automatic samplers and specific field equipment.  Assist with the calibration of on-line instruments.
  • Enter test results and other pertinent data into spreadsheets and lab database and calculate data as required. 
  • Complete and maintain bench sheets, logs, and other records (paper and electronic).
  • Prepare necessary reagents and standards and follow established disposal procedures. 
  • Identify and notify higher level staff of unusual test results.
  • Monitor control charts and quality control samples (blanks, check standards, and duplicates) to maintain test integrity.
  • Participate as member of a business team to make decisions regarding the work unit’s business goals and objectives.
  • Monitor and maintain laboratory chemical inventories and verify shipment orders.
  • Validate data at bench sheet level.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Knowledge of field and laboratory techniques and sampling methods typically obtained in an associate of science degree or two years of college level science course work, including at least one year of chemistry, or two years equivalent experience applicable to a wastewater treatment laboratory.

  • Working knowledge of the application and use of test equipment and instruments.

  • Knowledge of scientific theories, principles and relevant mathematics.

  • Basic knowledge and skills in laboratory quality assurance/quality control.

  • Basic skill in using computer and associated software for spreadsheets, databases and word processing.

  • Skill in working with detailed information.

  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a diverse group of individuals in varying occupations.

  • Skill in team consensus building techniques and principles and working in a team environment.

  • Skill in oral and written communication techniques and principles and ability to read, write, present and follow oral and written instructions.

  • A valid Washington State Driver's License

  • Positions assigned to this classification are required to report to work during adverse and inclement weather conditions.
  • Incumbents perform field work at a wastewater treatment plant and associated facilities, and are required to lift and carry equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, work in confined spaces, climb in and out of tanks using ladders, and work around noxious odors and high noise levels.

Supplemental Information

Application and Selection Process: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness including online application, cover letter and resume, and responsiveness to the list of qualifications, skills, and abilities. The most competitive candidates may be invited to participate in one or more panel interviews. Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.

  • King County Application
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Responses to supplemental questions

UNION MEMBERSHIP: This position is represented by SEIU Wastewater Local 925

For more information regarding this recruitment, please contact:
Rodney O. Dungo
Human Resource Analyst

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COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter.

As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:
  • submit proof of vaccination, or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation. Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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To Apply
If you are interested in pursuing this position, please follow the application instructions carefully. If you need this announcement in an alternate language or format, would like to request accommodation or assistance in the application or assessment process or if you have questions please contact your recruiter listed on this job announcement. 

King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
Are you a current SEIU 925 member?
  • Yes
  • No
Do you have the ability to lift and move items weighing up to 50 pounds in a safe manner?
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires travel to locations throughout King County. Do you have a valid, unencumbered Washington State driver's license and the ability to travel around the county in a timely manner?
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires working at a Wastewater Treatment facility; you may have exposure to hazardous materials and noxious odors, as well as loud noises. Can you work in these conditions?
  • Yes
  • No
Provide the name of the school and/or describe the program where you obtained the knowledge of field and laboratory techniques and sampling methods typically obtained in an associate of science degree or two years of college-level science work. Also, attach your transcripts to support this experience. If none, please type "N/A."
I certify that the statements made by me on the application and supplemental questions are, to the best of my knowledge, true, complete and correct. I understand that any misrepresentation or material omission of fact on this or any other document required by King County may constitute grounds for rejection, or if employed by King County, for disciplinary measures, including dismissal.
  • Yes
  • No

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