Do you possess analytical skills with the ability to apply logical thinking, in order to break complex problems into their component parts? Can you motivate and channel others potential in order to achieve set objectives? If so, the Irvine Ranch Water District is recruiting for a Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor who will perform various complex and routine analysis of the water distribution and wastewater treatment facilities. The incumbent will summarize, evaluate and interpret analytical and quality control/quality assurance data, participate in the preparation of operating and general capital budgets; evaluate and select capital equipment.
Summary of Duties:
Perform, troubleshoot and supervise microbiological, molecular, and immunological analyses to examine, isolate and identify microorganisms, and detect waterborne pathogens.
Supervise staff using microscopy, aseptic technique and biosafety level 2 procedures.
Oversee and organize laboratory's sample receiving, contract lab work and glassware preparation activities.
Supervise and perform analysis of water quality samples within the lab.
Supervise, develop, train, discipline and evaluate the performance of assigned staff.
Validate data, interpret analytical results, and prepare reports and recommendations.
Research, develop, and implement technological advancements in laboratory technology and analytical methodologies to serve the operational needs of the District.
Select methodologies and techniques for analysis.
Review, revise, oversee and maintain QA/QC practices to assure compliance with laboratory certification requirements.
Maintain laboratory equipment, methods and procedures to assure conformance with standards prescribed by regulatory agencies.
Input and authorize Purchase Requisitions for procurement of supplies and equipment.
Compile cost estimates, perform cost benefit analysis and write justification for the budget/purchase of capital equipment and laboratory operating supplies.
Administer the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
Design, select, and implement water quality projects.
Stay abreast of technological advancements and state-of-the-science developments in water quality analysis.
Interface with other departments, consultants, regulatory agencies and customers to provide analytical support and interpretation.
Assist the Water Quality Manager with activities relating to the Laboratory Accreditation/Certification Program.
Update and report strategic and tactical measures for the appropriate sub-department.
Assist with the Public Relations aspects of the laboratory by discussing the role of the laboratory during public tours.
Comply with District safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.
Participate on District process teams, and internal/external committees and organizations.
Prepare and give presentations to internal/external groups.
Represent Department as the Safety Officer.
A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in microbiology, biochemistry, biological science or a closely related physical science discipline and five years of experience in a water, wastewater or environmental oriented laboratory with one year in a supervisory or lead capacity required.
License / Certifications Required:
Depending on assignment, a valid Class C California Driver's License may be required.
Internal Number: 302
About Irvine Ranch Water District
Established in 1961 as a California Water District under the provisions of the state of California Water Code, the Irvine Ranch Water District is an independent special district serving Central Orange County, California. IRWD provides high-quality drinking water, reliable wastewater collection and treatment, ground-breaking recycled water programs, and environmentally sound urban runoff treatment to more than 340,000 residents. As an independent, not-for-profit public agency, IRWD is governed by a five-member publicly elected Board of Directors. Board members are elected at-large for four-year terms. The Board is responsible for the District's policies and decision-making. Day-to-day operations are supervised by the General Manager.