The work involves responsibility for directing the laboratory operations for the testing and analysis of water and wastewater. Under the general supervision of an administrative superior, an employee in this class supervises a number of professional and technical personnel engaged in chemical and bacteriological examination of water and wastewater for the Onondaga County Department of Water Environment Protection. An employee in this class is permitted wide leeway for the exercise of independent judgment in maintaining required standards in the treatment of water and wastewater, which includes quality control, methodology, and laboratory procedures. An employee in this class also evaluates the more technical and complex chemical and bacteriological analyses of water and wastewater to ascertain possible effects upon receiving waters and process operations. Does related work as required.




Plans and supervises ongoing chemical and bacteriological examinations of water and wastewater for purposes of complying with mandated sanitary regulations and efficient treatment plant operation.

Plans, assigns and evaluates the work of subordinates engaged in chemical and bacteriological examination of water and wastewater.

Reviews, analyzes and interprets technical data and reports submitted by subordinates.

Evaluates more difficult chemical and bacteriological examinations of water and wastewater.

Instructs subordinates and sewage plant operation personnel regarding laboratory procedures and instrument operations.

Maintains quality control of laboratory procedures through research into professional literature and implementation of technology accepted therein.

Monitors the validity of analyses performed and the data generated in the laboratory to assure reliable data.

Conducts research and special studies to obtain desired results in minimizing effects of water and wastewater upon receiving waters.

Keeps accurate records and submits required reports to local, state and federal agencies.

Prepares budgetary requests for laboratory operations and for supplies and equipment.




Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of analytical chemistry as applied to chemical evaluation of wastewater.

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of bacteriology as applied to analysis of wastewater.

Thorough knowledge of principles and practices of instrumental analysis.

Thorough knowledge of methodology applied in chemical and bacteriological analysis of wastewater.

Skill in the use of laboratory equipment and in the application of laboratory and scientific research practices and techniques in instrumental analysis.

Ability to supervise others in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale.

Ability to apply accepted scientific procedures, methodology and formulas to work assignments.

Ability to analyze laboratory results.

Ability to express orally and in writing findings and conclusions according to accepted scientific procedures.

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.





Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Sanitary Chemist II.


Open Competitive:

Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York Sate Board of Regents to grant degrees with a baccalaureate degree in chemical, environmental, physical or biological sciences which must have included a minimum of twenty-four (24) credit hours in chemistry and four (4) credit hours in microbiology and four (4) years of professional administrative work experience, or its part-time equivalent, in the analysis and treatment of water and wastewater.



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