Environmental Laboratory Analyst – San Antonio Water System – San Antonio, TX

Environmental Laboratory Analyst

San Antonio Water System

21 reviews

San Antonio, TX 78298

The Environmental Laboratory Analyst is responsible for performing basic laboratory testing and analysis functions including preparing samples and performing chemical and bacteriological analyses that require basic laboratory skills and/or serving as sample custodian to log, verify and confirm preservation of samples. Performs analyses, including required quality control, within required turnaround time and in accordance with standard operating procedures.


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Prioritizes and organizes daily workload based on required turnaround time.

Cleans and prepares laboratory equipment and glassware using solvents and/or cleaners that are appropriate to the item’s analytical function.

Keeps workstation stocked and organized, performs physical inventory of chemicals and supplies.

Records laboratory data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Comprehends and follows laboratory Quality Assurance Plan (QAP).

Performs other duties as assigned.

Laboratory Testing Specialty

Performs biosolids preparation, chemical analyses to determine pH, conductivity, turbidity, solids, acidity, alkalinity, volatile acids, demand, ammonia, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, total phosphorus, oil and grease, cyanide, chlorophyll, phenolics, residual chlorine, color, and/or odor, and microbiological analyses to determine total and fecal coliform and/or Microtox in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures, calibrates, operates and maintains test equipment needed to perform analyses.

Records test results in LIMS and reviews quality control charts to verify that it is within limits.

Evaluates test data and refers suspect results to Senior Environmental Laboratory Analyst and/or Laboratory Quality Assurance Coordinator.

Performs as a backup for all sample control functions in the capacity of Sample Custodian.

Sample Custodian Specialty

Receives, unpacks, and assigns unique identification to all samples.

Organizes walk-in cooler to ensure proper identification, retrieval, and storage of samples.

Assesses and documents suitability of samples for analysis in accordance with sample acceptance policy and records discrepancies.

Confirms sample preservation using meters and test kits.

Verifies packing slips, and receives, unpacks, and logs all chemicals and miscellaneous supplies into the LIMS Chemical Inventory Module.

Prepares sample container kits for clients

Disposes of samples in accordance with applicable regulations.

Stores records in accordance with laboratory document retention plan, under supervision of Laboratory Quality Assurance Coordinator or his designee.

Performs as a backup for laboratory analysis functions described in the laboratory testing specialty.


Reports to Manager; receives functional guidance from team leader and works under general supervision. Work is performed in accordance with laboratory standard operating procedures and policies. The incumbent organizes and prioritizes work with periodic checks by team leader.


Two years of college, including courses in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science or related disciplines from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

Beginner level skills in word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software.

Valid Class “C” Texas Driver’s License consistent with SAWS driving policy.


Two years’ experience in laboratory testing and analysis.

Texas Water Utility Association Level D Laboratory Analyst Certification.

Certification as a Registered Environmental Laboratory Technologist.


Occasional contact with internal and external customers, vendors, outside agencies and regulatory agencies.

Communicates effectively verbally and in writing.

Establishes and maintains effective working relationships and public relations.

May be required to work hours other than regular schedule including weekends and holidays.

Infrequent travel may be required.


Physical requirements include lifting and carrying up to 25 pounds occasionally. Requires visual acuity and hand-eye coordination. Working conditions are in a laboratory environment with frequent to constant standing. Frequent exposure to chemicals, waste materials and hazardous materials. Occasional exposure to noxious fumes, vapors, and odors. May drive company and/or personal vehicle occasionally.

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