Job Description

Lab Technician I (Lab Services)
Spartanburg, SC, United States of America
$45,302.00 - $58,961.00


Spartanburg Water is an industry leading utility that offers team members a culture of innovation, a history of excellence and an investment in their continued success.   

Nestled in the Piedmont region of South Carolina and a short drive away from the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and ever-popular beaches of the South Carolina Low country, Spartanburg is a thriving and growing community that is home to seven diverse and well-known institutions of higher learning. Residents enjoy incredible outdoor recreation opportunities, an eclectic and delicious local restaurant and brewery scene, a vibrant cultural environment and the benefits of strong economic growth with an affordable cost of living.

INNOVATION: Through innovative technologies and industry leading practices, Spartanburg Water has had the honor of twice receiving recognition as a Utility of the Future Today – and as one of only two South Carolina utilities to ever receive the award and only one of 18 utilities globally to receive the honor a second time.

HISTORY: Through sustainability and resiliency, Spartanburg Water has consistently provided the highest quality drinking water and wastewater services to our region for more than 100 years, and continues to be a vital part of the area’s successful economic growth and development.

INVESTMENT: Spartanburg Water offers a generous compensation package, including full medical, dental and vision benefits and participation in the SC Retirement System. The organization also offers tuition reimbursement and opportunities for paid certifications and training. Spartanburg Water firmly believes in the importance of investing in the health, security, and potential of all team members.



Job Skills / Requirements

Under general supervision and using good laboratory practices, performs laboratory analysis of water and wastewater, adhering to all applicable local, state, and federal regulations.  Maintains laboratory equipment; prepares and maintains required forms, records and reports.  Performs related work as required.   Reports to the Laboratory Services Manager.




Conducts wet chemistry analysis of water and wastewater for physical and chemical parameters using various to include, but not be limited to:  Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD), Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD), Total Suspended Solids (TSS), Ammonia, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, pH, Turbidity, Hardness, Conductivity, Chlorine, Alkalinity, and Fluoride.


Conducts microbiological analysis of water and wastewater using a variety of techniques to include, but not be limited to: Heterotrophic Plate Count, Fecal Coliform, Total Coliform, and other methods.


Accurately prepares and files required forms, documents, and laboratory benchsheets.  Enters laboratory data into Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).


Uses and operates various computer software programs for various instruments and related software packages to perform required duties.


Performs tasks strictly adhering to established regulatory guidelines, laboratory certification requirements, and Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s).


Properly operates, calibrates, and performs general maintenance on lab equipment as required. This would include, but not be limited to, instruments, probes, meters, pumps, ovens, incubators, etc.


Following good chemical hygiene practices, prepares standards, reagents, media, and solutions, using appropriate chemical tracking and labeling procedures.


Adheres to proper laboratory and analysis quality control procedures in compliance with the Laboratory Certification Program and Quality Assurance Plan.  Promptly notifies management of deviations.


Assists with sample collection, preservation and receiving which includes proper sampling techniques and record keeping requirements. 


Maintains inventory of laboratory expendables and ensures adequate supplies are available to perform job assignment; assists in taking inventory and ordering supplies.


Maintains and washes laboratory glassware and other required materials.


Practices safe handling of chemicals, lab samples, and uses good housekeeping.  Disposes of lab waste in accordance with environmentally safe and approved methods.


Performs other related duties as required.


                                           MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biology or a related field, or an Associate degree in Chemistry or Biology or a related field, with one to two years experience in a chemical or biological laboratory; or any equivalent combination of education and experience.  Must possess a valid driver's license.

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelors Degree with relevant coursework
Associates Degree in field of Information Technology
Associates Degree

Additional Information / Benefits

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

This job reports to the Lab Manager

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1