Job Class Specification for:
LABORATORY TECHNICIAN II
Class Specification Schematic Number: 7350005
Positions in this class, under general supervision, lead and coordinate
laboratory operations, and supervise the activities of a laboratory technician, ensure
aquarium water quality by conducting and evaluating the more complex tests of the aquarium
life support environment; perform pathological examinations on fish; and coordinate and
perform research related to aquarium exhibits.
Distinguishing Characteristics of the Class:
This class is the advanced level in the Laboratory Technician series.
It is distinguished from the Laboratory Technician I in that this class has lead
responsibilities for laboratory operations, supervises the work of subordinate staff, and
performs the more complex testing and analysis tasks.
The work of this class requires an experienced knowledge of laboratory
techniques related to water quality analysis and fish disease diagnosis, and of the
theories, concepts and methods of relevant areas of chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology
and fish pathology. Knowledge of the operation and maintenance of a variety of specialized
laboratory equipment is required. Incumbents must be able to plan, prioritize and schedule
the work of other laboratory personnel, and to oversee operations of a testing and
Established guidelines, principles and techniques are available, but do
not cover all aspects of the work. Independent judgment is required in developing
laboratory procedures, interpreting the results of the more complex laboratory tests, and
overseeing the work of subordinate laboratory staff and volunteer researchers.
Personal contacts are inter-departmental to coordinate work activities;
contact with the public includes universities and government agencies to provide
information and obtain grant sources.
Examples of Work:
Directs the operation of an aquarium laboratory; schedules water
quality procedures; establishes and coordinates daily laboratory activities; recommends
and implements laboratory policies and procedures; supervises a subordinate laboratory
technician and coordinates the activities of volunteer researchers.
Performs pathological examinations on fish; diagnoses diseases and
initiates treatment; coordinates with biologists to develop, implement and provide
emergency medical treatment and quarantine procedures.
Supervises chemical and bacteriological testing of aquarium water
samples; conducts non-routine and emergency testing; prepares evaluations and
recommendations for senior biologist.
Coordinates with aquarium veterinarian for medical and health care of
birds and mammals.
Supervises the development and maintenance of a centralized animal
husbandry record system including animal inventory, necropsy reports, disease treatment,
and water quality reports.
Provides technical expertise in life support systems development and
Conducts special projects related to animal husbandry and systems
Solicits research opportunities from universities, government
agencies and industry. Acts as a liaison between City and grant source.
Conducts research activities, prepares grants and proposals. Monitors
grant-funded research activities.
Prepares scientific and popular papers for publication or
presentation to lay or professional groups.
Prepares reports on laboratory findings and other related reports as
Prepares a variety of reports on test results including result
interpretation, as well as summary reports related to animal health and inventory.
Performs other related duties of a comparable level/type as assigned.
Work Environment/Physical Demands:
May be exposed to dangerous animals, animal diseases and feces. May
work on slippery surface in a cold wet environment. Requires the ability to lift 50 pounds
or less. Requires handling or working with toxic/hazardous substances and possibly
hazardous electrical currents.
Requires two years of laboratory operations experience including
testing and analysis of aquarium water quality, and research involving the aquarium life
support environment; and a baccalaureate degree in biology, bacteriology, chemistry or
related field (or a combination of education, training and/or experience which provides an
equivalent background required to perform the work of the class).
Licensing and Other Requirements:
State of Washington Driver's License.
This description was prepared to indicate the kinds of activities and
levels of work difficulty required of positions in this class. It is not intended as a
complete list of specific duties and responsibilities.
Class adopted January 2, 1991.
Date posted 6/24/1999
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