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Associate Laboratory Microbiologist

Associate Laboratory Microbiologist The NYC Department of Environmental Protecti

Position: Microbiologist Salary: $59,394 - $82,646 a year Type: Full Time Location: New York, NY 11222, US
The NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) enriches the environment and protects public health for all New
Yorkers by providing 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water, managing wastewater and stormwater, and reducing
air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the
country, with nearly 6,000 employees. DEP’s water supply system is comprised of 19 reservoirs and 3 controlled lakes
throughout the system’s 2,000 square mile watershed that extends 125 miles north and west of the City.

The Bureau of Wastewater Treatment (BWT) is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all facilities related to the
treatment of sewage within the five boroughs of the City. This includes 14 Wastewater Resource Recovery Facilities
(WRRFs), sludge dewatering facilities, collections facilities (pumping stations, combined sewer overflow retention facilities,
regulators, tide gates, etc.), wastewater laboratories and harbor vessels.

Under direct supervision of the Technical Director of the Laboratory or his/ her designee, with some degree of
independence, perform routine microbiological testing on environmental samples to find total coliform, fecal coliform, and
enterococcus to meet regulatory compliance. Conduct quality control and participate in all proficiency testing. Keep
laboratory records and prepare reports; assist in on-the-job training of subordinates, new personnel and other persons as
required; may supervise subordinate employees under direction. Prepare or supervise preparation of sterilized sample
bottles for the distribution to 14 WRRFs and other clients. Perform routine laboratory tests and procedures for water quality
testing, including preparation of equipment, media, reagents, buffers and controls. Perform microscopic examination of
wastewater biology to assist the process engineers in the troubleshooting of plant upset. Participate in non-routine testing
programs in connection with research programs in the specialty or sub-specialty utilizing standard laboratory tests and
making minor modifications which are consistent with good laboratory practices. Prepare reports, make entries in charts,
and maintain data and other records on a daily, weekly or monthly basis as mandated. Assist the Technical Director in
ordering and maintaining adequate amounts of media, reagents and other laboratory supplies for laboratory use.
Candidate may be responsible for supervising some staff members. Candidate will be required to work day shifts during
weekdays and/or weekends. Must be available 7 days per week.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in medical technology or in one of
the chemical, physical, or biological sciences, and one year of laboratory experience at the technologist level in the
appropriate laboratory specialty or specialties; or
2. Ninety college credits from an accredited college or university including or supplemented by either (a) or (b) below, and
one year of laboratory experience at the technologist level in the appropriate laboratory specialty or specialties.
(a) For those whose training was completed prior to September 15, 1963: a total of at least 24 credits in chemistry and
biology courses combined, including at least nine credits in chemistry, of which six credits must be in inorganic chemistry;
and including at least 12 credits in biology courses
pertinent to the medical sciences.
(b) For those whose training was completed after September 15, 1963: 16 credits in chemistry courses acceptable towards
a major in chemistry, including at least six credits in inorganic chemistry; and 16 credits in biology courses acceptable
towards a major in biology; and three credits in mathematics.

Preferred Skills

Experience in the Environmental Health and Safety program and NELAC - regulated environmental laboratory for the trace
level sampling or analysis of microbes, thorough knowledge of applicable federal and state regulations in the area of
laboratory operation is desired. In addition, a background in microbiological examination adequate to understand and
critique accredited wastewater and solid waste test methods. The candidate should have very good interpersonal,
communication and technical writing skills and well as good working knowledge of MS Office (Word and Excel). The ability
to communicate verbally and in writing in English is critical.

Additional Information

Appointments are subject to OMB approval.

For additional information about DEP, visit

DEP is an equal opportunity employer with a strong commitment to the diversity of our organization and workforce. Your
voluntary response to the NYCAPS on-line application section for referral information will assist us tremendously in our
ability to track the success of our outreach and recruitment efforts. Please be sure to indicate your source of referral to this

NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate on
your resume or cover letter that you would like to be considered under the 55-a Program. This position is also open to non
55-a Program candidates serving in the permanent incumbent (civil service) title as indicated in the job posting notice
under Civil Service Title.

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35 hours per week / day

Work Location

329 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who
have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester,
Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency
representative at the time of interview.


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