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Laboratory Technician Specialist - Water/Wastewater
11/5/2019 9:40:39 AM
Resource Category
Public Works
Primary Core Capability
Infrastructure Systems
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Laboratory Technician Specialist – Water/Wastewater performs water and wastewater sampling, testing, and analysis
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Performs chemical analyses to measure or determine pH, conductivity, turbidity, solids, acidity, alkalinity, volatile acids, demand, ammonia, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, total phosphorus, oil and grease, cyanide, chlorophyll, phenolics, metals, residual chlorine, color, odor, and microbiological analyses 2. Determines total and fecal coliform, performs Microtox testing, and conducts organic and metals preparatory procedures in accordance with industry standards 3. Calibrates, operates, and maintains testing equipment
Type 2The Laboratory Technician Specialist: 1. Analyzes water and wastewater samples for water quality determination, as necessary 2. Performs basic laboratory testing and analysis functions, including preparing samples and performing chemical and bacteriological analyses that require basic laboratory skills 3. Serves as the sample custodian to log, verify, and confirm preservation of samples 4. Performs required quality control
Component Notes  
EducationNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Not Specified
Type 2Not Specified
TrainingNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 4. IS-800: National Response Framework, An Introduction
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Experience: 1. Two years of experience in laboratory testing and analysis 2. Experience performing chemical and biological laboratory analysis and testing
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Knowledge of water and wastewater laboratory testing Experience: Experience in conducting water and wastewater testing under controlled laboratory conditions
Physical/Medical Fitness1. National Incident Management System (NIMS) Guideline for the National Qualification System (NQS) defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NIMS positions. 2. PPE is mission-specific and may vary by work environment; it includes protective footwear, protective clothing for skin exposure, eye and ear protection, respirators, gloves, and masks.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Moderate 2. Is able to work while wearing appropriate PPE
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every three years
Professional and Technical Licenses and Certifications1. AHJ specifies necessary licenses or certifications. 2. AHJ determines reciprocity or equivalency with the providing jurisdiction before deployment.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Registered Environmental Laboratory Technologist (RELT) certification
Type 2Not Specified
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, safety, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
Requestor specifies personal protective equipment (PPE) such as hard hats, reflective vests, eye protection, ear protection, and other equipment based on incident conditions
Requestor and provider discuss safety and work environment prior to deployment
This position may be responsible for field sampling and analysis, depending on Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) needs
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016