LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 7854 (REVISED 12-30-2021) $47710 – 110121 per year



$47,710 to $69,760; $56,522 to $82,684; and $59,654 to $87,236

The salary in the Department of Water and Power is $61,909 to $76,921; $72,892 to $90,577; $77,506 to $96,319; $80,784 to $100,370; and $88,641 to $110,121.

NOTES: * For information regarding reciprocity between the City of Los Angeles departments and LADWP, go to
. * Annual salary is at the start of the pay range. The current salary range is subject to change. Please confirm the starting salary with the hiring department before accepting a job offer.

  • Candidates from the eligible list are normally appointed to vacancies in the lower pay grade positions.

A Laboratory Technician performs standard and non-standard tests including preparing chemical solutions (reagents) of a routine to difficult nature concerning the chemical, radiological, biological, or microbiological laboratory analysis of water, wastewater, sludge, physical evidence in criminal cases, and materials and supplies used by City departments; makes simple calculations and prepares and maintains records and technical reports on analytical results; makes minor repairs to intricate testing equipment; tracks samples, and enters analytical results in the laboratory information management system; performs chain of custody duties for sample receiving; complies with the Quality Assurance plan of the lab; performs sample collection and delivery; prepares and modifies basic standard operating procedure of laboratory and sampling test methods; and may supervise employees engaged in the above work.


  • Completion of 12 semester or 18 quarter units at an accredited college or university in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, botany, zoology, oceanography, or marine biology, and at least two of the aforementioned courses must have had a laboratory module either as part of or separate from the general lecture; and
  • Completion of 3 semester or 4 quarter units of mathematics at an accredited college or university.

PROCESS NOTES * Some positions may require introductory courses in microbiology or invertebrate zoology.

  • Some positions at the Department of Water and Power may require completion of a course in analytical or quantitative chemistry.
  • Some positions may require a valid California driver’s license. Candidates may not be eligible for appointment to these positions if their record within the last 36 months reflects three or more moving violations and/or at-fault accidents, or a conviction of a major moving violation (such as DUI).
  • Laboratory Technicians may be required to work at sea aboard a water-quality monitoring vessel and/or be required to operate a 4-wheel drive vehicle on freeways, flood control channels, and sandy beaches. Some positions involve working with solvents and acids, in high temperature settings, and can be physically demanding. Also, Laboratory Technicians may be required to work after-hours, weekends, holidays as needed due to operational needs.
  • Please note that qualifying education must be from a college or university accredited by a City of Los Angeles recognized agency. A list of approved accrediting agencies can be found at

. * Applications must list the school name, course number and title, number of semester or quarter units, and completion dates of the education coursework requirements in the City application.

  • Applicants completing the exam process will be contacted by the Personnel Department to provide required proof of qualifying coursework. Applicants who wish to expedite this process may attach a copy of their transcripts (annotated with the course number and title, credit earned, and grade received) to their on-line application at the time of filing in the Attachments section.
  • Upon appointment, a Laboratory Technician may be required to furnish his or her own automobile, properly insured for use in City service. Mileage will be paid according to established rates.


Applications will only be accepted on-line. When you are viewing the on-line job bulletin of your choice, simply scroll to the top of the page and select the “Apply” icon. On-line job bulletins are available at .


Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.

Applications must be received by THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2022.

In accordance with Civil Service Rule 4.2, all applicants who apply may not be tested in this examination. To meet anticipated hiring needs, only a limited number of qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the selection process in the following order: 1) Applicants currently employed by the City of Los Angeles who meet the minimum requirements, or are on a reserve list; 2) Remaining applicants who meet the minimum requirements in sufficient numbers to meet hiring needs based on a random sampling of those qualified candidates. Applications submitted during the filing period may be kept on file in the event that additional applicants need to be tested to meet hiring needs.


Examination Weight: Multiple-Choice Test100%

The examination will consist entirely of a weighted multiple-choice test administered and proctored on-line. In the on-line multiple-choice test, the following competencies may be evaluated: Judgment and Decision Making; Analytical Ability; Attention to Detail; Interpersonal Skills; Follows Written Directions; Computer Proficiency, including knowledge of: the capabilities of computers and software, such as Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs; Safety Focus, including the knowledge of: Cal/OSHA safety regulations related to personnel protective equipment (PPE) and the operation and use of safety devices; Cal/OSHA safety regulations related to chemicals, including those related to storage, labeling, Safety Data Sheets (SDS), disposal, and spillage; Job Knowledge, including the knowledge of: the properties of water; the properties of chemicals; the proper use and handing of basic laboratory equipment; measurement systems, such as the English and metric system; laboratory procedures, including distillation, extraction, evaporation, concentration, isolation, and filtration; physical principles of commonly used analytical instruments, such as light absorption, heat and wavelength; organic chemistry; biology and microbiology; stoichiometry; analytical chemistry and microbiological analysis techniques, including qualitative and quantitative analysis; and other necessary skills, knowledge, and abilities.

Additional job analysis information can be obtained by going to and clicking on Competencies under Laboratory Technician.

The multiple-choice test will be proctored and administered on-line during a single session. Candidates invited to participate in the on-line multiple-choice test will be able to take the test as instructed from a remote location using a computer with a webcam and a reliable internet connection. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles outlining the dates and specific steps on how to take the multiple-choice test on-line. It is anticipated that the remote proctored multiple-choice test will be administered between TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2022 and MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2022. Candidates who do not complete and submit the remote proctored multiple-choice test on-line using a computer by the specified date and time will not be considered further in this examination.

FAQs for on-line testing are available at . Due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements, only candidates who demonstrate a hardship may be offered the option to take the multiple-choice test onsite at a City facility.


Test dates may be postponed in order to help protect the safety of our candidates and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Candidates will receive an e-mail from the City of Los Angeles Personnel Department if the anticipated multiple-choice test dates are postponed.

NOTES: * This examination is based on a validation study, and as provided by the Civil Service Commission Rule 4.20, the multiple choice will not be subject to candidate inspection.

  • As a covered entity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and upon request, will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities. To request a disability accommodation, please complete the Disability Accommodation Form within 14 calendar days of the submittal of the City application. The Disability Accommodation Form can be obtained at

. * Applications are accepted subject to review to ensure that minimum qualifications are met. Candidates may be disqualified at any time if it is determined that they do not possess the minimum qualifications stated on this bulletin.

  • A final average score of 70% or higher is required to be placed on the eligible list.
  • In accordance with Civil Service Rule, Sec. 4.24, review period may be combined. Candidates in the examination process may file protests as provided in Sec. 4.20, 4.22 and 4.23 as applicable and within the required time frame; however, the Personnel Department may respond to and resolve protests prior to the establishment of the eligible list.
  • For candidates seeking initial City employment, in accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, information regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements as conditions of employment may be found at:


If you receive and accept an offer of employment to a regular position with the City of Los Angeles, your employee benefit coverage (including health and dental coverage as well as life insurance) will commence approximately six weeks after your original regular appointment. Not all positions in the City receive benefit coverage; you should inquire regarding the availability of employee benefits prior to accepting a position. All City employees are required to be Disaster Service Workers.


The City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, creed, color, ancestry, medical condition (cancer), or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.

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