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Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center

Water Quality Lab Manager

The City of Virginia Beach Department of Aquarium and Museums invites your interest in the position of Water Quality Lab Manager for the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.


The Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center's Water Quality Lab Manager - Laboratory Technician II effectively manages the daily operations of the water quality lab including laboratory staff, volunteers, and interns by performing the following work functions: 

Perform bacteriological and chemical analysis of samples at Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. 

Perform a variety of routine and non-routine water quality analyses necessary to maintain a healthy animal collection and generate, maintain accurate records to ensure compliance with all required Local, State, and Federal regulations.

Develop and maintain a regimen of daily, weekly, and monthly exhibit upkeep including but not limited to cleaning various surfaces and components, ordering and replacement of worn parts for exhibits and equipment, and recommending appropriate equipment purchases and maintenance as necessary.

Interpret results of routine and non-routine water quality analyses, develop reporting methods and respond to water quality inquiries from aquarium staff.

Work with local citizens to maintain a citizen monitoring program for local waterways including: performing water quality analysis, reporting results to citizens, and communicating with participants.

Assist supervisor in development of budget.

Prepare and perform preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment.

Maintain equipment and order all laboratory supplies.

Direct the work activities of other water quality lab staff. Assist in training other staff, volunteers and interns.

Perform other job duties requiring skills, knowledge and physical requirements as demanded by those duties described or less. Individual assignments will be determined by the supervisor based on then current workloads and department needs. 


The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following disciplines: Chemistry, Biology or related field. Experience working in a state certified laboratory. Experience with animal health water quality in a professional setting. Skill and experience operating technical laboratory equipment. Two years supervisory experience. Experience communicating science to formal or informal audiences. Excellent observation, problem solving and analytical skills.


This position is classified as a Laboratory Technician II on the City’s pay plan.  The salary range is $40,850.88 - $60,627.60.  The City offers an excellent benefits package with includes health, dental, and life insurance; retirement and savings plans; holidays, paid time off; as well as access to the Beach Municipal Federal Credit Union, a non-profit service agency which is owned and operated exclusively for City employees and their dependents.


If you are interested in applying for this outstanding opportunity please visit

The posting closes at 12:01 AM on 2/23/17

The City of Virginia Beach is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

How to Apply

Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
717 General Booth Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone: 757-385-FISH

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