Laboratory Supervisor

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
Carrboro, NC

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) is Carrboro-Chapel Hill’s not-for-profit public service agency delivering high-quality water, wastewater, and reclaimed water services. Our team seeks an energetic and enthusiastic Laboratory Supervisor to lead the wastewater treatment plant laboratory staff for the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant.  OWASA is a leader in the utility industry; the Mason Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant is currently participating in the national Partnership for Clean Water initiative for optimization and continuous improvement.  


The Laboratory Supervisor is responsible for leading the laboratory staff and administering the laboratory programs. Key responsibilities include: 


  • Fulfilling the mission and goals of OWASA while ensuring employee safety and providing high-quality drinking water are top priorities 

  • Providing leadership, development, coaching to a staff of two (2) employees; ensuring performance expectations are met  

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operations of the wastewater treatment laboratory; supervises and performs a variety of complex laboratory tests  

  • Maintaining compliance with local, state, and federal regulations including preparing and submitting a variety of regulatory reports; remaining abreast of all current and pending laws and regulations 

  • Maintaining good relationships with community neighbors and customers; providing excellent customer service 

  • Performing quality control program on equipment and supplies to assure reliable test results; maintains laboratory equipment in proper operating order; maintains state laboratory certifications 

Ideal candidates should be self-motivated with the strong ability and desire to lead others when it comes to development, team building, and setting clear work standards.  Successful candidates should have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. ​ 


Candidates should have three to five years’ experience modeling leadership behaviors, coaching mentoring and supervising in a wastewater quality laboratory with a bachelor’s degree in relatable field of study.  Position requires a driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina. ​Successful candidate must meet and maintain requirements for a safety sensitive position. Physical requirements include the ability to frequently exert 10 pounds and occasionally up to 20 pounds. ​ 


OWASA provides excellent benefits to include membership in the North Carolina Local Government Employees Retirement System, employer 457 plan contribution and retirement health savings account.  Paid Health, Dental, Vision and Life insurances.  Additional benefits include:  Paid Holidays, Vacation, Sick and Personal Leave, Bereavement and Parental Leave, Educational Reimbursement, Bonus Pay for Additional Certifications and/or Education.   


OWASA is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to continuous improvement, sustainability, creativity, diversity, and inclusion. OWASA does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, disability, age, or sex in administration of its programs or activities, or employment decisions.  Certified Orange County Living Wage Employer.   


To complete an application visit; Closing date is January 31, 2023. 

Salary Range: $63,059 - $97,111