2022-09-02 2022-10-07

Water Quality Specialist

City of Tempe
  • Organization Type: Municipality / Public Works
  • Location: Tempe AZ 85281, US, Arizona
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84583
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Municipality / Public Works
  • Location: Tempe AZ 85281, US, Arizona
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 84583
  • Organization Website

This recruitment is open until the position is filled or a sufficient number of applications have been reviewed to establish a qualified candidate pool.

First review of applications will occur on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

Salary Range: $24.00 - $32.16 Hourly

The City of Tempe offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Pay Increases occur in July
  • 12 Paid Holidays, 1 Personal Day, 8 hours Winter Holiday Leave
  • Vacation Accrual; starts at 9.33 hours/month
  • Sick Leave Accrual; 8 hours/month
  • Uniform Credit, Jeans and Safety Boot Allowance
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Benefits
  • Wellness Program Discount on health premiums
  • Medical Reimbursement Program; $53/month
  • Tuition Reimbursement; $6,000/year
  • Participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Defined benefit plan with mandatory employer and employee contributions currently at 12.17% which includes a Long-Term Disability benefit
  • Supplemental Retirement Plans through Nationwide; 457, 401K, and Employer contribution

Department / Division:
Municipal Utilities / Water Utilities

Job Type:
Full-Time Regular
This position is classified as safety sensitive.

Schedule: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Job Number: RC#901656

The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of technical duties involved in the sampling and biological analysis of water quality throughout the City's water storage, treatment and distribution systems. To conduct sampling and testing from our industrial and commercial dischargers and storm runoff sites.

Duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Collect drinking water, wastewater, stormwater and soil samples; conduct a variety of chemical, biochemical and bacteriological tests including chlorine residual, turbidity, alkalinity, temperature, and pH; analyze samples for bacterial content;
  • Operate a variety of laboratory and field equipment including pH meters, turbidimeters, colorimeters, microscopes, incubators, autoclaves, calculators and computers; prepare solutions and reagents for various chemical analyses; maintain, clean, service and repair laboratory and field equipment;
  • Order supplies; perform bottle inventory; dispose of samples and maintain equipment maintenance files;
  • Coordinate the activities related to the ADEQ mandated drinking water monitoring and sampling program. Participate in the selection of distribution, storm and waste monitoring locations. Coordinate a schedule, draw and record sample site as built for sampling events, and schedule field visits for the needed quantity and timing of sampling with City staff and independent contractors; gather, handle, test, document, and report results for needed samples;
  • Ensure that all samples collected are properly preserved and identified for submittal to the laboratory for analysis.

Work Experience:
Requires two (2) years of treatment, maintenance or laboratory testing experience in water or wastewater systems. Water sampling and testing experience is preferred.

Candidates must have the minimum amount of work experience. Years of experience are based upon a full-time work schedule (2,080 hours per year). The sum of an applicant’s full-time and/or part-time qualifying work experience must meet or exceed the stated minimum qualification. Education will not substitute for the required work experience; however, related unpaid and/or volunteer work experience may be used as qualifying work experience.

Requires high school diploma, GED or equivalency supplemented by specialized training in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or degree related to the core functions of this position. A basic working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets and MS Access data software is preferred.

The term “equivalent” means that directly related work experience exceeding the required work experience will substitute in equal time increments for college-level education, for example: one year of additional directly related work experience will substitute for one year of college education (30 credit hours).

Certifications, Licenses, and/or Registrations:

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license.
  • Possession of a Grade 1 Water Distribution System Operator’s Certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
  • Possession of a Grade 1 Wastewater Collection Certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
  • Possession of, or required to obtain within six (6) months of hire, the OSHA 40-hr Hazwoper certification.
  • Certified, or required to be certified within six (6) months of hire, to act as an Entrant, Attendant and Permitting Supervisor under the City’s Confined Space program.

Applicants considered for this job classification must pass the following:

  • Criminal history background investigation
  • Post offer/pre-employment drug screen. Employees in safety-sensitive job classifications are prohibited from all marijuana usage whether medical or recreational
  • Post offer/pre-employment physical

For a complete list of City of Tempe job descriptions go to:
Job Descriptions

This position is FLSA Non- Exempt which means employees are eligible for overtime compensation and/or compensatory time.

Employees in this position are represented by the United Arizona Employees Association (UAEA).

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: The City of Tempe is an Equal Opportunity / Reasonable Accommodation employer. The City does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, familial status, age, disability, and United States military veteran status. Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City will make a reasonable accommodation(s) during the recruitment & selection process. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting Human Resources at 480-350-8276. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

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