$17.11 - $21.29 an hour

Minimum Qualifications

Education and/or Equivalent Experience:

  • Graduation with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to Chemical, Environmental, or Biological Sciences, plus two (2) years of experience in a field related to water quality testing.
  • A master’s or doctoral degree in one of the above disciplines may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

Licenses or Certifications:

  • Valid Texas Class “C” Driver License.
  • For Analysts in the Water Quality Laboratory, must obtain a Class D Water Operator License from TCEQ within six months.


Notes to Applicants

This position will be filled at one of the following levels based on qualifications:

Water Quality Scientist:
Salary: ($22.83 – $28.39)

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in a field related to Chemical, Environmental, or Biological Sciences, plus two (2) years of experience in a field related to water quality testing.

A master’s or doctoral degree in one of the above disciplines may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.

Water Quality Scientist Assistant
Salary: ($17.11 – $21.29)

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in a field related to Chemical, Environmental, or Biological Sciences.

Licenses and Certifications Required: Valid Texas Class “C” Driver’s License.

For Analysts in the Water Quality Laboratory, must obtain a Class D Water Operator License from TCEQ within six (6) months.

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These positions will be filled for the following locations:

Wastewater Process Lab
Hornsby Bend Biosolids Management Plant
2210 S FM 973
Austin, Texas 78725

Water Quality Lab
14050 Summit Drive, #121
Austin, Texas 78728

When completing the City of Austin employment application:

  • Please be sure to detail on the application all previous employment that you wish to be considered as part of your qualifications.
  • A detailed, complete employment application is required. It helps us to better evaluate your qualifications and will be used to determine salary if you are selected for this position. Be sure to provide job titles, employment dates, and description of duties including any lead or supervisory responsibilities, software and laboratory equipment used for all jobs you wish to be considered.
  • A résumé and cover letter may be submitted, but will not substitute for a complete employment application.
If you are selected as a top candidate:
  • A copy of your college transcript will be requested to verify required Chemistry, Biology, and Microbiology hours. You must provide proof of education from an accredited organization/institution.
  • And are in the military or a veteran, you will need to provide a copy of your DD-214 prior to confirming a start date.
Technical Licensure:
This position may require employees to obtain a Class “D” Water Operator License from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) within six (6) months of employment. TCEQ may restrict granting an occupational license to individuals with certain criminal convictions. To review TCEQ’s criminal conviction guidelines, go online to TCEQ.

Driving Requirement:
Applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold a current applicable driver’s license, and have no more than six (6) points assessed on Driver Record Evaluation (DRE). Please review the City of Austin Driving Standards to assess your driving record. DRE will be verified through the Department of Public Safety. Job Offer is contingent on having a driving record that meets the City’s Driver Record Evaluation Standards.

All Austin Water worksite locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any AW worksite – including construction sites, parking lot, garage or in any personal vehicle located on the premises.


Pay Range

Water Quality Scientist Assistant ($17.11 – $21.29)


Hours

Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm, plus holiday work as needed. This position is considered “essential” and may be required to report to work during periods of bad weather.


Job Close Date
05/28/2019

Type of Posting
External

Department
Austin Water Utility

Regular/Temporary
Regular

Grant Funded or Pooled Position
Not Applicable

Category
Technical

Location
See Notes to Applicants

Preferred Qualifications
  • Five (5) years of experience in a field related to water and/or sludge/soil quality testing with a concentration in wet chemistry
  • Experience in a TNI accredited laboratory
  • Experience analyzing municipal drinking water, wastewater, and/or sludge/soil samples
  • Experience troubleshooting laboratory equipment
  • Working knowledge of TCEQ and EPA regulations
  • Major course work including 24 semester hours of Chemistry OR 16 semester hours of Biology and Microbiology combined plus 16 semester hours of Chemistry

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities

Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

1. Drive to various sites throughout the city including schools, wastewater plants and area water ways to collect samples.

2. Prepare and analyze water, wastewater or environmental samples.

3. Evaluate samples to determine appropriate methodology for analysis.

4. Maintain Chain of Custody process.

5. Follow strict analytical and documentation protocols.

6. Evaluate, verify, interpret, and communicate analytical results verbally and in writing.

7. Notify appropriate staff of non-compliant or out of spec results.

8. Implement, and maintain QA/QC and standard operating procedures.

9. Operate, maintain, calibrate and troubleshoot analytical/miscellaneous instrumentation.

10. Perform proficiency tests and other quality assurance procedures.

11. Prepare reagents and/or media.

12. Conduct approved technical training for division staff and other laboratory customers.

13. Review work of other analysts.

14. Conduct approved studies. Assist in development of new analytical methods.

15. May be required to testify regarding analyses performed.

Responsibilities
  • Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

  • May provide leadership on work assignments, evaluation, training, and guidance to others.


    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

    • Knowledge of water quality analyses.

    • Knowledge of Federal, State and Local laws

    • Knowledge of city practice, policy and procedures.

    • Knowledge of applicable regulatory mandates.

    • Skill in oral and written communication.

    • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.

    • Skill in using computers and related software.

    • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.

    • Skill in planning and organizing.

    • Ability to lead others.

    • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with other city employees and the public.


    Criminal Background Investigation
    This position does not require a Criminal Background Investigation

    EEO/ADA

    City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.


    Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within
    the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.


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