This is technical position responsible for a variety of water/wastewater quality sampling and testing. Under supervision of the Water Resource Manager or designee conducts research monitoring to assure Federal, State and City treatment compliance including inspections, sample collection, reporting and field water/wastewater quality analyses.
Examples of Essential Functions:
(These essential job functions are not to be construed as a complete statement of all duties performed. Employees will be required to perform other job related marginal duties as required)
- Responsible for performing detailed analytical and routine tasks associated with water quality and other related monitoring programs.
- Responsible for water quality assessments and laboratory quality control/assurance review from industrial and municipal client regulatory analysis. This may include issuing and preparing any necessary report(s) for submittal.
- Collects and analyzes various samples obtained from the City wastewater treatment plants, potable water systems, wells, lakes, streams and industrial waste streams using specialized laboratory field equipment.
- Collects and analyzes various samples to determine concentrations, composition, or other characteristics as required by an established sampling schedule.
- Inspects commercial and industrial facilities to ensure compliance with City and Federal waste/discharge regulations.
- Participates in a variety of complex technical water quality sampling collection and field sampling analyses to assure water meets regulatory requirements.
- Responsible for the coordination of customers and City Divisions such as plan and schedule inspections of commercial and industrial facilities under the Industrial Wastewater Pretreatment Program.
- Prepare reagents, standards solutions or sample dilutions to perform water quality analyses.
- Calibrates test equipment by analyzing solutions of known concentration or composition.
- Enters sets results in logbook indicating procedure used, solutions made, date and times, meter or instrument reading and results achieved.
- Responsible for entering, updating and maintaining computer data and other files containing laboratory and field information.
- Conducts chemical and physical laboratory field tests according to prescribed standards to determine characteristics or composition of solid, liquid, or gaseous materials and substances.
- Responsible for performing environmental health and sanitary evaluations in a primary program area under the City's grease program.
- Collects water samples from different sources including raw, semiprocessed and/or processed water, industrial wastewater, or water from other sources to assess pollution problem.
- Participates in a variety of complicated technical pre-treatment sample collection, investigation, and reporting.
- Maintains legible, on-time and accurate records of all field work including preparing reports.
- Follows safe working practices and has a working knowledge of safety practices and procedures.
- All employees will have a role in the City's disaster preparation and/or disaster recovery efforts, as may be designated in the City Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Education and Experience
- Knowledge of modern laboratory techniques and procedures to review water quality control/assurance results.
- Ability to exercise initiative and judgment and to perform responsible work with limited supervision.
- Knowledge of basic computer sciences. Must possess skills involved with scientific investigation and be competent with computer software used for data analysis, record keeping and reporting.
- Ability to perform laboratory and field test to monitor environmental resources and determine the contaminants and sources of pollution.
- Knowledge of current accepted sample collection methodologies.
- Ability to understand the principles and theories of science and mathematics to solve problems in research and development of new environmental rules and regulations.
- Ability to perform general maintenance and periodic troubleshooting of field instrumentation.
- Ability to manage a dynamic sampling program to assure compliance with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and other regulatory agencies.
- Ability to work indoors, outdoors and occasional irregular hours to monitor environmental upsets that cannot be completed during regular working hours.
- Ability to recognize hazardous materials, pollutants, and unsafe conditions.
- Ability to work with teams and individuals to manage and improve water quality monitoring.
- Must maintain quality control records showing the accuracy and precision of sample collection methodologies and field analyses.
- Must demonstrate leadership and continuous quality improvement skills.
- Considerable knowledge of current accepted sample collection methodologies.
- Ability to perform work in a safe manner and to provide a safe work environment.
- Ability to follow complex oral and written instructions.
- Ability to communicate technical information in order to maintain a complete and flexible program.
- Ability to work effectively with co-workers and supervisors and deal tactfully and courteously with the public.
- Ability to follow instructions and to work independently.
- Ability to handle known toxic chemicals and/or pollutants taking all necessary precautions to prevent undue exposure to self, fellow workers and to the environment.
- Ability to distinguish colors and odors associated with field contaminants.
Licenses, Certifications or Registrations
- Four-year college degree in a natural science to include biology, chemistry and environmental sciences.
- Prefer experience monitoring and sampling of water/wastewater from commercial industries, water treatment facilities and other regulatory sampling experience in field service analytical instrumentation.
- 2 years of the above-mentioned experience can substitute for education on a year for year basis.
Must possess and maintain a valid Florida Driver's license. A Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check will be made to determine acceptance of past driving record.
Ability to obtain a Florida Class "C" Industrial Pretreatment Certification within the first two years of employment.
Essential Physical Skills
(Reasonable accommodations will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.)
- Heavy (30 pounds and over) lifting and carrying
- Good vision (with or without correction)
- Good hearing (with or without hearing aid)
- Reaching, Pulling, Walking, Standing,
- Crawling, Kneeling, Bending, Smelling, Driving,
- Equipment operation
- Works inside.
- Works outside in various weather conditions with: noise, dust, fumes, gases, chemicals, slippery surfaces, uneven surfaces, odors.
- Works in or with moving objects or vehicles.