Water Sampling Field Technician - La Verne, CA

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WATER SAMPLING FIELD TECHNICIANThe MWD’s Water System Operations Group, Water Quality Section currently has one (1) opening for a Water Sampling Field Technician within the Chemistry Unit located at the Water Quality Laboratory in La Verne, CA.This Water Sampling Field Technic
ian position is responsible for collecting compliance water samples (using sterile techniques) as required by the California Department of Public Health. Collection of these samples is required to meet current drinking water regulations and water quality operational goals. Sample collection will also be required during emergency conditions or if distribution system water quality issues arise.

This is a technical position involving water sample collection and field analyses which utilize proper sampling techniques and instrumentation for water analyses. This position requires extensive driving throughout MWD’s finished water distribution system using an MWD-provided vehicle. Tasks will include sample collection, transportation and delivery to the central water quality laboratory for analysis, collects and reports field water quality data and enters the results into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Positions at this level are fully competent and apply the full range of specialized skills and job knowledge in area of specialization; adapts procedures, operations, techniques, tools, materials, and/or equipment to meet needs of area of specialization. Uses judgment in interpreting and adapting guidelines such as policies, regulations, precedents, and work directions for application to specific cases or problems. The decision regarding what needs to be done depends upon the analysis of the subject, phase, or issues involved in each assignment, and the chosen course of action may have to be selected from many alternatives. The work involves treating a variety of conventional problems, questions, or situations in conformance with established criteria.

1. Prepares and sets up sample bottles, labels, collection list, chemicals and other supplies and equipment on service vehicles. Collects, stores, and delivers required water samples. May be required to acidify samples at field locations.
2. Performs field water quality analysis, including temperature reading, free and total chlorine residuals and pH levels.
3. Calibrates and maintains field water sampling analysis instrumentation to ensure accuracy in accordance with Metropolitan’s Quality Assurance Program.
4. Prepares and maintains sample taps and equipment to ensure integrity of sample quality.
5. Notifies operations control center and supervisor of results that are outside of established action levels and abnormal water quality conditions.
6. Documents sampling data, enters and transfers data to the Water Quality database, and prepares reports.
7. Performs field water quality analysis and collects and delivers water samples during emergencies, earthquakes, or possible distribution system contamination.
8. Fills lab requests and transports lab supplies.
9. Identifies and reports potential leaks, construction and security encroachments, and facility damage.
10. Performs other related Water Sampling Field Technician job duties as required.

Work Schedule: Monday-Thursday, 5:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Education and Experience: High school diploma or general education development test (GED) and six years of relevant experience.

Required Knowledge of: Water sampling and collection techniques; and current office technology and equipment.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Perform water quality sample collection and analysis; operate water quality sampling instrumentation equipment; detail oriented; drive long distances in various road and weather conditions; read a map; work alone in remote areas; use independent judgment and exercise discretion; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

• Valid California Class C Driver License that allows driving in the course of employment.

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications within 18 months of being hired:

• State of California Water Treatment Certification Grade II; OR
• State of California Water Distribution Certification Grade II .

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Selection Procedure:
• The Applicant Profile, resume, and response to the questionnaire will be used to screen an applicant’s ability to meet the minimum requirements.
• Based on a comparative analysis, only those candidates demonstrating the strongest backgrounds will be invited to testing.
• Those applicants invited for testing will participate in a competitive examination process. The exam will consist of an oral panel interview.

Job Related Selection Criteria:
30% Job Preparation (education, experience, and training relevant to this position)
60% Technical knowledge & skills including water sample collection and field
analysis; water sampling techniques and instrumentation; collecting and reporting
10% Safety
100% Total
This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. To receive a copy of the complete job description, please send an email to jobs@mwdh2o.com.

If the position requires a college/university degree, said degree must have been issued by an educational institution recognized as accredited by the United States Department of Education. Degrees issued by educational institutions outside the United States must include documentation validating the equivalency of that degree to the same degree in the United States to be considered acceptable for Metropolitan purposes.

Reasonable accommodation for people with disabilities may be requested by calling (213) 217-7738 at least 5 working days in advance of the scheduled examination date(s).

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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