Chemist I
City of Sparks, NV - City of Sparks, NV

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Currently one (1) vacancy in the Community Services Department. This will establish a list for future vacancies.

Perform and direct the performance of a variety of complex and difficult laboratory analysis of wastewater, industrial wastes, receiving water and other materials

Examples of Essential Duties:

Perform physical, chemical, and biological and other laboratory analysis of samples of domestic and industrial wastewater, effluent, receiving waters and other materials; interpret and evaluate analysis results; recognize problems which may occur during the process; determine the reasons for problems and recommend and implement corrective measures

Set up, calibrate, operate and perform minor maintenance adjustment and repair to a variety of complex laboratory instruments and TMWRF equipment

Prepare and maintain records and documentation of samples, tests and procedures; prepare reports and analysis as required

Assist in training less experienced laboratory personnel

Confer with other employees, representatives of governmental and industrial organizations and others relating to the work

Maintain an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies according to predetermined levels; assist in the evaluation of laboratory services and equipment and assist in the selection of such equipment; recommend improvements in work procedures, methods and forms

Prepare standard chemical solutions and reagents; clean glassware and specialized equipment; maintain a clean laboratory environment

Document and maintain a quality assurance program covering equipment, materials and procedures

Conduct periodic field monitoring and sample collection of receiving waters and other sites as assigned

Perform related duties and responsibilities as required and other duties which may be assigned


Education and Experience:

Equivalent to a Bachelors Degree in organic or inorganic chemistry, biochemistry or a related field and two years of laboratory experience

Licenses And Certificates:

Must possess and maintain the equivalent to a valid Nevada Class C driver's license within thirty days of hire; possession of a Nevada Water Environment Association Water Quality Analyst I within 9 months and a Water Quality Analyst II within 15 months of hire

Knowledge of:

Chemical and physical characteristics and analytical methods of industrial and domestic wastewater, industrial waste and receiving waters
Principles and techniques of quantitative and qualitative analysis
Sources of standard information related to water, wastewater, and industrial waste analysis
Procedures and techniques used in performing, evaluating and interpreting laboratory analysis
Record keeping principles and practices
Sampling and statistical analysis techniques
Standard laboratory equipment and its use

Ability to:

Perform standard physical, chemical, biochemical and other standard tests of wastewater, industrial waste and receiving waters
Interpret test results and recognize and correct problems in analytical procedures or results
Plan and implement specialized laboratory and analysis projects
Maintain accurate records and prepare complete and concise reports of work performed
Perform quality control and quality assurance tests and procedures
Use sound independent judgment within established guidelines
Establish and maintain effective working relationships

Physical Demands:

Requires ability to work in a typical office setting and use standard office equipment; requires ability to stand and walk in the laboratory and the treatment plant; requires ability to work with exposure to chemicals used in the wastewater treatment process and potential exposure to biological and health hazards including raw sewage samples and infectious bacteria

Supplemental Information:

The Civil Service Examination for this position will consist of a writtenl exam which will be 100% of the total score. Failure to participate in the testing process will eliminate the candidate from the application process.

Human Resources will make efforts to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled candidates in the selection process. If you have special needs, please notify the Human Resources Office when you turn in your application or at least three (3) days prior to the examination/interview by calling (775) 353-2345.

Human Resources will require prior to the first examination for the position, necessary documentary evidence be submitted for fitness of any qualification. Any requirement not met for the advertised position prior to the first examination for that position, will be cause for Human Resources to decline to examine, certify or hire the applicant.

Human Resources will be contacting you at various stages of the recruitment process via e-mail. Please make sure your e-mail is accurate.

The City of Sparks hires and promotes candidates based on a competitive merit selection process, which may include any or all of the following: screening for minimum qualifications, written examination, supplemental questionnaires, assessment center, interviews (oral or written), physical tests or any combination which the Sparks Civil Service Commission may order. Scoring in the top five (5) for promotion or top ten (10) for entry level in any part of the selection process merely advances the applicant to a higher round of examination, which may consist of interviews and other evaluations. Scoring in the top five (5) or ten (10) gives no right to be selected for the position. The City of Sparks reserves the right to select applicants who demonstrate the best combination of qualifications for the position.

Must be willing to work off-hours, night, weekend and holiday shifts

Must pass a detailed background investigation

Must pass a pre-employment drug screen

Supervision Exercised: May plan, assign, direct and review the work of support staff on a project or day to day basis and instruct others in work procedures

This position reports to the Laboratory Supervisor

This is a Civil Service position and is Non-Exempt under FLSA guidelines

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