Water Quality Specialist, Senior

City Of Scottsdale, AZ Scottsdale , AZ 85250

Posted 2 months ago

Introduction

Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east. Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale.

The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process, and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state "See resume" in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.

About The Position:

The Senior Water Quality Specialist position supports regulatory activities including record management, data tracking, data interpretation, report development and sampling for Water Quality Services. These regulatory activities may impact the Drinking Water, Wastewater, Reclaimed Water, Superfund, Cross Connection Control and Stormwater Programs.

Selection Process:

Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of this position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include oral board interview and skills assessment. Final selection is contingent upon a background check which includes:

  • Fingerprinting

  • Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years

  • Drug Testing

  • Motor Vehicle Department Records Check

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time. Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • An Associate's Degree in a physical or biological science, water technology, environmental science or related field from an accredited educational institution.

  • Three years of experience in the field of water quality or environmental quality.

  • An equivalent combination of education and job related experience may substitute for theexperience requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Licensing, Certifications and Other Requirements:
  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date. The Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles requires that out-of-state driver's licenses must be surrendered within 10 days of relocating to the State of Arizona.

  • Must possess, or obtain within one year of hire/promotion and maintain, a Grade 1 certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Water Treatment or Water Distribution.

  • Must possess, or obtain within one year of hire or promotion and maintain, a Backflow Tester or Cross Connection Certification recognized by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State and local environmental regulations.

  • Sample collection, preservation and analysis techniques for drinking water and wastewater.

  • Cross Connection Control and Backflow Inspections.

  • Water and wastewater system infrastructure.

  • Environmental science, field sampling procedures, and analytical methods.

  • Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

  • Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies.

Ability to:

  • Produce written documents with clearly organized thoughts.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the general public.

  • Enter data or information into a computer, PC or other keyboard device.

  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

  • Prioritize own schedule and work tasks and complete work within specified time periods and deadlines.

  • Promote shared responsibility and teamwork; and have a shared commitment to quality.

  • Be a team player who works effectively with City staff and citizens.

Essential Functions

  • Prepares computer spreadsheets, inputs data and performs other mathematical calculations.

  • Evaluates and tracks water quality data received from the laboratory. Prepares and submits reports of activities and findings.

  • Reviews sampling data as it is received to ensure compliance with standards.

  • Stays current with changes in environmental regulations.

  • Promotes water quality and environmental awareness throughout the organization and to the general public.

  • Develops systems and protocols for data trending, water quality analysis and system mapping using computer software tools and programs (Arc View, Crystal Reports, Structured Query Language (SQL) Reporting Services).

  • Researches environmental regulations and policies. Aides in providing comments on rule implementation and regulatory impacts.

  • Interfaces with System Integrators and staff from other service areas (engineering, planning, operations, and finance) to develop reporting tools to meet data dissemination needs throughout the department.

  • Conducts field visits for inspections and sampling activities.

  • Collects and preserves water quality samples in accordance with federal, state, and local requirements.

  • Operates, calibrates and maintains technical sampling equipment.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in light work, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, lift arms above shoulder level and which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds); may involve the lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).

  • Exposure to dirt, noise, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature extremes, hazardous materials, confined spaces, machinery, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, or explosives.

  • Operate a motor vehicle to travel to/from various locations.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.

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Water Quality Specialist, Senior

City Of Scottsdale, AZ