GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: Under general supervision, performs standard chemical, biological and bacteriological laboratory testing procedures associated with the analysis of water and wastewater; performs related work as required.
DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: The employee in this class performs standard chemical, biological and bacteriological laboratory tests and procedures associated with the operation of the water and wastewater treatment facilities, and in monitoring potable and recreational water. Work is subject to general supervision by the Water & Resource Recovery Center Manager and is reviewed by observation of results and analysis of work reports.
EXAMPLES OF WORK (ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY):
ESSENTIAL: Performs standard chemical, biological and bacteriological tests associated with the analysis of water and wastewater and potable and recreational water including , but not limited to, B.O.D., C.O.D., Total Organic Carbon, total and suspended solids, D.O., specific ion analysis (TKN, NH3, Fl, PH, PO4, Fe, Ca ), alkalinity, hardness, bacteria plating and total and fecal coliform; prepares primary standards; collects and transports water and wastewater samples on a daily basis; assembles and prepares laboratory instruments, equipment, solutions and media routinely used in laboratory analysis; operates laboratory equipment and conducts laboratory tests; interprets, evaluates and maintains test results and records, prepares data sheets and assists in the preparation of reports; cleans and maintains laboratory equipment and performs custodial duties in the laboratory; installs, maintains and repairs samplers and associated flow measuring equipment in sanitary sewers and industrial locations as required for implementation and maintenance of an industrial pretreatment program; assists in ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies and equipment; assists in the implementation of the City of Dubuque’s Industrial Pretreatment Program; responds to citizen’s questions and service requests in a courteous, timely and equitable manner; participates in the city’s intercultural competency training and program.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
ESSENTIAL: Considerable knowledge of and high degree of skill in applying the principals and practices of chemistry, bacteriology and biology; considerable knowledge of the processes and treatment stages involved in water and wastewater treatment; considerable knowledge of chemical principles, terminology, techniques, equipment and laboratory tests used in the analysis of water and wastewater; considerable knowledge of scientific and laboratory methods; considerable knowledge of chemical agents and pollution tests and procedures; considerable knowledge of the use of common computer applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, databases and computer operated laboratory equipment; considerable knowledge of the occupational hazards and safety precautions related to laboratory tests applicable to the operations of the water and wastewater treatment plants; knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion; skill in the use of laboratory equipment; ability to perform tests and examinations according to prescribed procedures and to make accurate observations and interpretations of test results; ability to properly install, maintain and repair portable sampler and flow measuring equipment; physical strength and agility sufficient to lift up to fifty pounds and to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions; ability to withstand an environment that contains fumes, odors and toxic materials; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to maintain records and prepare reports; ability to understand and follow oral and written policies, procedures and instructions; ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees, industry representatives and the general public; ability to meet the public courteously and to obtain and give information; demonstrated ability to follow a management philosophy that is input oriented and values equity, problem solving and the development of partnerships; demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team; a desire to be part of an organization that values service, people, integrity, responsibility, innovation and teamwork.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING: Considerable experience in performing chemical and bacteriological analysis and examination of water and wastewater; experience working with a diverse workforce; graduation from an accredited college or university with major coursework in chemistry, biology, bacteriology or related field; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the essential knowledge, skills and abilities.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of or the ability to obtain and maintain a valid Iowa driver’s license. The hours of work will include weekends and Holidays.
OVERTIME STATUS: Non-exempt
APPLICATION: The Civil Service Commission will be conducting a written entrance examination for this position on June 25, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Five Flags Civic Center. The Five Flags Civic Center is located at 4th & Locust Streets in Dubuque, Iowa. Please bring a photo identification and calculator to the examination. The use of cell phone calculators will not be permitted. Please submit a Civil Service Application to the City Personnel Office by 5:00 p.m. on June 11, 2018. Civil Service Applications may be obtained in the City Personnel Office, City Hall, 50 West 13th Street, Dubuque, Iowa 52001-4864. The Personnel Office may be contacted at 563-589-4125 or email@example.com. The Civil Service Application, Benefit Summary and Job Description are available at www.cityofdubuque.org/employment. Women, minorities, veterans and qualified persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
SPECIAL NEEDS/DISABILITY SERVICES: Persons taking the Civil Service test for this position, who may need reasonable accommodations or other service requirements during the administration of the test, should notify the Personnel Office at 589-4125 by June 11, 2018.
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About City of Dubuque
With a population of 60,000, Dubuque is Iowa's oldest and sixth largest city. Located on the Mississippi River between St. Louis and St. Paul, Dubuque is the retail, service, and industrial center of the region consisting of northwest Illinois, southwest Wisconsin, and east central Iowa.