Water Agency ChemistCounty Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on September 13, 2019
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Water Agency Chemist
$103,082.86 - $125,289.82 Annually
Santa Rosa, CA
Sonoma County Water Agency (WTR)
9/25/2019 11:59 PM Pacific
- Position Information
Join the Sonoma County Water Agency (Sonoma Water) as a Water Agency Chemist.Starting salary up to $60.03/hour ($125,289/year) plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*
The Water Agency Chemist is responsible for conducting water and wastewater analyses on raw, partially treated, and treated water and wastewater samples to determine the effectiveness of plant processes and ensure wastewater discharge and potable water deliveries meet mandated requirements. Additional responsibilities include:
- Sampling rivers, streams, lakes, wells, reservoirs, and various open and closed concrete or steel tanks
- Operating, calibrating, and maintaining laboratory equipment
- Collaborating with local, regional, state, and federal water and wastewater regulatory agencies
- Analyzing, evaluating, and recording test results
- Preparing reports and maintaining laboratory certifications
- Organizing and coordinating all laboratory activities
- Significant experience working in a wastewater treatment facility and/or an environmental laboratory
- Experience performing analytical record keeping
- Thorough understanding and experience maintaining laboratory certifications with the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program
- The ability to work independently and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines
- A California Water Treatment Plant Operator Grade T2 Certificate and a Laboratory Analyst/Water Quality Analyst Grade II certification from the California Water Environment Association or the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association
- A California Water Distribution Operator Grade D1 certificate or above
- An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
- Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
- Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
- County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
- Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
- May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
- Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
Sonoma Water is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. Sonoma Water also maintains 75 miles of flood control channels and provides sanitation services. Employing approximately 230 employees, Sonoma Water consists of five divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources and Public Affairs, Water/Wastewater Operations, Maintenance, and Administrative Services. Sonoma Water supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.
Please note: Employees of Sonoma Water are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.
* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list.
APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.
- Minimum Qualifications
Education: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, graduation from a four year college or university with major course work in chemistry, bacteriology, chemical engineering, sanitary engineering or a closely related field would provide such opportunity.
Experience: Any combination of experience which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, one year of experience performing chemical and bacteriological analyses and tests, preferably in a water or wastewater treatment plant, would provide such opportunity.
License: Possession of a valid California Class C driver's license is required.