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									BROOMFIELD JOB DESCRIPTION Broomfield, Colorado WATER QUALITY ANALYST GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK: This class consists of technical laboratory work required to maintain the City's water and wastewater monitoring programs. Provide holistic services to the public by seeking ways to integrate programs or services provided by other departments, divisions and agencies. EXAMPLES OF DUTIES/ESSENTIAL REQUIRED TASKS: (Persons hired in this position must be able to perform all the essential tasks required by the position. The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. The City and County of Broomfield retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential and additional functions of the job at any time. Examples of duties are intended to be illustrative only and are not intended to be all-inclusive or restrictive.) The Water Quality Analyst performs manual chemistry procedures and basic instrumental analyses, and supports planned water and wastewater monitoring programs to assess water quality and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Analyzes samples using wet chemistry and instrumental methods; performs microbiological analyses; participates in troubleshooting methods, developing new procedures, and preparing written Standard Operating Procedures. Obtains and preserves samples from reservoirs, streams, ponds, wells, streams, water supplies, water distribution system, or wastewater plant unit processes, wastewater plant influent and discharge, industrial wastewater discharge; performs related analyses. Conducts various manual and instrumental chemical and microbiological analyses using established written procedures or as directed by supervisor. Evaluates results for validity, reasonableness and conformance with acceptance criteria. Participates in developing and validating new methods and troubleshooting problems. Prepares laboratory reagents, analytical standards and microbiological media. Operates laboratory equipment required for performing instrumental analyses. Assists in maintaining and ordering chemical and equipment stock for laboratory and treatment operations staff. Assists in training staff in sampling methods, analytical procedures, laboratory techniques, and associated recordkeeping and reporting requirements. Performs Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures required to assess validity of data and maintain laboratory certifications; participate in analysis of EPA Performance Evaluation samples. Performs calculations necessary to compute volumes, concentrations, and convert raw data to useable format. Performs laboratory maintenance activities: Cleans, maintains, and calibrates equipment and instrumentation; troubleshoots equipment problems using technical manuals, manufacturer's support personnel, or judgment and experience; performs routine cleaning/decontamination/disinfection of glassware, working surfaces, equipment, and facility. Operates City vehicle to collect and deliver samples, attend meetings or training sessions, and run errands. Operates personal computer using basic spreadsheet, word processing and database software to enter data and prepare summaries and reports. Operates boat to collect reservoir samples (WTP only). Collects, processes and preserves samples from various locations, which may include water treatment plant and distribution system, wastewater treatment plant and collection system, manholes, ponds, wells, reservoirs, streams, and ditches. Maintains records, putting data in useable format; includes entering data on computer, file maintenance, and related clerical tasks; prepares reports. Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding water or wastewater quality and other environmental concerns. Calculates, reviews, and interprets data using quality assurance procedures; maintains records in the laboratory information management system (LIMS). Provides technical assistance to plant operators regarding laboratory procedures and techniques. Performs special assignments, such as stream quality monitoring, or sewer flow measurement, as assigned. Evaluates service costs and makes related recommendations. Identifies and recommends improvements in divisional and departmental operations to ensure assigned functions are efficient and cost effective. Takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. Uses all required safety equipment. Performs related duties as required.

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PERFORMANCE INDICATORS: (Identifies specific job performance requirements to measure performance criteria for job evaluations.) The Water Quality Analyst performs duties within the organizational structure of the Department/Division, following appropriate procedures and policies. The employee is evaluated on knowledge and skill in the following areas: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Work Posture Quantity and Quality of Work Working Relationships and Interpersonal Skills Adaptability Judgment and Problem-Solving Customer Service Planning/Organizational Abilities Initiative Communication The Water Quality Analyst is evaluated on mastery of specific skills, as outlined on the training schedule, at 8-week intervals for the first six months of employment. After initial training has been completed, the employee and supervisor will develop objectives. Progress toward objectives and/or areas for improvement will be assessed at least quarterly. The supervisor evaluates the employee’s progress and performance through daily observations, spot checks of records, feedback from other staff members, and communication with the employee. A formal performance appraisal will be given annually. INDEPENDENCE OF ACTION: The employee is initially trained in laboratory methods and procedures; after the initial training period, the supervisor explains only new or revised procedures, and the employee is expected to recognize and solve any routine problems encountered. Within the laboratory schedule, the employee plans and carries out activities independently, keeping the supervisor informed of progress, problems, and unusual or unexpected occurrences. Laboratory procedures must be performed in accordance with written Standard Operating Procedures, and meet the regulatory requirements established by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, or other oversight agencies. Completed work is reviewed regularly by the laboratory’s assigned Quality Assurance Officer, and bench sheets and calculations are checked. Errors in processing water/wastewater samples, following established protocols, or interpreting test results could result in regulatory action, loss of data, degradation of downstream water quality, or costly repetition of analyses. Procedural errors could adversely affect validity of data, or impact laboratory certification. PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY: The employee may direct the activities of seasonal or part-time laboratory employees or other analysts as assigned, including providing training and daily direction. WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: The Water Quality Analyst's primary contacts are with other laboratory and treatment operations staff. The employee receives samples from plant operators, informs them of test results, provides methods and materials for process testing, and may assist operators with troubleshooting or evaluation of their analyses. Personnel in other Departments/Divisions regularly submit samples. Collecting routine water/wastewater samples in the community and responding to citizen inquiries or complaints requires contact with the public. The employee may interact with personnel in other jurisdictions in order to participate in cooperative monitoring programs, share information, compare procedures, or solve problems. WORKING CONDITIONS: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. The noise level in the environment is moderately noisy. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk, talk or hear. Employee must drive a van/truck to reach sampling sites, which may include the water/wastewater treatment process points, various collection or distribution system locations, residences or businesses; streams or ditches which may have obstacles or difficult access; reservoirs which require access by boat (typically a ten foot aluminum flat bottom with either a motor or oars); or manholes of varying depths into which the employee must climb using confined space entry techniques. Employee may be exposed to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy weather conditions during
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sampling tasks. Must negotiate hillsides, rocks, or other obstacles while carrying sampling equipment. Hazards include possible exposure to toxic, corrosive, or flammable chemicals. Physical demands are described as Medium (exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects, including the human body). Data entry and reporting tasks may involve working at a computer for several hours. Occasionally, the Water Quality Analyst is expected to extend scheduled working hours to accommodate emergency coverage or to complete analyses in progress. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. NECESSARY APPLICANT TRAITS: Knowledge: Working knowledge of laboratory equipment and instrumentation involved in the examination of water and wastewater. Working knowledge of manual chemistry methods such as gravimetric, titrimetric, and potentiometric analyses. Basic knowledge of instrumental analyses such as atomic absorption and UV/Visible spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and automated analysis procedures. Working knowledge of microbiological techniques. Basic knowledge of laboratory cleaning and decontamination methods. Working knowledge of relevant sampling, data management, and equipment-maintenance techniques. Working knowledge of established procedural and analytical methods for sample handling, analysis, data reduction, and reporting. Working knowledge of applicable regulations and laws governing water and wastewater. Working knowledge of water/wastewater treatment processes as they apply to sampling, analysis, and interpretation of results. Working knowledge of safety procedures and application of safety principles to chemical handling, water safety, use of equipment, facility maintenance, and use of personal protective equipment. Considerable knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet programs. Skills: Skill in using standard laboratory equipment, such as analytical balances, pH and specific ion meters, conductivity meters, spectrophotometers, colorimeters, incubators, and microscopes. Skill in basic laboratory computations required for calculating results based on concentration, percent, molarity, or normality. Skill in preparing laboratory stock solutions and making dilutions. Skill in understanding and responding to customer needs. Skill in the operation of a motor vehicle in all weather conditions. Skill in the operation of a personal computer. Skill in the operation of a ten-foot aluminum flat bottom boat using either a motor or oars. Abilities: Ability to work with a minimum of supervision; work effectively in limited space with multiple personnel and activities; understand and follow oral/written instructions; work well with culturally diverse people; communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and the public; understand and perform basic to complex computations; recognize data inconsistencies, anomalies, or outliers; organize tasks and working environment to maximize efficiency; focus attention on tasks which may be routine or repetitive, without losing concentration or becoming distracted by external activities; adapt to interruptions, instrument failures, unusual demands, or changing priorities; read, understand, and apply technical manuals, complex analytical methods, and research reports; collect, analyze, evaluate and compile data for reports; follow and enforce safety practices and procedures. QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Training - Bachelors degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, chemical engineering, or a closely related field that includes considerable laboratory experience with laboratory procedures and instrumentation. Experience - None. OR Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the Necessary Applicant Traits and can perform the Essential Required Tasks. Necessary Special Requirements - Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license and a safe driving record for continued employment. Applicants must, as a condition of employment, pass the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes: oral board, reference checks, criminal background check, sex-offender registry, driving record check through DMV and drug screen. Broomfield Human Resources

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