Senior Water Quality Analyst by klutzfu58


Broomfield, Colorado
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF WORK: This class consists of technical laboratory work required to maintain the City and
County of Broomfield’s water and wastewater monitoring programs. The incumbent works in partnership with other
employees, departments/divisions, external entities, and the public in delivering effective and innovative services. Provide
holistic services to internal and external customers by seeking ways to integrate programs or services provided by other
departments, divisions, and external entities.
EXAMPLE 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 tasks 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 Senior Water Quality Analyst supports planned water and wastewater monitoring programs to assess water quality and
ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Conducts analysis and data management activities, including
various manual and instrumental chemical and microbiological analyses, using established written procedures or as directed
by supervisor. Prepares laboratory reagents, analytical standards and microbiological media. Conducts complex analyses
and operates/maintains laboratory instrumentation. Participates in developing and validating new methods and
troubleshooting problems. Prepares written Standard Operating Procedures.
Maintains records, putting data in useable format; includes entering data into the Laboratory Data Management System or
computer spreadsheets, file maintenance and related clerical tasks; prepares reports. Reviews and assesses data quality and
reasonableness, using quality assurance measures, acceptance criteria and program knowledge. Performs Quality
Assurance/Quality Control procedures required for data validation and laboratory certifications. Performs calculations
necessary to compute volumes, concentrations, and convert raw data to useable format; uses computer to enter data and
prepare spreadsheets, summaries and reports. Assists in managing the Laboratory Data Management System.
Trains other analysts in sampling and analysis methods and laboratory techniques and assists with analytical problems,
instrument failures, or data errors. Performs facility and equipment maintenance: 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. Arranges for service as needed. Maintains chemical and equipment stock, orders supplies
as needed to ensure adequate stock and prevent downtime.
Responds to citizen inquiries and complaints regarding water or wastewater quality and other environmental concerns.
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. Operates City
vehicle to collect and deliver samples, attend meetings or training sessions, and run errands. Collects and preserves samples
from reservoirs, streams, ponds, wells, water distribution system, or wastewater plant unit processes, wastewater plant
influent and discharge, manholes, industrial wastewater discharge; performs related analyses.
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.
PERFORMANCE INDICATORS: (Identifies specific job performance requirements to measure performance criteria for job
The incumbent performs duties within the organizational structure of the Department/Division, following appropriate
procedures and policies. The incumbent is evaluated on knowledge and skill in the following areas:
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

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Work Posture
Quantity and Quality of Work
Working Relationships and Interpersonal Skills
Judgment and Problem-Solving
Customer Service
Planning/Organizational Abilities
The Senior 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 worker is trained in laboratory methods and procedures; after the initial training
period, the supervisor explains only new or revised procedures, and the incumbent is expected to recognize and solve
problems encountered. Within the laboratory schedule, the incumbent 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 using approved methods. Completed work is
reviewed periodically by the lab’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 effect validity of data, or impact laboratory certification.
PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY: The incumbent may direct the activities of seasonal or part-time
laboratory employees as assigned, including providing training and daily direction.
WORKING RELATIONSHIPS: The Senior Water Quality Analyst's primary contacts are with other laboratory and
treatment operations staff. The worker 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. Occasionally
samples may be submitted by other Departments/Divisions. Collecting routine water/wastewater samples in the community
and responding to citizen inquiries or complaints requires contact with the public. Occasionally, the worker may interact
with personnel in other jurisdictions in order to obtain 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.
Work is generally scheduled Monday through Friday. 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 employ is occasionally required to walk, talk or hear. Incumbent must drive a van/truck to reach
sampling sites, which may include the water/wastewater treatment process points, various collections or distribution system
locations, residences or businesses; streams or ditches which may have obstacles or difficult access; reservoirs which may
require access by boat; or manholes into which the worker must climb. Worker may be exposed to hot, cold, wet, humid, or
windy weather conditions during 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 Senior Water Quality Analyst is expected to extend
scheduled working hours to accommodate emergency coverage or to complete analyses in progress. Specific vision abilities

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required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus.              Reasonable
accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
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.
Working knowledge of instrumental analyses such as atomic absorption and UV/Vis spectroscopy, gas chromatography,
mass spectrometry, Total Organic Carbon analysis, gas proportional radiation counters, and automated analysis procedures.
Working knowledge of microbiological techniques. Working 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.
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 concentrations based on percent, molarity, or normality. Skill in preparing laboratory stock solutions and making
dilutions. Skill in the operation of a motor vehicle.
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 clearly
and concisely in English, 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; employ and enforce safety practices and procedures; and read,
understand, and apply technical manuals, complex analytical methods, and research reports.
Training - Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in chemistry, biology, chemical engineering, or a
closely-related field that includes considerable laboratory experience with laboratory procedures and instrumentation.
Experience - Two years experience in analytical techniques used in water/wastewater assessments, demonstrated proficiency
in operating instrumentation routinely used in the laboratory (examples include Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption
Spectrometer, Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer, Gas Chromatograph, Mass Spectrometer, and Proportional
Counter). Experience in preventive and corrective maintenance of instrumentation and working knowledge of quality
assurance techniques. Must be proficient in all sampling techniques performed in the laboratory.
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 be at least 21 years of age. Must possess and maintain a valid Driver’s license and a
safe driving record for continued employment. New hires 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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