Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Summary of Job Duties

Salary to be commensurate with experience.
The hiring rate for this position is $56,538.00 - $69,210.00 Annually 
The salary range for this position is $56,538.00 - $81,883.00 Annually


City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?
  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

Aurora Water Department
Aurora Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems, treatment of drinking water and non-potable reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, billing and collection, public outreach and water conservation, acquisition and development of future water rights, major capital projects programs, and quality control for regulatory compliance and public health.

Responsibilities and roles within the organization include: operation and maintenance of the water, sewer, and stormwater systems; water purification and reuse water treatment; utility financial monitoring, planning, customer billing, and revenue collection; infrastructure planning and engineering, inspections, and management of the capital improvement program; public information and water conservation; water resources planning, acquisition, and development; permitting, watershed protection, and water and wastewater regulatory compliance; and administration.

 
The City of Aurora will conduct ongoing screenings of applications on a first-come, first-serve basis; as soon as we determine to have a qualified pool of applicants, this position may close quickly and without notice.  

PRIMARY DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Performs sampling and basic analyses of water and wastewater to meet chemical, microbiological, and physical standards imposed by Federal, State, and local agencies. 
  • Samples and analyzes for bacteria and chlorine residuals.
  • Collects samples from raw water supplies, reservoirs, distribution systems, and plants.
  • Samples and tests materials.
  • Maintains associated records.
  • Performs routine tests and analyses at on-site and laboratory locations.
  • Analyzes samples, operates specialized equipment, and computers associated with water and wastewater sampling and analyses.
  • Prepares needed chemical solutions and maintains laboratory equipment for operation.
  • Performs microbiological and biological tests on water samples.
  • Field work to include sample and data collection.
  • Responds to customer inquiries regarding water quality; answers and documents customer complaints. 
  • Performs basic and advanced water quality tests including basic instrumental methods.
  • Prepares graphs, tables, charts, and reports by compiling and analyzing data.
  • Assists in developing procedures and standards for the lab; 
  • High level of analytical skills with experience utilizing instrumentation such as ICP-MS or GC. 
  • Train less experienced analysts
  • Troubleshoot methods.
  • Review work of technicians and analysts.
  • Write standard operating procedures. 
  • Serve as a technical resource for development of new systems and methods and the chemical considerations therein. 
  • Performs additional duties as assigned. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: 
  • Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, biology or related science field
 An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

Experience: 
  • At least five (5) years progressively responsible experience in laboratory testing
  • Experience in a water/wastewater quality testing laboratory preferred
 
Knowledge: 
  • Knowledge of physical, biological, and chemical sampling techniques and analyses 
  • Knowledge of proper use of personal protective equipment
  • Knowledge of the methods, principles, and practices of water/wastewater testing
  • Knowledge of microbiology
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment usage and applications
  • Knowledge of sophisticated laboratory instruments
  • Knowledge of personal computers including word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications
 
Abilities: 
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with employees and citizens.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Read maps and schematics
  • Conduct routine tests on raw and treated water samples
  • Maintain detailed records
  • Establish and fulfill goals and objectives
  • Use and maintain sophisticated laboratory equipment
  • Calculate test results
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Analyze and interpret data from wet chemistry methods and complex instrumentation such as gas chromatography, inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS), ion chromatography and computer applications; maintain a state certified chemistry laboratory
  • Strong analytical, troubleshooting, and quality control skills
  • Technical writing ability
 
 Licenses and Certifications:  
  • Colorado Driver's License with a good driving history
  • Rocky Mountain Analyst Association Level 3 or equivalent Lab Analyst Certification or ability to obtain required certification within Aurora Water Department guidelines

WORKING CONDITIONS

Physical Demands: 
  • Light work lifting no more than 40 pounds at a time with frequent lifting or carrying of objects weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Considerable walking and standing
  • Frequent performance of activities requiring a full range of body movement including bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, and climbing; hand/eye and hand/foot coordination for operation of tools, equipment, and vehicles
  • Vision to read manuals, technical diagrams and observe gauges and instruments
  • Hearing/listening for electronic equipment and telephones
  • Speech communication to provide technical information and communicate with employees and citizens
 
Work Environment: 
  • Works in a laboratory environment with exposure to hazardous chemicals 
  • Occasional outdoor work to collect samples
  • Occasionally works directly with water customers in the home
 
Equipment Used: 
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment
  • Computer and analytical laboratory instruments; personal protective equipment
  • Drives city vehicles

Essential Personnel: When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel.

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For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
 
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
 
Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug-free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.

As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.  Submittal of official transcripts of the most relevant/highest level of education listed on the application

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