Water Quality Tech/Water Quality Sr. Tech

Denver Water | Denver, CO

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Posted Date 9/06/2023
Please apply via the Denver Water Career Page here: https://www.denverwater.org/careers
Job Description

Position Summary

This position is within the laboratory section. Core responsibilities will include field work, lab analyses, and other duties as assigned. Water Quality Tech/Sr. Tech performs assigned routine and complex duties in the following areas:

Lab: Conducts chemical, and bacteriological tests on a variety of environmental matrices. Also, assist with a variety of research and development projects. Perform as a resource during the WQ Lead’s absence and assist with training water quality technicians in all aspects of the job.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have formal supervisory responsibilities over other employees.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Collect raw, recycling, and treated water samples using appropriate sample collection SOP’s and standard methods.
  • Analyzes samples in total chlorine, temperature, pH, conductivity, turbidity, alkalinity, total phosphorous and ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, dissolved oxygen, bacteriological analyses and test watershed steam flow.
  • Calibrate and maintain instruments and equipment used for field applications.
  • Enter and maintain data in LIMS as applicable to daily or routine assignments.
  • Load, lift, and move various items such as containers or coolers.
  • Adheres to the laboratory testing procedures in accordance with Federal and State regulations applicable to water quality in the State of Colorado in the areas of microbiology, inorganic and organic chemistry.
  • Supports the Safety Plan and practices as well as the Quality Assurance Program.
  • Analyzes samples in microbiology, inorganic and organic chemical instrumentation such as but not limited to bacteriological tests, HPCs, algae counts, pH, Conductivity, TOC, alkalinity, total nutrients, fluorescence spectroscopy, IC, GC-MS (various), and ICP-MS.
  • Participates and monitors work to ensure safe and proper work practices and procedures are implemented and adopted and followed.
  • Authors and updates laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Collaborates on experimental design, testing, and report generation for research projects andstakeholders.
  • Calibrates and maintains laboratory instrumentation and equipment in operational condition and takes part in the preventative maintenance procedures.
  • Utilizes LIMS system to record results of unknown samples and QA/QC standards.
  • Prepares standards, QC samples, media and sample bottles for sampling as needed.
  • Procures materials needed to maintain laboratory operational.
  • Performs emergency response duties and/or stand-by duty as assigned or needed during evenings and weekends. Overtime as required.
  • Assists and trains technicians as needed.
  • Becomes technical expert of instrumentation.
  • Coordinates with vendors for new instrument installation, training, and troubleshooting as needed.
  • Leads studies on Denver Water, Water Quality monitoring systems.
  • This position does not have supervisory responsibilities over other employees.
  • Performs related work as assigned

The following discipline(s) fall under this job description:

  • Laboratory
Location of Position
  • Denver, CO
  • Hourly
Pay Range
  • Hiring Range: 24.11-$29.46/hr. -Water Quality Tech
  • Hiring Range $29.68-$36.27/hr. -Water Quality Sr. Tech
About Denver Water
Denver Water is committed to creating a diverse work environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number is received. Denver Water reserves the right to either close or extend a posting.

Denver Water proudly serves high-quality water and promotes its efficient use to 1.5 million people in the city of Denver and many surrounding suburbs. Denver Water aspires to be the best water utility in the nation. The organization is a responsible steward of the resources, assets, and natural environment entrusted to us to provide a high-quality water supply, a resilient and reliable system, and excellent customer service.

Denver Water offers excellent benefits that include a pension plan, 401K Plan with a 3% match, 457 Deferred Compensation Plan, Health and Dental coverage, Life Insurance, and Paid Time Off. A background check will be conducted to verify the information submitted on the application. Please be sure that all information on the application is correct and complete, do not say "see resume". If the application is not fully completed, we (Denver Water), will not accept your application.

We are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited on all Denver Water property.

An offer of employment may be contingent upon satisfactory results of a post-offer drug test. Denver Water tests for the following: amphetamines, cocaine, marijuana (THC), opiates, phencyclidine (PCP), and alcohol. A strength test may also be conducted due to the physical requirements of the position.

Denver Water is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are dedicated to building a culturally diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, People of Color, veterans, and people with disabilities.

Brianna Vega 

1600 W. 12th Ave.

Denver, CO. 80204-3412




Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications-Water Quality Tech

Education and Experience

  • 2-year Associates Degree in Science, Water Quality Management or a related field.
  • Minimum 1 year of related work experience preferred.
  • Any equivalent combination of certifications, education, or experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities for the position.

 Minimum Qualifications-Water Quality Sr. Tech

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or related field
  • Minimum of two years related work experience.
  • Any equivalent combination of certifications, education, or experience that provides the required skills, knowledge and abilities for the position.

Licenses, Registration, and Certifications


  • Must possess and maintain a valid Class 'R' Colorado driver's license and have a satisfactory driving record.

Respiratory Protection Testing

  • This position is subject to respiratory protection testing as directed per Denver Water Physician.
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level

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