Assistant Microbiologist

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California | La Verne, CA

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Posted Date 9/15/2020

As an entry-level microbiologist within this position you will perform routine microbiological procedures and microscopy with high precision and accuracy. You will utilize effective microbiological and aseptic techniques and learn to operate high performance microscopes while identifying target organisms.  Occasional driving to District facilities to set up filtration apparatus and collect samples is required.  You will be trained as an approved Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) laboratory analyst for Giardia and Cryptosporidium analysis under USEPA Method 1623.1.

You will also learn and assist with a variety of related duties including: culture media preparation and compliance bacteriological analysis under the Revised Total Coliform Rule; operating various instruments; culturing techniques; routine laboratory calculations; and basic statistics for data reports and quality assurance/quality control under ELAP requirements.

In order to be effective in this role you must: have taken college-level microbiology course(s); and be able to read, understand, and follow Standard Operating Procedures.

This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.

To view the full job description click here: Assistant Microbiologist

Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field.

Related field is defined as: microbiology or a related biological, environmental or physical sciences field.

License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.

70% Technical knowledge/skills
15% Job Preparation (education, experience, and training relevant to the position)

5% Analytical Skills

5% Oral Communication
5% Written Communication
100% Total

• Competitive compensation
• Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
• Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
• Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
• Tuition reimbursement
• Training and advancement opportunities
• Excellent working environment
• Public transportation reimbursements and van pools

For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:

MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.

Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.

Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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