Water Quality Specialist

City of Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted Date 11/21/2022
Description

Water Quality Specialist
WATER RESOURCES
SALARY: $25.00 - $36.35 Hourly

CLASSIFICATION: Classified
 
STATUS: Full-Time Regular
 
FLSA: Non-exempt position, eligible for overtime compensation.
 
OPENING DATE: 11/21/22
 
CLOSING DATE: 12/11/22 11:59 PM
 

INTRODUCTION:

Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east.  Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale.
 
About The Position:
The Water Quality Specialist exists to collect samples, monitor, and support regulatory activities for Drinking Water, Wastewater, Reclaimed Water, and Superfund Programs.  
 
Selection Process:
The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state “See Resume” in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process.  
 
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of the position may be invited to participate in a selection process that may include a panel interview. Successful candidates will receive a post-offer, pre-employment background screening that may include:
 
  • Fingerprinting search of the national FBI Database
  • Criminal Background screening
  • Drug Screen 
  • 39-Month Motor Vehicle Department Records Check

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The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time, potentially without advance notice.
 
PLEASE NOTE: Years of experience are based on a work schedule of 2,080 hours per year for full-time positions and 1,040 hours per year for part-time positions, and while work experience may substitute for education on a year-for-year basis, depending upon the job classification, education may not be substituted for work experience.
 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Education and Experience:

  • A High School diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Two years' experience in the field of: water quality, environmental quality, backflow, stormwater, or industrial pretreatment.
  • An Associate's degree in a physical or biological science or related field may substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Preferred:  A Bachelor's Degree in a physical or biological science or related field.

Licensing, Certifications, and Other Requirements:

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.  The Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles requires that out-of-state driver's licenses must be surrendered within 10 days of relocating to the State of Arizona.
  • Must possess or obtain within one year of hire, and maintain a Grade I operator certification, as assigned, from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collections, or Wastewater Treatment as appropriate.
  • Must possess, or obtain within one year of hire or promotion, a Backflow Tester or Cross Connection Certification recognized by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.
  • Every person employed by the City of Scottsdale shall reside in the State of Arizona during his or her active employment by the City, regardless of whether the employee is approved to remote work. 

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.

 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

All Assignments:

  • Collects and preserves water, wastewater, and stormwater quality samples in accordance with Federal, State, and Local requirements.
  • Operates, calibrates, and maintains technical sampling equipment.
  • Prepares computer spreadsheets, inputs data, and performs other mathematical calculations. Reads and interprets construction plans and specifications.
  • Evaluates and tracks water, wastewater, and stormwater quality data received from the laboratory. 
  • Prepares and submits reports of activities and findings.
  • Reviews sampling data as it is received to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Stays current with changes in environmental regulations and has the desire and ability to learn.
  • Promotes water, wastewater, and stormwater quality and environmental awareness throughout the organization and to the general public.
  • Conducts field visits for inspections and sampling activities, and participates in community events, as required for public outreach goals.
  • Monitors inventory of equipment, materials, and supplies; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities.
  • Drives a motor vehicle to collect water, wastewater, and stormwater quality samples.

Water Quality Assignment:

  • Coordinates and conducts sampling activities for all: Aquifer Protection Permits (APP), Recycled Water Permits, Underground Storage Facility (USF) Permits, the Central Groundwater Treatment Facility, the North Groundwater Treatment Facility, and the Arsenic Treatment Facilities.
  • Conducts depth-to-water measurements (well sounding) at multiple well sites including deep monitor wells and vadose zone wells.
  • Conducts data trending and system mapping using computer software tools and programs (Arc View, Crystal Reports, Structured Query Language (SQL) Reporting Services).
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual compliance reports submitted to regulatory agencies.
  • Manages project records and develops protocols for storage and retention, including electronic documents.
  • Inspects water reuse facilities to ensure compliance with regulations and application of best management practices.
  • Audits records for emergency power generators at water sites.
  • Completes air quality analysis sampling and conducts runtime analysis of air treatment systems.
  • Conducts weekly inspections of operational equipment required in APP permits.
  • Tracks data for all wells and sampling sites related to the Superfund program.
  • Provides back-up for drinking water program.
  • Participates in on-call duty for drinking water and wastewater emergencies.
  • Performs Backflow, and Reclaimed Water inspections.
  • Notifies customers of and maintains records of annual Backflow prevention device testing. 
  • Coordinates Backflow inspections with field staff.
  • Updates and maintains Backflow database and researches/resolves issues and discrepancies.
 

WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

  • Work in small areas; walk up and down stairs and over rough terrain.
  • Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in field work setting, typically involving some combination of stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, lifting arms above shoulder level and which may involve some: lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds); may involve: the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).
  • Exposure to dirt, noise, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature extremes, hazardous materials, confined spaces, machinery, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, or explosives.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to travel to/from various locations.
  • Work outside of a regular workweek, to include weekends, overtime, on a holiday, in an emergency and on an on-call schedule.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.  Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change. 
 


 

Water Quality Specialist Supplemental Questionnaire
 
* 1. Do you have a valid driver's license (not expired or suspended/revoked)?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 2. Do you have any of the following restrictions on your driver's license? Please note that this does not include vision correction.
  Checkbox Interlock Device
Checkbox Court Mandated Restricted Hours
Checkbox Other Non-Medical Restriction(s)
Checkbox None of the Above
* 3. A high school diploma or GED is required for this position. Do you have a high school diploma or GED? NOTE: If you answer yes to this question, you must include this information in the "Education" section of your application.
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 4. Do you have a minimum of an Associate's degree in a physical or biological science or related field? NOTE: if you answer yes to this question, you must include this information in the "Education" section of your application.
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 5. If you answered yes to question 4 above, indicate the level and major/minor of the degree(s) you hold. NOTE: If you do not have a degree, write "None." Do not write "See Resume" in lieu of answering this question.


* 6. Do you have at least 2 years' experience in the field of water quality, environmental quality, backflow, stormwater, or industrial pretreatment? NOTE: If you answer yes to this question, you must include this information in the "Work Experience" section of your application.
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 7. If you don't have a minimum of an Associate's degree, do you have a minimum combination of education and experience in the field of water quality, environmental quality, backflow, stormwater, or industrial pretreatment equivalent to at least 4 years?
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 8. Do you have or can you obtain within 1 year of hire or promotion a Grade I operator certification from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection or Wastewater Treatment? NOTE: If you answer yes to this question, you must include this information in the "Licenses and Certifications" section of your application.
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* 9. Do you have or can you obtain within 1 year of hire or promotion a Backflow Tester or Cross Connection Certification recognized by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality? NOTE: If you currently possess either of these certifications, you must include this information in the "Licenses and Certifications" section of your application..
  Yes Yes    No No
 
* Required Question
Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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