City of Meridian

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Water Quality Specialist

City of Meridian
Meridian, ID Full time
Posted on August 25, 2017

Job Title: Water Quality Specialist II
Department: Public Works 
Reports To: Water Quality Program Manager 
Open Date: August 25, 2017 
Close Date: Open Until Filled - First Review: September 1, 2017 
Hiring Salary: $16.60 - $21.20 per hour, DOE 
Salary Range: $16.60 - $24.89 per hour, DOE

Job Summary:

The Water Quality Specialist II’s primary responsibilities are to operate, maintain, and repair all aspects of the Production Section’s treatment/pumping facilities and associated monitoring/control equipment. This classification performs a full range of intermediate and advanced activities that include, but are not limited to analyzing, troubleshooting and operation the water production and treatment systems, operates proactive maintenance programs, assists in maintaining regulatory and local compliance, water quality monitoring, monitoring disinfection processes, source and system sampling, and resolving water quality-related customer service activities. This position continually strives to maintain and improve water quality and system operations with assistance from Engineering and others. This is accomplished through communication, research, continued education, improvements and maintenance. The Water Quality Specialist II works under the direction of Water Quality Program Manager and provides guidance and training for staff in relation to water production related activities. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

Operate and maintain water production and treatment facilities; perform repairs, troubleshooting, flushing and preventative maintenance; recognizes the need for and makes operational changes to processes and systems to meet water quality standards; recommend resources as needed;

Conduct, and monitor compliance, special source, and microbiological sampling; ensure sampling schedules are followed as required by Sampling Program; conduct and provide backup for special and routine source, chlorine residual, and microbiological sampling;

Monitor inventory levels of equipment, chemicals and supplies; monitor usage; request purchase of required supplies and materials; 

Continuously strive to improve water quality, operations, decrease turnaround times, and streamline work processes; work cooperatively and jointly to maintain compliance and provide safe and compliant high quality drinking water and seamless customer service; 

Respond to and resolve water quality complaints; perform routine flushing and additional flushing activities as needed of water distribution mains; utilize Utility Billing Software to maintain records of activities and to ensure timely response and follow-up; ensure commitments and resolution of concerns are met; recommend changes/improvements as needed; 

Operate, monitor and maintain SCADA system; monitors and adjusts set points, control panels, gauges, meters, including SCADA system, to detect and correct variations in operating conditions; initiate repairs/programming when needed; 

Assist in the calibration, maintenance and repair of chlorine analyzer and sampling equipment; perform quarterly or as needed inspection and calibration of PH probes, turbidimeter, and colorimeter equipment, etc.;

Operate and maintain chemical injection pumps, tanks, and systems; monitor chlorine residuals at production sites and throughout the distribution system; coordinate with Water Quality Manager and staff to ensure proper chlorine residual levels are maintained throughout the distribution system at all times;

Assist with well maintenance activities that include, but are not limited to: servicing, HVAC system and site maintenance, well inspections and replacements; ensure cleanliness of assigned production and treatment facilities; ensure proper and safe storage of equipment and supplies; 

Prepare and maintain work records, including work/service orders, according to asset management program and service order software; capture data and maintain accuracy through timely collection; ensure deadlines are met and adjustments/recommend changes as needed; 

Maintain and ensure work environment is in alignment and in compliance with the City’s Standard Operating Policies, Safety Policies and other related policies / procedures in regards to safety prevention; works in a safe manner and reports unsafe activities, conditions and faulty equipment. Ensure well sites are in compliance with IDEQ standards at all times; communicate effectively with customers, supervisor, employees, other departments, vendors, and agencies to coordinate work activities, collaborate, exchange information, or resolve problems; lead by example demonstrating City CARE values and promoting teamwork;

Provide assistance and guidance to co-workers in regards to sampling, production, and treatment facility maintenance and operation; 

Perform administrative duties as required accurately and timely; accurately track water loss flushing, sampling results, and other required activities per record retention and Division requirements; 

Subject to “on call” duties and respond to call-back emergencies as needed;Other duties as assigned.

Job Specifications:

High school graduate or GED, Associate or Bachelor degree preferred; 

Three (3) years of progressive experience in the water production/treatment field. Or, any combination of experience, education sufficient to perform the essential duties.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

Advanced understanding and demonstrated experience with water treatment facilities and techniques (adsorption preferred), water chemistry, disinfection, analytical methodology, pressure and sampling practices;

Intermediate knowledge and experience with pumps, motors, wells and disinfection systems; ability to work effectively and safely with electrical and mechanical equipment, recognize equipment failure, and to act appropriately in an emergency;

Intermediate knowledge and capability of operating and maintaining SCADA systems and monitoring analyzers, etc.; ability to maintain well logs/reports and anticipate system changes;

Ability to understand regulations, law, and results related to water sampling, water production, and water treatment;

Ability to perform advanced mathematical computations to perform dosage formulae, volume equations, pressure calculations, and flow formulae;

Ability to interpret water related maps and plans;

Understanding and ability to effectively operate computers, software and related operating systems/platforms; 

Display an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work well with others as a team;

Ability to effectively communicate orally and written with management, supervisors and co-workers with respect and integrity in a pleasant, professional and courteous manner.

Licensing and Certification:

Must hold the following State of Idaho licenses:
Class II Water Distribution Operators License within one (1) year of hire; 
Class II Water Treatment Operators License within eighteen (18) months of hire; 

Must hold and maintain a valid State of Idaho driver’s license (Class A CDL Preferred) and safe driving record;

Must be Incident Command System (ICS) 100 & 200 certified within one year of hire.

Work Environment and Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works near or on moving mechanical equipment in outside weather conditions. The noise level often in the work environment is sometimes loud;

Occasionally works in high precarious places and is frequently exposed to wet and/or humid conditions fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, heavy machinery, vibration and biological hazards;

Constantly requires driving a motor vehicle or maintenance equipment;

Occasionally is exposed to risk of electrical shock;

Occasionally requires lifting and moving up to 50 pounds and occasionally lifts and/or moves more than 100 pounds;

Must be capable of walking, climbing, and bending safely without undo strain.

Travel Requirements

Local travel is occasionally required via city vehicle;

Some in state and out of state travel may be required for training. 

The City recruits the most qualified persons for employment for the citizens it serves. Recruitment and selection is conducted in a manner intended to ensure fair and open competition, provide equal employment opportunity, and prohibit unlawful discrimination or favoritism based on 
protected class status. 

Veteran’s Preference: The City of Meridian will give a preference in appointment to qualified veterans in accordance with Idaho Code Title 65, Chapter 5.


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