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Company Name : City of Boise, ID
Company Location : Boise, ID 83702
Job Position : Water Quality Technician Staff
Job Category : Jobs in Idaho

Job Description :

Summary Statement

The City of Boise is committed to taking action to address climate change because our city’s prosperity is directly linked to clean energy, clean air, water, and open space. The Public Works Water Quality Lab is hiring 1 full-time and 2 part-time Water Quality Lab Technicians.

  • Performs a wide range of technical work and analytical testing that supports the city’s wastewater and utility operations
  • Ensures testing methods comply with all federal, state, and city regulations, lab policies, and procedures
  • Work is performed under general supervision

Three positions are available:

  • 1 Full-time
    • $22.30-23.30/hour
    • 40 hours per week
    • Benefits eligible
  • 2 Part-time
    • $18.75-19.75/hour
    • Up to 19 hours per week
    • Flexible schedule

Essential Functions

Conducts high-quality analytical testing in a timely manner in accordance with lab requirements. Performs a broad spectrum of wet chemistry testing and assays. Generates data used for regulatory compliance, engineering studies, and revenue recovery. Uses defined quality control criteria, standardized operating procedures (SOPs), and methods. Routinely responds and integrates large sample loads and unpredictable sampling events into the daily work routines. Notifies supervision of unusual sample results. Performs corrective action and troubleshooting. Reports and calculates data accurately and precisely using Microsoft Excel or various data tools to import or manually enter data into the lab’s database, Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Works within safety guidelines to perform tasks utilizing personal protective equipment and mechanical controls. (50%)

Prepares lab instrumentation/equipment, supplies, and samples for testing. Prepares and records laboratory bench stock reagents, calibration standards, glassware, supplies, and bench sheets. Assays and calibrates standards. Calibrates lab equipment and runs associated curve checks. Conducts preventative maintenance and performs corrective actions on a variety of laboratory equipment. Documents and records all maintenance actions and changes in equipment operation or performance. (25%)

Utilizes specialized techniques and technical instrumentation. Works as a technical lead with environmental division staff during monthly or specialized field sampling and testing in a mobile laboratory. Develops and recommends new/modified standard operating procedures as directed. Conducts research and development on new methods. (15%)

Participates in activities related to training and communication. Communicates ongoing corrective actions with QA/QC coordinators and lab staff. Conducts oral, written, and hands-on instruction on sampling and laboratory testing for wastewater process control to facility operators, lab personnel, and outside customers. Provides tours of the laboratory facility. Develops and provides state-approved Continuing Education Units (CEU) training to division staff and other associated personnel. Assists with training new lab personnel on equipment maintenance, lab procedures, and reagent preparation. Serves as a representative on various city committees. (10%)

Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%


Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training

  • Bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in chemistry, biology, or environmental science
  • Or a 2-year college degree and 4 years of laboratory experience
  • Or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
  • Working knowledge of quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) measures and protocols
  • Use of scientific calculators, graphing, and algebra
  • Computer software including Word and Excel
  • Various time, labor, resource, and data management software and databases such as UKG, Hansen, and Labworks (LIMS)


  • Interpret and apply federal, state, and city policies, procedures, laws, codes, rules, and regulations
  • Evaluate a variety of laboratory tests relating to wastewater, water, bio-solids, and soil
  • Understand complex technical literature, theory, and instrumentation
  • Conduct research and analyze data
  • Operate and utilize a wide variety of laboratory equipment and instruments
  • Prepare clear, accurate, and concise technical reports and data
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, coworkers, clients, regulatory agency representatives, and others
  • Display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City employees, the general public, and other organizations
  • Communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance
  • Complete assignments in a timely fashion
  • Understand and comply with all rules, policies, and regulations
  • Maintain prompt and regular attendance
  • Perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor, and/or manager with or without reasonable accommodation

Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training

  • Advanced degree in chemistry, biology, environmental science, or engineering
  • 3 years of analytical lab experience in microbiology, soil science, quality assurance/quality control, and instrument maintenance, advanced instrumentation including flow injection analyzers (FIA), discreet analyzers, ion chromatography (IC), total organic carbon analyzers (TOC) and inductively coupled plasma- atomic emission spectrometer (ICP-AES)
  • Wastewater Lab Operator Class I license or higher

Licensing And Other Requirements

  • Valid state-issued driver’s license
  • Ability to obtain a Wastewater Operator Laboratory Class I License and an Idaho Wastewater Treatment Operator Class I or Operator-in-training license within 6 months of meeting Idaho Bureau of Occupational License’s eligibility requirements

Special Requirements

Applicants must be able to pass:

  • City of Boise background check processes which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation
  • Driving Record Check
  • Drug-Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug-Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety-sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post – Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hiring. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test

This position is required to handle hazardous materials that if mishandled, place the general public at risk of serious injury.

Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Physical Efforts
While performing the duties of this job the employee is always lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds, occasionally lifting/carrying up to 35 pounds, and rarely lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds. Also, the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 35 pounds and rarely pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds. The noise level is frequently moderate and rarely loud. Work includes the sensory ability to talk, hear, smell, and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity. Additional physical efforts include: using step stools and ladders.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, extreme temperatures, wet and humid conditions, and areas of dust, odors, mist, and gases or other airborne matter. Employees are exposed to mechanical and electrical hazards. Employees will also drive a vehicle as part of this position. Work includes protected exposure to infectious bacteria, bodily fluids, and chemicals. Work areas include wet floors, uneven outdoor walkways, broken glass, sewage, harmful chemicals, and compressed gasses. appropriate mechanical controls and personal protective equipment to minimize exposure to caustic chemicals, strong acids, toxic fumes, and heat. Requires handling hot equipment, hot media, and reagents that can cause burns.
This position works: on weekdays but rotates Saturday coverage. There is occasional overtime, and work schedule adjustments to meet the demands of the stormwater permit, special sampling events, and/or environmental emergencies.

Top talent deserves top-notch benefits. The City is among the best in the Treasure Valley when it comes to the benefits and perks we offer our employees.

Most positions are eligible for the general benefits listed here; firefighters, police officers, senior managers, command staff, and directors may be offered other benefit plans.

Healthcare- ZERO premium medical coverage for you and your family:

  • Low-cost dental and vision options.
  • Post-employment health savings account.

Retirement and Investment Plans:

  • PERSI retirement benefits
  • 401(k) or 457b pre-tax investment options with employer match.
  • 457b Roth after-tax investment options with no match

WellBeing Program:

  • Up to $500 cash per year for participants.
  • Alternative transportation incentives.

Paid Leave – City employees receive generous paid leave:

  • 8 hours of vacation per month, and this increases the longer you stay with the City
  • 11 paid holidays every year
  • 8 hours of sick leave per month
  • Six weeks Parental Leave

Life & Long Term Disability:

  • Basic Life insurance at no cost to you
  • Long Term Disability insurance at no cost to you

Other optional benefits:

  • Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Disability Insurance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Free local bus pass
  • Corporate discount programs
  • Employee Assistance Program for short-term counseling on work, family, finances, and personal issues.

Please visit our website for further details mybenefits.cityofboise.org

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