Chemist II

Company: Marin Municipal Water District
Organization Type: Municipality / Public Works
Location: Corte Madera, California
Job Status: Full-time
Salary: Not Specified
Job ID: 44467

POSITION DESCRIPTION The District has one open, full-time position for Chemist II in the Environmental and Engineering Services Division. Interested persons must submit a completed District application and supplemental questionnaire responses to the Human Resources Department no later than the filing deadline.

DEFINITION Under general supervision, performs a variety of chemical, bacteriological, and physical analyses of water using a variety of laboratory instruments and equipment; and to do related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS This is the full journey-level class. Incumbents perform difficult analyses on water and recycled wastewater samples using a wide variety of laboratory instruments with a minimum of supervision. The individual performs water quality studies under the direction of the laboratory manager and completes the compliance reports for the State Water Resources Control Board. The work may include directing and training of other personnel on specific assignments.


Performs bacteriological, microbiological, chemical, and physical examination of water and recycled wastewater; • sets up, calibrates and operates a variety of instrumentation including flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph mass spectrometer, total organic carbon analyzer, ion chromatograph, specific ion analyzer and inductively coupled plasma spectrophotometer mass spectrometer; • interprets and evaluates test results; recognizes and investigates problems, and recommends solutions; • maintains quality control checks in conjunction with analytical work; • recognizes potential or actual problems which may occur in analytical procedures, takes proper corrective action; • assists in conducting water quality research and special projects; • makes mathematical calculations; maintains records of work performed; • prepares reports and correspondence as required; • enters and reviews data in a laboratory information management system (LIMS) and prepares spreadsheet analysis; • may monitor and review the work of other personnel on assigned projects, • applies and follows safety rules and regulations to work assignments; • interprets water quality data; • prepares standard chemical solutions, and bacteriological medias; • uses computer software for purchasing equipment and chemicals and monitors budget as necessary; • may collect water samples at lake sources, from the distribution system, at a consumer's residence, or on construction sites on an as needed basis; • receives consumer water quality complaints and inquiries; • provides information regarding water quality and related regulations.


Knowledge of:

• Principles, methods, calculations, and materials used in the chemical and microbiological testing of water; • operation of complex laboratory equipment such as a spectrophotometer, ion chromatograph, total organic carbon analyzer, nephelometer, specific ion analyzer, analytical balance, flame atomic absorption spectrophotometer, gas chromatograph, gas chromatograph mass spectrometer and an inductively coupled plasma spectrophotometer mass spectrometer; • quality control of analytical procedures; • laboratory practices pertaining to safety, care and maintenance of equipment and materials; • standard practices for water sampling and treatment techniques; • proper spelling, grammar, punctuation, and writing practices. • computer spreadsheet and LIMS software; • technical report writing.

Ability to:

• Perform laboratory analyses in a precise and reliable manner; • use laboratory equipment and materials safely and effectively; • make accurate observations and decisions; • understand and comply with District operation, facilities, applicable regulations; State and Federal Health codes and standards; • learn new methods of analysis; • use mathematics involved in laboratory work; • understand and carry out written or oral instructions; • respond accurately and tactfully to inquiries from the general public; • deal effectively with those contacted in the course of work; • use a computer for the entry and retrieval of data; • prepare clear and concise records, reports, and correspondence.

Training and Experience: • Graduation from college with a 4-year degree in chemistry, bacteriology, or closely related field; and two years experience as a professional chemist, one year of which must have included performing water or wastewater analysis, or • a graduate degree in chemistry or closely related field, and one year of experience as a professional chemist performing water or wastewater analysis.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS • Per California Government Code, Title 1, Division 4, Chapter 8, Section 3100 “all public employees are hereby declared to be disaster service workers subject to such disaster service activities as may be assigned to them by their superiors or by law.” (Ref: California Government Code, Title 1, Division 4, Chapter 8, Sections 3100- 3109) • Possession of a valid California driver’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles; • satisfactory driving record;


The skills, abilities, physical demands and work environment of this position:

The employee stands, walks, bends at neck and waists, twists at neck and waist, uses repetitive hand movement, uses simple and power grasping with both hands, uses fine manipulation of both hands and fingers, and lifts and carries short distances objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Sits to enter and retrieve data from personal computers and terminals via keyboards, and is often performed while sitting up to three hours a day. Frequently operates office equipment requiring repetitive arm/hand movement and/or the coordinated movement of more than one limb simultaneously. Possess specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus; possess a sense of taste and smell. Possess the ability to sort, separate, and arrange material in a prescribed manner and may also require the ability to differentiate between colors when using color-coded materials or files.

WORK ENVIRONMENT The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. Exposure to potentially hazardous laboratory chemicals, solvents, microbiological pathogens, odors and fumes.

To be successful in this job, an individual must be able to satisfactorily perform each of the listed duties. These duties are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of the position. Requests for reasonable accommodation should be directed to the Human Resources Manager.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS To be considered for this career opportunity, applicants must submit the following information to the Human Resources Department by the filing deadline shown on this announcement: a. Properly completed District application. Clearly state the title of the position for which you are applying. b. Supplemental application. The attached page of supplemental questions will be a primary tool in evaluating qualifications for this position. The responses will be evaluated along with the completed application form. Applications received without completed Supplemental Responses will not be considered. c. Resume. Strongly recommended (see below). A resume may be included but does not substitute for a completed application. Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement in the selection process. It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to show that he/she meets the minimum qualifications in this job announcement.


NOTE: Please do NOT assume the recruiter or panel members know what you do and what experience you have. It is strongly recommended that you include a resume and clearly show that you meet the minimum qualifications. Do NOT put “see resume”.

Screening decisions are based on the application materials submitted. Personnel files, training records, etc. are NOT necessarily accessed and reviewed by Human Resources in determining which applicants will move forward in the process.

The examination process may consist of an application screening, written and/or practical test, and oral and/or final interviews. All applicants will be notified of the disposition of their application. Based upon information provided in the application documents, the applicants presenting the best job-related qualifications will be invited to continue in the process. An eligibility list may result from this examination process.

Applicants who are selected for district employment are subject to a background check conducted by an outside agency and must take and pass a pre-employment/pre-duty medical exam and drug and alcohol test. Depending upon job duty assignments, the applicant may be required to submit an original California Department of Motor Vehicles H-6 printout (10-year history). Current employees are exempt from this requirement.

Per Labor Code § 432.9, inquiries about an applicant’s criminal history are not made on the initial employment application. That information may be requested later for applicants who meet requirements for the position and who move forward in the recruitment process.

Do NOT submit either conviction information or the DMV H-6 until requested to do so.

You may apply online at

Also, an application packet may be obtained by calling 415-945-1434, or in person at MMWD/HR, 220 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera, CA 94925. The filing deadline time of 4:30 p.m. also applies to in-person manual application submissions.

Faxed submissions will be accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on the filing deadline. However, if faxed, the originals of the application and supplemental questionnaire must be mailed and post marked by the deadline date.

Online applications submitted through CalOPPS are strongly encouraged and will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on the filing deadline date.

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