Goverment Jobs
February 9, 2019
Broomfield, Colorado
Job Type



This full-time, non-exempt position is generally scheduled 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. Position includes full-time benefits; please see the Benefits tab for details

Hiring Range: $20.75/hr - $24.78/hr
Salary Range: $20.75/hr - $28.80/hr

The incumbent performs para-professional technical work in conducting planned water or wastewater quality monitoring programs. The incumbent provides holistic services to the public by seeking ways to integrate programs or services provided by other departments, divisions and agencies. The incumbent works in partnership with other employees, departments/divisions, agencies and the public in delivering effective and innovative services.

Essential Required Tasks/Examples of Duties

(Persons hired in this position must be able to perform all the essential tasks required by the position. The following statements are illustrative of the essential functions of the job and do not include other nonessential or peripheral duties that may be required. Broomfield retains the right to modify or change the duties or essential and additional functions of the job at any time without notice.)

Maintains confidentiality of information consistent with applicable federal, state and city/county rules and regulations.

General Duties:

The Water Quality Technician performs manual chemistry, routine microbiological analyses, and basic instrumental analyses, and supports planned water and wastewater monitoring programs to assess water quality and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Prepares various chemical reagents, analytical standards, and microbiological media. Performs basic laboratory computations needed to calculate volumes and concentrations, and to convert raw data to required format. Conducts basic chemical and/or microbiological analyses with precision and accuracy, using standard written procedures or as directed by supervisor. Evaluates results for reasonableness and conformance with acceptance criteria and follows-up appropriately.

Cleans glassware, sample bottles, and equipment in accordance with EPA protocols for intended use. May include acid washing, sterilization, or other special preparation procedures. Puts cleaned equipment away in designated storage areas. Washes/disinfects working surfaces, clean sampling equipment, refrigerators, fume hoods, and instrumentation.

Performs various Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures to ensure validity of laboratory data. Performs maintenance on laboratory glassware, facilities and equipment. Collects samples from various locations such as reservoirs, streams, ponds, wells, water distribution systems, water and/or wastewater plant unit processes, wastewater plant influent and discharge Operates boat to collect pond and reservoir samples (WTP). Performs field measurements as needed; processes and preserves samples from various analyses. Operates City vehicle for the purpose of collecting samples, investigating consumer concerns, delivering samples to contract laboratories, and running miscellaneous errands related to City business.

Operates personal computer using basic data management, spreadsheet, word processing and e-mail software to enter data, maintain communications and schedules, and prepare summaries and reports. Maintains records, putting data in useable format; includes computer data entry, file maintenance, and related clerical tasks. Assists in maintaining and ordering chemical and equipment stock. Prepares reports as required. Performs special assignments, such as stream quality monitoring, jar testing, and analytical support for pilot studies and plant optimization, as assigned. Assists in training staff, as necessary, on sample collection, field measurements, lab procedures, and use of the laboratory information management system for sample management and data entry.

Administrative Duties:

The incumbent is responsible for effectively managing his or her workload to achieve departmental goals. Assures that responsibilities are performed in compliance with federal and state regulations, Broomfield policies and procedures and the Broomfield Municipal Code. The incumbent may confer with employees, supervisory, and administrative personnel regarding departmental policies and procedures. Contributes to the preparation and review of departmental policies and procedures as necessary to maintain the effectiveness of departmental programs. Advises applicable administrators or departments of potential problems or concerns. Compiles, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinate departmental activities with other departments and agencies as needed.

The incumbent assists in recommending and implementing modifications to systems, policies and procedures. May conduct studies, analyses, and research on a wide variety of topics. Assists in researching and analyzing legal requirements impacting departmental programs and services. The incumbent keeps operational records and makes required reports. Evaluates service costs and makes related recommendations. Identifies and recommends changes or improvements in departmental operations to ensure assigned functions are efficient and cost effective.

Budget/Resource Management:

The incumbent participates in the preparation of the department's annual budget. Assures that responsibilities are performed within budget and performs cost control activities such as monitoring expenditures to assure sound fiscal control. The incumbent is responsible for partnering with other staff members in planning, developing, and implementing the overall vision, mission, programs, processes and projects of the department. Works with the team to avoid duplication of service and to ensure that customer expectations are recognized and resolved thereby maximizing customer satisfaction. Assists in the development of short and long-range goals including annual efforts to advance the City and County's mission, goals, and objectives. Monitors the progress of projects so the goals may be obtained within the established timeframe. Prepares purchase orders and processes invoices as assigned.

Public Relations/Communication:

The incumbent meets and confers with customers to explain departmental plans, programs, functions, policies, and procedures. Assists departmental staff in preparing and coordinating reports as required. Answers letters of inquiry/complaints and talk with customers. Attends meetings, events, workshops, and conventions as necessary for the maintenance of effective services. Responds to requests for information and advises City and County departments on assigned programs. Maintains liaison with other departments. Provides verbal and written information to departments. Maintains the accuracy of any program materials posted on the Intranet/Internet.

Miscellaneous Duties:

May assist in other areas of Public Works as needed. He/she keeps operational records and makes required reports. Operates a personal computer including associated software programs. He/she operates a motor vehicle in traveling to and from work sites. He/she ensures that facilities and equipment are maintained properly and coordinate maintenance and repair functions. He/she takes proper safety precautions, anticipates unsafe circumstances, and acts accordingly to prevent accidents. He/she uses all required safety equipment. Responsible for the safety of self, others, assets, equipment and facilities; responsible for knowing and complying with all City and County of Broomfield and department policies; adheres to attendance and workplace attire policies. He/she performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications

Training - Successful completion of 60 semester hours including three laboratory science courses at an accredited college or university.

Experience ? One year experience working in a laboratory preferred.


Any equivalent combination of training and experience that provides evidence that the applicant possesses the Necessary Applicant Traits and can perform the Essential Required Tasks.

Necessary Special Requirements - Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and safe driving record for continued employment. New hires must, as a condition of employment, pass the following pre-offer and post-offer/hire processes: oral board, reference checks, criminal background check, sex-offender registry, driving record check through DMV, fingerprint checks through CBI/FBI, and physical agility and/or dexterity test (as required).

Working Conditions

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. The noise level in the environment is moderately noisy. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, talk or hear, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. Employee must drive a van/truck to reach sampling sites, which may include the water/wastewater treatment process points, various collection or distribution system locations, residences or businesses; streams or ditches which may have obstacles or difficult access; reservoirs which require access by boat (typically a small boat with either a motor or oars) which involves assisting in loading and unloading the boat from the back of a truck and carrying it to the launch location (WTP). Employee must handle sample carboys (15-liter or 20-liter containers weighing approximately 35 ? 45 pounds when full), including lifting the carboys to counter height, mixing sample, and pouring contents into other containers. Employee must use carboys to collect large samples in the field including carrying the full container approximately 50 feet over uneven terrain. Employee may be exposed to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy weather conditions during sampling tasks. Must negotiate hillsides, rocks, or other obstacles while carrying sampling equipment. Hazards include possible exposure to toxic, corrosive, or flammable chemicals. Physical demands are described as medium (exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects) to heavy (exert up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, ability to adjust focus and peripheral vision. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Occasionally, the Water Quality Technician is expected to extend scheduled working hours to accommodate emergency coverage, work events, or to complete analyses in progress.

The City & County of Broomfield offers a comprehensive benefit package. Click Here for details about our Full-time Benefits.

Please select the highest level of education you have successfully completed.

  • Less than 8th grade
  • 8th grade
  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Some college
  • 45 semester hours
  • Associate's degree or 60 semester hours
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree or higher
Do you have a valid driver's license and a safe driving record?

  • Yes
  • No
Please list at least two college level courses you have completed with a "C" or better grade in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences or a related field that are applicable to this position.

    How much laboratory experience do you have? Document this experience in your application.

    • None
    • Less than 3 months
    • More than 3 months but less than 6 months
    • More than 6 months but less than 1 year
    • More than 1 year but less than 2 years
    • More than 2 years
    Please describe how you obtained this lab experience and your specific duties.

      How much environmental or field sampling experience do you have? Document this experience in your application.

      • None
      • Less than 3 months
      • More than 3 months but less than 6 months
      • More than 6 months but less than 1 year
      • More than 1 year but less than 2 years
      • More than 2 years
      Please describe how you obtained this sampling experience and your specific duties.

        This position involves sampling Broomfield's ponds and reservoirs using a small boat. Please describe any experience you have in operating a small boat, canoe or kayak.

          In the event of an emergency on the water, you must be able to swim to shore. How would you describe your swimming experience?

          • None
          • Occasional recreational swimmer in a pool or lake
          • Frequent recreational swimmer in a pool or lake
          • Competitive swimmer
          • Trained in life-saving
          The physical demands for this position are medium to heavy and require loading, unloading and carrying a small boat, motor and sampling equipment (up to 65 lbs.) to and from the sampling locations multiple times per day. Are you able to perform this job with these physical requirements?

          • Yes
          • No
          This position is regularly scheduled 40 hours/week. The current schedule is 8:00 a.m. ? 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday. Are you willing and available to work this schedule on a regular basis and any additional hours as needed?

          • Yes
          • No
          This position requires using a variety of laboratory equipment. Please indicate which equipment you have used (select all that apply).

          • pH meter
          • Dissolved oxygen meter
          • Balances
          • Autoclave
          • UV/VIS spectrophotometer
          • Kemmerer depth sampler
          • None of the above
          Please explain your proficiency level with spreadsheets (Microsoft Excel or Google Sheets).

          • I have little to no experience with this software.
          • Beginner- I am comfortable using and maintaining spreadsheets that are already set-up.
          • Intermediate- In addition, I am comfortable with inserting formulas, inserting abd linking worksheets, and formatting (boarders, shading, etc.).
          • Advanced- I use all features extensively including advanced formulas, charts, and graphs.
          Please explain why you are interested in this particular position with Broomfield.

            * Required Question

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