Water Quality Scientist I, Loveland, Colorado

Created 10/14/2021
Reference 470297
Job type Full Time
Country United States
State Colorado
City Loveland
Zip 80537
The Water Quality Scientist I is a skilled position responsible for performing basic to limited advanced chemical, physical and bacteriological analyses on water, wastewater, source water, and treatment process sludge. Work involves collecting regulatory samples and performing laboratory and field analyses at various locations in the water and wastewater treatment facilities, including the wastewater collection system, the water distribution system, and areas within the watershed. Tasks include laboratory analysis on regulatory and non-regulatory tests at the water and wastewater treatment plant using established policies, procedures, and technical guidelines, data entry into internal reports and software, and sample collection using proper procedures. The salary range for this position is $24.43- $36.63 per hour with a hiring range of $24.43- $33.00, depending on qualifications and experience. First reading of applications will be on 10/25/21.

The City of Loveland’s Water Quality Group contributes to the overall improvement of human and environmental health by providing high quality environmental monitoring with laboratory services focused on proactive, sustainable, and collaborative water resource management. The Scientist I position offers a variety of opportunities to contribute to field, laboratory, and community engagement by participating in multiple sampling, analytical, and outreach programs. The main role of the position supports sampling in the Big Thompson Watershed, every aspect of both water and wastewater systems, and provides the analytical testing to support these focus areas. This position offers workplace flexibility, a multitude of sampling and analytical opportunities, provides continued growth, and expands educational experiences within the laboratory and field environments.

The City of Loveland is recruiting for both a Water Treatment Quality Scientist and a Wastewater Treatment Quality Scientist.


  • Ensures safety of public health and environment by demonstrating compliance with all applicable state and federal regulations
  • Performs basic to limited advanced analysis on water, wastewater, source water and sludge samples by strictly following prescribed analytical methods and established protocols
  • Comply with all applicable quality control protocols to provide legally defensible analytical results
  • Enters data into internal laboratory reports and software to be reviewed by Scientist II, Supervisor, and/or Manager
  • Reviews and evaluates non-regulatory and limited regulatory data
  • Coordinates internal non-regulatory projects and produces reports as needed
  • Maintains, calibrates, troubleshoots, and repairs general laboratory and field instrumentation and equipment
  • Performs laboratory maintenance and prepares solutions, standards, media, and quality control material for general use
  • Performs source water monitoring program requirements including sample collection and analysis
  • Collects and analyzes bacteriological samples from the distribution system to be reviewed by Scientist II, Supervisor, and/or Manager
  • Notifies Scientist II, Supervisor, and/or Manager, and appropriate personnel of all “out of range” results
  • Updates and maintains chemical and SDS inventory
  • Participates on departmental committees and workgroups, as assigned
  • Maintains safe working environment and adheres to all established safety protocols

  • Responds to plant operations staff questions
  • Incumbent may be responsible for purchasing laboratory supplies or services, as assigned
  • Answers telephone as required and notifies Scientist II, Supervisor, and/or Manager if necessary
  • Incumbent is accountable for all duties of this job, other projects and responsibilities may be added at the City's discretion

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Must possess a working knowledge of the scientific method, laboratory procedures, and mathematical operations including quantitative analysis, and statistical evaluations
  • Clear understanding of the water/wastewater process is desirable
  • Consistently and reliably collect and process environmental samples and perform assigned basic microbiological, wet chemistry, and instrumental analyses
  • Work in a team-oriented environment to monitor the quality of the City's raw and treated drinking water, wastewater discharge and process sludge, and support treatment operations projects and activities
  • Maintain comprehensive records of sampling and analytical activities
  • Attend meetings, conferences, and training sessions to keep current with changes in regulatory and industry protocols as assigned
  • Demonstrate knowledge of hazards and safety precautions required in the laboratory and field
  • Utilize Microsoft Office software
  • Utilize data management software
  • Demonstrate integrity and build trust through credibility, reliability, commitment, and ethical behavior
  • Participate in personal growth opportunities, and attend trainings designed to enhance capacity to bring new skills and ideas to the job and the organization
  • Work to continuously improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service or product being delivered
  • Demonstrate support for team efforts by accepting new roles and responsibilities, and helping others achieve objectives
  • Exhibit pride in self, the department, the city, and the community; conduct self in a professional manner
  • Value diversity; demonstrate an awareness of differences; demonstrate sensitivity, and adapt behaviors and communication to accommodate these differences
Core competencies:
Accountability, Collaboration, Courtesy and Kindness, Innovation, Integrity, Safety, Service

Job Specific Competencies:
Communication, Data Analysis, Independence, Maintenance, Time Management

Education and/experience

Required :

  • Bachelor’s degree with course work in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, or related field
  • One year of experience in a water, wastewater, or commercial laboratory. Academic lab experience may be accepted on a case per case basis.
Preferred :

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited four-year college or university with course work in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or related field
  • Two years of experience in a water or wastewater municipal laboratory
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered

Licensure and/or certifications:
Must possess a valid driver's license

Material and equipment directly used:
City trucks and passenger vehicles, boat, personal computer, calculator, field meters and sampling equipment, auto-samplers, lake profiler, data-loggers, in situ monitoring equipment, flow injection analyzer, balances, autoclaves, ion selective electrodes, chromatographs, spectrophotometers, microscopes, and standard laboratory equipment

Working environment/physical activities:
Work is technical in nature and requires a great deal of mobility and dexterity to gather samples, as well as sufficient physical strength and stamina for:

  • Constant sitting to analyze samples
  • Frequent standing and walking over uneven terrain in various conditions when gathering samples
  • Frequent squatting, bending, and kneeling to collect specimens
  • Occasional climbing, balancing, reaching overhead and below shoulder, and twisting to perform lab and field functions,
  • Constant light grasp with frequent firm grasp, fine manipulation and handling to properly, and safely use lab and field equipment,
  • Frequent stepping up/down to safely enter, exit and operate vehicles
  • Normal near/far acuity and hearing to properly perform lab and field tasks and communicate with staff
  • Occasional lifting from ground to waist or push/pulling of sampling equipment weighing up to 50 pounds

Work is performed indoors and frequently outdoors with frequent exposure to extreme temperatures and variable weather conditions. This is a highly analytical and active position where samples are collected out in the field and analyzed in a laboratory setting. Work performed may pose potential exposure to chemical, microbiological, and outdoor hazards. Limited office work may require remaining in stationary positions for periods of times.

Required Materials and Equipment
City trucks and passenger vehicles, boat, personal computer, calculator, field meters and sampling equipment, auto-samplers, lake profiler, data-loggers, in situ monitoring equipment, flow injection analyzer, balances, autoclaves, ion selective electrodes, spectrophotometers, microscopes and standard laboratory equipment.

This job description is not designed to contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.

With over 300 days of sunshine, proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, endless outdoor recreation options and a thriving arts, brewery, foodie and shopping scene Loveland is an award-winning City. In 2020, Loveland was the only Colorado City to win the 2020 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence. Loveland is the top residential recycling City in the state for 4 consecutive years. Additionally, Loveland has consistently been ranked as one of the top places to live, work and raise a family in the U.S. Featured by USA Today in 2017 as one of the Most Idyllic Picturesque towns in America. As the rest of the world is figuring out what we have known for quite some time… Loveland, Colorado has EVERYTHING YOU LOVE! ~ Love What You Do, Land With Us!

Benefit Eligible Benefits Package Includes:

  • Two (2) medical plans, Dental, Vision (for self/ spouse/ children)
  • Employee Health & Wellness Center (self/family)
  • Paid vacation, holidays, and medical leave
  • Flexible spending including Dependent Care
  • Life Insurance, AD&D, Short-term and Long-term disability, and voluntary Critical Illness Coverage
  • Retirement 401a, 457, Roth (pre-& post tax) and company match
  • Comprehensive Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary 529 College Invest program
  • Personal and Professional Development opportunities
  • Discounted recreation passes
  • Employee recognition program
  • Exceptional work-life balance
  • Market based pay & regular performance reviews
  • Local Government employment is eligible for Public Loan Forgiveness Program

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The City of Loveland provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, age, or any other status protected under federal, state, and/or local law.

A driving record and criminal history background check will be obtained pre-employment.


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