Water/Wastewater Senior Chemist - Job Description (Sample)

Job Summary

Performs chemical analysis and laboratory examinations of water, and wastewater; reviews data from completed analyses; records and reports results accurately and in accordance with established procedures. This position supervises staff, which includes prioritizing and assigning work; conducting performance evaluations; ensuring staff is trained; ensuring employees follow policies and procedures; maintaining a healthy and safe working environment; and, making hiring, termination, and disciplinary decisions or recommendations.

 Roles and Responsibilities

  • Plans, prioritizes, assigns, monitors, and participates in the collection and preparation of water, wastewater, food, milk and dairy products samples for analysis; provides technical and analytical support related to laboratory techniques and interpretation of data; ensures laboratory compliance with local, state, and federal laws, rules and regulations.
  • Participates in the development of policies and procedures related to laboratory testing and operations; monitors work activities to ensure compliance with established quality control and quality assurance policies and procedures as well as standard operating procedures.
  • Oversees the ordering and maintenance of laboratory stock including glassware, chemicals, and related supplies; procures equipment and service contracts; washes glassware and sterilizes equipment as appropriate.
  • Prepares daily, weekly, and monthly reports as assigned for management staff or regulatory agencies.
  • Performs the more technical and complex laboratory tasks including review of maintenance records on equipment, inspection of laboratory area, and overseeing the more complex laboratory testing.
  • Plans, implements, assesses, and improves work performance according to the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) requirements for laboratory processes.
  • Performs other related duties as required.
  • Adheres to assigned work schedule as outlined in the Department and City attendance policies and procedures; ensures all behaviors comply with the City's Personnel Rules and Regulations.


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology or a related field
  • Three years of responsible laboratory experience required, including one year in chemical testing.
  • Valid (State) Driver's License.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, appropriate laboratory certification from the (State).
  • Two years of experience is a municipal water and wastewater laboratory.
  • Two years of experience of compliance with NELAP accreditation requirements.
  • Two years of experience in laboratory QA/QC requirements.
  • One year of experience with state and/or federal regulations relating to water quality, such as the Safe Drinking Water Act or the Clean Water Act.

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