Water Quality Specialist - Water/Wastewater/Stormwater

City of Scottsdale | Scottsdale, AZ

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Posted Date 11/20/2019

$22.88 - $33.27 Hourly


Located in the beautiful Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona is bordered by Phoenix to the west and the McDowell Mountains on the east.  Scottsdale is annually rated among the nation's most desirable communities to live in, visit and do business in. Check out more about Scottsdale.
The application and supplemental questions are an integral part of the selection process, and must be completed in full in order for you to be considered as a candidate. Please complete each section and answer all questions as thoroughly as possible. DO NOT state "See resume" in lieu of answering. Unanswered questions, incomplete responses, omissions, or partial information may result in disqualification from the selection process. 
About The Position

The Water Quality Specialist exists to sample, monitor, and support regulatory activities for Drinking Water, Wastewater, Reclaimed Water, and Superfund Programs.  

Selection Process:
Applicants whose education, training and experience most closely meet the needs of this position may be invited to participate in a selection process to include oral board interview and skills assessment. Final selection is contingent upon a background check which includes: 

  • Fingerprinting
  • Criminal Background screening for the past 7 years
  • Drug Testing
  • Motor Vehicle Department Records Check

The City of Scottsdale reserves the right to change this process at any time.


Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience:

  • A high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate.
  • Two years' experience in the field of water quality, environmental quality or stormwater.
  • An Associate's degree in a physical or biological science or related field may substitute for the experience requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Preferred: An Associate's degree in physical or biological science or related field.

Licensing, Certifications, and Other Requirements:
The Scottsdale Water Resources Division offers an Operator Certification Incentive Program for those employees who obtain certifications above what is required of their positions. The department recognizes the intrinsic value of operator certifications and the added value to the city of having a workforce that possess them.

  • Must possess and maintain a valid, unrestricted Arizona driver's license with no major citations within the past 39 months prior to the start date.
  • Must possess or obtain within one year of hire, and maintain a Grade 1 operator certification, as assigned, from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in Water Treatment, Water Distribution or Wastewater Treatment.

Other pertinent licenses and/or certifications may be required of some positions depending on department/section assignment.


Essential Functions


  • Collects and preserves water, wastewater and stormwater quality samples in accordance with: federal, state, and local requirements.
  • Operates, calibrates, and maintains technical sampling equipment.
  • Prepares computer spreadsheets, inputs data, and performs other mathematical calculations. Reads and interprets construction plans and specifications.
  • Evaluates and tracks water, wastewater and stormwater quality data received from the laboratory. Prepares and submits reports of activities and findings.
  • Reviews sampling data as it is received to ensure compliance with standards.
  • Stays current with changes in environmental regulations and has the desire and ability to learn.
  • Promotes water, wastewater and stormwater quality and environmental awareness throughout the organization and to the general public.
  • Conducts field visits for inspections and sampling activities, and participates in community events, as required for public outreach goals.
  • Monitors inventory of equipment, materials and supplies; ensures availability of adequate materials to conduct work activities. 
  • Coordinates and conducts sampling activities for all: Aquifer Protection Permits (APP), Recycled Water Permits, Underground Storage Facility (USF) Permits, the Central Groundwater Treatment Facility, the North Groundwater Treatment Facility, and the Arsenic Treatment Facilities.
  • Conducts depth-to-water measurements (well sounding) at multiple well sites including deep monitor wells and vadose zone wells.
  • Conducts data trending and system mapping using computer software tools and programs (Arc View, Crystal Reports, Structured Query Language (SQL) Reporting Services).
  • Prepares monthly, quarterly, and annual compliance reports submitted to regulatory agencies.
  • Manages project records and develops protocols for storage and retention, including electronic documents.
  • Inspects water reuse facilities to ensure compliance with regulations and application of best management practices.
  • Audits records for emergency power generators at water sites.
  • Completes air quality analysis sampling and conducts runtime analysis of air treatment systems.
  • Conducts weekly inspections of operational equipment required in APP permits.
  • Tracks data for all wells and sampling sites related to the Superfund program.
  • Provides back-up for drinking water program.
  • Participates in on-call duty for drinking water and wastewater emergencies.


Work Environment/Physical Demands


  • Work is performed in a normal City office environment and field setting.
  • Operate a variety of equipment and machinery requiring continuous or repetitive arm-hand movements.
  • Work in small areas; walk up and down stairs and over rough terrain.
  • Tasks require the ability to exert very moderate physical effort in a field work setting, typically involving some combination of: stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling, lifting arms above shoulder level and which may involve some: lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of moderate weight (12-20 pounds); may involve: the lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling of moderately heavy objects and materials (20-50 pounds).
  • Plan and care for tools and equipment; perform minor repairs on equipment.
  • Exposure to dirt, noise, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature extremes, hazardous materials, confined spaces, machinery, electric currents, traffic hazards, bright/dim light, toxic agents, disease, pathogenic substances, or explosives.
  • Visual and muscular dexterity to operate: equipment, computer, and two-way radio.
  • Operate a variety of standard office equipment including: a computer, telephone, calculator, copy and fax machines requiring continuous and repetitive arm, hand, and eye movement.
  • Operate a motor vehicle to travel to/from various locations; pull a trailer with onboard equipment.
  • Work outside of a regular workweek, to include weekends, overtime, on a holiday, in an emergency and on an on-call schedule.

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EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY: It is the policy of the city to provide employment opportunities to all persons based solely on ability, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

When advised, reasonable accommodations will be made in order for an "otherwise qualified applicant" with a disability to participate in any phase of the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources to request an accommodation.  Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation by contacting HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491. Requests should be made 24 hours in advance or as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For TTY users, the Arizona Relay Service (1-800-367-8939) may contact HR Receptionist at (480) 312-2491.

This position description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the position change.


Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Entry Level

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