Chemist/ Senior Chemist

  • Orange County Water District
  • Fountain Valley, CA, United States
  • Sep 08, 2017
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality

Job Description

Chemist/Senior Chemist

(DOQ will consider Chemist or Senior Chemist Level)                                                         


Under supervision, observes all safety procedures, performs routine and/or complex physical, chemical, analyses on water, wastewater, and related samples. Requires knowledge of current principles, practices and procedures in the field of environmental chemistry with an emphasis on organic analyses; knowledge of testing methods, analytical procedures, quality control, and laboratory safety. Maintains and operates analytical laboratory equipment. Uses networked LIMS system for reporting water quality data. Experience on the use of computer data input and communication required. Participates in applied research, method development, and investigative projects associated with analysis of water quality parameters. Uses networked LIMS system for reporting water quality data.        


Bachelor’s Degree in chemistry, biology, or related field required; or an equivalent combination of education and professional experience. Chemistry major preferred. At least two years of prior experience in the drinking water/wastewater laboratory field is required, along with knowledge of EPA standard methods for the analysis of water/waste water and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) on quality control and quality assurance. Must be familiar with operating a LIMS reporting system. 

Strongly prefer at least two years of hands-on experience in Gas Chromatography (GC), Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), Liquid Chromotagraphy Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS) or a combination to support volatile organic compound (VOC) analysis, other trace organic analysis, the Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) program, and other emerging contaminant monitoring programs. (The senior level position requires a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in these areas) Ability to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain a variety of laboratory instruments including the GC, GC/MS, LC/MS and HPLC is desirable. Good verbal and written communication skills. Ability to work independently, provide needed technical support, and safely handle hazardous laboratory waste. Must be able to work additional hours and weekends when required  


9/80 with every other Friday off. 7:00 am – 4:30 pm. However, must be able to work additional hours and weekends when required. 


Chemist: $34.85 - $43.56 per hour

Senior Chemist:     $42.36 - $52.95 per hour


You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered.

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Pre-employment drug screening is conducted for DOT Program positions.

A valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance is required.

Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply.


Job Level



Government- Local/Regional


$34.85 - $43.56, Senior= $42.36 - $52.95