Environmental Technician

  • Avondale AZ
  • Avondale, AZ, USA
  • Nov 05, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Geoscience-Hydrogeology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Job Description

The City of Avondale Public Works Department is currently seeking qualified applicants for a full time Environmental Technician position. To apply for this position, please submit your online application before the closing date. 

The Environmental Technician is responsible for monitoring and ensuring compliance with federal and state regulations concerning drinking water quality, wetlands and recharge water quality for the Underground Storage Facility (USF) permit and monitoring water quality for the Aquifer Protection Plan (APP) permits. Under general supervision the Environmental Technician performs a variety of technical duties involving collecting water and wastewater samples throughout the City's distribution, surface water and monitoring wells compliance purposes. The Environmental Technician will also assist with inspections of water and wastewater system users ensuring the safety of our water resources.  Provides support activities for all Water Quality and Regulatory Compliance programs including but not limited to water conversation, backflow/cross connection prevention, pretreatment, and drinking water quality. 

Essential Functions

Performs water and wastewater quality monitoring by obtaining and delivering water quality samples to the laboratory, analyzing laboratory results, and maintaining schedules to meet state requirements. Collects, analyze, and record results for nitrate, pH, chlorine residual, total dissolved solids, conductivity, and dissolved oxygen using field test equipment and methods.  Must have knowledge in calibration and QA/QC of field equipment per Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).

Monitors water quality at the wetlands and recharge facilities, assist with maintenance activities at these facilities.

Assists with wastewater pretreatment inspections of industrial dischargers to sewer system, including Significant Industrial Users (SIU), Categorical Industrial Users (CIU) and Fats, and Oil and Grease (FOG) program. Makes recommendations to pretreatment program staff for violations and corrective actions.

Monitors and recommends updates to sampling plans and standard operating procedures as updates to rules and regulations change. Assists with preparing various water quality reports for submission to ADEQ and Maricopa County Environmental Services.

Works with engineers and contractors to ensure new waterlines and drinking water infrastructure are installed and tested properly and meet standards for drinking water before being placed into service.

Assists with backflow assembly testing and repair of city owned backflow prevention devices and reports the status of devices to the backflow program staff.

Job Requirements

High School diploma or equivalency.  

Two (2) years of experience in a water or wastewater system related field.  Experience in conducting water quality testing is highly desirable.

Valid driver's license. Requires an Arizona Department of Environmental Quality grade two or the ability to attain a grade two in one year for one of the disciplines listed: Water Treatment Plant Operator; Water Distribution System Operator; Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator; Wastewater Collection System Operator

Supplemental Information

Work requires the ability to read schematics, blueprints, technical specifications, regulations, permits, MSDS information, and operations, procedure, and repair manuals, and to interpret environmental regulatory documents.

Work requires the ability to perform general math calculations such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, algebra, calculus and trigonometry.

Work requires the ability to write daily logs, reports, work orders, budget justifications, technical specifications, reviews, performance evaluations, training standards, and general correspondence.

Planning responsibilities include fluctuations in plant functions, testing schedules and laboratory inventories.

The incumbent prepares documents and does research to justify language used in documents for a unit of a department and may recommend budget allocations.

Work requires training and direction of staff performing related collection and testing functions.

Work is governed by broad instructions, objectives, and policies.  Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and independent analytical and evaluative judgment.
The incumbent in this position contacts others within the organization.  These contacts may involve similar work units or departments within the City which may be involved in decision making or providing approval or decision making authority for purchases or projects.  In addition, the incumbent works with individuals outside the City who may belong to professional or peer organizations.  Working with various state and federal agencies may also be required of the employee.  Vendors and suppliers may also be called upon for information on purchases, supplies or products.  Meetings and discussions may be conducted with customers, brokers and sales representatives.  Employee must maintain regular attendance. Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.

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Government- Local/Regional


$43,555.20 - $63,128.00 Annually