Chemist- Inorganic Laboratory Section

  • Orange County Water District
  • 18700 Ward Street, Fountain Valley, CA, USA
  • Apr 30, 2021
Full time Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description


Chemist- Inorganic Laboratory Section


Chemist is the first level in a four-level chemist series following a two-level laboratory technician series. Under supervision, observes all safety procedures, performs routine and/or complex physical, chemical (including trace analysis), and microbiological 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 inorganic 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.


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 Methods, Standard Methods for the analysis of drinking water and wastewater, as well as Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) for quality control and quality assurance. Must be familiar with use of a LIMS database and reporting system. Familiarity with The NELAC Institute (TNI) 2016 Standards is highly desirable. Possession of AWWA and/or CWEA Laboratory Analyst certification is desirable.

Strongly prefer at least three years of hands-on experience in Ion Chromatography (IC), Ion Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (IC-MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry/Mass Spectrometry (ICP-OES/MS) and other instrumental and manual analytical techniques, experience with sample preparation/digestion, and the EPA Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule (UCMR) program. Ability to operate, troubleshoot, and maintain a variety of laboratory instruments including flow injection analyzer, total organic carbon analyzer, discreet analyzer, and autotitration systems is highly preferred. 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.

SCHEDULE: 9/80 with every other Friday off. 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Must be able to work additional hours and weekends when required. Current schedule is subject to change due to COVID modifications/restrictions.

Salary Range (DOQ): Chemist: $39.02 - $48.78 per hour

You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit to complete an application. 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. EOE


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Job Level

Entry-level, Mid-level


Chemist: $39.02 - $48.78 per hour

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