Positions

Pay Range 18 Breakdown

BreakdownMinMax
Annually$43,142.87$64,714.30
Monthly$3,595.24$5,392.86
Bi-Weekly$1,659.34$2,489.01
Hourly (40 hrs.)$20.7418$31.1126
Hourly (42 hrs.)$19.7541$29.6311
Hourly (56 hrs.)$14.8155$22.2233

Chemist

Range: $43,142.87 - $64,714.30 (18)
Position Number: 6652

JOB TITLE:  CHEMIST
JOB SUMMARY:  This position is responsible for performing chemical, physical, and biological analysis of wastewater, industrial wastes and by-products of water and wastewater treatment processes.
MAJOR DUTIES:
Trains, assigns, directs, supervises, and evaluates personnel; assists in the hiring and disciplining of personnel.
Oversees regular and complex chemical and biological analysis, and microscopic studies of wastewater samples, industrial wastes, and by-products of the treatment process to determine chemical constituents for efficiency of treatment and compliance with regulations.
Performs laboratory analysis; trains lab personnel in analytical procedures.
Determines sampling methods and makes recommendations based on local, state, and federal guidelines; maintains the wastewater collection schedule.
Assists the Pretreatment coordinator in scheduling the collection of industrial wastewater samples; oversees sampling schedule and submission of samples to contract laboratory.
Tracks project deadlines and due dates; maintains application and annual renewal process for lab certification.
Reviews laboratory data for accuracy and precision of analysis; interprets test results and records on daily basis; prepares data summary reports; prepares mandatory reports for state and federal agencies.
Maintains inventories of lab chemicals and supplies; maintains lab equipment; recommends purchase of new lab equipment.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED BY THE POSITION:
Knowledge of city and department policies and procedures.
Knowledge of the principles of organic and inorganic chemistry including quantitative and qualitative analysis.
Knowledge of chemical, physical, and bacteriological analyses of water.
Knowledge of modern laboratory equipment.
Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, ordinances, and regulations related to wastewater treatment and laboratory analyses.
Skill in planning, organizing, and prioritizing work.
Skill in performing mathematical computations.
Skill in the supervision of personnel.
Skill in the performance of laboratory analysis of water samples.
Skill in the use of a computer.
Skill in oral and written communication.
SUPERVISORY CONTROLS:  The Water Reclamation Plant Manager assigns work in terms of very general instructions.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.
GUIDELINES:  Guidelines include federal, state and local regulations, including North Carolina 15 NCAC 2H Regulations, the Code of Federal Regulations, and EPA Methods for the Analysis of Water and Wastewater.  These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application. 
COMPLEXITY:  The work consists of varied duties in the laboratory analysis of water samples.  Frequently changing regulations contribute to the complexity of the position. 
SCOPE AND EFFECT:  The purpose of this position is to perform chemical and biological analysis of wastewater, industrial waste, and by-products of the water treatment process.  Successful performance ensures compliance with state and federal environmental regulations. 
PERSONAL CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, other local government officials, outside engineers, contractors, vendors, state and federal agency personnel, and the general public.
PURPOSE OF CONTACTS:  Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, provide services, motivate personnel, and negotiate or settle matters. 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The work is typically performed while sitting at a desk or table or while intermittently sitting, standing, or stooping.  The employee occasionally lifts light and heavy objects, uses tools or equipment requiring a high degree of dexterity, and must be able to distinguish between shades of color. 
WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work is typically performed in an office, laboratory and at wastewater treatment plant facilities.  The employee is exposed to contagious and infectious disease and irritating chemicals.  The work may be performed outdoors and occasionally in cold or inclement weather.  The work requires the use of protective devices such as masks, goggles, or gloves.
SUPERVISORY AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITY:  The position has direct supervision over Laboratory Technician (5) and functional supervision over pre-treatment coordinator.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field.
Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the work of subordinate positions to be able to answer questions and resolve problems, usually associated with one to three years experience or service.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
Possession of or ability to readily obtain an appropriate state-certified license for water or wastewater treatment or distribution as appropriate.