Water Quality Chemist

  • Location: California - Sacramento Valley
  • Type: Contract
  • Job #238

Operational Technical Services (OTS) is one of the fastest growing private water and wastewater utility staffing providers in the country. We provide certified water treatment, distribution, wastewater treatment, collections, engineering, laboratory, water quality, maintenance, and training professionals to municipalities, special districts, and private utilities throughout the country. OTS offers temporary, temp to hire, direct hire and emergency on-call opportunities including great benefits.


Operational Technical Services, (OTS), is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colors, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

Job Description

LOCATION: Central Valley

POSITION: Water Quality Chemist

CERTIFICATIONS REQUIRED: No Certifications Required
JOB SUMMARY: This position will receive and exercise supervision. This position will perform analysis of physical, chemical, and bacteriological constituents present in a treated and untreated domestic water supply at a water treatment laboratory. This position will also maintain detailed records of analytical activities both manually and electronically; diagnosis, troubleshoots, and coordinates maintenance and repair of instruments and equipment

SCHEDULE: TBD Based off company needs. Must be able to work standby, holidays, weekends and overtime as required.

SALARY: Ranges from $32.60 to $46.06 based off of experience + Benefits

  • Perform and coordinate chemical, physical and bacteriological analysis of water and wastewater on schedule using Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Standard Methods methodology to determine regulatory compliance
  • Results evaluation and interpretation. Determine reasons for problems and recommend corrective measures. Compile reports as needed
  • Investigate and analyze customer water quality complaints; communicate and report findings
  • Researching and testing new lab techniques and procedures and consequential recommendations of changes in operating processes. Prepare Standard Operating Procedures as required
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the laboratory's Quality Assurance and Quality Control standards
  • Quality control report preparation
  • Conduct performance testing on samples as required for maintaining the laboratory's certification
  • Diagnose, troubleshoot, and coordinate maintenance and repair of a variety of complex instruments and equipment
  • Provide leadership for laboratory technicians and less experienced staff as needed
  • Assist Operations with troubleshooting of issues; special testing and methods/procedure development as required
  • Supplies’ inventory maintenance. New equipment recommendation as needed
  • Customer service to course of work’s contacts
  • Performs other duties as assigned by direct supervisor


  • Knowledge of Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) certification requirements and other quality assurance methodologies
  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in chemistry, bacteriology, biology, microbiology, or closely related field
  • Ability to communicate clearly in English (verbally and written)
  • Valid Class C Driver’s License
  • Three years of experience in an analytical laboratory using standard methods for chemical, physical or bacteriological analysis


  • Employee frequently required to stand, walk, sit, and reach with hands and arms. Employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl
  • Employee must regularly lift and or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and or move up to 50 pounds
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