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HOURLY WAGE: New Hire: $26.76  ·  1 year: $29.63  ·  2 years: $31.42  ·  3 years: $33.25

Are you very detialed oriented? Did you catch that mistake? Do you have a passion for public health and water quality? Do you thrive in a team environment and have the passion to go above and beyond the bare minimum? The City of Cedar Rapids has a job perfect for you! We are seeking an experienced Lab Services Water Quality Analyst to join our organization.  The ideal candidate will have experience in an environmental lab, are very detail oriented and have experience with data entry and analyzing information. At the City, we are committed to employing individuals who reflect our community’s diverse backgrounds and this position is crucial in the success and strategic direction of a growing and evolving community.

We appreciate and leverage the vast experience individuals bring beyond the technical requirements of a job. If you are an individual with similar experience listed here please consider applying. Experience and skills combined with commitment to our core values is key to building a greater community now and for the next generation; therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to this position. Any person who anticipates needing accommodations for any part of the recruitment process please contact Katie Ulmer ( or 319-286-5138).

What is in it for you?

The City provides outstanding pay, benefits and time off. With participation in the Wellness Program, the Choice Family PPO plan cost is only $63.88 per month for 2022! Additionally we offer:

Medical co-insurance for participating providers of 90% plan / 10% employee
Iowa Public Employee’s Retirement Pension plans (IPERS)  with a 9.44% City contribution and 6.29% employee contribution
11 paid holidays per year
Up to $3,000 per year in educational assistance
4 weeks of paid parental leave
Generous flex leave (paid-time off)
Annual pay increases
Typically receive annual cost of living increase depending on budget
100% City paid basic life insurance
Dental, vision, long-term disability, and supplemental life insurance
Commitment to professional development
View our non-bargaining Choice Plan Benefits Summary
About the Position:

This person will play a crucial role of ensuring the water we put out to our community is safe and drinkable. This includes testing samples of wastewater and drinking water.  You will go out into the community and collect samples from commercial business, restaurants, gas stations, residential as well as commercial locations. There will also be outdoor fieldwork where you will collect data and samples, bring samples to the lab and do further analysis.  A major role of this position is analyzing the data to ensure compliance and standards are met.

Provides environmental monitoring and analytical services to sustain the continuity of water quality programs at the wastewater and drinking water treatment facilities.

Work is performed under general supervision, with the ability to exercise discretion in selection of work method and schedule.

Position Schedule: Monday-Friday 7:00am-3:30pm

Successful completion of a pre-employment background check, physical examination (if applicable) and drug screen are required prior to employment with the City of Cedar Rapids.

The City of Cedar Rapids does not offer sponsorship for employment authorization.

Examples of Essential Duties:

Participates in sampling program assignments which consists of manual collection of samples from specified point sources and samples delivery to the designated laboratory for processing;
Performs a variety of analytical determinations, physical measurements and bacteriological assays;
Utilizes laboratory instrumentation and other equipment as related to work assignments;
Calibrates and maintains on-line process analyzers;
Prepares chemical reagents/standards and bacteriological media;
Keeps and maintains work records pertaining to respective assignments and related QA/QC protocols;
Enters daily data pertaining to work assignments into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS);
Performs peer review of fellow analyst analytical data output;
Participates in training and cross training activities and related practices;
Communicates shortages of laboratory supplies to the Laboratory Services Manager;
Documents and reports to the Laboratory Services Manager unusual problems and/or safety issues encountered on any work;
Performs housekeeping tasks as assigned;
Adheres to work schedule, assignments and analytical procedures and related protocols;
Performs all work duties and activities in accordance with City policies and follow established rules and regulations;
Adheres to prescribed safety practices, wears and properly uses safety equipment including personal protective and gas detection equipment;
Participates in staff meetings and training sessions;
Attends work regularly at the designated place and time;
Supports continuous process improvement initiatives;
Performs related work as required.

Acceptable Experience and Training:

Two years of post High School education in chemistry, biology or general science and a minimum of one year experience in analytical laboratory procedures preferably in the field of water quality analyses; or
Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work.

Required Special Qualifications:

Valid U.S. Driver’s License upon appointment.

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