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MidAmerican Energy Company Public Water Specialist in Calipatria, California

This position is responsible for maintenance of public water systems, sampling and analysis of drinking water, public water, ground water and surface water. Routinely conducts analysis using classical wet chemistry techniques. Conducts data entry, graphs analytical data and calculated results; writes monthly and annual reports. Follow strict quality control procedures established through the quality assurance and quality control supervisor and adhere to California Environmental Protection Agency and United States Environmental Protection Agency’s analytical procedures. Performs work with minimal supervision and direction from supervisor.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Job Functions)

Adhere to and support all safety and environmental rules, policies and procedures.

Test water samples and make adjustments as necessary to remove harmful bacteria and organism to guarantee water safety and the quality of taste and smell.

Conduct routine maintenance for public water systems. Using hand tools is frequently necessary to repair and adjust the equipment and machines in the plant.

Conduct routine sampling of drinking water and public water following the Standard Operating Procedures.

Conduct analysis and periodically perform initial demonstrations of capability for wet chemistry techniques.

Train laboratory personnel and operations personnel in public water system maintenance, analytical procedures and data reporting.

Perform routine maintenance and standardization on laboratory equipment. Diagnose and perform minor repairs on laboratory instrumentation. Maintain lab and field equipment in a safe, clean and efficient condition.

Prepare standards and quality control solutions and perform calculations involving dilutions, normality, molarity and stoichiometry.

Write Standard Operating Procedures and Public Water Reports.

Perform additional responsibilities, including special projects, as requested or assigned.

Report results to appropriate personnel in a timely manner.

Perform data entry, interval statistical analysis and calculations. Build and execute formulas and generate charts in spreadsheet applications. Perform data entry and recovery using the Laboratory Information Management System.

Be informed of local, regional, state and federal water quality standards and make sure they are consistently met.

Associate of science degree in chemistry or other physical science highly desirable; or equivalent work experience. (Typically three years of related, progressive work experience would be needed for candidates applying for this position who do not possess an associate’s degree.)

Must have certificates in wastewater treatment or water quality technology.

Five years experience in water treatment, drinking water, environmental laboratories conducting hands-on analysis and operational knowledge of laboratory instrumentation.

Must have the knowledge and expertise of using chemicals and other additives to test water samples and make adjustments as necessary to remove harmful bacteria and organism to guarantee water safety and the quality of taste and smell.

Must possess the ability to read and interpret written documents such as Environmental Protection Agency methods of analysis, internal standard operating procedures, safety rules, policy manual and professional journals.

Strong computing skills, including the use of spreadsheets, word processors, databases and information management tools is required. The ability to graph data and interpret the results is a mandatory requirement. Must have comprehensive understanding of basic statistical concepts used in analytical chemistry.

Must be able to perform mathematical calculations commonly used in laboratories such as dilutions, molecular mass calculations, molarity calculations and stoichiometric calculations. Ability to apply concepts of algebra, geometry, calculus and statistics commonly used in analytical laboratories.

Effective oral and written communication skills.

Effective analytical and problem-solving skills.

Ability to prioritize and handle multiple tasks and projects concurrently.

Must show a willingness to learn, as well as to clearly communicate complex ideas and concepts to those with less technical background.

Must be able to evaluate results, note trends and irregularities in the data and draw conclusions regarding analytical results. Ability to take corrective action as appropriate.

The ability to read and interpret gauges and other measuring devices.

A valid California driver’s license is required.

Employees must be able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without an accommodation.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability status.

Technician may be called to the plant during odd hours or on weekends if there is equipment failure that requires his expertise.

Job: *Technician

Organization: *BHE Geothermal

Title: Public Water Specialist

Location: CA-Calipatria

Requisition ID: 2000300

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