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Salt River Project Specialist Chemical in Phoenix, Arizona

Specialist Chemical

Date: Sep 9, 2021

Location: Phoenix, AZ, US

Company: SRP

SRP is one of the largest public power and water utilities in the U.S. providing electricity to approximately one million customers in the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. Since its founding in 1903, SRP has fostered a culture of stewardship and customer service consistently ranking as an industry leader in customer service according to J.D. Power. SRP continues to adapt to its changing business environment by seeking innovative ways to reimagine utility service and the provision of critical resources essential to the life and economy of Arizona.

Job Brief

Performs activities related to power plant chemistry, water treatment systems, and regulatory permits. Provides scientific and analytical services specific to chemical treatments used in power plant water systems.

Job Responsibilities

  • Manages overall Plant Chemistry Programs for electric generating stations.

  • Performs sample collection, analysis, data reporting and trending that results in proper chemical protection of all water-touched surfaces per EPRI guidelines.

  • Performs activities that support compliance demonstrations with regulatory permits (AZPDES, APP and Title V permits) including sampling, analysis, QA/QC, reporting, and record keeping.

  • Monitors the performance of water treatment systems (including Clarifiers, Multi-Media Filters, Reverse Osmosis Systems, and Mixed-Resin Deionization Systems).

  • Maintains bulk chemical inventory and places orders as needed to support plant operations.

  • Supports efforts related to competitive sourcing of chemical contracts.

  • Develops, evaluates, and implements chemical treatments that protect power plant assets.

  • Assists with special studies as required.

  • Provides reports to plant management on important plant chemistry trends.

  • Participates in training programs and provides technical assistance to operations, engineering, and maintenance personnel.

  • Manages line-item chemical budget expenditures and provides multi-year cost projections for chemical expenditures.

  • Manages projects to maintain or upgrade systems and equipment associated with plant chemistry performance.

  • Serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) for Power Plant Chemistry by providing support and technical information to SRP's generating fleet as needed.

  • Provides 24-hour on-call coverage for chemical emergencies.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Minimum of 15 college credits (100+) from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.


Over 1 years and up to and including 3 years of experience chemical laboratory experience is desired or two years experience in power plant work is also desired, but not required.

Additional Information

  • Must possess knowledge necessary to perform role functions including:

  • Determining correct chemical control ranges and chemical doses to maintain proper unit chemical control based upon EPRI guidelines.

  • Understanding the effect that water conditioning and chemical treatment has on safe and efficient operation of plant equipment.

  • Ensuring safe operation and control of all chemical feed systems including hazardous substances such as acids and chlorine.

  • Operating and controlling water treatment systems including softening, clarification, multi-media filtration, reverse osmosis, and demineralizers.

  • Troubleshooting and correcting contaminated or malfunctioning water systems.

  • Reading engineering drawings.

  • Understanding basic power plant practices and procedures.

  • Work environment is dynamic. Requires timely decision-making capabilities.

  • Extensive contact with plant operators, maintenance personnel, engineers, laboratory chemists, and chemical suppliers is required.

  • Work is completed on a 24/7 basis, 365 days per year. Chemical Specialist is expected to engage on off-hours as needed to ensure continued, reliable operation.

  • Appropriate respirator medical certification, fit testing, and training is required.


Minimum of 20 college chemistry credits (100+) from an accredited institution that prepares the employee for the assignment.

Experience : Minimum of 2 years of power plant chemistry or chemical laboratory experience.

Requisition Details

Requisition ID: 13334

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Salt River Project (SRP) recognizes diversity and inclusion as key drivers of innovation and growth, and seeks to attract a diverse employee base that reflects our community. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, military status or any other protected status under applicable federal, state or local law. Ultimately, SRP aspires to fully apply the power of diversity and inclusion to build a more equitable and sustainable future for our customers, employees and community.

Drug/Alcohol Policy Statement

In order to promote the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and the communities we serve, SRP is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free work environment. Although marijuana may now be legal in Arizona, except as otherwise specified under Arizona law, SRP considers it to be an illegal drug for the purpose of our drug/alcohol policy because marijuana remains illegal at the federal level. Any candidate found to be impaired during the hiring process or who has the presence of an illegal drug or unauthorized substance in their system during the pre-employment drug/alcohol test may be disqualified from further consideration in the hiring process.

All candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Currently, SRP does not sponsor H1B visas.

Why Work at SRP

SRP's success is rooted in our employees' happiness, health and safety. That's why we offer a comprehensive benefits package to meet the needs of our employees and enhance their well-being. In addition to competitive pay and performance incentives, eligible employees can take advantage of the following benefits:

• 401(k) plan with employer matching

• Retirement pension

• Paid vacation

• Parental leave

• Holiday pay

• Sick leave

• Medical, vision, dental and life insurance

• Wellness programs

• Pre-tax benefits

• Short and long-term disability plans

• Tuition assistance