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Water Treatment Researcher

FLSA: Exempt

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SALARY RANGE:

(N35) $55,827.20 - $83,678.40 a year

JOB CODE: 339830

BENEFITS:

Health, vision, dental, and life insurance; annual and sick leave; paid holidays; pension and tax-deferred compensation (457) plans; and more.

JOB PURPOSE:The selected candidate will perform responsible administrative and research work associated with water treatment processes for regulatory compliance and cost saving initiatives.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Reviewing and evaluating process performance of the full-scale water treatment process for optimization and improvements. Performing process modeling, trending process performance, calculating cost and determining feasibility of projects based on analysis of collected data.

  • Researching and applying treatment concepts, strategies and technologies on a bench and pilot scale study to evaluate their applicability and feasibility for use by City of Tampa;performing computer calculations as necessary to monitor and maintain bench and pilot plant operations within study parameters.

  • Providing field evaluations and recommending operation or maintenance modifications.

  • Coordinating with Operation and Maintenance sections to implement effective courses of action and obtain optimal utilization of research results.

  • Researching emerging technologies and new products and conducting water quality studies to achieve business objectives and goals.

  • Staying informed of current and upcoming regulations and being able to foresee and resolve potential compliance challenges using a proactive approach.

  • Identifying, developing and implementing appropriate analytical procedures for water quality parameters critical to research studies as appropriate.

  • Preparing clear, concise and comprehensive logs, records, study reports and other written materials; communicating clearly and concisely both orally and in writing.

  • Performing related duties as assigned.


DESIRABLE KNOWLEDGES, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Extensive knowledge of: theories, principles, methods, practices, techniques and equipment used in potable water treatment; local, state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to the production and treatment of potable water, including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Florida Administrative Code and relevant EPA and U.S. Public Health regulations; trends and developments in water treatment science, technologies, engineering and operations; principles, methods and operational requirements and control parameters used in treatment and disinfection processes, including pre-chlorination, coagulation, flocculation, dual media filtration, fluoridation, chlorination and corrosion control; principles, practices, methods and techniques in the use of state-of-the-art supervisory process control systems to monitor and manage water treatment processes and other specialized software applicable to areas of assigned responsibility.

Some knowledge of: Cost/Benefit analysis.

Ability to: Plan, implement, monitor and evaluate bench and pilot treatment plant operations designed to simulate full-scale treatment plant processes; organize, set priorities and exercise sound independent judgment within areas of responsibility; understand, interpret, explain and apply complex federal, state and local law and regulations; solve problems; perform bench-scale and pilot-scale studies using advanced water treatment technologies; prepare technical reports on study results; establish and maintain effective working relationships with department managers, supervisors, consultants, vendors, employees and others encountered in the course of the work.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Graduation from a four-year college with a major in environmental or civil engineering, or a closely related field; a masterís degree or higher is highly preferred.

EXAMINATION:

Evaluation of education and experience. Drug testing is included in all pre-employment processing.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: To be considered for this position, applications must be received or postmarked by the closing date of May 15, 2014. Applications received or postmarked after the closing date will not be processed.

HELPFUL HINTS FOR COMPLETING YOUR APPLICATION: Please register as a MyTampaGov member before you begin the application process. This will enable you to view and re-use information from previously submitted applications to complete and submit any future applications. Please make certain your application is complete and the information you provide clearly demonstrates that you possess the minimum job qualifications as stated in the job announcement. Resumes can be submitted in support of an application, but not in lieu of an application. Resumes and copies of certifications or other required documents may be attached to your online application or e-mailed to careers@tampagov.net.

4-7-14(339830)

Note: Applications must be received or postmarked by the closing date. Applications received or postmarked after 5/15/2014 will not be processed.

This office reserves the right not to consider those applications that have incomplete information, or that are received without necessary transcripts, certificates, licenses, or other required documents.