Water Bacteriologist Chemist

Recruitment #23-5047-001


The Water Bacteriologist Chemist (WBC) is assigned to the division of Water Supply & Treatment. The incumbent provides analytical services and information to City of Dayton customers and City departments. Must have a thorough knowledge of Federal EPA and Ohio EPA regulations and guidelines for laboratory procedures. The incumbent analyzes groundwater, surface water, water treatment processes, lime residuals and distribution systems. Completes accurate and understandable test results for use by the Department while maintaining compliance with regulatory agencies relative to procedures for laboratory certification. The WBC aides and assists with laboratory research projects and performs varied analyses on water samples to ensure that water meets all drinking water standards. Responsible for sampling techniques, reagents, calibration curves, instrumentation calibrations, glassware preparation, sample bottles preparation, and analysis modifications. Converts analytical results into meaningful data. Incumbent must be familiar with various software systems such as spreadsheet and database software, including Windows and a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental or Physical Science or closely related field AND one year of experience in laboratory work performing chemical / bacterial sampling and testing of water. Two years of academic laboratory coursework in the scientific field of study may substitute for one year of experience if degree was obtained within the past 12 months.

Degree must be from a college or university that is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission or equivalent region.


Must meet the following:

1. Within 3 months of appointment, must acquire and maintain interim Ohio EPA authorization in Wet Chemistry and MMO-MUG Microbiology testing for water. 

2. Within 6 months of appointment (or by the earliest available OEPA laboratory survey date), must acquire and maintain full Ohio EPA certifications in Wet Chemistry and Microbiology Testing for water. 

3. Within 18 months of appointment, must obtain an Ohio EPA Water Supply Operator Class I or higher certification. 

4. Within 3 years of receiving an Ohio EPA Water Supply Operator Class I, the incumbent must obtain an Ohio EPA Water Supply Operator Class II certification.

License Requirements

Must possess a valid driver’s license at time of appointment and maintain thereafter as a term and condition of continued employment.


Applications must specifically address each of the minimum qualifications, directly showing how each is met.

Background Check 
A background investigation and evidence of Employment Authorization and Identity is required prior to employment. All candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position, including current city employees seeking transfer, promotion, demotion, etc. into a classified position. 

Medical Examination & Drug and Nicotine Testing 
Final appointment is contingent upon the applicant passing a job-related medical examination including drug screen. Applicants offered employment with the City will be required to pass a nicotine screening. Newly hired employees must remain tobacco and nicotine free as a condition of continued employment. The Tobacco and Nicotine Free Hiring Policy does not apply to current City employees. 

An Equal Employment Opportunity Employer