Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago

Pollution Control Technician II (#20003642)

General Statement

Under general supervision performs the more difficult or responsible tasks in gathering samples of water from streams, waterways, and industrial waste discharges for use in laboratory analysis and performs related duties as required.

Essential Job Functions

Essential job functions are fundamental, core functions common to positions in a classification.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are designed to be descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents may complete one or all of the job duties listed or tasks of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Maintains and operates Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) generator trailer units, analytical meters, and other specialized ground water monitoring devices. 
  • Calculates well volumes, flow rates, and pump rates for TARP ground water monitoring wells. 
  • Analyzes and interprets collected field data.
  • Fills out log sheet on samples, records observations of visible qualities of the liquid sample; tags samples and identifies with names, addresses, times, dates and other pertinent information; maintains depth reading log sheets.
  • Oversees work of Pollution Control Technician I crew members.

Other Job Functions

  • Gathers water samples manually or with automatic sampling devices; places them into appropriate containers. 
  • Adds chemical preservatives to samples.  
  • Cleans and maintains sampling equipment, special testing equipment, vehicles, TARP generator trailer units, and work stations.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Environmental Conditions

May involve exposure to industrial equipment or operations, and may involve contact with hazardous or toxic material.  May require frequent exposure to a variety of weather conditions.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to perform all principal requirements of the job, including lifting heavy objects.
  • Ability to accurately record information regarding samples.
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Graduation from a standard senior high school or the equivalent and one year of experience as a water sampler, laboratory assistant, or laboratory technician.  Possession of a valid driver's license.



Promotional Requirement

  • One year as a Pollution Control Technician I with the District.
  • Civil service status as a Pollution Control Technician I.

CLASS: 20003642; EST: 1/1/1900;