Tucson Water - Water Quality and Operations Division

Recruitment #1908-4018-001


The Tucson Water Department is seeking highly qualified individuals with a chemistry background to perform analyses on drinking water, surface water, and waste water utilizing EPA approved methods.

General Description

Performs chemical and microbiological analysis of water utilizing EPA approved methods. Processes analytical data and prepares reports in compliance with local, state and federal laws regarding drinking water and surface water requirements.

Essential Functions

  • Performs analysis of water samples utilizing various instrumental techniques
  • Performs volatile organic chemical analysis using EPA methods 524.2, 522 and 8260
  • Performs PFAS analysis utilizing EPA Method 537
  • Performs total organic chemical analysis using Standard Method 5310C
  • Performs bench and peer review of analytical data to ensure all QC requirements are completed and the data is valid for reporting
  • Enters data into the laboratory information management system
  • Maintains laboratory records including analytical run logs, standards logs and general quality control records
  • Prepares reagents and calibration standards used for instrumental analysis
  • Performs routine daily maintenance on laboratory equipment that is being used
  • Maintains and updates SOPs for laboratory analysis

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 2 years of experience in performing chemical and microbiological lab and field analysis.

Special Job Requirements

Valid and unrestricted driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as have relevant experience in the areas of:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Microbiology, or closely related field 
  • Six months experience performing volatile organic chemical analysis utilizing GC/MS techniques by EPA Methods 524.2 and 8260
  • Six months experience performing PFAS analysis by EPA Method 537 utilizing LC/MS/MS
  • One year of general laboratory experience utilizing gravimetric, titrimetric and colorimetric procedures

Selection Plan

All applicants will be required to submit a resume under the "Resume" tab as part of the online application, as your resume will be reviewed and scored.  Please ensure your application contains the required resume prior to submission.  

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profiles and the responses to their supplemental questions.  The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an Oral Board Interview.

  •     Oral Board Interviews will be held September 17 and 18, 2019 

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant’s ranking on the Civil Service Employment List will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 10% of the rating for education and work experience
  • 90% rating for the Oral Board Interview

This recruitment will establish a Civil Service Employment List that will be utilized to fill all vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.  Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to  The DD 214 must reflect a characterization of service. Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must email the contacts listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.


Communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter. Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.