Water Quality & Operations Division

Recruitment #1909-4016-001




To remain eligible, you must maintain your permanent or probationary Civil Service employment status through the actual date of transfer. If you are not a current permanent or probationary Civil Service employee at the date of transfer, you will not be eligible for this position. Non-permanent or appointed employees are not eligible.

The Eligibility List may be used fill vacancies occurring at Tucson Water in the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.

The Tucson Water Department is looking for qualified candidates to be part of the Water Quality and Operations Division working in the Water Quality Laboratory as a Water Quality Analyst. The Water Quality Lab is responsible for compliance sampling and analysis as well as routine discretionary sampling and analysis. This position will involve potable and reclaim water sampling and analysis, as well as sample receiving, and miscellaneous lab activities.

General Description

Samples potable and non-potable water for compliance with standards and regulations. Analyzes and reports results of tests, and responds to and resolves customer complaints.

Essential Functions

  • Collects, analyzes and reviews water samples by generating work lists, developing sampling plans, prioritizing and scheduling tests, calibrating instruments, preparing required reagents, performing testing and quality control, entering data into the computer system and reviewing data for completeness and accuracy.
  • Receives and maintains samples by picking up containers of bottles, checking the completeness of samples and paperwork, preparing and shelving bottles and bottle sets, delivering samples and paperwork, washing and preserving testing equipment and sampling containers, preparing solutions and disposing of wastes.
  • Assists in project and program management by communicating and identifying client needs, scheduling projects and sampling events, disseminating information to personnel, maintaining and developing program spreadsheets and documentation and coordinating activities with other sections and divisions.
  • Responds to and resolves customer complaints and concerns by communicating with customers, performing field investigations, retrieving data, researching information, logging complaints, producing reports from information gathered and providing data for the website, reports and to customers.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Associate's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualifications: At least 1 year of sampling, data collection, and analyzing in the field of water, environmental health, life science, and/or physical science

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

An equivalent combination of education and relevant-level experience that provides the ability to successfully perform the essential functions may be considered.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a panel board interview.

  • Oral Board interviews will be held: Tuesday, October 29, 2019 and Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (if necessary)

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on an Eligibility List.  An applicant's ranking on the list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 20% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 80% of your rating for panel board interview

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please email Shelly Urias at Shelly.Urias@tucsonaz.gov at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.

The list may be used to fill vacancies occurring at Tucson Water in the next 6 months. Selection will be made in accordance with CSR III, Section 2. The list of employees eligible for consideration will remain in effect for 6 months. Examination results and current status will be communicated by email.


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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.