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9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA Req #63
Tuesday, March 3, 2020

One Water, One Team

When you work at Great Lakes Water Authority, you help make a difference in the environment and in your local community.


“One water, one team” is more than just a phrase, it’s a way of doing business. Here, you don’t work for GLWA, you work with GLWA. We are racing toward a shared goal to become the region’s most-trusted, high-quality water and wastewater resource.

We are looking for a Chemist who will be responsible for conducting a variety of quantitative and qualitative chemical, microbiological, and analyses on drinking water in order to meet regulatory, quality control, and process control monitoring requirements. This position is responsible for monitoring drinking water treatment chemicals and filtration and oversees the low lift storage and transmission of drinking water as conditions and abilities warrant. This position requires progressive responsibility, knowledge, and skill regarding water treatment, monitoring regulations, administrative duties, and the production of regulatory reports.

Responsibilities (not all-inclusive)

  • You will collect field samples and perform chemical, microbiological, toxicological, and physical analyses that include reagent and media preparation, instrument operation, calibration, maintenance checks and quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC).
  • In this role, you will contribute to the record keeping and reporting (both electronically and hardcopy) of laboratory data, regulatory reporting, Monthly Operations Report, plant meetings, etc.
  • You will validate accurate readings from inline meters, particle counters, analyzer reagent change/replenishment, and verify local readings against sample analyses and monitor and control water treatment chemical processes and maintain regulatory compliance
  • Tackle difficult technical problems, devise solutions and apply new methods to treatment and laboratory analyses
  • Participate in laboratory certification preparation and renewal
  • Maintain a clean lab and purchase laboratory supplies, equipment, consumables, and chemicals
  • Perform shift work which includes all day, afternoon, night, weekend and holiday assignments
  • Participate in the chlorine leak response team contribute to laboratory and safety training and
  • The Chemist – Level 3 may be required to perform team coordination activities within the functional unit.

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in chemistry or related science

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Standard laboratory techniques and practices; drinking water regulations and regulatory compliance and wastewater treatment chemical processes
  • Develop and carry out complex routine operations and safety standards in water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Use advanced technology and laboratory instruments for treatment analysis of water and wastewater
  • Conduct precise observations; take and verify accurate readings against sample analyses
  • Work with limited oversight become an expert in all drinking laboratory analyses and water treatment
  • Use Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS)
  • Troubleshoot, recognize and resolve problems
  • Effectively utilize appropriate security and safety equipment and procedures
  • Maintain regular and reliable attendance
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing to lead team activities or to work as a team member
  • Communicate frequently with team members and other units across the Organization about process, equipment or potential problems and establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
  • Develop proficiency in unit specific operations and software

Other Requirements:

  • Wear personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • A valid Michigan Driver’s License and the ability to drive a motor vehicle on all terrain
  • Follow policies and procedures in carrying out work duties

We are all strategic partners on the path to becoming a Utility of the Future, and GLWA prioritizes the selection of highly talented, well-qualified individuals to help us get there.

We are dedicated to expertly delivering the nation’s best water and wastewater services to southeast Michigan. We offer competitive pay and the starting wage or salary, if hired, is variable. Factors such as your proven hard and soft skills, your level of education, history in the sector or industry, and meaningful work experience will all be evaluated.

We also offer an opportunity for advancement, on the job training, ongoing professional development, tuition assistance and a career in a sector that safeguards public health, supports and strengthen communities, and protects the environment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

Other details

  • Job Family Chemist
  • Job Function Operations
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • 9300 W Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48209, USA