The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

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Job Requirements

Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field. (A Degree in a related field is defined as a degree in Biology, Environmental Science or related.)

Required Knowledge of:
Limnological, biological and laboratory methods and principles; principles of statistics; laboratory techniques and instrumentation; standard laboratory quality assurance and control requirements; laboratory and field safety protocols; basic water sampling techniques; aquatic organisms; and current office technology and equipment.

Required Skills and Abilities to: Analyze, interpret, and manage data; operate and maintain field and laboratory instruments and equipment; conduct sampling and monitoring; handle boats and trailers; adapt; apply scientific knowledge to assist in resolving technical problems; use culturing, staining, microscopy, and molecular techniques; problem solve; prioritize and multi-task; communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; work independently and in a team environment; and operate current office equipment including computers and supporting applications.

Employees in this position may be required to obtain and maintain the following certifications, licensing and registrations:

Diving positions require at the time of application:
• Rescue Diver Certification
• Oxygen Provider Certification
• CPR/First Aid/AED

• Valid California Class C Driver license or equivalent that allows you to drive in the course of your employment is required at time of application
• May be required to be a licensed/certified SCUBA Diver.

Diving requirements for this position are set forth in the MWD Diver Safety Manual, Section 2.C, as shown below.

Water Quality Scientific Divers

To qualify for a position as a Scientific Diver, candidates must have logged at least 75 verifiable dives (required within 6 months from date of hire). These dives can be a combination of working dives, recreational dives, and training dives, but must be listed in a signed recreational, commercial or scientific official logbook.

In addition, candidates must have the following certifications:
• Rescue Diver
• Current CPR/First Aid certification

The above requirements can be obtained from any nationally-recognized agency such as National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), SCUBA Diving International (SDI), SCUBA Schools International (SSI), or Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI), or the American Heart Association.

Skills and Knowledge
To qualify as a Scientific Diver, candidates must demonstrate that through training and experience they have gained sufficient skills and knowledge of:
• Diving procedures and techniques
• Emergency procedures
• Physiological hazards as they relate to diving and diving equipment
• Open Circuit SCUBA

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met or may be encountered by an employee to successfully perform the job duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job duties.

Physical Demands: The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of moderately heavy items such as personal computers and record boxes. The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: The work involves moderate risks or discomforts that require special safety precautions, e.g., working around moving parts, carts, or machines, or irritant chemicals; etc. Employees may be required to use protective clothing or gear such as masks, gowns, coats, boots, goggles, gloves, or shields.

Work Schedule: 9/80, Monday through Friday with alternating Fridays off

Job Related Selection Criteria:
• 40% Technical Skills and Knowledge:
o Perform maintenance and calibration on field sampling and monitoring equipment.
o Maintain and trouble-shoot mechanical devices operated by the team.
o Identify aquatic organisms such as algae, invertebrates and vertebrates.
o Conduct selected chemical analyses.
o Proficient use of MS Word, Excel and database software.
o Perform basic statistical analyses on water quality data in order to produce standard reports.
o Participate in SCUBA diving operations.
• 20% Job Preparation (education, experience & training relevant to the position)
• 20% Analytical Skills
• 10% Oral Communication Skills
• 05% Written Communication Skills
• 05% Teamwork/Interpersonal Skills
100% Total


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