Chemist – Environmental Services

City of San Jose | San Jose

Salary Range: $76,294.40 - $92,684.80 Annually
Open Date: 08/16/2021
Close Date: 8/30/21

Position Description

About the Department

The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is a place where people do great work and make a difference. To see some of the first-rate work ESDers have accomplished in the past fiscal year, review the ESD 2020 Annual Report ( For more information about the department, please visit our website or @sjenvironment on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Join us to make a difference!

Positions & Duties

Please note that applications are currently not accepted through CalOpps or any other third party job board application system. To apply, applicants must complete an application via the City of San Jose’s website at

The actual salary shall be determined by the final candidate’s qualifications and experience. In addition to the starting salary, employees in the Chemist classification shall also receive an approximate five percent (5%) ongoing non-pensionable compensation pay.

The City is seeking dynamic and committed individuals to perform professional and technical work of moderate difficulty involving the qualitative and quantitative chemical, biological and physical analyses of water, wastewater, industrial waste and related materials. The Environmental Services Department (ESD) is recruiting for Chemist vacancies at the Watershed Protection Division.

The Chemist position is part of the Laboratory Services work group in the Watershed Protection Division. Chemists provide leadership, direction, supervision, and training of Laboratory Technicians and may be assigned tasks in the development of analytical methodologies, applied research, specific projects or related work as required.

Key responsibilities of the Chemist include but are not limited to:

-Develops, implements, directs, and reviews analytical methodologies for instrumental and wet chemical analysis on water, wastewater, industrial waste and related samples.

-Monitors, evaluates, and recommends solutions for laboratory analytical and sampling problems related to facility operations, pretreatment source control and revenue programs, and SBWR (South Bay Water Recycling) monitoring.

-Performs complicated and research related biological, chemical and physical analyses of water, wastewater, industrial waste and related samples.

-Evaluates, determines, and implements sampling programs and procedures; quality assurance/quality control program tenets; and recommends methods and procedures for implementation into normal laboratory operations.

-Supervises, directs, and reviews the daily work activities within the laboratory including the instruction and training of laboratory personnel, preparation and modification of daily work schedules, assignment of duties to laboratory technicians, laboratory safety, and the maintenance of laboratory supply inventories.

-Reviews, validates and reports laboratory analytical data using LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System). Reconcile discrepancies and incorporate corrections as required.

-Assists with the organization, analysis, and summary of information from industry, government agencies and the public, which may include hearings, workshops, seminars, etc.

– Compiles records and manages laboratory data and records; provides organization of record keeping and data retrieval; supervises clerical and other personnel as directed; prepares written and verbal reports as requested.

-Reviews, analyzes and implements requirements for laboratory safety, chemical storage facilities, hazardous materials inventory statements and hazardous material management and communication plans. Knowledge and understanding of the laboratory’s Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP).

-Incorporates and maintains required laboratory quality control, quality assurance (QA/QC), and Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) protocols in all laboratory work.

-Must possess physical characteristics to perform critical and important duties of the job.

-Must be willing to work weekends, holidays and overtime as needed.

This recruitment may be used to fill multiple positions in this, or other divisions or departments. If you are interested in employment in this classification, you should apply to ensure you are considered for additional opportunities that may utilize the applicants from this recruitment.

Position Qualifications


Education: A Bachelor's degree in chemistry, environmental science, environmental chemistry or related field.

Experience: Two (2) years’ experience working in a laboratory environment.

Employment Eligibility: Federal law requires all employees to provide verification of their eligibility to work in this country. Please be informed that the City of San Jose will NOT sponsor, represent or sign any documents related to visa applications/transfers for H1-B or any other type of visa which requires an employer application.


The ideal candidate will possess the following competencies, as demonstrated in past and current employment history. Desirable competencies for this position include:

Job Expertise - demonstrates knowledge of and experience with instrumental analytical methods and their application to environmental analyses; knowledge of laboratory safety; knowledge of and experience with quality assurance/control tenets and procedures; knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations relevant to analytical methods and water quality programs; knowledge and skills in experimental design procedures and analytical methods development; knowledge and experience in using computer applications or data management systems used in a laboratory environment; and knowledge of the California laboratory accreditation and audit processes.

Analytical Thinking - Approaches a problem or situation by using a logical, systematic, sequential approach.

Supervision - Sets effective long and short-term goals based on a good understanding of management practices; establishes realistic priorities within available resources; provides motivational support; empowers others; assigns decision-making and work functions to others in an appropriate manner to maximize organizational and individual effectiveness.

Teamwork & Interpersonal Skills - develops effective relationships with co-workers and supervisors by helping others accomplish tasks and using collaboration and conflict resolution skills.

Computer Skills - experienced with common business computer applications including but not limited to: MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint, MS Access, and MS Excel.

Communication Skills - Effectively conveys information and expresses thoughts and facts clearly, orally and in writing; demonstrates effective use of listening skills; displays openness to other people's ideas and thoughts.

How to Apply

The job ID for this position is 2100851. To view the complete announcement and to apply, please visit If you have questions about the duties of these positions, the selection or hiring processes, please contact Janie Scanlan via email at
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