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Chief Chemist, WWTP - 3328


City of Lawton






Lawton, Oklahoma, United States


Government, Manufacturing and Production





Employee is responsible for the operation of the laboratory of the Wastewater Plant Operation and the operation and enforcement of the City of Lawton Industrial Pre-treatment Program.



  • Regularly serve as laboratory manager for the Wastewater Treatment Plant Laboratory.
  • Regularly prepare reports for the Environmental Protection Agency and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality on the state of the wastewater treatment plant including the EPA Performance Summary.
  • Regularly supervise the inspection of local industries and control industrial discharges into the POTW.
  • Regularly informs local industry concerning local, state and federal regulation.
  • Regularly prepare for the inspection with EPA or the ODEQ regarding precision, accuracy and general laboratory procedure and matters regarding industrial pretreatment and bio-monitoring.
  • Regularly advise the department director and superintendent.
  • Regularly review analytical procedures to assure EPA and ODEQ compliance.
  • Regularly coordinate contract laboratories necessary to complete all required testing not performed by a City of Lawton lab.


  • Frequently prepares reports to the EPA on permit, toxicity requirements and bio-monitoring analyses.
  • Frequently assist other departments in laboratory or chemistry related inquiries.
  • Frequently review analytical scheduled to assure necessary tests are run economically and excessive, non-useful testing is eliminated.
  • Occasionally prepares the annual publication for the Industrial Pre-treatment Program.
  • Occasionally serve as instructor of ODEQ certification training.
  • Occasionally participates in the preparation of budget recommendations.
  • Occasionally prepares specifications for the purchasing of laboratory hardware and glassware.
  • Rarely maintains and updates Hazardous Communications, Quality Assurance and Quality Control manuals.
  • Rarely work as chemist in the wastewater treatment laboratory.



Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university, major in chemistry or related environmental sciences or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Five (5) years’ experience in wastewater/water laboratory preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the regulatory laws, local ordinances and the industrial process where waste streams are generated is required.
  • Knowledge of the management, operation and repair of the common scientific laboratory instruments such as Atomic Absorption, Spectrophotometer, analytical balances (including weights), dissolved oxygen, thermometers and pH meters.
  • Knowledge of hazard communications.
  • Knowledge of environmental requirements mandated by state and federal agencies including bio-monitoring and priority pollutant sampling.
  • Knowledge of inorganic/organic chemistry and mathematics as related to municipal and industrial wastewater/pre-treatment/bio-monitoring.
  • Knowledge of wastewater microscopy and activated sludge optimization.
  • Ability to follow standardized procedures for chemical analysis of water/sewage samples.
  •  Responsible for technical division employees and their evaluations.
  • Advises Division Supervisor or Department Director as needed.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and chemical safety practices.
  • Must have good written and oral communication and exercise sound judgment.

Special Requirements:

  • Possession of or the ability to obtain Class “A” Wastewater Lab and a Class “A” Operators certification as issued by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality within one year of date of hire.
  • Possession of a valid Oklahoma driver’s license.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Operate the following tools and equipment: personal computer including word processing, database, and spreadsheet software; chemical analysis software; phone; fax; automobile; spectrophotometer; centrifuge; autoclave; and other wastewater laboratory equipment.
  • Use of scientific texts such as Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and 40 CFR 136.



This position is assigned to the Wastewater Treatment Plant located at 8104 SE 15th St.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 Regularly:  Required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee must be tolerant of heights.

Frequently:  Required to stand and talk or hear, walk, sit, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee must frequently lift and or move up to 50 pounds

Occasionally: Exerting 10 to 25 pounds of force

Rarely: Lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects up to 100 lbs

While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works in outside weather conditions, and is exposed to all weather extremes. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands and fingers to handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is regularly required to stand, walk or sit and frequently required to climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl or smell.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to ten (25) pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to one hundred (100) pounds with assistance. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distant vision, clear and peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Frequently:  Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.  Works near moving mechanical parts or in outside weather conditions.

Occasionally:   Exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes, toxic or caustic chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is moderately noisy which requires hearing protection.

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee frequently works near moving and vibrating mechanical parts.  The employee rarely works in high, precarious places; is rarely exposed to fumes or air borne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals and is rarely exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The employee will occasionally be exposed to wet or humid conditions and will frequently be exposed to outside weather conditions of extreme heat or cold with occasional ice or snow.

The employee will rarely be working during hours of darkness and will occasionally be near heavy vehicle traffic.  The employee will occasionally be working in or near excavations or confined spaces.

The noise level of the work environment is quiet in the office or laboratory, moderately quiet in the service vehicle, but is noisy in the field.



The personal contacts are typically with employees of different departments, external agencies and the general public.  The purpose of the contacts is to plan and coordinate work efforts, provide input and advice, and resolve problems by influencing and motivating.  The persons contacted typically have mutual goals and basically cooperative attitudes.



Laboratory Technician, Industrial Pretreatment Officer, and Industrial Pretreatment Inspector.


The employee is supervised by the Superintendent at the Wastewater Treatment Plant who makes assignments by defining objectives, priorities and deadlines; and assists the employee with unusual situations, which do not have clear precedents.  The employee plans and carries out successive steps and resolves problems and deviations in accordance with instructions, policies and accepted practice.  Work is reviewed for technical conformance and consistence with practice and policy.


Safety Sensitive:

This position is a “safety sensitive” position as defined by the US DOT drug and alcohol testing regulations, the Oklahoma Standards for Workplace Drug and Alcohol Testing Act and/or Oklahoma Medical Marijuana laws. The “safety sensitive” positions in the following categories may be subject to periodic random drug testing pursuant to City of Lawton Administrative Policy 3-02: Drug & Alcohol Free Workplace. Marijuana is one of the substances included in the drug panel screening. Possession of a medical marijuana license will not excuse you from the testing process, or the consequences of testing positive for marijuana. The categories listed are inclusive of City of Lawton jobs only.

  1. Police Officers or Peace Officers;
  2. Employees authorized to carry firearms;
  3. Employees with drug interdiction responsibilities;
  4. Employees that work in direct contact with inmates;
  5. Employees engaged in activities which directly affect the safety of others.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  


Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.


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