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POSITION: Temporary Special Projects

DEPARTMENT: Sanitary District

DIVISION: Wastewater

REPORTS TO:         Pretreatment/Laboratory Coordinator

WORK SCHEDULE:         As Assigned

SALARY:         $11.00 per hour

JOB CATEGORY: LTC (Labor, Trades, Crafts)

STATUS:                         Full-time Temporary

FLSA STATUS:               Non-exempt

To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed in this document are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  The City of Richmond provides reasonable accommodation to qualified employees and applicants with known disabilities who require accommodation to complete the application process or perform essential functions of the job, unless the accommodation would cause an undue hardship.


Richmond Sanitary Department is seeking a qualified candidate to fill the position of a Temporary Full-Time Special Projects individual to assist in the operation of environmental programs and related programs as assigned.  This position has flexible dates and hours, some weekend and evening hours may be required. Work dates are flexible.


Under direction of the RSD Pretreatment Department supervisor, may assist with distribution system sampling, plant operation system sampling, river and reservoir water sampling and additional miscellaneous field investigations and water quality tasks;

Operates sampling equipment such as ISCO or HACH sample collection devices (composite or grab samples), may use chlorine test kits, pH and temperature gauges and/or data sets to measure and record insitu water quality properties.

Additionally, performs maintenance and clean-up of sampling equipment as needed.

Completion of paperwork related to the events mentioned above, which includes following RSD standard operating procedures (SOP’s) to prepare for sample collection, chain of custody and documentation of water quality properties.

Performs miscellaneous office tasks, such as mapping sampling points, working with data and reports, filing and reproducing documents, operating office equipment.

Data input and organization of data required, data analysis skills preferred. Will be required to present periodic sample analysis data findings to a group.

Prepares samples using appropriate preservation techniques for storage, in-house analysis and/or shipment to a contract laboratory for analysis.

Some knowledge of chemical analysis techniques and processes, and an ability to follow EPA sampling and laboratory protocol.

Drives a motor vehicle as needed to move equipment to and from field sites.

Performs other duties as assigned by supervision.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal function of the job and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be inherent in the job.


Preferred: College student majoring in Environmental Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Toxicology, Hydrology, Environmental Engineering or related majors.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills. Working knowledge of standard English grammar, spelling and punctuation, and ability to compose and prepare correspondence.

Knowledge Microsoft Office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as ability to perform relevant arithmetic calculations, maintain accurate records; prepare and submit detailed reports as required.

Ability to handle confidential data with professional discretion.

Ability to follow the policies and procedures set forth by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Sanitary Department.

Possession of a valid driver's license and a demonstrated safe driving record.

Maintain contact with co-workers for purposes of exchanging information, coordinating operations, and resolving problems.


Incumbent’s duties involves performing physical labor requiring moderate physical exertion, including bending, stooping, climbing, carrying, pushing, reaching, and digging  as necessary to perform manual labor tasks. Duties include walking on uneven terrain and lifting heavy objects in areas too restrictive for removal using vehicles or equipment. Incumbent’s duties are performed both indoors and outdoors, in varying weather conditions, and the incumbent can be exposed to excessive noise, dirt, dust, paint, and fumes generated by vehicles and equipment. Incumbent is regularly exposed to normal hazards associated with chemical testing operations and handling of wastewater, including toxic chemicals, odors, fumes, heat, noise, dust, moving parts, and electrical current. Incumbent will be required to wear protective clothing, such as gloves, steel toe boots, lab coat, and safety goggles as required. Safety precautions shall be used at all times to avoid injury to self and others.

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