City of Ann Arbor
  • Water Treatment Plant
  • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
  • 24.04 (starting)
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Lab Analyst III - Water Treatment Plant

Pay Rate Information

This position is represented by the AFSCME union and starting pay is $24.04/hour. This position is eligible for step pay increases and potential progression increases. Please reference AFSCME's collective bargaining agreement located at

Job progressions serve as a way for union employees to demonstrate additional technical competencies, knowledge and skills to enhance their benefit to the City.  The progression allows employees to enhance their job responsibilities and pay through demonstration of increased competencies.

Benefits offered with this position include:

  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • 401a with City match
  • Optional 457 Deferred Compensation plan
  • Reciprocal Pension Credit, available for pension-qualified applicants
  • Retiree health reimbursement account
  • Very generous medical/dental/vision/pharmacy plans
  • Paid vacation, personal time, floating holiday, plus sick days. Unused vacation and sick time rolls over
  • Short-term and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • You can earn up to $500 annually by participating in our Wellness Incentive Programs. These dollars will be deposited into a health reimbursement account (HRA), which can be used toward eligible health care expenses
  • Tuition reimbursement $2500, must be employed 1 year to be eligible
  • Employee assistance program
  • Voluntary benefits like accident coverage, critical illness, LegalShield, and Identify Theft

Role Summary: To perform routine analytical work for the Public Services Laboratory using standardized laboratory techniques and well established, prescribed, laboratory procedures to collect, prepare, process and analyze public water supply, wastewater, watershed, industrial samples and other materials. Provide laboratory consultative services; conduct and/or manage projects and other laboratory related activities for the public services area, other public agencies and customers. Serve as a resource venue for environmental/water quality issues and regulatory compliance assessment.

Essential Duties: Performing a variety of chemical, physical, microbiological and biological analyses to determine and monitor the water/wastewater quality and plant treatment processes; collecting and preparing samples from various diverse sources for laboratory analyses; preparing media, buffers, solutions and reagents required in analysis; operating, calibrating and maintaining analytical instruments, sampling apparatus and laboratory equipment. Adhering to and insuring quality control and quality assurance of laboratory data, reports and records prescribed by Standard Methods, MDEQ and EPA. Maintaining laboratory supplies; compiling, analyzing and maintaining laboratory data records; cleaning, preparing and sterilizing materials and equipment for laboratory work. Performing all work in accordance and compliance with laboratory safety practices and procedures, the Chemical Hygiene Plan, and the City of Ann Arbor policies and procedures. Preparing and developing reports on findings, including feedback and recommendations to City clients; providing information, analytical support and laboratory services to City clients and customers, the community, other municipalities and environmental organizations.

Related Work: Assisting and participating in analytical studies and research involving laboratory work. Providing on-the-job training in the use and operation of laboratory procedures, instruments and equipment. Serving as a resource on water quality, environmental safety and other laboratory related issues. Developing and implementing new laboratory procedures; attending training sessions; involvement in public information and educating the public on environmental issues affecting the community. Performing related work as assigned.

Knowledge of: 

  • Basic knowledge of QAQC
  • Basic knowledge of chemistry, microbiology, math and statistics
  • Standard laboratory principles and procedures
  • Safety rules, codes and regulations pertaining to work and laboratory practices and procedures
  • Proper operation, use, maintenance and handling of laboratory materials, chemicals, media, instruments and equipment


  • Communicating through oral and written instruction, with the ability to understand and follow oral and written policies, procedures and instructions
  • Ability to perform a wide variety of laboratory analyses, duties and responsibilities with accuracy and precision
  • Ability and willingness to quickly learn and put to use new skills and knowledge brought about by training and technology
  • Working in a team environment
  • Basic time management and organization management
  • Identifying problems and finding solutions
  • Using computers and software applications (e.g. Microsoft Office, Excel, Word)

Equipment: Personal computers, laboratory instruments and equipment, miscellaneous office equipment and motor vehicle

Training and Experience - Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, environmental science or a closely related academic major, plus a minimum of two years experience in a related field.


  • Three years of college work (90 semester credit hours), with a concentration in chemistry, microbiology or environmental science, plus a minimum of three years experience in a related field.

Licensing Requirements:

  • Valid driver's license

Physical Requirements: Incumbents mix chemicals for testing and routinely work with biological contaminates requiring the use of both normal and specialized protective equipment; observe or monitor objects and data to comply with safety standards and measure volume using calibrated instruments. Continuous, repetitive and precise arm/hand movements are made when dispensing and measuring liquids and solid volumes. Some lifting and moving of objects such as sample containers weighing up to 50 pounds may be required when performing laboratory analyses. Also in connection with performing laboratory analyses, bending and stooping to retrieve samples weighing up to 50 pounds is common. When carrying supplies, incumbents may walk over uneven and slippery surfaces as well as climb ladders and stairs. Incumbents distinguish colors while conducting a variety of chemical tests, and respond to various audible alarms coming from testing equipment. The physical ability to enter into and exit a boat, carrying equipment, samples, etc., if necessary (rowing may be required). Ability to perform confined space entry. It is common for incumbents to stand or sit for extended periods of time with the ability to move about at will.


We are proud of our diverse workforce and our commitment to equal opportunity.  We do not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived age, arrest record, color, disability, educational association, familial status, family responsibilities, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, height, HIV status, marital status, national origin, political beliefs, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, source of income, veteran status, victim of domestic violence or stalking, or weight in any aspect of our hiring or employment process. The City of Ann Arbor has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Municipal Equality Index (MEI), which assesses lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality in more than 500 cities across the nation.

Related Titles: Lab Technician, Lab Coordinator, Water Treatment Analyst, Water Quality Analyst, Water Treatment Specialist, Environmental Lab Analyst, Treatment Process Specialist, Chemist.

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