The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

  • Associate Microbiologist

    Job Locations US-CA-La Verne
    Job ID 2019-1526
    Posted Date
    3 weeks ago(1/31/2020 9:43 AM)
    Application Filing Period
    January 31, 2020 – March 2, 2020
    # of Openings
    USD $37.62/Hr.
    USD $49.52/Hr.
    Work Schedule (Days/Hours)
  • As an Associate Microbiologist you will perform routine complex microbiological procedures and microscopy with high precision and accuracy. The responsibilities require good microbiological technique, excellent hand-to-eye coordination, fine motor skills, the ability to operate high performance microscopes and identify target organisms. You must be able to read, understand, and follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for complex microbiological procedures. You will be required to drive to District facilities to set up filtration apparatus to collect samples, and will be trained to become an approved analyst for Giardia and Cryptosporidium analysis using USEPA Method 1623.1. under the State of California Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP)


    Other related duties include culturing techniques and media preparation, compliance bacteriological analysis under the Revised Total Coliform Rule, operating various instruments, assisting with investigations and evaluations of microbiological processes on water quality and water treatment, assisting with preparing reports and SOPs, and routine laboratory calculations and basic statistics for data reports and quality assurance/quality control under ELAP requirements. You will also rotate with other team members on Weekend Standby duty and carry a District cell phone during the standby.


    Good verbal and written communication skills are required, as well as, good interpersonal skills within and across other teams, competency with Microsoft Office and the ability to search for scientific information and/or publications using electronic media (internet research) and paper-based references.

    This job announcement has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work being performed by employees in this classification / job.


    To view the full job description click here: Associate Microbiologist

    Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a related field and two years of relevant experience.


    Related field is defined as: microbiology or a related biological, environmental or physical sciences field.


    Relevant Experience is defined as:work experience in a microbiological laboratory performing microscopy and/or culturing bacteria or other microorganisms.


    Work Schedule: 9/80 (Alternate Fridays off), 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

    License(s): Valid California Class C Driver’s License or equivalent (required at time of application) that allows you to drive during your employment.

    50% Technical knowledge/skills
    10% Interpersonal effectiveness
    10% Job Preparation (education, experience, and training relevant to the position)
    10% Analytical Skills
    10% Oral Communication
    10% Written Communication
    100% Total

    • Competitive compensation
    • Excellent medical, dental, life, vision plans.
    • Deferred compensation in the form of a 401(k) plan (with matching contribution) and a 457 plan.
    • Retirement benefits under the California Public Employees' Retirement System
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Training and advancement opportunities
    • Excellent working environment
    • Public transportation reimbursements and van pools


    For more information on MWD benefits, please use the following link: Benefits Regular Full Time Employee

    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a consortium of 26 cities and water districts that provides drinking water to nearly 19 million people in Southern California. Metropolitan’s mission is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high quality water to meet current and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. Metropolitan’s facilities include the 242-mile Colorado River Aqueduct, five water treatment plants with a combined capacity of 2.3 billion gallons per day, nine surface water reservoirs, 800 miles of pipeline, and 16 hydroelectric power plants.


    The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Qualified individuals with disabilities, who need a reasonable accommodation during the application or selection process, please call (213) 217-7738 or email:


    MWD is a Federal and State EO employer – Veterans/Disabled and other protected categories.


    Application Filing Period: Closes at 4:30 pm PST on the date stated in the job announcement. However it may close prior to the filing end date if sufficient applications have been received. If sufficient applications have not been received, then the filing period end date may be extended.


    Sponsorship: Applicants for employment with The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California must have work authorization that does not now or in the future require sponsorship of a visa for employment authorization in the United States (i.e., H1-B or other employment-based immigration case).


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