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Chemist I

Company: American Water
Location: Belleville
Posted on: June 17, 2022

Job Description:

Diversity of backgrounds, ideas, thoughts, and experiences is vital to our culture and the way we do business. Creating an environment where differences are embraced and where every person feels engaged and included makes us safer, stronger, and more successful.

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 25 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and follow American Water on Twitter , Facebook and LinkedIn .

PLEASE NOTE: In order for American Water to evaluate decisions about new regulations, reintegration, and safe operating practices, all employees are required to report their vaccination status.
Primary Role
Using established procedures, responsible for performing moderately complex chemical and/or microbiological testing for various water matrices using sophisticated analytical instrumentation.
Key Accountabilities

Perform moderately complex sample analysis using quantitative and\ qualitative methods; process samples within required holding times and laboratory goals, understand & follow QA/QC protocols to ensure all data generated meets EPA and accrediting authority standards as well as customer and laboratory requirements.

Acts as a resource to colleagues with less experience; cross-trains with colleagues with more experience to develop competence in all areas of lab.

Identify routine problems and conduct basic troubleshooting and maintenance of analytical equipment and processes to ensure continued sample analysis and optimum instrument performance.

Provide secondary review and validation of data produced by other colleagues with equal or lesser skill; participate in assigned preparation for and follow-up to external and internal audits.

Provides response and follow-up to laboratory inquiries from utility subsidiaries, business partners and clients groups within requested timeframe

Evaluate and monitor supplies and other laboratory costs to assist in maintaining the lab budget.


Fundamental knowledge of standard analytical chemistry instrumentation

Familiarity with EPA, NELAC and OSHA rules


BA/BS in Chemistry, Biology or related field required.

Relevant laboratory work experience along with bachelor level coursework may be considered in lieu of completed bachelors level degree.

0-2 years environmental laboratory experience required GC, GC/MS, HPLC, IC, ICP, ICP/MS, or LC/MS experience preferred

Travel Requirements


Work Environment

Primarily an indoor laboratory environment. Laboratory work will require periods of standing while performing bench top work, working with lab instruments and sitting for computer entry. Some lifting necessary.

Some outside work necessary in all weather conditions.

Competencies Champions safety Collaborates Cultivates innovation Customer obsessed Drives Results Nimble learning

Join American Water... We Keep Life Flowing ---

American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Keywords: American Water, Belleville , Chemist I, Other , Belleville, Illinois

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