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ORIGINAL ENTRANCE JOB ANNOUNCEMENT
APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY
This examination is open to all candidates, both internal and external, who meet the minimum requirements.
Applications will be accepted only during the designated filing period for this examination. The opening and closing dates of the filing period are listed in this announcement. Applications must be filed by the following method:
Submitted online through the District's Online Employment Center at
. Applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on the closing date in order to be considered.
The deadline for filing an application will not be extended due to any unavailability of the MWRD website. The MWRD will not be liable for the website being unavailable for any period of time, and it is the sole responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner. Therefore, it is recommended that applications be submitted early in the filing period.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application form is completed and submitted in a timely manner by the method described above.
Descriptions and dates of education, experience and any required license or certification should be very clear so that it is understood exactly how the applicant meets the minimum requirements. Prospective employees will be required to provide documentation of the required education, experience and licensure/certification upon employment. Falsification of a material statement in an application may constitute grounds for rejection of the application, exclusion from the examination, removal from the eligible list, or discharge of an employee from his or her position in the Classified Service.
Minimum Requirement Deadline:
The minimum requirements for this examination must be met by the qualification deadline listed in this announcement.
There is no residency requirement to participate in the examination; however, all District employees must be domiciled within the boundaries of the District within six months of successful completion of probation. (The District is in Cook County, Illinois, covering approximately 90% of the county area.)
In Original Entrance examinations, five points for Veterans' Preference will be added, in accordance with the District statute, to the scores of those candidates who attain a passing score in all phases of the examination. Information regarding the periods of eligible service, the documentation needed to file a claim and Veterans' Preference claim forms can be obtained through the District's Online Employment Center at
or requested at the test site.
The probationary period for this classification is one year (250 days worked).
HIRING AND EMPLOYMENT OBJECTIVES
The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is committed to hiring and employment practices that base employee selection on a candidate's knowledge, skill and ability to perform effectively on the job; provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants; prohibit the entry of political reasons or factors and other improper considerations into any stage of the selection and hiring processes; and create a transparent, honest and fair hiring system.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER M/F/D
Reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities will be made in accordance with applicable laws. Requests for testing accommodations are to be made within one week after the close of the filing period. For information regarding accommodation for individuals with disabilities, phone (312) 751-5170 (voice) or (312) 751-5916 (TTY).
Class Title - Applications Accepted Online Only
Senior Environmental Microbiologist
07/14/2017 12:00:01 AM
09/15/2017 11:59:59 PM
Starting Annual Salary
Under general direction, supervises, assigns, reviews, performs, participates in the microbiological monitoring and research to meet regulatory objectives and support wastewater treatment operations, water quality monitoring and public health protection.
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university majoring in microbiology, bacteriology, virology, biology or a closely related field and four years of experience in microbiology or a closely related field. Substitution: Graduate study in an appropriate academic specialty may be substituted for the required experience on a year-for-year basis.
The examination will consist of a training and experience evaluation weighted 100%. The minimum passing score on the training and experience evaluation will be 70% unless determined otherwise by the Director of Human Resources. Candidates must achieve a passing score to have their names placed on the eligible list.
The training and experience evaluation will assess candidates' knowledge, skill and ability in areas such as the requirements for operating a certified laboratory including Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Assurance Plans, and Quality Assurance/Quality Control; environmental and wastewater microbiology concepts, processes, methods, techniques, and technologies and their applicability to wastewater treatment and plant operations; review, evaluation and interpretation of data related to water quality and biosolids testing and research and development; supervision and management of a laboratory dedicated to using microbiological methods to support wastewater treatment plant operations; laboratory safety practices and procedures; and administrative responsibilities including participation in budget creation and equipment repair and purchasing.
All applicants will be advised by email if they have been admitted to the examination process. Applicants who do not receive a response to their application by September 22, 2017 should contact the Employee Selection Office at (312) 751-5100.
TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE EVALUATION: Approved applicants will be provided a link to the Training and Experience Evaluation form on the District's website. Applicants must complete and return the form according to the instructions specified on the evaluation form.
Appointments will be made from an eligible list with three categories: A (Exceptionally Well Qualified), B (Well Qualified) and C (Qualified). Candidates in the highest category will be given first consideration for appointment. This examination is also being given on a Promotional basis. In instances where both Original Entrance and Promotional eligible lists result from an examination process, it is the District's practice to appoint only from the Promotional eligible list until all names from that list have been considered. The eligible list has a duration of three years. Appointment is subject to successfully passing a physical examination, a drug test and a criminal history background investigation.