City of Hutchinson
  • Hutchinson, KS, USA
  • 17.55-28.08 per hour Commensurate with experience
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Imagine if you were given an opportunity to connect with others who work to keep our community the most livable and safe it can possibly be. If you like to work with your hands and have basic mechanical and computer skills, you may be a great addition to our Public Works team. Make a difference with the City of Hutchinson!

Under the supervision of the Water Quality Coordinator, the Laboratory Technician is responsible for sampling, testing, and documenting the water quality and performance of both the Water Treatment Center and the Wastewater Treatment Facility. This employee must possess strong communication, organizational, technical, mechanical, and public relations skills.

This is an entry-level position; therefore, we would be willing to train you in the following skills.

Work schedule: 7:30 am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday.


  • Perform compliance monitoring analysis on collected wastewater samples using approved methodology;
  • Collect and analyze daily water samples from Water Treatment Center for process control, as well as daily wastewater samples for process control;
  • Collect monthly wastewater samples from the Sonoco-Hutchinson Mill and record totalizer readings; collect composite samples and grab samples from permitted industries using portable samplers; collect total coliform samples each month for shipment to KDHE laboratory; collect water samples for compliance;
  • Collect and analyze Fun Valley lagoons once per quarter; collect and analyze samples from Deep Disposal Wells weekly;
  • Maintain and update various records on sampling and testing results; calculate and record test results; Input data into computer spreadsheets;
  • Clean and maintain laboratory areas; maintain laboratory equipment including samplers, autoclaves, and refrigerators; wash glassware, sample containers, and tubing;
  • Perform microbiological testing on water and wastewater samples; sample various test water wells;
  • Perform and document all required quality control analyses;
  • Maintain laboratory certification from the state and EPA by performing analysis on quality control samples;
  • Prepare reagents when needed;
  • Respond to telemetry system alarms and alert operators; assist with industrial inspections;
  • Assist other departments as the need arises; perform other duties as deemed necessary or assigned.


  • EDUCATION: A high school diploma or GED is required, and a technical degree or some college credit in biology, chemistry, or a related field is required. Experience and training may be accepted in lieu of college credit if deemed appropriate by management.
  • EXPERIENCE: Minimum of one year of similar or related experience is required. The employee is expected to have acquired the necessary information and skills to perform the job reasonably well within six months to one year of employment.
  • CERTIFICATIONS: This employee must be able to obtain a Class I Kansas Wastewater Operator Certification and a Class I Wastewater Laboratory Technician Certification within one year of employment. This employee must possess a valid Kansas Driver's License.
  • LICENSES: Must possess a valid Kansas Driver's License.
  • RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENT: Applicants must live within 25 miles of the City of Hutchinson Wastewater Treatment Plant facility and be able to report to the facility within 30 minutes for after-hours emergency calls.


  • Health, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts: Medical & Dependent Care
  • Retirement: KPERS & 457 Retirement Savings Plan
  • Insured Disability
  • Life Insurance & Optional Voluntary Life Insurance
  • Death Benefit
  • Service Connected Death
  • Vacation Leave, Sick Leave, Wellness Day, Floating Holidays & City Designated Holidays
  • Employee Assistance Program

The City of Hutchinson employs over 400 employees that serve our community every day. City employees make Hutchinson a great place to live, work, and play. We take pride in our work and it shows. Come be a part of a workforce that makes a difference! We're always looking for talented, self-motivated individuals to join our team.

The City of Hutchinson is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status.

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