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Water Quality Intern

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American Water is the best choice for your next role! 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 approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information on American Water, visit and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. 

Primary Role

Responsible for collecting samples from the treatment plant or distribution system, performing routine water quality analyses, sample custody, data entry and recordkeeping. Review and respond to water quality complaints and inquiries.
Schedule: Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Key Accountabilities

  • Under the direction of the Water Quality Manager or Water Quality Lead:
  • Collect and analyze plant, field and regulatory samples following approved methodology.
  • Analyze results, record data and identify process control/regulatory problems.
  • Prepare reagents/standards, maintain log sheets, clean glassware and maintain laboratory in clean and orderly condition.
  • Maintain QA/QC on lab equipment and adjust continuous process control monitors.


  • Knowledge of basic chemistry and laboratory techniques
  • Strong demonstrated communications skills (writing, verbal communication, etc.).
  • Computer skills (Microsoft Office Suite, social media).
  • Organizational skills, including time management, ability to identify and prioritize obligations., etc.
  • Desire for excellence in all aspects of work.
  • Ability to anticipate requirements and act proactively to support requirements
  • Know, understand, and effectively implement the goals of the sampling program
  • Effectively function within the environmental compliance program, including understanding systems, procedures, and processes.
  • Interact with staff and colleagues within the organization.
  • Know, understand, and comply with the law, ethics, and corporate citizenship behavior of American Water.


  • The candidate will be enrolled in a degree program in a STEM field, student of a New Jersey College or University preferred

Travel Requirements

  • A valid driver’s license is required and ability to pass a motor vehicle background check.

Work Environment

  • Approx. 50% field work, to include driving company vehicle, and working outdoors.
  • Approx. 20% indoor laboratory environment. Laboratory work will require periods of standing while performing bench top work.


  • Must be able to see and hear well and speak clearly.
  • Position involves physical activity for sample collection. Standing for long periods of time. Ability to drive during daylight and nighttime hours.
  • Must be able to distinguish colors to conduct testing using normal colorimetric methods.
  • No travel beyond service area.


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