Summer Laboratory Intern

Job Locations US-KS-Kansas City
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(1/29/2018 11:05 AM)
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WaterOne is searching for a talented, creative, and eager-to-learn Laboratory Intern for our Water Quality Laboratory department. This unique, paid-internship will provide an excellent opportunity for you to gain real world experience by assisting the Laboratory Staff on a multitude of exciting projects that impact the world’s most valuable resource – water!

What you’ll be doing…

You will play a crucial role in performing sample collection, sample processing, chemical, biological, and microbiological analyses of source & treated water, particulates, and other materials.  You may assist in water quality investigations, special study projects, and process control and compliance monitoring/testing. This excellent opportunity gives you the chance to learn from our experts in the field, show your stuff, and be hands-on with a leader in the water production and distribution industry.

Who you are…

We are looking for candidates who have a passion for Chemistry, Biology, and/or Environmental Science and want to make the most out of an opportunity to apply their education, skills, and talents!

  • The successful candidates will have completed a minimum of sophomore year in a Chemistry or Science related field degree program with a preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • You must:
    • Possess good written and verbal communication skills
    • Have strong computer and technical skills
    • Be able to commit to working with us for a minimum of 12 weeks (late May through mid-August) 
    • Have valid driver’s license and a good driving record
    • Pass a post offer medical exam, including background verification and drug screen
    • Be able to work Monday – Friday, 7:30am-4:30pm (40 hours per week)

What to do next…

Does this sound like what you’re looking for?  Great, we want you to apply!  Internships are competitive at WaterOne, so submit your resume as soon as possible. Please click on the “Apply for this job online” link at the top of the page to begin the application process.


  • Performs both unusual and routine physical, chemical, biological, and microbiological analyses of water and a variety of related materials following specific procedures.
  • Recognizes potential or actual problems which may occur in an analytical procedure; applies known procedures or confers with other to find solutions.
  • Sets up, calibrates, operates, performs, and keeps records of routine maintenance on a variety of complex laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Collects, receives, extracts, and digests, a variety of samples; prepares field and sample control documentation and submits / receives samples for analysis; may plan short-term project sampling programs.
  • Assists chemists & microbiologists in performing research and experiments to solve problems; may perform specialized research assignments on well defined projects.
  • Compiles and records data for a variety of logs, reports, and records, performing calculations as required; performs peer data review to ensure accuracy of calculations and records prepared by others; recommends modifications to procedures and forms; enters results of analyses into the laboratory information management system (LIMS) and produces reports.
  • Prepares standard and uncommon chemical solutions, reagents, stains, and bacteriological media.
  • Conducts various field screening assays, routine and advanced.
  • Maintains proper QA/QC records and documentation; assists with implementation of QA/QC programs.
  • Observes standard safety precautions related to the work; maintains proper quality assurance techniques in performing analytical work.
  • Maintains an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies according to predetermined levels; Assists with ordering, receiving, and maintaining an adequate supply of chemicals, supplies and replacement laboratory equipment.
  • Helps prepare material for shipping, including materials being returned to vendors. Assists with receipt of materials, inspecting materials for damage, checking for correct amount shipped, and storing material appropriately.
  • Assists with managing materials stock levels in Laboratory central storage areas.
  • Confers with other WaterOne employees, representatives of governmental or other organizations, and consumers of WaterOne water, and others on matters relating to the work.
  • Performs all duties pertaining to all hazardous waste operations in accordance with all applicable requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Experience in an environmental laboratory is preferred. Experience in Chemistry, Biology, or Environmental Science may be substituted for environmental laboratory experience.
  • Knowledge of standard methods for the analysis of water samples, standard laboratory equipment and its uses; statistical analyses, and laboratory safety practices.
  • Ability to adapt analytical methods and equipment to obtain accurate test results; setting up, using, and calibrating complex analytical instruments.
  • Demonstrated ability in making accurate calculations; keeping accurate records; making clear and concise reports; preparing media and reagents to exact specifications and performing standard laboratory support work.
  • Ability to read and interpret technical operations manuals.
  • Skill in analyzing complex problems, interpreting laboratory and plant operating data, data mining, report generation, reaching sound conclusions, and making appropriate recommendations.
  • Must have experience with or have the ability to learn and apply all applicable requirements pertaining to hazardous waste operations.
  • Proficient with the Microsoft Office suite of programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Requires very good oral and written communication skills. Must be a good listener.Requires good interpersonal skills, strong oral and written communications skills, and good listening skills.
  • Ability to work individually or in a team setting; ability to work effectively with the public.
  • Must have a valid driver's license and continuously meet WaterOne driving standards.
  • Must pass post offer medical exam, including drug screen and background verification (may not apply to current employees). 



  • Must be able to move or transport items weighing up to 75 lbs. (with assistance) occasionally; up to 10 lbs. frequently.
  • Must be able to frequently position self to collect samples, use equipment, and perform analyses.
  • Must be able to use a computer for up to several hours a day.
  • Must be able to use office productivity equipment such as a calculator, printer, and copy machine.
  • Must be able to move from one location to another frequently.
  • Must be able to operate a vehicle.
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position for up to several hours a day.
  • Must be able to distinguish colors.
  • Must be able to meet qualifications for using air purifying and air supplied respiratory protection.
  • Must be able to work outside periodically in a variety of weather conditions.


Protective equipment, including but not limited to personal protective equipment for eyes, face, head and extremities, protective clothing, respiratory devices, and protective shields and barriers, may be required and shall be maintained in the sanitary and reliable condition wherever it is necessary by reason of hazards of process or environment, chemical hazards, or mechanical hazard encountered in a manner capable of causing injury or impairment in the function of any part of the body through absorption, inhalation or physical contact.


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