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The Lower Columbia Section is an organization of professionals in the Clean Water business. We are here as a resource and as a location for you to meet other water quality professionals, share information, and learn. The LCS offers you a number of great opportunities, including:

Whether you're an operator or an engineer, a manager or lab technician, a supplier or supervisor, or anyone else involved in preserving water quality, we want you involved. Feel free to contact anyone of the Board Members.


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Job Openings!

City of McMinnville is seeking a qualified candidate to fill an open position in its Wastewater Services Division.

Job Title:  Laboratory Technician

Pay Rate:  $3,744 - $4,782/month, depending on experience

Duties:  Performs gravimetric, bacteriological and chemical analyses of sewage, sludge, groundwater and industrial waste; prepares reagents and standards; maintains accurate logs and records for all analyses, equipment and instruments as required by laws, regulations and procedures; performs sample collection; performs quality control checks on analyses, procedures and equipment; helps improve quality control for lab; ordering supplies; and follows all safety rules and procedures established for work area.

Qualifications:  Thorough knowledge of chemistry, mathematics, and the principles, methods, materials, instruments and equipment used in wastewater laboratory; principles of wastewater treatment processes; sewage sampling techniques; high school education (or equivalent) plus additional specialized courses in chemistry, biology, or related field; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work in a team environment; training and / or experience in using computer applications for preparing spreadsheets, databases, and analyzing data; any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates the knowledge, skills; and abilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the Laboratory Technician.

To Apply:  Submit an official City of McMinnville employment application, cover letter and resume electronically to

Closing Date:  January 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm

Additional Information:  Please visit the City’s website at, call (503) 434-2328 or email  The City of McMinnville is an equal opportunity employer.

When we're notified of job openings, we'll post them here. The PNCWA has a job bank that is worth checking out.



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Lower Columbia Section Operator of the Year

Congratulations to Amy Williams and Mathew Zak, the 2016 Operators of the Year!

Amy Williams is a Treatment Plant Operator with the Water Environment Services of Clackamas County.

Matthew Zak is the Collection Systems Operation with the Water Environment Services of Clackamas County.