Under general direction, the Senior Laboratory Analyst performs a variety of complex laboratory analyses and testing of wastewater, industrial wastewater, ocean water, ocean sediment and digester gas samples for the Analytical Chemistry & Instrumentation group within the Environmental Lab & Ocean Monitoring Division. This position is responsible for performing standardized laboratory tests involving the chemical analysis of the above mentioned sample matrixes; preparing, compiling, charting data and performing statistical calculations for use in laboratory reports; operating, troubleshooting, maintaining and repairing manual and automated instrumentation and equipment for laboratory tests; maintaining and updating records and logs, including entering data into OCSD’s laboratory information management system (LIMS). The Senior Laboratory Analyst will adhere to all QA policies and QC processes and established laboratory methods and procedures; ensure assigned laboratory analysis tasks are completed on schedule; monitor the supply of chemicals and microbiological media; maintain integrity of analyses by ensuring glassware is cleaned appropriately; collect and lift water and wastewater samples at a variety of sites and in varying conditions; prepare reagents and blanks used in laboratory analyses following established procedures; and perform quality assurance checks to ensure all reagents and equipment are in compliance with quality standards. The person in this position exercises no direct supervision of staff, but will provide technical leadership and guidance to less experienced staff; and as a project leader, responsibilities include: assigning, monitoring and reviewing the work activities of team members, determining work priorities and overseeing the work performed. This Senior Laboratory Analyst will also assist with methods development, improvement, and validation under general guidance of senior staff; participate in writing and updating laboratory operating manuals; and ensure proper disposal of samples and chemical wastes.
This position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in biology, chemistry, microbiology, marine biology, environmental science, or a related field; and three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience in general chemical testing and analysis. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge with the following: principles of organic chemistry and methods of laboratory testing and analysis; math and analytical techniques utilized in water/wastewater laboratories; statistical sampling and analysis; operating characteristics of laboratory equipment and instrumentation; and safe handling of contaminates and hazardous wastes. The person in this position must be able to set priorities and meet critical time deadlines with minimal supervision; perform complex standardized tests; adhere to safe work practices and procedures; and lead less experienced staff on programs and projects. Computer proficiency is required, including familiarity with LIMS. Additional requirements for this position include strong analytical, critical thinking, and statistical sampling analysis skills; knowledge of applicable Federal, State and local laws and regulations; the ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work. Desired qualifications include an in-depth understanding of wastewater treatment processes, regulations, and compliance related issues; and certification as a Laboratory Analyst from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA). Experience performing standard methods of analysis in all or one of the following areas, including: sample extraction procedures and analysis for semi-volatile organic by Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS), purge and trap analysis of volatile organic by GC/MS, Hydrogen Sulfides analysis by GC/Chemiluminescence, nutrient analysis by segmented flow, or sample digestion and analysis for metals by ICPES and ICPMS is a plus.
APPLICATION FILING DEADLINE: Thursday, August 1, 2013, 5:00 P.M.
(or until a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received)
Apply online at: www.ocsd.com/jobs
Hiring Salary Range*: $75,462 - $83,200/Year.
*starting salary will be within this range based on qualifications.