The Chemist II performs advanced analytical procedures used in the testing of samples pertaining to water and/or wastewater, treatment plant effluent and various surface waters. Work includes sample preparation, and analysis of compliance and process control samples at the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility Water Quality Laboratory. The individual will operate, maintain, and calibrate instruments and equipment for laboratory analysis. Individuals must apply advanced knowledge of the principles and practices of chemistry, biology, microbiology, and mathematics required in an analytical laboratory; use standard laboratory practices and QA/QC procedures, and help maintain laboratory accreditation. The Chemist II provides technical assistance to other areas of the lab as well as the process control function of the treatment facility.
Reports to the Laboratory Manager.
Interface and directly interacts with the operations, and maintenance staff, and the administrative staff at the ECLWRF. May interact directly with the client.
Must maintain courteous and effective relationships with the client, plant visitors, vendors, contractors and co-workers.
The Chemist II will be responsible for training the Chemist I on advance laboratory instrumentation and methodologies.
The Chemist II will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the lab intern(s).
The Chemist II may be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day activities of the lab in the absence of the lab Manager.
There are no direct reports for this position.
Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, or related field from an accredited university or college is required.
The Chemist II will perform chemical, bacteriological and physical laboratory tests for the water recycling facility. This includes preparation of analytical standard solutions and reagents utilized for analyses.
The Chemist II continually reviews and scrutinizes standardized procedures and methods used in analyses.
The Chemist II will operate, calibrate, maintain, and troubleshoot laboratory instrumentation as needed.
The Chemist II extensively participates in shared responsibilities to maintain laboratory programs including quality assurance, safety, and training.
The Chemist II may take a supervisory role in special projects that may require coordination with other departments. Other special projects may include research and method development for new and complex laboratory instrumentation.
Related duties include periodic training of operations personnel on field equipment, analytical techniques and quality control procedures.
Physical Demands. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms, climb or balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision as well as the ability to distinguish color and shades. Technical dexterity is required in performing chemical and instrumental analytical procedures.
Work Environment. The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work is performed mainly in the central lab with occasional excursions to treatment plant structures and other related facilities. While in the lab, may be exposed to toxins, carcinogenic compounds, hazardous waste and unpleasant odors. While on plant excursions, will be exposed to all kinds of weather conditions, noise, dirt and machinery. Incumbent may be occasionally exposed to some noise, silica, dust, fumes, smoke, gases, greases, oils, electrical energy, solvents and vibrations while in the lab. Incumbent may periodically work on slippery/uneven surfaces, around machinery with moving parts, moving objects/vehicles, and ladders/scaffolding, and may be exposed to water and other liquids.
Special Skills/Abilities Needed:
Must have advanced knowledge of laboratory tasks, techniques, equipment, and terminology used in environmental laboratories. Knowledge of the principles and practices of chemical, physical and microbiological analysis of water and wastewater preferred
Knowledge of the operation of advanced laboratory equipment is required. Advanced knowledge and principles of advanced analytical instrumentation such as IC, TOC analyzer, ICP etc. preferred.
Must be familiar with EPA and Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater methods.
Must understand and follow the quality control requirements of the regulatory agencies in California.
Ability to scrutinize analytical data at a higher level and make sound decisions regarding proper laboratory operation; able to clearly present information and data both orally and in reports.
Must be able to make chemical solutions, perform standard chemical calculations, and perform routine mathematical and statistical calculations.
Must be familiar with Windows operating systems, have knowledge of the MS Office Suite (Excel, Word, Outlook, Access), and a Laboratory Management Information System (LIMS).
Ability to supervise and lead teams for short-term projects.
Ability to demonstrate effective communication skills, including listening skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team-based organization required; work effectively with others in solving problems; willing to accept suggestions from team members, and offer expertise as needed.
Willing to work holidays, weekends, and overtime as assigned or needed.
Work Experience Needed:
Minimum eight (8) to fifteen (15) years experience in an analytical or environmental laboratory performing physical, chemical and biological analyses required.