Union Sanitary District is recruiting to fill one position as a Chemist I/II.
The Chemist I/II will perform a variety of routine and non-routine laboratory analyses of wastewater and bio-solids; compile, record, interpret, and report data; participate in special projects; collect samples; follow quality assurance procedures for sampling, analysis, and record keeping; and perform related duties. This position also coordinates with internal customers and contract laboratories and other public agencies for sampling, test results, and report preparation. This is an experienced, journey-level class and is characterized by the ability to understand and apply analytical laboratory procedures and practices, work independently, and exercise sound judgment.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
- Complete assignments in a safe manner, consistent with District, work group, and team safety rules, policies, and procedures; recognize, correct, and report safety hazards; actively participate in the District and team safety programs.
- Review, select, and develop analytical procedures.
- Collect representative samples using approved sampling procedures of wastewater, sludge, and other materials; collect environmental samples for use in special studies; and preserve samples as required.
- Perform careful and accurate physical, chemical, biological, and microbiological analyses of wastewater and related material, following approved procedures; accurately calculate and record results of analyses; investigate unusual samples and results.
- Follow quality assurance procedures for sampling, analyses, and record keeping.
- Operate laboratory equipment, including highly specialized instruments such as an ICP, in performing higher-level technical analyses and use independent judgment in interpreting results.
- Work on special laboratory projects as Project Manager or under the general direction of the Project Manager.
- Gather test data and prepare written reports on results, review data prepared by Laboratory Analysts and Chemist I's, review literature on technical issues, and prepare reports on special projects.
- Prepare reagents by weighing chemicals and using volumetric, calibrated glassware; standardize by calibrating reagents against known standards.
- Train staff in standard sample collection, handling, and in laboratory tests; provide training in areas of expertise.
- Coordinate special project testing; provide individual in-house analysis results to other teams; act as liaison with other work groups and teams, outside agencies, regulatory agencies, and contract labs; coordinate data turnaround times with contract labs and Environmental Compliance.
- Set up, calibrate, operate and perform minor maintenance and repair on a variety of laboratory instruments and equipment.
- Handle, store, and dispose of laboratory hazardous chemicals and wastes and perform Hazmat-related tasks as assigned.
- Track chemical inventory for Safety Data Sheet (SDS) Program.
- Perform studies and recommend equipment and supplies to be purchased.
- Maintain an inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies according to predetermined levels; order lab supplies and follow up to ensure supplies are received in a timely manner; receive materials, checking for quality and completeness; approve purchases and invoices within specific dollar amounts.
- Perform various support work as needed, such as conducting regular laboratory safety checks, media preparation, and cleaning glassware.
- Work independently on weekends and holidays to complete required laboratory work.
- Incumbents will perform any other duties that are appropriate for the scope and level of responsibility of this classification.
IMPORTANT APPLICATION INFORMATION:
Apply online only at http://www.unionsanitary.ca.gov by 4:00 p.m., March 31, 2017.
Candidates who are best qualified will be invited to a Qualifications Appraisal Interview and Written Test scheduled for April 13, 2017.
Hiring interviews are scheduled for the week of April 20, 2017.
Candidates who meet qualifications requirements will be required to provide a criminal background history prior to receiving an invitation to the next step in the recruitment process. Such candidates must respond within two (2) days of receiving the email request for background information in order to be invited to the next step. Convictions do not necessary disqualify one for continuation in the selection process.
You will be contacted regarding all phases of this recruitment via email, so please check your inbox for correspondence regarding next steps and results through the exam process. Please ensure that the email address on your application is correct and current before submitting your application.
Finalists must provide references and a DMV report to show proof of insurability. Before appointment to the position the candidates must pass a criminal background check.