Barnstable County Chemist/Anaylst l in Barnstable, Massachusetts
Summary Professional, scientific, & technical work conducting analyses of various water samples, & other activities in support of the operations of the laboratory; all other related work as required. Supervision Works under the supervision of the Laboratory Director. Work is performed independently, with specific assignments given; all results are subject to review & unusual cases are discussed with supervisor. Periodically trains & supervises one seasonal employee, interns & volunteers. Performs responsible duties requiring the exercise of judgment & initiative. Essential Functions The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Performs wet chemistry analyses such as analyses of Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN), Ammonia, Total Cyanide, Phosphorus, etc. Performs & assists with microbial analysis of drinking, surface, & wastewater. Performs analyses using a wide variety of laboratory equipment, such as atomic spectrophotometer, ion chromatography, flow injection instruments, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer, Gas Chromatography Mass Spectrometer, etc. Maintains accurate & thorough records of laboratory results; maintains current Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs); ensures compliance with the laboratory Quality Assurance Plan & any requirements from related analytical methods. Procures & conducts analysis of all Proficiency Samples to maintain laboratory certifications for any related analyses. Troubleshoots, cleans & maintains laboratory instruments & supplies. Records data results; maintains required reports, statistics & quality control data in accordance with State & federal laws & applicable standard operating procedures. Receives cross-training & occasionally substitutes for other analysts as needed. Education & Experience Bachelor of Science degree required & a minimum of eight college credits in chemistry needed. Up to 5 years of experience in environmental laboratory or an equivalent combination of education & experience. Knowledge of laboratory practices & procedures. Knowledge of computers & office software. Ability: Ability to deal with the public in a courteous manner. Ability to understand & follow instructions. Ability to meet multiple demands & work under time pressures. Ability to operate various laboratory equipment. Skill in operating selected laboratory equipment. Required Licensing/Certification: A valid U.S. Driver's License Job Environment Work is generally performed in an office, or laboratory setting, with risk of loud noise from equipment; may have some risk of exposure to laboratory hazards daily (e.g., carcinogens, explosives, flammables, caustics & corrosives); work is generally stable, but there are often fluctuations, based on seasonal demands. May be required to work evenings & weekends. Operates computer, standard office machines, light equipment, h& tools & analytical instrumentation, such as gas chromatographs, automatic liquid samplers, purge & trap concentrators, ion chromatography, flame & graphite furnace AA, meter, a variety of gases & general lab tools. Makes occasional contact with clients & public officials concerning results & methods. Errors could result in injury to self or others & damage to facilities; internal procedures or reviews detect errors in test results. See Physical Demands when applying.