Senior Wastewater Analyst

Title:Senior Wastewater Analyst
Post Date:03/29/17
Location:Cuyahoga Heights, OH
Details:Performs routine analytical laboratory testing following prescribed EPA methodology. Analyzes water samples such as municipal and industrial wastewater and sludge samples for various chemical parameters utilizing wet chemistry, physical testing, instrumental analysis, bacteriological and biological testing. Generates and validates data following method prescribed quality control criteria. Adheres to standard operating procedures and safety guidelines required by the laboratory and the District. Operates and maintains laboratory equipment and instrumentation using good laboratory practices.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Follows laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) and approved EPA methodology. Performs a wide range of quantitative chemical and biological analyses. Organizes, collates, compiles, and classifies information. Validates data for reporting against defined quality control parameters, and verifies the accuracy of calculations in reports, computers, and spreadsheets.

- Prepares and analyzes samples using a wide variety of laboratory equipment including spectrophotometers, analytical balances, , other laboratory equipment, and advanced instrumentation such as, ICP, GC/MS, and automated chemistry analyzers. , Follows standard laboratory operating procedures to perform a wide range of quantitative chemical and biological analyses utilizing EPA methods.

- Tests, evaluates and troubleshoots new and existing methods, procedures or instrumentation to ensure accurate data and method compliance.

- Cleans, prepares and maintains glassware, laboratory equipment and work area. Sets up laboratory supplies, equipment and instruments for analyses, ensuring sterilization and proper operating order. Arranges various types of media for cultivation of bacteria. Properly preserves and aliquouts samples. Safely prepares and dispose of laboratory solutions and chemicals following laboratory guidelines.

- Inspects instrumentation, calibration curves, and quality control criteria to verify the reliability and accuracy of data. Identifies faults in equipment, reports malfunctions and anomalies, and assists in diagnosing problems in processes. Ensures that all supplies, chemicals, and materials are acceptable and available for analytical work.

- Collects information by observing samples during the testing processes. Employs proper verification procedures. Maintains quality control records and control charts on analysis. Calculates and records test results and checks to see if they are within normal limits. Validates sample results against method-specific quality control and checks data and calculations for accuracy.

- Checks information for quality, accuracy and completeness on reports, computer printouts, and calculations. Keeps detailed records of work undertaken and writes reports. Accurately completes forms, logs and other required documentation.

- Provides spoken and written information to managers and team members. Assists in the preparation and reporting of analytical data.

- Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.
Qualifications:EDUCATION
Candidate must possess a Bachelor degree, preferably in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or closely related field of study.

EXPERIENCE
Candidates must have two (2) years of analytical laboratory experience, and have the ability to perform chemical, bacteriological analyses following EPA methods and utilizing essential laboratory equipment and advanced instrumentation such as ICP, GFAA or automated chemistry analyzers.

Second Tier Job Requirements

EDUCATION
Candidate must possess an Associate degree, preferably in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science or closely related field of study.

EXPERIENCE
Candidate must have six (6) years of analytical laboratory experience, and have the ability to perform chemical, bacteriological analyses following EPA methods and utilizing essential laboratory equipment and advanced instrumentation such as ICP, GFAA or automated chemistry analyzers.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS
- The department is staffed a minimum of 50 hours per week; therefore, this position is required to work a rotational schedule, including weekends and holidays, and possibly off shift hours. Working hours may also include some consecutive weekends and/or holidays, and may change on short notice.

- Some laboratory tests are performed for seven consecutive days, or have incubation times greater than 24 hours and scheduling must be coordinated between multiple departments and may also be dependent upon the client’s needs.

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license with a driving record in accordance with the District’s acceptable guidelines.

- Valid Class II State of Ohio Wastewater Analyst Certificate is preferred.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
- Candidate must have knowledge of chemistry and bacteriology principles, and must also have knowledge of methods for collecting and analyzing water, wastewater and sludge samples. Candidate must be able to analyze, evaluate and validate data and make appropriate recommendations.
- Candidate must be able to operate and maintain proper working order of laboratory instrumentation and equipment. Candidate must be detail oriented, must be able to effectively prioritize, must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and must be proficient using computers in a Windows environment.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
- Candidates must have the ability to pick up and transport sampling containers weighing up to 45 pounds.
Comments:DISCLAIMER: The information outlined in this job description indicates the general nature and type of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities or competencies required of employees within this classification.
Employer:Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District
Contact:Tom Heun
Phone: 216-881-6600
Email: heunt@neorsd.org
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