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Job Class Description

Class Code:PA041

CHEMIST



General Description

Performs advanced scientific work with supervisory laboratory analysis responsibility for air and water pollution investigation and code enforcement.

This class works under general supervision, independently developing work methods and sequences.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the job as necessary.

Analyzes samples of different chemistry types while adhering to many Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC) regulations.

Enters data into Lab lynx computer software. Data is used in reports submitted to the state.

Collects and manages records as well as samples for predetermined amount of time.

Analyzes process, compliance, and regulatory samples using gravimetric, colorimetric, and microbiological analysis.

Records management of standards, data, maintenance, reagents, media, temperatures, and supplies.

Performs chemical/biochemical analysis including Biochemical Oxygen Demand, solids, turbidity, and chlorine titrations.

Performs Microbiological analysis including Total and Fecal Coliform by membrane filtration and Total coliform by Colilert.

Performs Instrumental Analysis such as Ion Chromatography for Nutrients and Gas Chromatography for Organics.

Analyzes chemical and microbiological analyses for the wastewater plant.

Reports analytical data into a Laboratory Information Management System.

Performs advanced analytical procedures on spectrophotometers and electrode instrumentation.

Prepares reagents for the Chemical Requisition Program for the water and wastewater plants

Extracts semi-volatile organics samples from water, soil and wastes for Gas Chromatography (GC)/Mass Spectrometry (MS) and GC analysis.

Analyzes the prepared samples for petroleum, herbicides and pesticides.  Enters the analytical results into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

Prepares organics glassware for sample extraction per Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protocols.

Assists with data entry and Quality control (QC) checking for the laboratory.  Monitors temperatures for laboratory sample refrigerators for QC purposes.

Receives laboratory samples and enters them into the LIMS.

Assists with test designing for various laboratory methods in the LIMS and fixing errors which occur in test methods.

Assists field personnel in sampling events when necessary.

Assists field inspectors with sampling kits, sampling methods, and associated submission paperwork.

Performs related work as assigned.

Physical Demands

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs light work that involves walking or standing most of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis, or skill, adeptness and speed in the use of fingers, hands or limbs on repetitive operation of mechanical or electronic office or shop machines or tools within moderate tolerances or limits of accuracy.

Unavoidable Hazards (Work Environment)

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.

Involves routine and frequent exposure to toxic/caustic chemicals.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Requires a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in chemistry or closely related field including six (6) months of experience in laboratory field work in the area of assignment.

Special Certifications and Licenses

None.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance

Broward County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  ADA requires Broward County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

Emergency Management Responsibilities

Note: During emergency conditions, all County employees are automatically considered emergency service workers.  County employees are subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities

All Broward County employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County’s Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies. 

All Broward County employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.