NATURE OF WORK
This is advanced scientific work involving complex laboratory analysis associated with project/program management and quality assurance responsibility for air, water and soil pollution analysis and code enforcement.
Work involves advanced technical supervision of trained chemists and technicians engaged in conducting chemical, physical and instrument analysis of environmental samples. Work includes independent complex analysis of unknown compounds involving experimentation, specialized techniques and advanced instrumentation, as well as management and inter-agency coordination of long-term environmental monitoring programs. Work requires the effective application of scientific knowledge and theory in the evaluation of the impacts of air, water and soil pollution as related to specific monitoring programs. Work requires significant analytical experience in studying the characteristics of air, water and soil pollutants. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and program or project objectives.
This classification is distinguished from a Chemist II by the greater scope of responsibilities, experience and technical expertise, program and project management, and administrative responsibilities utilizing considerable independent judgment and initiative.
Manages highly complex, long term environmental monitoring projects; develops quality assurance standards for complex analyses on environmental samples and maintains quality assurance records.
Schedules analyses with other chemists, coordinates sample collection and preparation, resources and logistics between agencies; manages, interprets and distributes analytical data.
Trains subordinate chemists and laboratory technicians in more complex analyses, quality control and quality assurance.
Monitors, evaluates and updates project plans as necessary; devises quality control techniques and calculates precision and accuracy of test data.
Prepares project reports; develops and revises standard operating procedures; recommends revisions to the environmental protection code.
Develops specifications for purchases of new instrumentation and maintenance plans, prepares necessary supporting documentation for procurement, including service contracts.
Reviews and participates in chemical, physical and biological studies of air, water and soil samples to determine presence of effluents, toxins and pollutant substances.
Coordinates specific sampling and analysis programs requiring inter-agency and intra-agency coordination, resource allocation, data interpretation and reporting, and schedule maintenance.
Conducts the more complex and demanding chemical analyses, including the operation of computerized multi-parameter analytical instrumentation.
Maintains and implements maintenance plan for instrumentation.
Evaluates the results generated by the laboratory tests and interprets the data for reports.
Performs independent research experiments and in-depth studies to ascertain the long-range effects of potential and existing air, water and soil contamination.
Develops and implements improved laboratory procedures to prevent and eliminate pollution discharges to the environment, to improve safety in the laboratory and to reduce generation of laboratory waste.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Thorough knowledge of analytical chemistry and multi-parameter instrument analysis techniques, including principles, methods and procedures of analyzing the composition of substances.
Considerable knowledge of complex data interpretation and instrumental and matrix interferences.
Considerable knowledge of basic scientific principles and theories of physics, biology, mathematics and related physical sciences.
Considerable knowledge of modern scientific instruments used in air, water and soil pollution control.
Considerable knowledge of quality assurance procedures, sampling and statistical techniques used in determining reliability and validity.
Considerable knowledge of reference sources, recent research and governmental statutes in pollution control.
Considerable knowledge of EPA procedures for chemical analysis and EPA laboratory quality assurance techniques.
Considerable experience with standard computer software, including data bases, spreadsheets and word processors.
Ability to plan, assign and review the work of professional chemists and technicians in an effective manner.
Ability to manage research projects and long-term environmental monitoring programs.
Ability to utilize scientific and technical knowledge with accuracy and judgment in review of laboratory procedures.
Ability to train subordinate technical staff in specialized laboratory techniques of air, water and soil pollution investigation.
Ability to express ideas and to present data effectively, orally and in writing.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of BrowardCounty's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to 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, age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.
Considerable skill with computer controlled instruments and laboratory information management systems.
Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited four (4) year college or university with major course work in chemistry or related field; four (4) years experience in chemical analysis work, including two (2) years experience in quality assurance and program or project management; or an equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Work Locations: Environmental Protection Department
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E10/07