NATURE OF WORK
This is scientific work in performing laboratory analysis for air and water pollution control or overseeing activities of a treatment plant laboratory.
Work involves conducting technical laboratory tests and examinations of substances obtained through various sampling techniques, as well as performing chemical analyses using automated and computer controlled spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation. Work is performed in accordance with systematized theory, scientific principles, laboratory techniques and controls to insure accurate and verifiable results. Work includes making scientific identifications of suspected pollutant substances gathered by air and water sampling equipment and water quality control. Duties occasionally require contact with contaminated, corrosive or toxic materials. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate laboratory technicians who assist with the basic laboratory tests and analytical procedures. A professional superior reviews test results for qualitative findings and assists in procedures where abnormal or difficult analysis are indicated.
Supervises and participates in a wide variety of professional chemical and bacteriological tests and analysis in connection with the operation of treatment plants.
Performs chemical and microbiological analyses of water and wastes for various pollutants harmful to plants, fish and animals.
Performs metals analyses by atomic absorption spectrophotometry, nutrient analyses by automated analyzer and purgable organics by gas chromatography.
Conducts particle identifications including dust, pollen, and algae.
Furnishes technical information regarding water supply purification program to various officials and the general public; advises water and wastewater treatment personnel regarding chemical problems.
Performs physical and chemical tests and analysis of unknown substances by qualitative and quantitative procedures; identifies present or potential pollutant elements and submits findings in laboratory report.
Prepares standards and reagents.
Examines air samples to determine presence of toxic vapors, collects particulate samples to ascertain concentration levels.
Performs chemical and bacteriological analysis of water samples to determine presence of effluents, pollutants and various toxins harmful to plants, animals and humans.
Conducts gravimetric and colorimetric analyses.
Determines chemical and physical composition and properties of compounds utilizing and spectrophotometry; identifies unknown elements by observing and recording characteristic spectra.
Ascertains relationships between molecular structures and chemical and physical properties to aid in analysis of unknown compounds.
Prepares chemical reagents for field studies and laboratory analysis; maintains inventory of laboratory equipment and supplies; maintains sample logs and compiles statistical data.
Records and tabulates test data and prepares reports.
Prepares and submits written analytical reports of laboratory findings and recommends repetition of testing and corrective action in abnormal findings.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of the science of chemistry, including the principles, methods and techniques of analyzing the composition of substances.
Knowledge of laboratory procedures used in the performance of chemical chromatographic atomic absorption and colorimetric analysis.
Knowledge of the basic scientific principles and practices in physics, biology, mathematics and physical sciences.
Knowledge and experience in the application of EPA methods of chemical analyses of water and wastes.
Some knowledge of modern equipment and scientific instruments used in air and water pollution control.
Some knowledge of the basic investigative techniques, laboratory controls and sampling theory used in chemical research, experimentation, analysis and synthesis.
Ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge with accuracy and professional judgment in the completion of laboratory tests and examinations.
Ability to evaluate test results in terms of laboratory controls and methods.
Ability to prepare and submit accurate and complete reports of laboratory findings.
Ability to make minor repairs and adjustments to laboratory and field instruments and equipment.
Ability to 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.
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, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in chemistry or related field; six (6) months experience in the area of chemical analyses of environmental samples; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics
Work Locations: Office of Natural Resource Protection, Environmental Services
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E10/76 R5/00