NATURE OF WORK
This is technical environmental laboratory work collecting environmental samples and performing a variety of biological and chemical analyses for environmental monitoring, regulatory compliance, and assessment purposes.
Incumbents perform microbiological and chemical analyses including sampling of air, water, waste water, soil, and hazardous materials.
Employees in this class work with independence within established laboratory procedures and policies. Work requires speed and accuracy in conducting sampling and analyses. Work is subject to review by a technical superior for adherence to established standards.
Collects and analyzes samples such as air samples, sewage treatment effluents, ground and surface water samples, and domestic and industrial wastes.
Transcribes data from charts and performs calculations appropriate to the particular sample and specific tests.
Obtains samples such as sewage treatment effluents, ground and surface water, and domestic and industrial wastes. Thoroughly documents sampling activities through written reports, forms and data entry into the laboratory information management system program.
Calibrates field and laboratory instrumentation using calibration standards.
Performs quality control runs with current controls and calibration standards.
Performs field analyses for various physical parameters.
Prepares specimens for laboratory analyses and culture; prepares reagents, and stains slides.
Assists chemists and/or other technical staff as required.
May collect samples from and evaluate waste water sources.
Records and tabulates data; prepares charts and graphs.
Performs maintenance of laboratory equipment including cleaning or washing glassware.
Performs general laboratory housekeeping/ cleaning work.
Performs maintenance on field sampling gear and field equipment.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Knowledge of microbiology and/or chemistry.
Knowledge of terminology, practices and techniques of laboratory work.
Knowledge of FDEP methods for the collection of samples from ground and surface water and industrial and domestic waste water.
Knowledge of the methods for the collection of samples such as EPA and FDEP methods for the collection of samples from ground and surface water and industrial and domestic waste water.
Knowledge of modern laboratory equipment and scientific instruments.
Knowledge of the principles and practices of chemical analysis.
Ability to perform assigned laboratory related tasks according to standard methods to meet quality control criteria.
Ability to prepare accurate and complete reports of laboratory findings.
Ability to use basic computer office software applications.
Ability to swim.
Ability to lift and transport samples, equipment and related work items up to 25 pounds without assistance.
Ability to operate machines or equipment common to an environmental laboratory.
Ability to operate assigned motor vehicles and equipment.
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, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, or political affiliation.
Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Completion of two (2) years of college level course work in chemistry or closely related field; two (2) years of experience in environmental laboratory technician work which includes sampling or analyses of air, water, domestic or industrial waste water, or soil; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT
Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license. Must maintain authorization to drive County vehicles on County business throughout employment.
Bargaining Unit: White Collar
FLSA Status: Non-exempt
Code of Ethics Certification: No
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E04/06