• Chemist

    Posted Date 9 months ago(3/1/2018 4:20 PM)
    Job ID
    2018-1878
    # Positions
    1
    Type
    PTAN
    Location
    US-CA
    Security Clearance Level
    Background Check (Company Initiated)
  • Responsibilities

    The Chemist will provide various levels of data validation for methods including but not limited to radiochemistry, VOCs, SVOCs, metals, cyanide, PCBs, pesticides, herbicides, TCLP analyses, general chemistry parameters, dioxin/furans, PCB congeners, and biological and chemical agents. In addition, the chemist will prepare and review QAPPS and sampling plans, procure laboratory services, provide guidance and convey instructions for collection of samples.  Work will involve providing assistance outside normal working hours, including weekends.

    The Chemist may also be required to assist in the field in the Emergency Response On-Call Program as an “on-call” responder available 24hrs a day for a week at a time and maintain preparedness for immediate mobilization while on-call. This could include use level of D-A PPE to make entries into potentially hazardous areas and setting up a lab for the field samplers and providing guidance on methods at odd hours.

    Qualifications

    • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology or Engineering and 8 to 10 years of experience within a laboratory setting and the environmental field, including data validation, laboratory procurement, and environmental emergency and CBRN response.
    • Demonstrated expert level experience is required in Data Validation in accordance with (1) the U.S. EPA Contract Laboratory Program National Functional Guidelines for Inorganic and Organic Data Review, (2) U.S. EPA Guidance for Labeling Externally Validated Laboratory Analytical Data for Superfund Use, and/or (3) other validation guidance documents as necessary. Methods requiring validation would include but are not limited to radiochemistry, VOCs, SVOCs, metals, cyanide, PCBs, pesticides, herbicides, TCLP analyses, general chemistry parameters, dioxin/furans, PCB congeners, and biological and chemical agents.
    • Demonstrated experience performing both Stage 2A and Stage 4 data validations is required.
    • Knowledge of different types of EDDs including Scribe-Formatted EDDs and laboratory-generated Staged Electronic Data Deliverables (SEDD).
    • Knowledge of various EPA and state methods including but not limited to SW-846, CLP, drinking water methods, NIOSH, ATSDR, OSHA, TO, and CARB.
    • Ability to prepare Sampling Plans and QAPPs and/or review for content and analytical requirements (method, holding times, sample volume, and sample media) and conduct and participate in In-field multimedia sampling.
    • Expert level experience with Analytical Procurement including the use of Basic Ordering Agreement (BOA) laboratories and traditional lab procurement in accordance with U.S. FAR regulations.
    • Ability to provide guidance to field samplers and project managers regarding the correct methods to use, bottle/preservative requirements, sample volumes, chain of custody, and holding times.
    • Perform as a member of the START emergency response team (ERT) providing the EPA client with accurate and pertinent scientific data according to agreed upon methods, procedures, and techniques
    • Willingness to participate in the Emergency Response On-Call Program as an “on-call” responder available 24hrs a day for a week at a time and maintain preparedness for immediate mobilization while on-call. This could include use level of D-A PPE to make entries into potentially hazardous areas and having to set up a lab for the field samplers and providing guidance on methods at odd hours.
    • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned
    • 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER and 8hr refresher training, First-aid/CPR certification and Incident Command (ICS 100 – 400) training are desirable. Candidate must be able to be reached reliably outside normal business hours and be able to pass an entry physical and drug test screen.

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