Participate as a support chemistry technician for CSS in team-oriented research projects related to ecosystem monitoring and assessment on our contract at the US EPA Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, OR. The research incorporates the analysis of surface water, biological tissues, soils, and sediments. Perform the following tasks: 1) routinely receive, log-in, and prepare water samples, including: filtration and preservation, digestions, dilutions, preparation of sample containers, and storage of samples; 2) analyze samples to determine pH, conductivity, turbidity, alkalinity, total suspended solids and color using standard operating procedures; 3) assist with labware washing and preparation, and laboratory housekeeping , 4) maintain laboratory records; 5) enter and process experimental data using Excel; assist with the production of reports of experimental activities, procedures and results; and 6) assist chemists with other tasks as needed.
This is a full-time summer position beginning in early summer to mid-September. Flexible part-time work may be available during the school year.
Minimum requirements include: 1) two years of college with four completed chemistry courses or a related lab science OR A.A. in chemistry or other directly related field; 2) demonstrated ability to routinely analyze chemical constituents (e.g., total suspended solids, pH, conductivity) of large numbers of samples (greater than 200 samples per month) following standard operating procedures and applying the principles of QA/QC and Good Laboratory Practice; 3) ability to operate in a windows-based computer environment; 4) good written and oral communication skills; and 5) attention to detail. Preferred candidates will be on track to complete a B.S./B.A. in Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry, or related science and have three months or more experience using sample analysis methodologies (e.g., USEPA SOPs). Physical requirements include the ability to: 1) perform normal laboratory tasks in a fast-paced environment, which include moderate lifting (20 to 40 lbs); 2) move about freely in a laboratory setting; 3) work proficiently with computer keyboards and screens; and willing to work flexible work hours including some Saturdays and overtime hours, as needed.
To apply, please prepare a cover letter addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications and attach it to your resume for uploading.
CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.