Scientist- Environmental

Irvine, CA 92614

Posted: 10/08/2019 Employment Type: Contract Category: Engineering/Technical Job Number: [SA] Scientist Pay Rate: $32.53

We are seeking a Scientist for a temporary opportunity with our customer a well known Orange County based public agency, whose mission is to provide high quality water and sewer services in an efficient, cost effective, and environmentally sensitive manner which produces a high level of customer satisfaction!

The Scientist will perform various routine sample collection and/or analyses of potable water treatment, storage and distribution systems, wastewater treatment systems, and reclaimed water storage and distribution systems according to EPA methodologies.

Scientist Job Duties:

  • Perform Quality Assurance/Quality Control, as required
  • Record data into Laboratory Information Management System program.
  • Respond to customer requests in a timely, helpful and knowledgeable manner in order to enhance customer relations and confidence.
  • Develop, review and revise Standard Operating Procedures on a periodic basis, according to applicable governmental or District regulations.
  • Recognize unusual laboratory analytical results or field conditions/observation and notify either Water Operations or Wastewater Operations staff as appropriate.
  • Confirm data and prepare required reports as assigned to provide assistance and support to other departments.
  • Maintain equipment, methods and procedures to assure conformance with standards prescribed by regulatory agencies.
  • Provide assistance and support to other departments and timely response to District customers' inquiries.
  • Attend relevant seminars, training, and/or taking applicable coursework to remain current with advances in the water/wastewater field or with new technologies.
  • Possess an appropriated knowledge of applicable federal and state (CCR Title 22) regulations.
  • Know and practice safe handling and preparation procedures for chemicals and reagents used in the analysis and preservation of samples.
  • Maintain appropriate inventory levels of chemicals, reagents, media, sample containers and operating supplies used in assigned analyses.  Notify supervisor in a timely manner of restock needs to avoid out of stock conditions.  Minimize excess inventory of chemicals and reagents that have a limited shelf life to reduce waste and disposal costs.
  • Comply with safety work-related practices and attend relevant safety training.
  • Analyze drinking, surface, and/or wastewater samples using a variety of chemistry methodologies using standard operating procedures, including, but not limited to: wet chemistry methods, solids, pH, EC, turbidity, COD, BOD, ammonia, IC, and discreet analyzers to meet federal and state drinking water and wastewater regulations, NPDES permit requirements and water quality monitoring programs.
  • Follow established procedures, safely and accurately prepare chemical reagents and dilutions used in laboratory analysis; perform quality assurance checks; assure that all reagents and equipment are in compliance with standards prescribed by regulatory agencies.
  • Troubleshoot simple methods and instrumentation, such as wet chemistry methods and ion specific electrodes to ensure continuous and reliable operation of assigned instrumentation at all times
  • Perform sample preparation techniques as required for specific analyses, including: filtration, digestion, distillation, and solid phase and liquid/liquid extraction.

Scientist must haves:

  • A combination of education and experience equivalent to a  Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Microbiology Environmental Science or a closely related scientific field and knowledge of the general principles of chemistry, microbiology and/or environmental science related to water and wastewater analysis and water quality is required.
  • One year of professional level laboratory or regulatory compliance field experience is highly desirable.
  • Ability to explain, demonstrate and clarify to others within well established policies, procedures and standards, as well as the ability to follow specific instructions and respond to simple and difficult requests from others.
  • Work efficiently and independently from oral and written instructions with a minimum of supervision. Independently perform a variety of operational tasks and activities.
  • Demonstrate effective verbal and written communication between laboratory, operations, and field staff on a daily basis. Ability to read, understand and interpret Material Safety Data Sheets and other safety documents. Strong attention to detail and documentation skills. Represent District in a professional manner when dealing with outside suppliers and customers.
  • Proficient in the use of MS Office Suite (Word, Excel) or equivalent spreadsheet and Word Processing Programs.
  • Ability to calculate dilutions of reagents and standards. Knowledge of units of measure and concentration used in a chemistry laboratory and in the water industry. Must be able to use stoichiometric and algebraic equations.




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