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Environmental Lab Auditor - Conventional Parameters Chemist (Che
PORT ORCHARD WA 98367
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  Job posted:   Thu May 17, 2018
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Environmental Lab Auditor - Conventional Parameters Chemist (Che
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***Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen***
Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We have a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.
The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) is looking to fill an **Environmental Lab Auditor (Chemist 4) (In-Training)**position. The position will be located in the Laboratory Accreditation Unit in Port Orchard, WA.
This position contributes to the program and agency missions by accrediting environmental laboratories in order to assure that they are capable of providing accurate and defensible analytical data to the state departments of Ecology and Health.
WA Laboratory Accreditation Unit (LAU) is looking for a very organized experienced chemist who is both technically strong and an excellent communicator who must work well with the unit supervisor, unit staff, Ecology scientists, accredited laboratories and those seeking accreditation. The ideal candidate must be able to effectively communicate technical information to a wide variety of environmental laboratories. LAU is looking for candidates that have a strong technical understanding of environmental laboratory methods, documentation, data and data validation; must have hands on technical experience in conventionals chemistry.
As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.
To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov.
***Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts***
Duties
The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.
As the conventional parameters chemist for assigned laboratories, some of the key work activities of the **Laboratory Auditor**position are:
* Processes applications for accreditation.
* Reviews quality assurance (QA) manuals and standard operating procedures (SOPs) submitted in support of applications for accreditation and documents and evaluates chemical proficiency testing (PT) results.
* Maintains current information in the LAU database and filing system for accredited labs.
* Makes recommendations to the LAU supervisor on whether labs are capable of producing accurate and defensible analytical data.
* Prepares correspondence informing the labs of their accreditation status.
* As conventional parameters chemistry specialist, reviews conventional parameters chemistry including anion chromatography, all nutrients, BOD, TSS, cyanide, sulfide, all titrations, electrode, and colorimetric tests.
* As conventionals chemistry specialist, reviews SOPs and PTs for laboratories assigned to other lead chemists.
* Conducts on-site audits of laboratories either alone or as the conventional parameters chemistry specialist on an audit team.
* Prepares detailed reports of audit findings and recommends corrective actions to improve laboratory procedures.
* Tracks compliance with audit findings.
* Serves as the conventional parameters chemistry Drinking Water Certification Officer for the Lab Accreditation Unit.
* Tracks compliance with audit findings.
* Serves as the conventional parameters chemistry Drinking Water Certification Officer for the Lab Accreditation Unit.
* Consults with conventional parameters chemistry lab supervisors and analysts concerning implementation of methodology and corresponding QA and PT requirements.
* Maintains proficiency in the chemical analysis of drinking water and other required competencies.
**This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be May 29, 2018. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before May 28, 2018. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.**
**To broaden the candidate pool, we will consider candidates that qualify at the Chemist 3 and 4 levels. Please read the qualifications section below to learn more about this exciting career growth and in-training opportunity.**
Qualifications
**_Required Qualifications:_**
**At the Chemist 3 level - Pay range 60 - ($4,623.00 - $6,062.00 - Monthly)**
A Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry **AND** four years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.
**OR**
Two years of experience as a Chemist 2.
A Master's degree will substitute for two years of the required experience.
A Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of the required experience provided a Bachelor's degree and the required college-level chemistry have been achieved.
**At the Chemist 4 level - Pay range 66 - ($5,358.00 - $7,032.00 - Monthly)**
A Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry** AND** six years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory including at least one year of experience leading or supervising professional chemists.
**OR**
One year of experience as a Chemist 3.
A Master's degree will substitute for two years of the required experience.
A Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of the required experience provided a Bachelor's degree and the required college-level chemistry have been achieved.
**_Desirable Qualifications_**_:_
* Experience with Quality Assurance/Quality Control procedures of environmental laboratories.
* Familiarity and hands on bench experience with a wide variety of conventional parameters chemistry analyses particularly those commonly performed at wastewater laboratories, such as Biochemical Oxygen Demand, Total Suspended Solids, Ammonia, Chlorine, Nitrate and pH.
* Knowledge and hands on laboratory experience with various forms of carbon, phosphorus and nitrogen testing.
* Knowledge and hands on laboratory experience with anion chromatography.
* Experience including hands on bench work with a wide variety of analytical matrices such as waste water, drinking water, sediments and solid wastes.
* Sufficient understanding and experience with microbiology to assess and provide assistance to wastewater laboratories with fecal coliform testing.
* Demonstrated experience writing and editing laboratory SOPs and corrective actions.
* Demonstrated experience making standards and reagents.
* Demonstrated experience with most forms of laboratory documentation including standard and reagent logs.
* Demonstrated experience conducting method detection limit studies and analyzing performance evaluation samples.
* Demonstrated experience training and helping others in a laboratory setting.
* Experience with microbiological techniques and the ability to pass the Drinking Water Certification for microbiology.
**_Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:_**
* Meet EPA requirements for a Drinking Water Certification Officer for inorganic chemistry procedures within 24 months of employment.
* Must be able to obtain and maintain a federal EPASS for the Manchester Lab facility.
Supplemental Information
***Application Instructions:***
**In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:**
* **A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.**
* **A resume outlining your professional experience.**
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile's resume text field.
Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including "please see resume", may disqualify you from further consideration.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.
If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on "Look for Jobs" and select Dept. of Ecology under the "Department" search list. Click "Apply Search."
***Other Information:***
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
If you have specific questions about the position, please email Rebecca Wood at: rewo461@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Rebecca to inquire about the status of your application.
The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.
This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.
The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
*Salary:* $64,296.00 - $84,384.00 Annually
*Location:* Kitsap County - Port Orchard, WA
*Job Type:* Full Time - Permanent
*Department:* Dept. of Ecology
*Job Number:* 2018-EAP3147-04833
*Closing:* Continuous
*Agency:* State of Washington
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