Environmental Technologist I

Lorton, Virginia
$51,873.74 - $86,455.41 Annually
Jan 28, 2023
Feb 11, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Wastewater Planning & Monitoring assists and participates in all aspects of system modernization and business process automation initiatives. Works across county agencies to maintain and establish working relationships to accomplish project work.
Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program is a nationally recognized Utility of the Future and its wastewater treatment plant, the 67 million gallon per day Noman M. Cole Pollution Control Plant, is a multiple year NACWA Platinum Award winning facility. If you would like to join a creative, collaborative, innovative team doing meaningful work, then the Wastewater Planning & Monitoring Division is the place for you.
  • Follows EPA approved methods and protocols and prepares environmental samples collected from a variety of sample matrices for laboratory analysis in accordance with the laboratory's quality system and VELAP certification.
  • Routinely uses sophisticated instrumentation including Flow Injector Analyzers and spectrophotometers to perform analysis specified in 40 CRF Part 136. Additional instrumentation that may be used includes AA, ICP-OES, and/or GCMS.
  • Routinely conducts analysis such as alkalinity, BOD, chloride, COD, E.Coli, conductivity, cyanide, nitrogen, oil and grease, pH, phenol, phosphorus, protozoan and bacterial characterizations, and dissolved and suspended solids testing in ash, compost, groundwater, leachate, sludge, surface water and wastewater.
  • Reviews, validates and submits completed analytical results into the Laboratory Information Management System.
  • As a member of a team-oriented program, contributes and participates on job-related teams as needed.
  • Writes reports, develops, and updates standard operation procedures and performs related duties as required: duties are performed under general supervision.
Note: An upward mobility program is available for the candidate that is selected for this position.

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position description.)

Level I

Performs all routine and non-routine tests or regulatory functions associated with

wastewater, air, stream, estuary, sediment, sludge, ash, leachate, groundwater, and toxic

or controlled substances or discharges;

Routinely performs instrumental analyses, employing equipment such as the Flow

Injector Analyzer, and Discrete Analyzer. Additional instrumentation utilized may

include; Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer, Gas Chromatograph, Inductively

Coupled Plasma Emission Spectrometer, Auto Analyzer II, Zero Head Space Extractor,

Closed Loop Stripping Apparatus, TOC Analyzer, Specific Ion Meter, and Isokinetic


Prepares concomitant statistics and quality control;

Participates in equipment maintenance, field work, method development, laboratory

analyses, and write-up of results;

Level 2

Performs all analyses and testing procedures in the General Testing Laboratory, using

instrumentation software and associated parsers;

Analyzes samples including all bacteriological testing and characterization of filamentous


Ensures that all testing is done within approved parameters;

Performs preventative maintenance and trouble shooting.

Level 3

Performs all advanced analyses and testing procedures within either the Metals OR

Organics Laboratory, using all instrumentation software and associated parsers;

Ensures that all testing is done within approved parameters;

Performs preventative maintenance and trouble shooting.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

(The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)

Level 1

Knowledge of the principles and techniques of analytical chemistry, biochemistry and microbiology;

Ability to perform associated analysis and record accurate conclusions;

Knowledge of applicable Federal, State and County procedures and regulations;

Ability to identify violations;

Ability to train others;

Ability to work independently and make relevant independent judgments;

Ability to perform normal mathematical operations as well as some advanced algebra;

Ability to perform Level 1 analyses and record accurate conclusions.

Level 2

(Includes all from Level 1, plus below as listed)

Ability to perform all procedures/parameters in the General Laboratory, documented

through Demonstration of Capability procedure;

Ability to analyze samples including all bacteriological testing and characterization of

filamentous bacteria;

Ability to use all instrumentation software and associated parsers.

Level 3

(Includes all from Level 2, plus below as listed)

Ability to demonstrate capability for all procedures/parameters in either Metals or


Ability to analyze samples for all methods/parameters within either Metals or Organics;

Ability to use all instrumentation software and parsers with either Metals or Organics.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited four year college or a university with a degree in chemistry, biology or related science; plus one year of directly related experience.

A valid driver's license.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a pre-employment physical examination, and driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Experience performing instrumental analysis in an environmental laboratory. Experience with laboratory instrumentation. Ability to evaluate and interpret data and prepare reports. Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Occasionally lift/carry, in cooperation with another employee, equipment weighting up to 50 pounds. Occasionally work in environments with exposure to water pollutants/pathogens, airborne substances/ hazards and loud noise. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview and may include exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home ( Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others ) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.