Environmental Technologist I

Lorton, Virginia
$54,421.54 - $90,701.94 Annually
Jun 10, 2023
Jun 24, 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 DPWES, 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, Fluorometers, 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, 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.
  • May be exposed to water pollutants/pathogens, airborne substance/hazards, fumes and/or noxious odors, toxic/caustic chemicals, dust/pollen, wet /humid conditions, and loud noises.

Note: An upward mobility program is available for the candidate(s) that is selected for this position.

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.

Experience performing instrumental analysis in an environmental laboratory. Experience with laboratory instrumentation. Ability to evaluate and interpret data and prepare reports. Creative problem-solving skills. 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.

SELECTION PROCEDURE: 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.;DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov. EEO/AA/TTY.