Laboratory QA Officer
The Authority is seeking a highly motivated Laboratory QA Officer.Responsible for providing permit compliance and analytical support for the Blue Plains Wastewater Treatment Plant; evaluating the effectiveness and efficiency of the quality assurance process and sampling and analytical procedures; developing and implementing quality control procedures; improving data management tools; and staying abreast of state-of-the-art laboratory technology, environmental and OSHA regulations, and good lab practices. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: A' . Recommends policies, procedures, methods, and practices to sample and analyze samples for NPDES permit compliance and planning and process control. Enhances the safety, quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of sampling and analytical activities. A' . Provides program management support for the laboratory including, development and implementation of a quality assurance/quality control program for routine laboratory stations, plant chemicals, and new projects and programs (eg, anaerobic digestion program and enhanced nitrogen removal program). Responsibilities include, but not limited to, calibrations and instrument repair, data analysis, method verification and validation, proficiency testing, quality control reviews and audits, application of statistical techniques, review and approval of data, data management, and other related duties. A' . Utilizes the plant wide process control and laboratory database and analyzes laboratory data and other reports for process, planning, and permit compliance. Evaluates quality assurance requirements and objectives and develops and implements data management tools. Conducts and inspects data entry and conducts quality control reviews and audits. Provides assistance for research, pretreatment, and biosolids data evaluation/validation, method evaluation, and data management. A' . Develops and conducts special studies and investigations to resolve discrepancies with laboratory data, demonstrate proficiency, and evaluate compliance with quality assurance practices. A' . Prepares routine and technical reports and documents, including, but not limited to, QA/QC plans, audit reports, corrective action reports, standard operating procedures, and guidance documents. A' . Plans work activities, develops schedules, and coordinates activities with co-workers, contractors, and consultants, as needed. Identifies training needs, develops training materials, and serves as a resource in teaching and guiding others in developing skills and knowledge. Establishes, demonstrates, and enforces high standards for safety, quality of work performed, and productivity. Reports all hazards to the appropriate supervisor to ensure that safety and environmental hazards are corrected. A' . Provides assistance in the management of procurement of goods and services, and ensures timely payment of invoices. Tracks expenditures to ensure compliance with budget constraints. A' . Cross-trains and performs duties in pretreatment and research program, as assigned. A' . Performs other duties and projects as assigned at the discretion of the immediate supervisor. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:A' . BachelorA cents € (TM) s degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering or related field from an accredited college or university and four (4) years of progressive experience related to regulatory compliance, quality control and data management, and wastewater treatment processes; or equivalent combination of education and experience. OTHER REQUIREMENTS:A' . Must possess and maintain current, or acquire within 3 years from date of hire and maintain current, a valid Class III ABC certification or equivalent class from Maryland or Virginia or Laboratory certification. A' . Knowledge of DC WaterA cents € (TM) s policies, procedures, codes, and general plant practices, including knowledge of occupational hazards and the necessity for adherence to safety precautions. Knowledge of applicable EPA and District regulations. A' . Skill in performing comprehensive program evaluation, statistical and data analysis. A' . Knowledge of basic sciences, including chemistry, biology, and wastewater treatment processes. A' . Ability to do heavy lifting. A' . Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. A' . Utilizes personal computer and maintains a working knowledge of applicable software programs (ie word processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, databases, etc.). A' . Subject to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions that include exposure to extreme cold and/or hot temperatures. A' . Subject to atmospheric conditions that affect the respiratory system or skin such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation, or to exposure to oils or other cutting fluids. A' . Exposure to a variety of hazards such as high voltage, noise, chemicals, oils and other solvents, bacteria, pathogens, and toxic substances. We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V. We maintain a drug-free workplace and perform pre-employment substance abuse testing.