Environmental Technologist I

Location
Lorton, Virginia
Salary
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Posted
May 29, 2021
Closes
Jun 12, 2021
Ref
21-01040
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

This position is part of the Environmental Services Monitoring Branch and is physically located at the Noman M. Cole Pollution Control Plant in Lorton, Virginia. 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 GC?MS. 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.

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

Samplers;

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

bacteria;

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

Organics;

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

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED:
A valid driver's license.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
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.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
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.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
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.

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 status as a veteran 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.