Chemist

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SUMMARY: Under general supervision, performs complex chemical, biological, bacteriological and physical analysis of drinking water, wastewater, industrial water or environmental waters for the Department of Public Utilities; may perform related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge skills, and other characteristics. This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by incumbents of this class.)

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (which are not in any hierarchical order)
  • Performs analyses primarily using specialized techniques and sophisticated automated and standard instrumentation such as Gas Chromatographs (GC), Liquid Chromatographs (HPLC), Ion Chromatographs (IC), Inductively Couple Plasma (ICP), Total Organic Carbon (TOC), Auto titrators, microwave digesters, Atomic Absorption spectrometers (AA), Flow Injection Analyzers (FIA), and other wet chemical analytical techniques.
  • Calibrates, maintains and operates all manual and automated laboratory instrumentation.
  • Trouble shoots complex and analytical problems.
  • Oversees and reviews routine and complex chemical, biological and bacteriological examinations.
  • Develops, modifies, and maintains procedures for certification.
  • Uses computers and instruments for data entry using Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), record generation, sample custody (Chain of Custody), and data analysis for State and Federal reporting requirements.
  • Maintains and analyzes quality control procedures and data necessary to maintain fixed limits of precision and accuracy.
  • Responsible for the preparation and standardization of chemicals, bacteriological and any reagents used in the analyses of samples.
  • Trains lab personnel in techniques of sample collection and wet chemistry and instrumental analysis.
  • Develops, reviews, and recommends method modifications and development. Writes standard operation procedures (SOPs) and calibration procedures.
  • Assists with the preparation for special projects as required.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of laboratory quality assurance.
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations pertaining to water quality, wastewater disposal and data validity.
  • Knowledge of the function and use of high sophisticated analytical laboratory testing equipment such as GC, IC, ICP, AA, TOC, Automatic titrators, Flow Injection Analyzers and wet chemical analytical techniques.
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations and recognized safety operating practices for laboratory work.
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of chemistry, biology and bacteriology.
  • Considerable knowledge of the methods for testing and treating water, wastewater, and industrial wastewater.
  • Skill in laboratory techniques and in following and adapting scientific methods and procedures.
  • Ability to operate a personal computer.
  • Ability to interpret test results and prepare reports.
  • Ability to adjust, operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to perform a variety of tests on water, wastewater, industrial waste, or sludge samples and to prepare and standardize laboratory reagents.
  • Ability to detect malfunctions in laboratory equipment and make necessary adjustments or determine the need for maintenance service.
  • Ability to modify EPA or Standard methods or create custom methods.
  • Ability to present scientific ideas and findings clearly and concisely in written, oral and graphic form.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the workday.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves long hours with exposure to loud noises, chemicals, toxic fumes, air and waterborne pathogens, and mechanical equipment during the collection and analysis of water samples and mixing of chemicals, with the ability to detect water quality problems. There is frequent need to stand, stoop, walk, sit, climb in high areas, lift moderately heavy objects (up to 50 pounds) and perform other similar actions during the course of the workday. The City of West Palm Beach promotes and maintains a drug/alcohol free work environment through the use of mandatory pre-employment and random drug testing for certain employees.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in Chemistry or related field and two (2) years of experience in a chemical and bacteriological laboratory including six (6) months experience in a certified drinking water or environmental laboratory preferably in a water/wastewater utility, or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. A valid Florida driver’s license is required. A valid driver’s license from any state (equivalent to a State of Florida Class E) may be utilized upon application; with the ability to obtain the State of Florida driver’s license within 30 days from day of appointment.

FLSA Code: NE
B/U: SEIU
Last revision date: July 2010
 
Overtime: Yes
 
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