Title: AIR POLLUTION SPECIALIST Salary: $4,204.00 - $7,899.00 Posted: 03/29/2013
The Monitoring and Laboratory Division is seeking motivated, qualified applicants to work in the Organics Laboratory Section (OLS) of the Northern Laboratory Branch. The OLS is responsible for providing analytical support for the Toxics Air Contaminant Program which includes a network of ambient air monitoring sites, special studies, and the Emergency Response Team. The Section coordinates with ARB and district monitoring staff on monitoring schedules and timely/accurate sample and data submittal. The OLS staff operate and maintain a variety of state-of-the-art analytical instrumentation, including Ion Trap GCMS and High Performance Liquid Chromatography systems, in a production oriented laboratory. The section provides data to a variety of stakeholders, including federal, state, and local government agencies as well as industry and the public. OLS staff are responsible for overall sample management, analysis, review, and reporting of analytical data generated to evaluate public health impacts and ambient air quality trends. Staff develop and improve analytical methods while meeting all data quality objectives following standard operating procedures.
The most competitive applicants will have a degree in chemistry or closely related field, a strong background in analytical chemistry with experience operating gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GCMS) and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) instruments in a production laboratory, and will be highly self-motivated with a positive, enthusiastic team oriented attitude. Demonstrated successful method development experience using GCMS and/or HPLC is required.
The successful candidate will be using highly sophisticated instrumentation and techniques, perform method development to improve current sampling and analytical methods, write technical reports and standard operating procedures, evaluate data for trends and anomalies, and meet deadlines. The candidate must have an understanding of day-to-day environmental laboratory operations including safety practices, sample handling, chain of custody, and hazardous waste handling. The candidate must be proficient in: 1) ambient monitoring principles and instrumentation (both field and laboratory); 2) laboratory quality assurance and quality control practices; 3) principles and practices of chromatography and scientific measurements; 4) instrument troubleshooting and repair; and 4) data collection and data management in a networked environment.
Candidates must have a strong technical background in analytical chemistry but be a problem solver first and a technical expert second. Candidates must have the ability to transition rapidly between assignments, communicate well with others, work well in teams, have strong technical writing skills, and have the ability and desire to be creative and innovative while working with evolving situations.
WHO MAY APPLY:
Qualified Air Resources Engineer candidates are encouraged to apply.
Applicants will be screened and only the most qualified candidates will be interviewed. This vacancy may be subject to SROA/Surplus provisions. Surplus applicants must attach a copy of their surplus letter with a completed standard State application (STD 678). On page one of your State application you must clearly indicate the basis of your eligibility: list appointment, transfer, SROA, surplus, re-employment, or reinstatement.
If interested, please submit a completed standard State application (STD 678) and any other relevant documents (e.g. unofficial transcript, copy of degrees, resume, etc.) to the attention of Kathy Gill at the address below.
If you are not a current or former State employee, you must first take an examination to obtain list eligibility. This does not apply to Student Assistant vacancies.
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