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Lab Analyst I, II or III (Career Pathing) – Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District

Lab Analyst I:

JOB SUMMARY

Performs basic routine analytical laboratory tests following prescribed EPA methodology and laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs). Prepares and analyzes environmental samples for various chemical and biological parameters utilizing wet chemistry, physical, bacteriological and biological testing. Generates, calculates and records data using basic laboratory equipment following prescribed quality control criteria. Operates and maintains basic laboratory equipment using good laboratory practices. Adheres to safety guidelines required by the laboratory and the District.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Performs basic sample control duties: picks up field samples, aliquots and preserves samples for analysis and storage, utilizes LIMS, prepares bottles kits, cleans glassware and disposes of samples.
  • Follows laboratory SOPs and approved EPA methods. Performs a range of basic quantitative chemical and biological analyses. Organizes, collates, compiles and classifies information. Reviews own data for reporting against defined quality control parameters and verifies the accuracy of calculations in reports, computers and spreadsheets.
  •  Prepares samples using a variety of laboratory equipment including analytical balances, micropipettes, ovens, muffle furnaces, incubators and hot blocks. Analyzes samples using basic laboratory instruments including spectrophotometers, meters and titrators.
  • Cleans, prepares and maintains glassware, laboratory equipment and work area. Sets up laboratory supplies, equipment and instruments for analyses, ensuring sterilization and proper operating order. Arranges various types of media for cultivation of bacteria. Safely prepares and disposes of laboratory solutions following laboratory guidelines.
  • Inspects equipment and basic instrumentation quality control criteria to verify reliability and accuracy of data. Identifies faults in equipment, reports malfunctions and anomalies and assists in diagnosing problems in processes. Ensures that all supplies, chemicals and materials are acceptable and available for analytical work.
  • Collects information by observing samples during testing processes. Employs proper verification procedures. Maintains quality control records and control charts on analyses. Calculates and records test results and checks to see if they are within normal limits. Validates sample results against method-specific quality control and checks data and calculations for accuracy.
  • Checks own information for quality, accuracy and completeness on reports, computer printouts and in calculations. Keeps detailed records of work undertaken and writes reports. Accurately completes forms, logs and other required documentation.
  • Provides verbal and written information to team members, supervisors and managers. Assists in the preparation and reporting of analytical data.
  • Required to work a rotational schedule including off-shift, holidays and weekend hours as the department is staffed a minimum of 50 hours per week. Must be able to work flexible hours that may include consecutive weekends and may change on short notice.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.

Lab Analyst II:

JOB SUMMARY

Performs routine analytical laboratory tests following prescribed EPA methodology and laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs). Prepares and analyzes environmental samples for various chemical and biological parameters utilizing wet chemistry, physical, bacteriological and biological testing as well as basic instrumental techniques. Generates, calculates and records data using laboratory equipment and basic instrumentation following prescribed quality control criteria. Operates and maintains laboratory equipment and basic instrumentation using good laboratory practices. Adheres to safety guidelines required by the laboratory and the Sewer District. Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Performs basic sample control duties, such as picks up field samples, aliquots and preserves samples for analysis and storage, utilizes LIMS, prepares bottles kits, cleans glassware and disposes of samples.
  • Follows laboratory SOPs and approved EPA methods. Performs a wide range of quantitative chemical and biological analyses. Organizes, collates, compiles and classifies information. Validates own data for reporting against defined quality control parameters and verifies the accuracy of calculations in reports, computers and spreadsheets.
  • Prepares samples using a wide variety of laboratory equipment including analytical balances, micropipettes, ovens, muffle furnaces, incubators, hot blocks and solid-phase extractors. Analyzes samples using laboratory instruments including spectrophotometers, meters, titrators, microscopes and auto analyzers.
  • Cleans, prepares and maintains glassware, laboratory equipment and work area. Sets up laboratory supplies, equipment and instruments for analyses, ensuring sterilization and proper operating order. Arranges various types of media for cultivation of bacteria. Safely prepares and disposes of laboratory solutions following laboratory guidelines.
  • Inspects equipment and instrumentation calibration curves and quality control criteria to verify the reliability and accuracy of data. Identifies faults in equipment, reports malfunctions and anomalies and assists in diagnosing problems in processes. Ensures that all supplies, chemicals and materials are acceptable and available for analytical work.
  • Tests and troubleshoots new and existing methods and procedures to ensure accurate data and method compliance.
  • Collects information by observing samples during testing processes. Employs proper verification procedures. Maintains quality control records and control charts on analyses. Calculates and records test results and checks to see if they are within normal limits. Validates sample results against method-specific quality control and checks data and calculations for accuracy. Employs corrective actions as needed for out-of-control analyses.
  • Checks own information for quality, accuracy and completeness on reports, computer printouts and in calculations. Keeps detailed records of work undertaken and writes reports. Accurately completes forms, logs and other required documentation.
  • Provides verbal and written information to team members, supervisors and manager. Assists in the preparation and reporting of analytical data.
  • Required to work a rotational schedule including off-shift, holidays and weekend hours as the department is staffed a minimum of 50 hours per week. Must be able to work flexible hours that may include consecutive weekends and may change on short notice.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.

Lab Analyst III:

JOB SUMMARY

Performs routine analytical laboratory tests following prescribed EPA methodology and laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs). Analyzes environmental samples for various chemical and biological parameters utilizing wet chemistry, physical, bacteriological and biological testing as well as instrumental techniques. Generates, calculates, records and validates data using laboratory equipment and instrumentation following prescribed quality control criteria. Operates and maintains laboratory equipment and instrumentation using good laboratory practices. Adheres to safety guidelines required by the laboratory and the Sewer District. Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Performs basic Sample Receiving duties as needed: picks up field samples, aliquots and preserves samples for analysis and storage, utilizes LIMS, prepares bottles kits, cleans glassware and disposes of samples.
  • Follows laboratory SOPs and approved EPA methodology. Performs a wide range of quantitative chemical and biological analyses. Organizes, collates, compiles and classifies information. Validates own and peer’s data for reporting against defined quality control parameters and verifies the accuracy of calculations in reports, computers and spreadsheets.
  • Prepares samples using a wide variety of laboratory equipment including analytical balances, micropipettes, ovens, muffle furnaces, incubators, hot blocks and solid-phase extractors. Analyzes samples using laboratory instruments including spectrophotometers, meters, titrators, microscopes, auto analyzers, ICP (Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectrometer) and Ion and Gas Chromatographs (IC and GC).
  • Cleans, prepares and maintains glassware, laboratory equipment and work area. Sets up laboratory supplies, equipment and instruments for analyses, ensuring sterilization and proper operating order. Arranges various types of media for cultivation of bacteria. Safely prepares and disposes of laboratory solutions following laboratory guidelines.
  • Inspects equipment and instrumentation calibration curves and quality control criteria to verify the reliability and accuracy of data. Identifies faults in equipment, reports malfunctions and anomalies and diagnoses problems in processes. Ensures that all supplies, chemical and materials are acceptable and available for analytical work.
  • Tests, evaluates and troubleshoots new and existing methods, procedures and instrumentation to ensure accurate data and method compliance.
  • Collects information by observing samples during testing processes. Employs proper verification procedures. Maintains quality control records and control charts on analyses. Calculates and records test results and checks to see if they are within normal limits. Validates sample results against method-specific quality control and checks data and calculations for accuracy. Employs corrective actions as needed for out-of-control analyses.
  • Checks own and peer’s information for quality, accuracy and completeness on reports, computer printouts and in calculations. Keeps detailed records of work undertaken and writes reports. Accurately completes forms, logs and other required documentation.
  • Provides spoken and written information to team members, supervisors and manager. Prepares and reports analytical data.
  • Required to work a rotational schedule including off-shift, holidays and weekend hours as the department is staffed a minimum of 50 hours per week. Must be able to work flexible hours that may include consecutive weekends and may change on short notice.
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature as may be required.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATION

Candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in chemistry, biology, environmental science or a closely related field of study.

EXPERIENCE

Candidates must have at least three (3) months of analytical laboratory experience that may include work performed during internships, co-operative education and college laboratory coursework.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATIONS

– Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license with a driving record in accordance with the District’s acceptable guidelines.

– A Valid Class I State of Ohio Wastewater Analyst Certificate is preferred.

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS

During the course of performing the essential functions of this position the employee must be able to compare, copy, compute, compile, analyze, coordinate and communicate. Ability to exhibit strong interpersonal skills is required as instructing is infrequent but necessary for the position. Physical work will need to be performed, such as standing, sitting, walking, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling, fingering, feeling, talking and hearing. Ability to lift up to 100 lbs. on an occasional basis. Position will require visual demands of near acuity, depth perception, color vision and far acuity. The position is in a lab environment, which has quiet to loud noises and hazards maybe encountered, such as chemicals and pathogens. Employee must have good dexterity.

Pay Range: USD, Commensurate with Experience

  • Lab Analyst I: $21.91 – $26.29
  • Lab Analyst II: $23.53 – $28.23
  • Lab Analyst III: $23.95 – $29.94
  • Full-Time
  • On-site
  • Environmental Maintenance Services Center – Cuyahoga Heights, OH, USA
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Our Employee Benefits & Wellness Programs
We offer a comprehensive employee benefits package including Health Insurance Coverage, Various Retirement Planning Options (Ohio Public Employee Retirement System and Deferred Compensation Plans), Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Assistance Program, Free Parking at our facilities, Corporate Discounts, and more! We also have an active Health & Wellness Program that promotes a life/work balance.

NEORSD supports the use of hybrid work as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity and better prepares the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for hybrid work. hybrid eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

DISCLAIMER:  The information outlined in this job description indicates the general nature and type of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not intended to provide a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities or competencies required of employees within this classification.

Job Category: Technical
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Cuyahoga County

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