2021-04-27 2021-05-14

Senior or Principal Chemist – Organic Laboratory Section (Depending on Qualifications)

Orange County Water District
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 65893
  • Organization Website
  • Organization Type: Public Water/Wastewater Agency
  • Location: Fountain Valley, California
  • Job Status: Full-time
  • Job ID: 65893
  • Organization Website

Senior or Principal Chemist – Organic Laboratory Section (Depending on Qualifications)

The Orange County Water District is accepting applications for a Senior or Principal level Chemist. We have one opening and the level filled will depend on candidate qualifications. Preference will be given to candidates with qualifications at the Principal level, however the District will also consider candidates with demonstrated work experience at the Senior level.

Senior Chemist
The Senior Chemist is the second level in a four-level chemist series following a two-level laboratory technician series. Under supervision, observes all safety procedures, performs routine and/or complex physical and chemical analyses on water, wastewater, and related samples. Requires knowledge of current principles, practices, and procedures in the field of environmental chemistry with an emphasis on organic analyses.

Knowledge of EPA drinking water methods, analytical procedures, quality control, and laboratory safety is required. Senior Chemist should have some expertise with organic extraction procedures and knowledge of current lab practices related to solid-phase extraction. Maintains and operates analytical laboratory equipment. Uses networked LIMS system for reporting water quality data. Experience on the use of computer data input and LIMS operation required. Participates in applied research, method development, and investigative projects associated with analysis of water quality parameters.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing water samples by HPLC, GC, GC/MS, GC-MS/MS, and/or LC-MS/MS instrumentation
  • Reporting of analytical data within desired turnaround times in support of OCWD’s various monitoring programs
  • Assisting in implementation of TNI standard to comply with CA state deadline of 2024, including SOP revision and/or creation for various lab practices
  • Reviewing, auditing, and/or approving laboratory data packets and/or laboratory data
  • Maintains and operates analytical laboratory equipment
  • Assists Principal and Supervising level chemists in developing test procedures, methods, techniques, and increased lab capabilities

Principal Chemist
The Principal Chemist is the third level in a four-level chemist series. The Principal Chemist meets all qualifications of a Senior Chemist while also, under supervision, serving as a lead in research, method development, and training. Additional responsibilities will include:

  • Effectively training chemists and lab technicians in work methods and instrument maintenance & troubleshooting
  • Overseeing the lab when the supervisor is not present or unavailable
  • Assisting in the management, processing, and reporting of the performance testing (PT) samples Orange County Water District Employment Opportunity
  • Developing, adapting, or selecting appropriate testing methods for non-routine analyses, emerging contaminants, and new instrumentation
  • Writing and reviewing standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Ensuring quality of all lab processes through continuous monitoring of method performance criteria
  • Assisting with testing, implementation, and staff training on LIMS-related projects
  • Overseeing analytical, data reduction and supporting activities to ensure compliance with the SOP’s, quality control protocols, and laboratory practices
  • Assisting with the State’s certification activities and audit preparations

Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Chemistry, Biology, Microbiology, or a related field is required for both levels. Must be familiar with operating a LIMS reporting system. Familiarity with The NELAC Institute (TNI) 2016 Standards is highly desirable. Possession of AWWA and/or CWEA Laboratory Analyst certification preferred.

Senior Chemist requires minimum of five years of prior experience in the drinking water/wastewater laboratory field is required, along with knowledge of EPA standard methods for the analysis of water/wastewater and Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) on quality control and quality assurance.

Principal Chemist requires minimum of seven years of professional level, analytical laboratory, and quality control experience. At least three years spent operating in a senior or leading laboratory analyst role with experience on method development related to high-level instrumentation such as GC-MS/MS or LC-MS/MS. Master’s or Doctoral Degree is preferred for the Principal level.

Current principles, practices, and procedures in the field of environmental chemistry with an emphasis on organic analyses in water; knowledge of testing methods, including EPA Drinking Water Methods, Standard Methods, and relevant research method techniques for water analysis. Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations, analytical procedures, quality assurance/quality control and related documentation principles, including NELAC/TNI, and Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) operations for electronic data transfer and management. Skills in effective communication and coordination to manage sample backlog and scheduling, preventive maintenance and instrument optimization, complex instrumental analysis techniques, organic extraction techniques, data package review for quality assurance/quality control, interacting with and responding to inquiries from outside regulatory agencies and lab data end users. Experience with GC, GC-MS, and HPLC required. Experience with GC-MS/MS and/or LC-MS/MS instrumentation, operation, and method development highly preferred.

9/80 with every other Friday off. 8:00 am – 5:30 pm. Must be able to work additional hours and weekends when required. Current schedule is subject to change due to COVID modifications/restrictions.

Salary Range (DOQ):
Senior Chemist: $45.17 - $56.47 per hour
Principal Chemist: $113,672 - $142,106 annually

How to Apply:
You must submit an OCWD online employment application to be considered. Please visit www.ocwd.com to complete an application. A valid California driver’s license and proof of automobile insurance is required. Applications will be accepted until a sufficient number apply. EOE

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