Laboratory Analyst

SHORT DESCRIPTION:
Location: Tampa, FL 33619
Duration: 2+ months (until 3/19)
Pay Rate: $25/hr


Performs environmental water quality analysis, sampling and monitoring functions as required by federal (EPA) and state environmental regulatory agencies (FDEP and DOH) for compliance with environmental permits and regulations.
 
COMPLETE DESCRIPTION:
 
Performs environmental water quality analysis, sampling and monitoring functions as required by federal (EPA) and state environmental regulatory agencies (FDEP and DOH) for compliance with environmental permits and regulations and/or contract specifications in the case of coal or oil; Applies technical/professional knowledge to perform calibration, operation, sample analysis, maintenance, troubleshooting, problems solving and repair activities, under minimal supervision;  Analyzes water samples to determine chemical compositions and ultimately compliance with environmental permits;  Work is performed under very limited supervision with the use of discretion and independent judgment in decision making during the course of sampling/analysis. 
 
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
 
·         Research, develop and write Standard Operating Procedures for performing each laboratory analysis.  Each SOP must be constructed in strict accordance with all applicable EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), FDEP (Florida Department of Environmental Protection), DOH (Department of Health), ASTM (American Society of Testing Materials), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and NELAP (National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program) protocols. Also, responsible for peer to peer training on laboratory procedures.  10%
·         Perform multiple chemical and physical analyses (instrumental and non-instrumental) on various samples and sample matrices and report results. 40%
·         Evaluate new technologies and analytical methods as laboratory needs require.  Purchase new equipment and materials, develop methodologies, and implement new testing as needed to effectively and efficiently accommodate new analytical testing requirements. Coordinate the workload to assure the most efficient use of human resources and instrument usage so that data is generated in a timely manner.  15%
·         Prepare and review data quality assurance procedures and perform quality control checks to verify and validate the legal defensibility of all results produced. 15%
·         Successfully analyze unknown samples sent by U.S. EPA, Florida Department of Health, Round Robin contract labs, and the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission to maintain Tampa Electric’s ability to self-monitor for required testing of environmental permits.  Also, determine the most appropriate method of chemical and physical analysis to be performed on each submitted sample.  In addition, coordinate with other departments in setting up and managing studies, providing analytical support and interpreting the data.  Troubleshoot and diagnose problems with scientific instrumentation and repair or supervise subcontracted repair. 20%
 
SUPERVISION:
 
Indirect Supervision:             
 
May supervise other company personnel on assigned work.  Responsible for overseeing environmental consultants on specific  projects or tasks.
 
RELATIONSHIPS:
 
Key Internal:
 
Directly interacts with TEC management (environmental coordinators, engineers, and technicians) from departments such as Environmental Health and Safety, Fuels Dept., Substation Operations, and Big Bend, Bayside, and Polk power stations.  Coordinates with power station personnel on special sampling or field testing events; Provides water quality data to other departments as appropriate
 
Key External:
 
Interacts with federal, state and local agency personnel during inspections and audits;  Interacts with outside laboratories, customers and the public as needed
 
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Requirements:
 
Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Engineering Technology, or Physical or Life Sciences from an accredited college/university
 
Related Experience:
 
Required:
 
Minimum of three years of related work experience.  Applicable advanced or multiple degrees can partially offset required work experience. 
 
Preferred:              
 
Minimum of two years of direct work experience performing the Duties & Responsibilities of this position is preferred.
 
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities (KSA):
 
Required:
 
Strong understanding of basic laboratory functions and procedures; Ability to troubleshoot complex instrumentation and continually handle hazardous materials; Ability to use discretion and demonstrate independent judgment in decision making during the course of sampling/analysis
 
WORKING CONDITIONS:
 
Must be able to work in a laboratory environment for 5-8 hours per day; May be required to assist other team members with sampling events outside during all weather conditions; Must work safely in possible hazardous situations
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ REQUIREMENTS:
 
Must be able to lift 25 pounds; Must pass a pulmonary function test and negative pressure respirator test.
 

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