City of Tacoma
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The Environmental Services Department is recruiting for the position of Environmental Lab Scientist II. This is the second level of a series of three, responsible for performing lab analyses utilizing appropriate methodologies and procedures, exercising independent judgment, interpreting data, ensuring quality, and demonstrating proficiency across more than one section of the laboratory.
Why work for the Environmental Services Laboratory?
As a member of the Science and Engineering Division within the Environmental Services Department you will be working in a state-of-the-art LEED facility conducting laboratory work essential to making informed decisions. Your work will benefit current and future generations and is necessary to support healthy neighborhoods and a thriving Puget Sound, leaving a better Tacoma for all.
Learn more about our award-winning, waterfront facility and the important work we and our partners do for the environment at https://www.urbanwaters.org/
OUR IDEAL CANDIDATE IS:
Someone who is energetic and enthusiastic about environmental laboratory work.
Someone who works well on a team and contributes to a work culture where differences are valued.
Someone who produces quality lab results in a timely fashion: results that are essential to decision makers, regulators, and stakeholders, are defensible and triumph under scrutiny.
Someone able to effectively convey ideas and information orally and in writing using language that is appropriate to both the complexity of the topic and the knowledge and understanding of the reader.
Someone who is committed to helping clients, partners, and coworkers succeed, while creating positive and respectful relationships with them.
A teammate who genuinely values our mission, healthy neighborhoods, a thriving Puget Sound, and the role of sound science to inform decisions.
Someone who is accountable for their work products, resourceful, and tech savvy.
A person who can make sense of complex, sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
A coworker who embraces continuous improvement, ensures accuracy, manages details, and takes initiative.
If this sounds like you, please apply!
The Principles that Guide Us:
Tacoma, the City of Destiny, has a workforce of dedicated, talented and open-minded employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement in all that we do. The Principles that Guide Us, Integrity, Service, Excellence and Equity, speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.
The duties listed below cover a broad range of activities performed by persons in the Environmental Laboratory Scientist II job classification throughout the various City of Tacoma laboratories.
Perform advanced instrumental analysis using Cold-Vapor Mercury Analyzer and Flow Injection Analyzer, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy (GC/MS), Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy (ICP), and/or Inductively Coupled Plasma Spectroscopy/Mass Spectroscopy (ICP-MS) following Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other methodologies employing standard to complex analytical techniques and analyses as appropriate.
Evaluate data and provide interpretive or narrative reports; organic extractions, extract cleaning procedures, metals digestions, Toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) extraction, mercury analysis, gravimetric analysis, spectrophotometric analysis, inductively coupled plasma/mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry Perform assigned sample preparatory work and analyses according to established Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QC/QA) requirements, including all documentation as required for compliance with appropriate regulations promulgated by EPA, state agencies, and other regulatory bodies. Ensure the quality of data meets project needs.
Evaluate quality control results, identify deficiencies, and take corrective action. Participate in proficiency studies to demonstrate analytical competency. Perform final QA/QC review of laboratory data.
Write and review standard operating procedures. Incorporate certification and other regulatory requirements and amendments in laboratory services.
Maintain, troubleshoot and repair complex instruments. Enter laboratory data into Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), and/or record information in logbooks per established laboratory procedures.
Attend assigned training to keep current on lab techniques and industry best practices.
Perform related duties as assigned.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS & WORKING CONDITIONSMost work is performed indoors in an Environmental Laboratory with moderate chemical exposure risk. Risks include acidic and caustic solutions, neurotoxins, and carcinogenic substances. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required within the work environment. Primary PPE consists of safety glasses or goggles, lab coat, appropriate protective gloves. Due to potential chemical exposure, no bare legs are allowed in the laboratory closed toed shoes are required in the laboratory work areas.
Able to work in a laboratory environment for long periods at a time.
Position may require repetitive handling of samples including pouring, mixing, dilution and/or filtering.
Bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, moderate lifting and bending, standing for extended periods of time, and occasional unassisted lifting of up to 25 lbs. associated with job duties.
Incumbents may be subject to emergency calls during off-duty hours and may be required to work weekends and holidays.
WHY WORK FOR THE CITY?
The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits:Outstanding working conditions and an exceptional quality-of-life environment.
Medical coverage for eligible employees, spouses and dependents, including children up to age 26.
Vision care with VSP for employees and eligible dependents enrolled in the Regence PPO medical plan with vision benefits.
Dental coverage for eligible employees and their elected dependents, including dependent children up to the age of 26.
Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code.
Personal time off.
A great pension plan.
A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology or related sciences with credit hours equivalent to a minor in chemistry
Three years environmental laboratory experience.
Knowledge & Skills
Safety precautions followed in chemical and bacteriological laboratories.
Organic and inorganic quantitative and qualitative analysis using instrumentation such as ICP, IR, GC, GC/MS, flow injection analysis, and automated ion chromatography.
Conventional analysis techniques.
Operate a personal computer and related software.
Perform quantitative and qualitative tests accurately and precisely.
Record data accurately.
Interpret test results in terms of reasonableness of findings and meeting project objectives and key performance criteria.
Communicate clearly orally and in writing.
Establish good working relationships with internal and external customers from all backgrounds.
Maintain, troubleshoot and make minor repairs on laboratory equipment.
Selection Process & Supplemental Information
City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Tacoma’s diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma’s entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.
Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim. Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s.Tacoma boasts the state’s highest density of art and history museums and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city’s vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.
With a population over 200,000, Tacoma is the second largest city in the Puget Sound region, gracing the shores of Commencement Bay. We are a diverse, progressive, international city that serves as a gateway to the Pacific Rim and the rest of the world. Named one of the most livable areas in the country by Livability.com, Tacoma and the surrounding area is a playground for outdoor and maritime enthusiasts. Our businesses are vibrant, our parks are beautiful, and our schools are exceptional.
Tacoma’s natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy from thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – about 30 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense’s premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma’s desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!
When you work for the City of Tacoma, you’ll enjoy a healthy work/life balance, the potential for flexible schedules with some job classifications, continuing education programs, leadership pathways, wellness incentives and a total rewards benefits program. We welcome you to take a look at our website and discover how the City of Tacoma can make your next career move part of our combined destiny:
The City of Tacoma believes that each employee makes a significant contribution to our success. This job description is designed to outline primary duties, qualifications and job scope. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
Interested individuals must complete the online application and attach a detailed resume and cover letter that includes major responsibilities and accomplishments related to this position.
This is a competitive selection process. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will have their job application and responses to Supplemental Questions #5-9 reviewed and evaluated by a committee of subject matter experts, as the Experience and Training Test for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicants to adequately describe all pertinent experience and training. Applicants whose qualifications most closely correspond to the City’s needs will be eligible for further consideration.
Per City of Tacoma Personnel Management Policy #170, the City of Tacoma is a drug-free work environment. Appointment is subject to passing a pre-employment background and references check.
Candidates who are eligible for Veteran’s Preference scoring criteria must attach a copy of their DD-214 member copy 4, (proof of military discharge form) at time of application, to be eligible for review for Veteran’s Preference, with redacted birth date and social security numbers.
This position is covered by a Labor Agreement between the City of Tacoma and Local 17. New employees must successfully complete a nine-month probationary period prior to obtaining permanent status in this classification.
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