TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
- Performs routine and special chemical tests on drinking water, environmental, industrial and sewage plant samples; Performs qualitative tests on water and wastewater to determine levels of various parameters;
- Conducts field sampling with portable laboratory equipment;
- Maintains records and prepares reports of tests and examination; exercises care and safety in handling toxic and biologically active specimens and in using laboratory equipment;
- Prepares reagents, solvents, solutions and standards;
- Sets up and adjusts laboratory equipment and instruments; Cleans and maintains equipment and work areas;
- Assists in the education and training of other employees.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS:
Good knowledge of modern laboratory techniques, terminology and equipment commonly used in a public health, environmental or wastewater laboratory; good knowledge of environmental chemistry; skill in the performance of sample collection and laboratory tests and in the safe handling of specimens and equipment; ability to follow both oral and written instructions; ability to prepare accurate laboratory test results and to maintain records; ability to work well with others; accuracy; initiative and dependability; good judgment; good eyesight; physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.
A) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or Medical Technology; or:
B) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in one of the biological or environmental sciences, which included 24 semester credit hours in chemistry or environmental technical laboratory courses, supplemented by one (1) year of experience in laboratory work; or:
C) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate’s degree in Medical Technology or completion of 60 semester credit hours of college, which included 24 semester Credit hours in chemistry or environmental technical laboratory courses, in either case, this must be supplemented by two (2) years of experience in environmental chemistry laboratory work; or:
D) An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined by the limits of (A) and (C).
NOTES: Verifiable part-time and/or volunteer experience will be pro-rated toward meeting full-time experience requirements