Inorganic Environmental Chemist - Lead

ICF Olson
Portland, Oregon, US
Jul 21, 2021
Aug 02, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
Inorganic Environmental Chemist

Interested in making a difference to the planet? Want to work with a team of Environmental Chemists who care about the protection of human health and the environment? Are you seeking broad exposure to environmental remediation and Superfund related cleanup processes with interaction with EPA on a regional level?

ICF is seeking an Inorganic Environmental Chemist to join our team to support an EPA contract, the Environmental Services Assistance Team (ESAT), in Corvallis, Oregon. This team provides technical, analytical, and quality assurance (QA) support, primarily to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund Program to facilitate identification, assessment, regulation, and remediation of environmental hazards which may pose a threat to human health or the environment. The team performs soil, water, air, waste, and tissue sample analysis for chemical contaminants using EPA-approved methods.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Lead a team of 3 to 5 Chemists and Technicians providing sample analysis and quality assurance and laboratory operational support
  • Provide technical input to and technical oversight of the work performed
  • Schedule, track and report assignments and work products
  • Supervision of technical staff including personnel selection and evaluation
  • Client contact and technical presentation occasionally required
  • Ensure compliance with all technical, quality assurance, and safety requirements

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree in chemistry or equivalent
  • 8+ years of experience performing or managing inorganic analysis of environmental samples using CLP, SW-846 and other EPA methods
  • 2+ years of experience leading environmental analysis group and/or laboratory of comparable size
  • Proficiency with data acquisition, instrument reporting and Laboratory Information Management systems
  • Experience in a NELAC-certified, ISO 17025, DOD or DOE environmental laboratory is required
  • Experience in inorganic chemistry
  • Basic computer skills (e.g. Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat) and familiarity with Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMSs).
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills and the ability to think critically.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US
  • MUST BE ABLE TO PASS an EPA background check to obtain access to US federal property.

Preferred Skills/Experience:
  • Experience using EPA methods for sample preparation including Methods 1311, 1312 (TCLP, SPLP).
  • Experience related to contaminated site characterization, remediation, and optimization at contaminated sites including Superfund, Brownfields, and RCRA Corrective Action sites.
  • Recent "hands on" experience operating ICP-OAS, ICP-MS, CVAA, FIAA, IC, TOC, CVFA, or similar systems including full use of applicable data acquisition and reporting software
  • Recent experience with quality assurance program implementation
  • Recent experience with analytical method development for environmental samples

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