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Field Laboratory Environmental Technician

North Shore Water Reclamation District
Gurnee, Illinois, US
Closing date
Nov 3, 2021

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Conservation science
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Full time
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Job Description

Environmental Technician

Inspect, investigate and survey commercial/industrial sites for regulation compliance. Collect wastewater and environmental samples. Set up, service, maintain and calibrate sampling and other field equipment. Perform field tests and accurately record results. Valid driver's license and good communication skills required. Send a resume or apply in person:

North Shore Water Reclamation District

P.O. Box 750

14770 William Koepsel Dr.

Gurnee, IL 60031-0750


(847) 623-6101 (Fax)

Equal Opportunity Employer


Title: Environmental Analyst Department: Laboratory Services

Job Purpose Statement: Plan and perform activities involving the analysis of waste water, surface water, drinking waters as well as sludges and air to determine the concentration of metals, conventional and organic pollutants by wet chemical and instrumentation methods, calculate and report results utilizing required Quality Control and Quality Assurance protocols.

Reporting Structure: Supervisor, Laboratory Services

Job Functions:

1. Perform wet chemistry and/or instrumental analysis following E.P.A. approved methodologies and lab accreditation rules. Evaluate appropriate aliquot for type of analysis required, perform prescribed analytical tests and calculate and report test results.

2. Responsible for sample preparation including digestion, concentration, dilutions, extractions and separations and sample preservations

3. Exercise best professional and analytical judgment to evaluate calibration and standards data.

4. Utilize computer program to calculate, evaluate and report analytical results.

5. Maintain, calibrate and troubleshoot equipment problems as required.

6. Maintain clear and complete documentation of raw data, analytical results and chain of custody in lab data books.

7. Interact with other internal laboratory staff to communicate effectively concerning sample characteristics and required analyses.

8. Maintain adequate supplies of fresh reagents and standards.

9. Report completed data on appropriate sample sheets as necessary.

10. Follow established safety procedures for chemical handling, cleanup and personal protection.

11. Participate in the review and modification of test methods and write standard operating procedures for laboratory procedure manual.

Types of Machines, Tools, Equipment (Office and Industrial), Software used:

Instrumentation equipment such as analytical balance, pH meter, ISE meters, DO meters, nephelometer, titration equipment, distillation apparatus, Seal Discrete Analyzer, Mercury Cold Vapor Analyzer and ICP-MS. Office equipment such as calculator, photo copier, and computer.

Title: Environmental Analyst Department: Laboratory Services

Physical and Visual Activities:

Physical and visual activities that are commonly associated† with the performance of the functions of this job.

Standing, Walking, Sitting, Lifting, Carrying, Pushing, Climbing, Balancing, Stooping, Kneeling, Crouching, Crawling, Reaching, Handling, Fingering, Feeling, Talking, Hearing, Acuity far, Acuity near, Depth Perception, Field of Vision, Accommodation, Color Vision.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands commonly associated† with the performance of the functions of this job.

Up to 1 lb over 40% up to 70% of the time, over 1 lb up to 5 lbs up to 15% of the time, over 5 lbs up to 25 lbs up to 15% of the time, over 25 lbs up to 40 lbs up to 15% of the time.

Environmental/Atmospheric Conditions:

Environmental and atmospheric conditions commonly associated† with the performance of the functions of this job.

Inside conditions, wet, noise, hazards, fumes, odors, toxic conditions, poor ventilation.

Job Qualification Requirements

Using the information from The Job Performance Requirements Checklist and the information from the top portion of this page, determine the selection criteria for this position. Include only the minimum hiring qualifications.

Knowledge: Bachelor's degree in chemistry or related field, computer literacy, thorough knowledge of analytical techniques, both wet and instrumental, solid understanding of college level math including statistics, linear regression, knowledgeable in chemical safety. Read, speak and write fluent English language.

Experience: Over 1 year up to 3 years.

Machines, Tools, Equipment (Office and Industrial), Software: Familiarity with general lab equipment particularly those listed on the first page and computer entry.



Company DescriptionThe North Shore Water Reclamation District (NSWRD) is a municipal body which was organized in 1914 under the North Shore Sanitary District Act of 1911. The NSWRD owns and operates more than 100 miles of intercepting sewer lines and 10 pumping stations which collect and convey wastewater from local sewer systems to Water Reclamation Facilities (WRFs) in Gurnee, Waukegan, and Highland Park, Illinois. The District's mission is to defend and preserve our natural resources and it is dedicated to the beneficial reuse of our water resources. For over a century, the NSWRD has achieved an outstanding record of protecting the environment, especially Lake Michigan, due to both consistently upgrading its infrastructure and the diligence of the clean water professionals who work for the District.
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