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Associate Chemist for Environmental Support

Weston Solutions
Washington, Dist. of Columbia, US
Closing date
Jul 29, 2022

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
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Full time
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Weston Solutions, Inc. is seeking a Chemist for supporting Federal environmental contracts including EPA Assessments, Removal Actions and Emergency Response support. This candidate will perform as a member of the Superfund Technical Assessment and Response Team (START)team providing ourclients with accurate and pertinent scientific data according toagreedupon methods, procedures, and techniques.The candidate will support a mobile field analytical program with instrument operation, method development, calibration, and maintenance.The position will also be on-call periodically to support emergency response projects as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
  • BS or equivalent inChemistry and1-5years of experience inthe environmental field and/or ananalytical laboratory environment.
  • Experience inanalytical method selection,datamanagement, and interpretation.
  • Exposure to various technical and scientific analytical procedures.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team, be highly adaptable, flexible, and amenable to working in non-standard environments.
  • Strong interpersonal communication, organizational, analytical, and technical writing skills.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork throughout the U.S. and carry up to 50 lbs. of field gear in challenging conditions including extreme weather conditions.
  • Valid driver's license and ability to work on-call and mobilize into the field with little or no notice.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat.

Preferred Skills:
  • Experience maintaining and calibrating laboratory instrumentation, such as GC & GC/MS
  • Experience with EPA and other analytical methods, best laboratory practices, and QA/QC procedures
  • Field instrumentation.Proficient in the use ofvariousair and water monitoring instruments (PID/FID, multi gas meters, etc.).Abilities include calibrationof field instruments, implementation in field, and interpretation of results.
  • Experience writing technical documents such as Standard Operating Guidance and Procedures
  • Experience with soil, water, air or multi-media sampling strategies and protocols
  • Familiarity with the Incident Command System (ICS) 100-800.Completion of ICS courses a plus.
  • General understanding of the NCP,Oil Pollution Act andCERCLA.
  • Current OSHA 40-HR HAZWOPER certification desirable but not required

Technical and Operational Scope:
  • Develop field operating procedures and technical documentation related to oil spills, hazardous substance releases, biological agents, chemical warfare agents, radiation, and/or weapons of mass destruction
  • Analyze and interpret analytical data and perform laboratory data review and validation
  • Author, review and revise technical documents and plans including analytical methods, Standard Operating Guidance, and Standard Operating Procedures
  • Calibration and maintenance of a variety of multi-media monitoring and sampling equipment.
  • Exercises judgment on applicability of methods and approaches inuse anddetermines best approaches to problem solving when standard procedures are inadequate.
  • Determines best method of data gathering, database management, and analysis of data to achieve project goals.
  • Consults with outside specialists to obtain most accurate and timely data possible while meeting project specifications andtimetables.
  • Emergency on-call duties, occasional travel, and outdoor field work at hazardous waste sites primarily in USEPA Region 10 (Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska).
  • Document field activities and prepare daily and final reports for clients within established budgets and schedule.
  • Use level D through A PPE to make entries into potentially hazardous areas.
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