NATURE OF WORK
This is advanced scientific work with supervisory laboratory analysis responsibility for air and water pollution investigation and code enforcement.
Work involves technical supervision of trained chemists and subordinate laboratory technicians engaged in conducting qualitative and quantitative laboratory examinations by means of chemical, physical and instrument analysis. Work includes scheduling laboratory procedures, insuring accuracy of tests and interpreting results in terms of total environmental investigation and recommendation. Incumbents are required to perform the more complex analysis of organic and inorganic compounds often involving experimentation and use of specialized techniques of analysis and synthesis. Work requires the application of scientific theory, and knowledge of specialized laboratory procedures used in studying the characteristics of air and water pollutants. General supervision is received from a superior who reviews work through conferences, written reports and occasional observation of laboratory procedures.
This classification is distinguished from the Chemist I by the supervisory responsibilities and by the responsibilities of performing the more complex type of analyses.
Supervises chemical and physical tests and analyses of unknown substances through gravivmetric, spectroscopic, colorimetric and chromatographic laboratory techniques.
Reviews and participates in chemical, physical and biological studies of air and water samples to determine the presence of effluents, toxins and pollutant substances.
Specifies and orders laboratory equipment and supplies.
Conducts independent research experiments and comprehensive evaluation studies to determine the long-range effects of potential and existing air and water contamination.
Develops new and improved laboratory procedures and chemical agents to rectify and control the release of harmful elements into the air and water environment.
Assists in training subordinate professional chemists and laboratory technicians in air and water pollution control methodology; devises quality control techniques and calculates standard deviations on sampling and testing procedures.
Prepares and submits detailed reports on laboratory activities; requisitions materials and equipment; recommends new procedures to improve operating effectiveness.
Performs related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES AND SKILLS
Considerable knowledge of the science of chemistry, including the principles, methods and techniques of analyzing the composition of substances.
Considerable knowledge of the principles and procedures of laboratory chemical analysis.
Knowledge of the basic scientific principles and theories of physics, biology, mathematics and related physical sciences.
Knowledge of modern equipment and scientific instruments used in air and water pollution control.
Knowledge of quality control procedures, sampling and statistical techniques used in determining reliability and validity.
Knowledge of reference sources, current trends and recent research in air and water pollution control.
Ability to supervise and participate in the work of subordinate professionals and technicians.
Ability to apply scientific and technical knowledge with accuracy and judgment in review of laboratory procedures.
Ability to assist in training subordinate technical staff in the specialized laboratory techniques of air and water pollution investigation.
Ability to detect malfunctions in laboratory equipment and to make the necessary adjustments or determine the need for maintenance service.
Ability to serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Broward County's Ethics and Conflict of Interest policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds regardless of race, religion, age, sex, disability, political affiliation or sexual orientation.
Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.
REQUIRED EXPERIENCE AND TRAINING
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major work in chemistry or a related field; two (2) years experience in chemical analysis work; or any equivalent combination of relevant training and experience
Bargaining Unit: Government Supervisors Association - (Professional Unit)
FLSA Status: Exempt
Code of Ethics
Work Locations: Office of Natural Resource Protection, Environmental Services
Class Spec. Estab./Revised: E10/76 R5/00