The Senior Quality Assurance Chemist has primary responsibility for quality assurance activities in the laboratory. These activities are vital to the operations of the laboratory and the District and are required by the Florida QA rule (F.A.C. 62-160) and the laboratory's certification from the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP). Quality assurance activities include final approval of laboratory data, acquisition, distribution and reporting of performance evaluation and certification samples, review of completed analytical batches, development and publication of control limits, estimation of analytical uncertainty, management of laboratory standard operating procedures, updates to the laboratory quality plan, conducting internal audits, production of the quarterly quality assurance report for the Everglades Technical Oversight Committee (TOC), development and execution of corrective actions in response to audit findings, documentation of training and "demonstrations of capability" for all staff conducting analytical work in the laboratory, and production of the laboratory’s annual Quality Assurance Systems Report (QASR).
The Senior Quality Assurance Chemist must have significant experience with quality control techniques used in environmental laboratories and have thorough knowledge of the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NELAP) and current NELAC Institute (TNI) standards. The Senior Quality Assurance Chemist must be qualified as a Technical Manager consistent with the requirements of the 2009 TNI Standards (EL-V1-2009, Volume 1, Section 5.2.6) and have a working knowledge of Laboratory Information Systems (LIMS) and commonly used quality control software packages.
Work may require some lifting (up to 40 pounds), prolonged standing, repetitive bending and reaching, periodic exposure to refrigerated conditions to retrieve samples, and work is performed in a laboratory where employees routinely use numerous chemical compounds.
Typically has a Master of Science Degree in Chemistry, Environmental Science or a closely related field; and 6+ years of environmental laboratory experience that demonstrates measurable career progression.
Physical Requirements/Working Environment:
Due to the District's response role and in the total scope of emergency management, this position may at times, be required to provide support before, during and after major storm events and emergency situations, such as hurricanes or other declared emergencies, depending on assigned emergency response role.
Valid State of Florida Driver License.
Salary Minimum $59,966.40. Salary Midpoint: $71,281.60.