Laboratory Analytical Specialist - Bureau of Environmental Services

  • Portland OR
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • Oct 29, 2018
Full time Environmental Science - Engineering Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

The Position

The Bureau of Environmental Services is seeking a Laboratory Analytical Specialist.  The Laboratory Analytical Specialist performs highly technical and advanced scientific and/or instrumental analysis procedures in a specialized area, utilizing both standard and non-routine methodologies and procedures. This classification conducts analyses that rely on advanced instrumentation and complex computer software and develops and implements complex analytical techniques.
This classification is represented by Portland City Laborers 483 (PCL) .  To view this labor agreement, please go to  and click on the appropriate link.

About the Bureau 
The City of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. Our assets include two wastewater treatment plants, 98 pump stations, 3000 miles of pipes, and thousands of ' green' assets.  BES is committed to diversity and equity through its service delivery, internal operations, organizational culture, and in its work with partners and the community.  For more information about BES, please visit

To Qualify

The following minimum qualifications are required for this position:

  1. Knowledge of environmental analytical chemistry and the instrumentation used to perform analyses relevant to quantifying contaminants of concern at regulator-required levels.
  2. Thorough understanding of the protocols and methods mandated by the US EPA, Standard Methods, ASTM, USGS, and other recognized authorities for the analysis of water, wastewater, and solids.
  3. Skill in trouble shooting instruments to fix problems and maximize performance.
  4. Skill in the operation, maintenance, and trouble-shooting of ion chromatography, UV/Visible spectrophotometry, segmented flow analysis, and flow injection analysis instruments.
  5. Skill in writing standard operating procedures, conducting detection and quantitation limit studies, development for new methods to affect lower detection limits and/or production gains.

Applicants must also possess:

  • A valid state driver's license and an acceptable driving record at the time of hire.
  • A degree in chemistry, environmental science, biology, microbiology, geology or a related field, and three to five years of progressively responsible instrumental and/or scientific chemical analysis experience, or equivalent.

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Government- State/Provincial


$29.31 - $38.92 Hourly