The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources.
MassDEP seeks applicants with experience in the analysis of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants in drinking water and other environmental matrices using liquid chromatography- tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) for the position of Environmental Analyst III in the Division of Environmental Laboratory Sciences (DELS) within the Bureau of Planning and Evaluation (BPE). DELS serves as the state principal drinking water laboratory as required for primacy under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. DELS programs generate scientific information/data from the laboratory analysis of environmental samples and other activities that directly support MassDEP’s mission to protect human health and environmental quality, and serve as critical links in the state’s disaster and homeland security preparedness efforts.
This position will be based in MassDEP’s historic Senator William X. Wall Experiment Station (WES), Lawrence, MA (Massachusetts’ state environmental laboratory facility) and will function as an Environmental Laboratory Scientist in the DELS Organic Chemistry Mass Spectrometry (OCMS) Laboratory. Duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Performing highly complex analyses of potable and non-potable water, wastewater, fish/biological tissue, soil, sediment, industrial liquid waste, solid and hazardous waste, and other types of environmental samples, including enforcement samples, for regulated and unregulated organic contaminants, including PFAS, cyanotoxins, pharmaceutical and personal care products, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), organic disinfection by-products, semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs), 1,4-dioxane, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and other petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, and herbicides according to U.S. EPA and other standard methods, and maintaining analytical proficiency. Duties include sample preparation using solid-phase extraction and accelerated solvent extraction, and instrumental analysis using LC/MS/MS, gas chromatography (GC)/MS, and GC/MS/MS.
- Operating, repairing, servicing, and maintaining the advanced laboratory instrumentation listed above.
- Assisting in the implementation and maintenance of the OCMS Laboratory's quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) program. Performing first-level QA reviews of organic analytical data produced by other OCMS Laboratory analysts.
- Preparing/updating standard operating procedures (SOPs) and applicable sections of the DELS/WES Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan (QAP) for the OCMS Laboratory.
- Entering sample information and analytical data into the MassDEP Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) and generating sample analytical reports from the LIMS.
- Assisting in the development and validation of new improved methods for the analysis of organic chemical pollutants in environmental samples.
- Reviewing scientific literature to keep informed of new procedures, methods, materials, and findings in the fields of environmental and analytical chemistry.
- Training new OCMS Laboratory employees (including contract employees and interns) in the operation of analytical instrumentation and good laboratory practices. Supervising contract employees and interns.
- Developing specifications for the procurement of new laboratory equipment and of expendable supplies for the OCMS Laboratory.
- Training and providing other assistance to MassDEP regional and program staff in the proper environmental sampling procedures for the analysis of organic chemical contaminants and parameters.
- Advising MassDEP regional, program, and legal staff on environmental analytical matters and providing courtroom testimony (oral and written) on analytical test results.
- Assisting in the conduct of applied research on organic chemical contaminants in the Massachusetts environment, and documenting research results for publication, including publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Preferred Qualifications at Hire:
- A bachelor’s or graduate degree with a major in the field of chemistry.
- Four to six (4-6) years of experience with analytical organic chemistry laboratory procedures and instrumentation used to test water and other environmental samples as described in the duties listed above.
- Knowledge of and experience with analytical laboratory quality assurance/quality control and safety procedures.
- Knowledge of and experience with the development and validation of analytical chemistry methods.
- Knowledge of the techniques used for collecting, handling, and transporting environmental samples.
- Knowledge of statistics as applied to environmental laboratory analytical data.
- Ability to analyze and determine the applicability of chemical laboratory data to draw conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.
- Experience with personal computers and associated software.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Strong scientific writing skills as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
- Ability to adjust to changing situations and to meet emergency or changing program requirements.
- Ability to work independently.
- Ability to exercise sound judgment.
First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, of which (B) at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.
- An Associate's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology,. natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
- A Bachelor's degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*
III. A Graduate degree with a major in the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
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