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Quality Assurance Data Validator (Chemist 4)

Employer
State of Washington
Location
Olympia, WA
Closing date
Nov 26, 2021

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Sector
Science, Chemistry, General Chemistry, Pharmaceutical, Data Management/Statistics, Quality Assurance
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Per Governor Inslee's Proclamation 21-14.2, Washington State employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 Vaccination as part of the hire process, prior to their start date. Requests for medical and religious exemptions will be considered. If you have questions, please contact Careers@ecy.wa.gov with "COVID-19 Vaccination" in the subject line.

Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) is looking to fill a Quality Assurance Data Validator (Chemist 4) position. This position will be located at the Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) in Port Orchard, WA.

In this role, you will be coordinating with Ecology scientists on contracting and data validation needs, writing Scopes of Work for contracting, and performing data review/verification and validation of highly specialized laboratory analyses.

You will possess an in-depth understanding of the complex technical issues related to this position, have high attention to detail, and have the ability to communicate and collaborate with a diverse workforce.

The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure, assess and communicate environmental conditions in Washington State.

The Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) is the leading environmental laboratory for the State of Washington. We conduct environmental laboratory analyses on samples collected throughout Washington State for organic, inorganic, and microbiological contaminants. The laboratory also conducts analyses for toxics in children's and consumer products.

Protecting Washington State's environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. Join a team that is highly effective and collaborative, with leadership that embrace the value of people.

Ecology cares deeply about employee wellness; we go beyond traditional benefits, proudly offering:
  • A healthy life/work balance by offering flexible schedules and telework options for most positions.
  • An Infants at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of infant-parent bonding and breastfeeding newborns.
  • Continuous growth and development opportunities.
  • A wellness program that offers education, fitness classes, and an agency-wide fondness for outdoor meetings.
  • Opportunities to serve your community and make an impact through meaningful work.

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect (DEIR) are core values central to Ecology's work. We strive to be a workplace where we are esteemed for sharing our authentic identities, while advancing our individual professional goals and collaborating to protect, preserve, and enhance the environment for current and future generations.

Diversity: We celebrate and appreciate diversity; our unique perspectives and abilities enrich us all and lead to innovative approaches and solutions.

Equity: We champion equity, recognizing that each of us need different things to thrive.

Inclusion: We intentionally create and hold space so that we all have meaningful opportunities to participate and contribute to Ecology's work.

Respect: We treat each other with respect and dignity, acknowledging the inherent worth of our diverse perspectives and lived experiences, even in times of uncertainty and disagreement.

We believe that DEIR is both a goal and an action. We are on a journey, honoring our shared humanity and taking steps to demonstrate our commitment to a vision where each of us is heard, seen, and valued.

During Healthy Washington Roadmap to Recovery, employees are working a combination of in-office and/or telework based on position and business need. Ecology is following current state guidance regarding building occupancy, mask requirements, health screening questions before entry, and social distancing.

Application Timeline: This position will remain open until filled, with an initial screening date of November 1, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 31, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

What makes this role unique?

The agency undertakes a variety of projects and types of lab analyses that are contracted out to commercial labs. The data from those labs needs to be validated in order to be used to make meaningful decisions for the agency. The data to be validated are generated by instrumental techniques (such as HRGCMS and LCMSMS), are for a variety of matrices (e.g. water, sediment, tissue, and consumer products), and the types of toxic contaminants being evaluated include, but are not limited to:
  • 209 PCB congeners
  • Dioxins/Furans
  • PBDEs
  • PFAS
  • Pesticides

What you will do:
  • Serve as a knowledgeable resource for and review Quality Assurance Project Plans.
  • Manage contracts, including writing Scopes of Work, evaluating contract laboratory bids on Request for Quotation, and reviewing/verifying contract laboratory data.
  • Validate data using the concepts in industry guidance documents, such as National Functional Guidelines and Department of Defense Data Validation Guidelines to assess data quality and usability.
  • Interact with project officers, contract labs, the Manchester Lab Director, QA Coordinator, Contract Manager, Project Coordinator, Organics Unit Supervisor, Inorganics Unit Supervisor, and the Ecology QA Officer.

Required Qualifications:

Experience for both required and desired qualifications can be gained through various combinations of formal professional employment, educational, and volunteer experience. See below for how you may qualify.

Option 1: A Bachelor's degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry AND Six years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

Option 2: A Master's degree as listed above (provided a Bachelor's Degree and the required college-level chemistry courses have been achieved) AND Four years of experience of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

Option 3: A Ph.D. as listed above (provided a Bachelor's Degree and the required college-level chemistry courses have been achieved) AND Three years of experience of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

Option 4: One year of experience as a Chemist 3 at the Department of Ecology, performing chemical analysis of environmental or consumer product samples following EPA and/or Standard Method analytical techniques in an analytical laboratory.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

This position is located within a federal facility and requires the passing of a Federal Government background check.

Desirable Qualifications:

We highly encourage you to apply even if you do not have some (or all) of the desired experience below.
  • Three years of experience reviewing environmental data packages that include GC-MS, GC-MSMS, GC-HRMS, LC-MSMS, ICP, ICP-MS, GC-ECD.

Note: Having some (or all) of this desired experience may make your application more competitive in a highly competitive applicant pool.

Ecology seeks diverse applicants: We view diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect through a broad lens including race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigration status, military background, language, education, life experience, physical disability, neurodiversity, and intersectional identities. Qualified candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Need an Accommodation in the application and/or screening process or this job announcement in an alternative format?
  • Please call: (360) 407-6186 or email: careers@ecy.wa.gov and we will be happy to assist.
  • If you are deaf or hard of hearing you can reach the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.
  • If you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile's main page.
  • If you are reading this announcement in print format, please enter the following URL to your search engine to apply: https://ecology.wa.gov/About-us/Get-to-know-us/Jobs-at-Ecology.

Application Instructions:

It's in the applicant's best interest to submit all of the documents listed below. Applications without these documents may be declined.
  • A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.
  • A resume outlining your experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to the minimum qualifications of this position.
  • Three professional references.

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.

For Your Privacy:

When attaching documents to your application (Resume, Cover Letter, Transcripts, DD-214, etc.):
  • Please be sure to remove private information such as your social security number, date of birth, etc.
  • Do not attach documents that are password protected, as these documents may not be reviewed and may cause errors within your application when downloaded.

Additional Application Instructions for Current Ecology Employees:

Please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.

Application Attestation:

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

Other Information:

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Alan Rue at: Alan.Rue@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Alan to inquire about the status of your application.

To request the full position description: email careers@ecy.wa.gov

Why work for Ecology?

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State's environment. A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping your health and financial security a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to life/work balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:

Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave , 11 Paid Holidays per year , Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives, Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Student debt: how working for Ecology can help

The Department of Ecology is a qualifying employer for the Public Service Forgiveness Program (PSLF). See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

Collective Bargaining: This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans, military spouses or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

Note: This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.
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