Environmental Chemist @ Linn County - IA

Environmental Chemist



Primary duties:

Collects and records data; maintains monitors and ensures quality control on ambient air monitors in accordance with County, State, and Federal guidelines. Prepares written quality assurance plans for and written reports of the status of air monitoring system in accordance with the Iowa DNR and US EPA specifications. Observes and validates stack test results at major and minor sources; prepares summary reports; determines compliance with applicable emission limits; performs follow up action based on the test results. Participates in the development, implementation and review of rules, policies, methods, and techniques needed to achieve and maintain compliance with ambient air quality and air pollution control standards; assists in the development of administrative policy and code revisions; reviews current scientific literature and government regulation to stay informed of the latest trends, advancements and discoveries in air quality. Responds to complaints regarding alleged air quality violations and completes the necessary follow up to return the responsible party to compliance. Performs all other related duties as assigned. Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction for all customers on a regular basis. Knows the products they personally produce and the customers of each product. Listens to the “Voice of the Customer “and closes gaps between customer expectations and experience whenever possible.

Additional duties that could be assigned: Maintains quality control records, and prepares quality assurance reports concerning work and lab procedures in accordance with all current Standard Operating Procedures and Quality Assurance documents. Trains department personnel and the public in proper collection of samples and operation of sampling equipment. Transports biohazardous materials to State Hygienic Lab for analysis. Performs lead analysis on adult and juvenile blood samples from screening clinics, hospitals, and private physicians utilizing GFAA methodology. Performs lead analysis on collected environmental samples utilizing acid digestion techniques and FAA methodology. Performs water analysis on private and public water supplies for various health related parameters. Performs sexually transmitted disease clinic microscopic stat analysis of patient specimens. Work is performed under general supervision of the Laboratory Branch Supervisor or Air Quality Branch Supervisor.


Bachelor's Degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Sciences, Atmospheric Sciences, or Microbiology required. Two (2) years of experience in a related field required with professional experience in performing chemical analyses, maintaining ambient monitoring systems, or regulatory compliance evaluations. Working knowledge of, and skill in, applying the principles and practices of chemistry. Working knowledge of chemical laboratory work and procedures. Working knowledge of chemical agents and pollution tests and procedures. Working knowledge of scientific laboratory techniques, methods, and equipment. Ability to perform tests and analyses according to exact prescribed procedures and to make accurate observations of test results. Ability to communicate and work effectively with other County departments, government agencies, and the public. Adequate knowledge of and ability to perform monitoring operations, quality control and quality assurance methods, and standard operating procedures during EPA and DNR audits and in monitoring program documentation. Ability to write clear, concise, effective documents including letters, technical memos, and standard operating procedures. Ability to obtain and analyze monitoring and sampling data to determine compliance with applicable regulatory requirements. Ability to effectively respond to complaints when required. Skills in the use and maintenance of various laboratory equipment and in the safe handling of chemicals, bacteria, and various test samples. Valid State of Iowa Driver's License required. Occasional lifting up to 50 pounds. Ability to climb ladders and walk on uneven ground in all kinds of weather. Must pass a County physical examination, which includes a drug test after offer of employment. Regular work attendance required.


Cedar Rapids, IA, USA




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