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About the Position


Utilities Chemist 1

ID: 2287
Classification: Utilities Chemist 1
Working Title: Utilities Chemist 1
Specialized Field: Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center
Classified or Exempt: Classified
Department Vacancy: Solid Waste
Work Site: 2855 109 Ave North
St Petersburg FL, 33716
Work Schedule: Monday - Saturday (Shift Work); 6:45am-5:15pm
Post Date: 6/8/18
Close Date: 6/24/18
# of Openings: 1
Pay Grade: CL14
Pay Range: $39,374.00 - $62,088.00

Description

This position serves as a team member in Pinellas County Solid Waste’s Waste Diversion Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center, as well as at mobile collection events.  The position is 40 hours per week to include Saturdays.  The position is responsible for performing a variety of tasks with regards to the handling of hazardous materials collected from both households and Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generators (CESQGs) at Pinellas County’s Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Centers and mobile chemical & electronics collections.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

  • 4 years’ experience in general laboratory analysis, including the basic understanding of automated analysis and instrumentation; or
  • An Associate’s Degree in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or related discipline and at least 2 years’ experience in general laboratory analysis, including the basic understanding of automated analysis and instrumentation; or
  • A Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or related discipline; or
  • A Master’s or higher level degree in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or related discipline.

Additional Requirements

  • As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must obtain the following license, certification and complete training within 6 months of hire:
    • Possession and maintenance of a valid Florida Commercial Driver’s License Class “B” with Endorsement “H”.
    • Forklift Certification
    • 40-Hour Hazwoper Training
    • DOT HazMat Transportation Training

Highly Desirable

  • Knowledge of chemical classification and compatibility.
  • DOT Hazardous Materials certification.
  • Knowledge of hazardous waste manifests.
  • Strong knowledge of organic chemistry.
  • Experience with high levels of public contact.
  • 40 Hour Hazwoper certification

Illustrative Tasks (These are examples and are not all inclusive.)

  • Properly identify waste for segregation, packaging, bulking, and transportation per applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Perform work at the HEC3 and mobile chemical & electronics collections, including site set up, traffic control, clean up, facility maintenance, inventory, routine inspection, bulking, unloading and lab packing of hazardous wastes.
  • Provide frontline customer service at HEC3 drive-through, Swap Shop and mobile collections, including profiling materials for acceptance, unloading vehicles, moving materials within the facility and packaging for transportation/disposal.
  • Coordinate mobile collection events, including site selection, setup, operation, traffic control, safety, clean-up and restoration.  Work effectively with public and private partners to coordinate events.
  • Respond appropriately to spills and releases of hazardous wastes by either performing containment and clean up or activating emergency response protocols.
  • Prepare and load shipments of hazardous waste.
  • Coordinate contractor duties and compliance with contract, applicable laws and regulations.
  • Operate certain equipment including, but not limited to, trucks, trailers, forklifts, pallet jacks, and pressure washers.
  • Perform hazardous categorization tests to identify unknown materials for proper labeling and subsequent disposal.
  • Transport materials, including hazardous waste, as necessary, between County sites.
  • Respond to inquiries and provide information to the public; present positive public image of the County.
  • Field characterize unknown chemicals and properly categorize, label and package for proper storage and disposal.
  • Assist with development/update of Standard Operating Procedures for Household Electronics and Chemical Collection site operations, chemical handling, and chemicals and electronic waste management.
  • Recognize and minimize unsafe conditions with regard to chemical handling, including unstable chemicals brought into the site or mobile collections.
  • Develop chemical categorization and classification listings for use on-site.
  • Authenticate Certificates of Disposal and track wastes from cradle to grave.
  • Research Federal, State and Local laws and regulations; interpret and write reports.
  • Assist with preparing vendor contracts.
  • Provide ongoing guidance to staff on chemical handling.
  • Perform laboratory analyses using standard and EPA analytical methods.
  • Audit and verify contractor invoices.
  • Facilitate safety meetings with staff, contractors and volunteers at the site and at mobile collections.
  • Coordinate staff training.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the laboratory principles, practices and techniques of chemistry, biology and bacteriology.
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices, techniques of laboratory quality assurance.
  • Knowledge of the capabilities and limitations of electronic computers and instrumentation, and the role they perform in laboratory analysis.
  • Knowledge of laboratory equipment, procedures and cleanliness requirements.
  • Knowledge of OSHA regulations and recognized safety operating practices for chemical handling.
  • Knowledge of mathematics through calculus.
  • Ability to conduct field chemical analysis.
  • Ability to present ideas and findings clearly and concisely in written oral and graphic form.
  • Ability to type 25 WPM

Below is a preview of the supplemental questions you will have to answer during the application process.

Supplemental Preview: What is your minimum starting salary requirement?


Of the following, which statement matches your education and work experience?

1 = I possess at least 4 years’ experience in general laboratory analysis, including the basic understanding of automated analysis and instrumentation.

2 = I possess an Associate’s Degree in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or related discipline and at least 2 years’ experience in general laboratory analysis, including the basic understanding of automated analysis and instrumentation.

3 = I possess a Bachelor's Degree in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or related discipline.

4 = I possess a Master’s or higher level degree in chemistry, bacteriology, biology or related discipline.

5 = None of the above.


Do you possess team leadership or supervision experience?
No
Yes


As a condition of employment, the selected candidate must obtain the following license, certification and complete training within 6 months of hire:
o Possession and maintenance of a valid Florida Commercial Driver’s License Class “B” with Endorsement “H”
o Forklift Certification
o 40-Hour Hazwoper Training
o DOT HazMat Transportation Training

Are you willing and able to fulfill these requirements?
No
Yes



Of the following, which do you possess?

Commercial Driver's License Class A
Commercial Driver's License Class B
Commercial Driver's License Class C
Noncommercial Driver's License Class E (Regular Driver's License)
I do not possess a valid Florida Driver's License
I possess a valid Driver's License issued by another state


Have you received three (3) or more moving violation convictions in the last three (3) years?
Yes
No

Have you received two (2) or more reckless driving convictions in the past three (3) years?
Yes
No

Has your driver’s license, certification, designation or any similar qualification been suspended or revoked in the last three (3) years?
Yes
No

If yes, please indicate the reason why your driver’s license, certification, designation or any similar qualification was suspended or revoked? Otherwise, type N/A.

Has your driver’s license been suspended for refusing to take a test to show if you were driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the last four (4) years?
Yes
No

Has your driver’s license been revoked for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the last four (4) years?
Yes
No

Is your driving privilege restricted to employment or business purposes only (Florida Driver’s License Restriction C or D)?
Yes
No

Are you required to have an ignition interlock device installed in order to operate a vehicle (Florida Driver’s License Restriction P)?
Yes
No

How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess handling hazardous materials?

No experience
1-11 months
1-2 years
2-3 years
3-4 years
4-5 years
5-6 years
6-7 years
7-8 years
8-9 years
9-over 10 years

Describe the type of hazardous materials, how you handled the materials, and what hazard classification and special handling procedures were applicable? Describe the type of Personal Protective Equipment you wore for handling the hazardous materials.

Please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you don’t have this type of experience, type N/A.


How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess packaging, labeling, and storing hazardous materials?

No experience
1-11 months
1-2 years
2-3 years
3-4 years
4-5 years
5-6 years
6-7 years
7-8 years
8-9 years
9-over 10 years

Describe/explain your experience in this area. Include examples of your work, which are similar to that described by the statements. Describe your experience in determining the appropriate packaging. Explain your experience in categorizing unknown materials and determining appropriate storage materials and criteria, including examples of how you packaged the materials, (bulk, combine or lab pack), how you labeled the material, and whether the materials were prepared and stored for transport or prepared and stored for use.

Please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you don’t have this type of experience, type N/A.


How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess recognizing and minimizing unsafe conditions with regard to chemical handling, including unstable chemicals?

No experience
1-11 months
1-2 years
2-3 years
3-4 years
4-5 years
5-6 years
6-7 years
7-8 years
8-9 years
9-over 10 years

Describe your experience with recognizing unsafe conditions with regards to chemicals. Describe what kind of chemicals could be unstable and what hazards are associated with these chemicals. Give examples of how you recognized and handled these unstable chemicals and how they were processed. Describe what corrective actions you took with regard to unsafe conditions.

Please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you don’t have this type of experience, type N/A.


How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess researching Federal, State and Local regulations, interpreting regulations and writing regulatory reports?

No experience
1-11 months
1-2 years
2-3 years
3-4 years
4-5 years
5-6 years
6-7 years
7-8 years
8-9 years
9-over 10 years

Describe/explain your experience in this area. Include examples of your work, which are similar to that described by the statements. Describe your role you in researching Federal, State and Local laws and regulations. . Describe which Federal, State and Local laws and regulations you have experience with and how you interpreted them for your previous work experience. Describe the type of regulatory reports you have written especially.

Please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you don’t have this type of experience, type N/A.


How many months or years of professional work experience do you possess in public outreach and customer service as an organization representative?

No experience
1-11 months
1-2 years
2-3 years
3-4 years
4-5 years
5-6 years
6-7 years
7-8 years
8-9 years
9-over 10 years

Describe/explain your experience in this area. Include examples of your work, which are similar to that described by the statements. Describe your public outreach and customer service experience. Describe your experience with regards to dealing with difficult customers; please provide specific examples.

Please indicate when (dates) and where (employer) you obtained the experience. If you don’t have this type of experience, type N/A.

EOE/AA/ADA/DFW/VP

 

Certain servicemembers and veterans, and the spouses and family members of the servicemembers and veterans, receive preference and priority in employment by the state and are encouraged to apply for the positions being filled.

Ciertos miembros del servicio y veteranos, sus esposas/os, y sus familiares reciben preferencia y prioridad en el empleo  con  el gobierno y se les recomienda que apliquen para los puestos.

Please allow 45 minutes to an hour to complete your online application and answer any Supplemental Questions that may be required for any position.

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