Environmental Lab Analyst I - Organic Prep 2nd Shift

Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Job Summary

The Analyst I prepares and analyzes environmental samples using standard analytical techniques according to scientific and EPA methodology in compliance with TestAmerica's Quality Assurance programs and SOP's.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Performs routine lab tasks that provide experience and familiarization with methods, practices, and programs. These include:

  • Preparation of samples using standard techniques

  • Performing chemical analysis using standard techniques

  • Calculating data

  • Recording and reporting data and any unusual test occurrences to the supervisor

  • Performing routine instrument maintenance

  • Responsible for performing job functions in compliance with TestAmerica's EHS and QA standards

  • Responsible for general housekeeping in his/her work area

  • Ability to become trained and competent on complex instrumentation including but not limited to gas chromatography, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, atomic absorption, ICP, and instrument specific data systems.

Secondary Duties

  • Works under close supervision using routine and standard methods

  • Aliquots and weighs samples

  • Washes glassware

Working Relationships:
Internal Contacts

  • Include other Analysts and Technicians

  • Supervisor

External contacts

  • None


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


BS or BA in chemistry or related field. 3 years laboratory experience may substitute for degree.


Laboratory experience helpful

Previous production-oriented work helpful (awareness and ability to meet deadlines)

  • Licensure/Certificate/Registration None


  • Analytical and/or General Science

  • Scientific methods and method compliance

  • Strong Mathematics background

  • Knowledge of Standard Operating Procedures

  • Knowledge of laboratory procedures

  • Laboratory safety rules and chemical hazards


  • Reading, writing and speaking skills

  • Problem solving skills

  • Team participation and meeting management skills

  • Time management and organization skills


  • Use calculator/mathematical formulas and concepts

  • Complete work within time and quality constraints

  • Work independently following written or verbal instructions

  • Cooperate and coordinate both orally and in writing

  • Follow and learn appropriate protocols in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Organic preparation

  • Metals preparation and analysis

  • Gas Chromatography

  • Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

  • Radio Chemistry

  • Wet Chemistry

  • High Resolution preparation and analysis

  • Low Resolution preparation and analysis

Materials and Equipment Used

  • Data processor and computers

  • Various laboratory equipment dependent on departmental discipline/purpose

Physical Requirements

  • Lifting and Carrying:

Lifting up to 50 pounds and carrying up to 30 pounds when moving samples and disposing of waste

  • Pushing and Pulling:

Pushing and pulling up to 200 pounds when moving sample carts and gas tanks

  • Body Positions:

Approximately 60% of time standing when analyzing samples, 10% walking when moving about laboratory, and 30% sitting when working at computer, doing paper work, or analyzing samples. These percentages vary significantly depending upon duties being performed. Must be able to sit, stand, or stoop for long periods of time.

  • Body Movements:

Stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching when getting samples and performing analyses

  • Smelling:

For unusual odors, leakage, contamination

  • Hand Use:

Handling samples, operating instruments, data entry

  • Hearing:

Conversational hearing ability

  • Vision:

Performing analyses, viewing computer screen, doing paperwork

  • Speaking:

Conversational speaking ability

Environmental Conditions

Typical laboratory environment with occasional time in office areas. Varying degree of exposure to fumes, odors, dusts, and gases dependent upon samples being analyzed. Constant background noise from hoods, fans, and laboratory instruments. Potential exposure to toxic, caustic, or carcinogenic samples in laboratory area.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, or qualifications associated with the job.


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