DUTIES: Under the overall supervision of the Laboratory Manager or his/her designee, the incumbents’ duties and responsibilities are as follows: Performs laboratory testing and analysis of water and wastewater samples in accordance with Bureau of Environmental and Coastal Quality (BECQ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards. Calibrates and maintains laboratory equipment; prepares solutions, standards and microbiological media for chemical and microbiological testing. Maintains live bacteria cultures; determines volumes and degree of dilution of samples. Performs and ensures all testing for laboratory quality controls and standards meet established criteria. Prepares and cleans glassware for testing ensuring sterilization standards are maintained. Prepares and enters data in system and reports; identify and report atypical results. Maintain laboratory logs, records and files including records of quality control functions. Maintain data and reporting in accordance with BECQ and EPA requirements. Identify and troubleshoot issues; make recommendations to resolve issues; review procedures and recommend changes or updates as required. Orders and maintains inventory of supplies, parts, and equipment; provide specifications and recommendations for replenishment or replacement of supplies and equipment. Collects field samples including well, safe drinking water, and wastewater samples; determines and gathers appropriate sample containers. Ensures validity of samples collected including sample holding time and temperature ranges. Performs other duties of a similar nature or level.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s Degree in physical science, chemistry, biology, or other related science with at least two (2) years of experience in an environmental, microbiology, or chemistry laboratory is preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to perform essential duties may be acceptable. Required Knowledge of: Chemistry and microbiology; Laboratory sampling, testing and analysis methods, equipment and procedures. Mathematical concepts; Recordkeeping principles; Customer service principles; Safe work practices; Using computers, including sending business email and use of Excel and Word. Skills in: Interpreting and applying written laboratory procedures, applicable laws, codes, regulations and standards; Analyzing water and wastewater samples and testing for EPA compliance; Evaluating, calculating and determining test results; Preparing test environment utilizing appropriate solutions, standards, and media. Calibrating and maintaining laboratory equipment. Reviewing and monitoring processes for quality control standards. Identifying, troubleshooting and recommending resolutions to issues. Reviewing procedures and recommending necessary changes. Ordering and maintaining supplies and inventory. Review and evaluate supply and equipment specifications providing recommendations. Collecting field samples and validating samples for testing; Maintaining laboratory records and files; Cleaning and maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies; Providing attention to detail; Adhering to safe work procedures, to include safe handling of acids, bases, and wastewater. Utilizing a computer and relevant software applications; Utilizing communication and interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, and others to sufficiently exchange or convey information and to receive work direction. Some positions may require the following specialized licenses and certifications: Water/Wastewater Laboratory staff must have a valid CNMI Driver’s license. Subject to pre-employment drug screening. Applicants will be tested.
CUC is a state government corporation. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) operates the electric power, water and wastewater services on the three main islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) ??? Saipan, Tinian, and Rota. The CNMI is one of five U.S. territories (which include Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa). CUC is a semi?autonomous ...agency of the CNMI government. As a semiautonomous agency, the CUC should have an independent Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor, whose members serve a concurrent four?year term. The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation is dedicated to excellent customer service and providing reliable, environmentally sensitive and effective Power, Water and Wastewater services for the people of the CNMI at the lowest reasonable cost while ensuring the safety of our employees and the community.