Environmental Monitoring Technician
Environmental Monitoring TechnicianPosition Status: Auxiliary – up to 5 days per week (This position to last not later than December 31, 2020)
Department: Liquid Waste Services
Employee Group: Teamsters Local 31
Location: 4730 Kingsway
Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking an Environmental Monitoring Technician who will perform work in support of wastewater treatment plant and receiving and ambient environment monitoring programs for Metro Vancouver’s regional liquid waste treatment utility. An incumbent of this class sets up and operates sampling equipment/instrumentation; collects samples from wastewater treatment plants, combined and sanitary sewer overflows, recreational beaches, outfall receiving environments, and regional ambient environment monitoring locations; assists in the interpretation and collation of test results and enters resulting data into data management tools; prepares and maintains work records, files and routine reports; maintains and calibrates sampling equipment and instrumentation; and assists in reviewing and evaluating reports submitted by consultants.
A good communicator orally and in writing, work well with others, are well organized, have the ability to perform physically demanding work, are comfortable working alone, outdoors in all weather conditions and in office and laboratory environments or on a boat, pay close attention to details, are proficient in documentation of your work and have some skill in maintenance, operation, calibration and simple repair of monitoring equipment and pumps, and are proficient in the use of Microsoft standard software.
- Conducts preliminary evaluation of individual sampling site requirements, determines safe and efficient sampling procedures according to established standards; assists in setting up sampling schedules. Conducts sampling of wastewater, sanitary and combined sewer overflows, receiving and ambient environments (water, sediment, biota), odour sampling and air emissions sampling, and performs chemical and physical testing. This might include weekend schedule at different Metro Vancouver sites, depending on operational needs.
- Identifies, defines and measures a variety of environmental indicators; performs related analyses and calculations; assists in interpreting results and in determining significance of data and quantity of pollutants in terms of accepted tolerances and obtains additional samples for confirmation as required; applies special test procedures to solve difficult or unusual sampling problems and assists in the development of new procedures and techniques for abnormal parameters.
- Maintains work records and testing files, enters data using electronic means and reports results, alerts a superior to violations of applicable requirements and prepares reports and memoranda detailing test results for a superior.
- Conducts quality checks of laboratory data and database entries.
- Monitors consultant sampling projects; assists in the review and evaluation of results and procedures and discusses anomalies with a superior; provides consultants with technical advice, guidance and recommendations on appropriate procedures as directed. Completes preliminary check of invoices.
- Checks, cleans, calibrates and maintains all sampling equipment, performs simple repairs of equipment as necessary, and prepares solutions and reagents required for testing.
- Performs scheduled and special request sampling in support of environmental monitoring/management and quality control program work.
- Performs related work as required.
To be successful, you have:
- Completion of a recognized two-year diploma course from an Institute of Technology with emphasis on related sciences (environmental science, biology, toxicology, wastewater treatment) and pollution control. Some experience in environmental (water, sediment, biota) and wastewater sampling or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
- Considerable knowledge of environmental sampling, practices, procedures and equipment.
- Considerable knowledge of environmental and wastewater collection and sampling techniques.
- Sound knowledge of the regulatory context (e.g., Environmental Management Act), and environmental guidelines and objectives as applicable to the work performed.
- Sound knowledge of computer applications related to the work.
- Working knowledge of special test procedures to solve difficult or unusual sampling problems.
- Some knowledge of environmental pollution concerns associated with municipal wastewater system operations and stormwater.
- Ability to determine safe and efficient sampling procedures, to perform environmental monitoring and sampling, to assist in the development and maintenance of a comprehensive testing schedule and in the development of special procedures and techniques as required.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts and to perform duties with tact, efficiency and accuracy.
- Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
- Ability to identify, define and measure a variety of environmental components, to perform analyses and calculations, and to assist in interpreting results and significance of data.
- Ability to perform sampling of wastewater for the source control program and to participate in emergency response investigations of spills.
- Ability to use a computer terminal to input, manipulate and retrieve data and maintain records and documentation related to the work.
- Ability to monitor consultant environmental monitoring and testing projects.
- Ability to perform physically demanding work in all types of weather and to work effectively at heights and/or on water.
- Skill in the care, maintenance, operation, calibration, and simple repair of equipment used in the work.
- Valid British Columbia Class 5 Driver's License.
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.
Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by December 10, 2019.