Laboratory Assistant II

Metro Vancouver

Laboratory Assistant II

Auxiliary – This position to last not later than November 2, 2018
Location: Annacis Wastewater Treatment Plant, Delta

Join us as we help shape the place people want to be – Metro Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable regions. The services and solutions we provide are the foundation of our region’s economic, ecological and social health.  This includes the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing and community engagement to over 2.5 million residents. We don’t stop, we don’t close and we do what is right, for now and for future generations. 

We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability. We offer competitive salaries; exceptional benefit packages with valuable pension plan; employee wellness and recognition programs; and many diverse opportunities for professional growth and development.

We deliver the exceptional services and solutions that have helped make this one of the most special, livable communities in the world, and we want you to join us.  Help us shape the future of the Metro Vancouver region, and shape the place people want to be.   

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Laboratory Assistant II who will assist in the day to day operation of the Metro Vancouver Chemistry Laboratory.

You are: A grade 12 graduate with courses in science. Related laboratory work experience would be an asset.

In this role, you will:
  • Collect drinking water or receive and source water samples on a daily basis from a variety of stations throughout the Metro Vancouver Regional District; visit sample sites according to schedule and aseptically fill pre‑labeled bottles according to prescribed sampling routines; may carry out specific projects such as Combined Sewer Overflow sampling; and collects and/or delivers other pollution control samples as required.
  • Drive a Metro Vancouver light vehicle throughout the Metro Vancouver area to the sample stations and locations; perform routine vehicle maintenance such as checking fluid levels, washing vehicle, and taking van for scheduled servicing.
  • Plan work schedules, modify routes and sample areas to accommodate staff absences, sample projects and other temporary changes to the work of the unit as required.
  • Use a chlorine kit, dissolved oxygen and turbidity meters; calibrate same and takes and record related measures in the field; fix samples with chemicals and deliver them to the laboratory for analysis for dissolved oxygen; measure turbidity levels.
  • Maintain records of chlorine residual and other meter readings, time samples taken, temperature and chlorine injection rate; enter related data into the Laboratory Information Management System; maintain and update a section of a detailed field sampling operations manual.
  • Deliver samples to Metro Vancouver laboratory to meet prescribed deadlines, make periodic assigned trips to deliver samples to other laboratories, and prepare bottles, work sheets and other related items for collection trips.
  • Maintain cleanliness and orderly arrangement of laboratory and field equipment and supplies related to the work; periodically checks and cleans turbidity buoy probes.
  • Provide orientation to new or temporary staff as required.
  • Perform related work as required.

To be successful, you have:
  • Completion of Grade 12 with courses in science; related laboratory work experience would be an asset, OR, an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Sound knowledge of various routines, schedules, procedures, apparatus and safety precautions related to the field sampling and collection of water samples throughout the Metro Vancouver system.
  • Sound knowledge of the location of various Metro Vancouver sampling stations, sites and sampling points, of traffic routes in the Metro Vancouver area, and of the collection routes and schedules.
  • Ability to use and calibrate specific fragile field test kits and equipment such as a dissolved oxygen meter and automatic sampler, and to exercise care in handling collection bottles and additive chemicals.
  • Ability to drive a car or light pick‑up truck throughout the Metro Vancouver area to sample stations, to modify routes and sampling areas to accommodate temporary changes to the work of the unit, and to follow routes and schedules and to perform routine maintenance of the vehicle.
  • Ability to walk over distances, to lift and carry cases of bottles, to exert sufficient physical effort to remove and replace obstructions to sample points, to exercise agility to collect water samples, and to perform these activities in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to maintain records and to follow safe and aseptic procedures for the collection of water samples.
  • Ability to adhere to schedules and procedures, to deliver samples on time, to prepare bottles, work sheets and other related items for collection trips, and to maintain cleanliness and orderliness of laboratory and field equipment related to the work.
  • Good mechanical aptitude and manual dexterity.
  • Skill in the operation of a light vehicle and in driving in all weather, on any road surface and in variable traffic conditions.
  • Valid Driver's License for B.C.
Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver seeks to achieve what humanity aspires to on a global basis – the highest quality of life embracing cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social justice and compassion, all nurtured in and by a beautiful and healthy natural environment.
Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by May 31, 2018. ​​​​​​​

Location: Burnaby, BC.

Region: Lower Mainland

Professional Category(s): Water Services,Lab Tech.

Posted: May 17, 2018, 11:05 am

Expires: May 31, 2018, 4:30 pm

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