Laboratory Assistant II

Metro Vancouver

Laboratory Assistant II

Auxiliary – This position to last not later than December 31, 2019
Location: 4730 Kingsway

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.   

We need leadership, dynamism, and expertise to guide and protect the livability of our region.  We need you. 

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Laboratory Assistant II who will participate in the regional recreational water quality monitoring program and be responsible for collecting samples and recording field observations with the goal of protecting public health and the environment.  You will also support a small team of environmental science professionals with various environmental monitoring programs related to Metro Vancouver discharges. 

You are: a quick learner with keen eye for the details and an interest in protecting the environment supported by environmental science related courses and experience collecting environmental samples, who is interested in spending most of your days in the field, and willing and able to collect beach and wastewater samples outside regular business hours.

This role:
  • Collects receiving water samples (i.e., from beaches) on a daily basis from a variety of stations throughout the Greater Vancouver Regional District; visits sample sites according to schedule and aseptically fills pre- labeled bottles according to prescribed sampling routines; assists with sample collection for wastewater and other receiving water monitoring programs; collects and/or delivers other environmental samples as required.Plans work schedules to meet temporary needs.May carry out specific projects such as Combined Sewer Overflow and Sanitary Sewer Overflow sampling; and collects and/or delivers other pollution control/wastewater samples as required.This will include work on weekends and/or outside of regular working hours.
  • Drives a Metro Vancouver light vehicle throughout the Greater Vancouver area to the sample stations and locations; performs routine vehicle maintenance such as checking fluid levels, washing vehicle, and taking van for scheduled servicing.
  • Plans work schedules, modifies routes and sampling areas to accommodate staff absences, sampling projects and other temporary changes to the work of the unit as required.
  • Uses a chlorine kit, dissolved oxygen and turbidity meters; calibrates same and takes and records related measures in the field; fixes samples with chemicals and delivers them to the laboratory for analysis for dissolved oxygen; measures turbidity levels.
  • Maintains records of chlorine residual and other meter readings, time samples taken, other relevant test or field observations; enters related data into MS Excel spreadsheet and/or the Laboratory Information Management System; maintains and updates a section of a detailed field sampling operations manual.
  • Delivers samples to Metro Vancouver laboratory to meet prescribed deadlines, makes periodic assigned trips to deliver samples to other laboratories, and prepares bottles, work sheets and other related items for collection trips.
  • Maintains cleanliness and orderly arrangement of laboratory and field equipment and supplies related to the work; periodically checks and cleans turbidity buoy probes.
  • May provide orientation to new or temporary staff as required.
  • Performs 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, scheduling procedures, apparatus and safety precautions related to the field sampling and collection of water samples throughout the Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVS&DD) system.
  • Sound knowledge of the location of various recreational water and GVS&DD sampling stations, sites and sampling points, of traffic routes in the Greater 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 required for chlorine residual and dissolved oxygen test kits.
  • Ability to drive a car or light pick up truck throughout the Greater 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 and to check turbidity buoy probes, to exercise agility to collect water samples, and to perform these activities in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to maintain records (physical and electronic) and to follow 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 Class 5 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 February 20, 2019.

Organization: Metro Vancouver
Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Category(s): Laboratory Services
Posted: February 6, 2019, 10:39 am
Expires: February 20, 2019, 4:30 pm

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