$63,856 - $78,436 yearly
County of San Diego
San Diego, CA, USA
CLASSIFICATION PURPOSE AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
To perform professional work involved in the collection, evaluation, and chemical analysis of air contaminant samples; and to perform related work as required. This is a professional chemist class allocated to the Air Pollution Control District (APCD). This is the first working level class in the Air Pollution Chemist series. Under general supervision, an Assistant Air Pollution Chemist performs chemical analyses and testing of air contaminant samples. The complete Air Pollution Chemist series includes the following: Junior Air Pollution Chemist (Class No. 003859) Assistant Air Pollution Chemist (Class No. 003858) Associate Air Pollution Chemist (Class No. 003845) Senior Air Pollution Chemist (Class No. 003868)
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position . Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.
Performs chemical compliance testing and analyses of air contaminant samples in connection with ambient air monitoring and other industrial source testing programs.
Utilizes quantitative, qualitative, and other chemical instrumentation methods to identify and determine the concentration of air contaminants from liquid, solid, and gaseous materials.
Reviews concentrations to ensure compliance with local, State, and Federal air quality laws, regulations, and guidelines.
Conducts tests at stationary air pollution sources and air monitoring stations utilizing a mobile testing laboratory.
Utilizes mathematical and statistical principles to perform calculations.
Prepares detailed technical reports and maintains records.
Operates, calibrates, and maintains a variety of chemical and electronic instruments.
Participates in quality control and quality assurance tasks.
Reviews testing by a contractor and obtains field samples.
Provides assistance as required on special projects.
May be required to perform the functions of the lower level class in this series.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used to perform chemical analyses
Principles and practices of the application of instruments to analyze organic and inorganic substances and compounds
Principles, procedures, and methods used in laboratory and field-testing, sampling, analyzing, and reporting results
The operation, use, and maintenance of chemical analysis equipment used in sampling air contaminants
Principles of mathematics including algebra, calculus, and statistics
Air pollution control laws, regulations, and guidelines
Computer software packages (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet and database)
County customer service objectives and strategies
Telephone, office, and online etiquette
Current technology and trends in the profession
Skills and Abilities to:
Perform chemical compliance, field and laboratory testing, and analyses of air contaminant samples in connection with ambient air monitoring and other industrial source testing programs
Utilize quantitative, qualitative, and other chemical instrumentation methods to identify and determine the concentration of air contaminants
Review air sample concentrations to ensure compliance with local, State, and Federal air quality laws, regulations, and guidelines
Identify and analyze technical problems in air pollution chemistry
Operate, maintain, and calibrate laboratory and field instruments
Operate and effectively utilize word processing, spreadsheet and database computer software
Prepare detailed technical written reports, and maintain records
Perform mathematical and statistical calculations
Effectively communicate in oral and written form
Establish effective working relationships with management, employees, employee representatives and the public representing diverse cultures and backgrounds
Treat County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public with courtesy and respect
Communicate effectively with a variety of individuals representing diverse cultures and backgrounds and function calmly in situations which require a high degree of sensitivity, tact and diplomacy
Communicates Effectively, Knowledge Worker, Customer Focused, Values and Respects Others, Drives to Excel, Teamwork and Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Demonstrates Ethical Behavior, Supportive of Change
Education and/or Experience
Education, training, and/or experience that demonstrate possession of the knowledge, skills and abilities listed above. Examples of qualifying education/experience:
A bachelor's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency in chemistry, chemical engineering, or a closely related field, which includes the completion of thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units of physical, analytical, and organic chemistry, AND, one (1) year of progressively responsible professional experience in collecting, evaluating, and conducting chemical analysis of air contaminant or environmental samples, OR,
A master's degree from a U.S. accredited college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency as stated above in chemistry or chemical engineering, OR,
One (1) year of experience as a Junior Air Pollution Chemist for the County of San Diego Air Pollution Control District.
REQUIRED LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS OR REGISTRATIONS
License A valid California Class C driver’s license, which must be maintained throughout employment in this class, is required at time of appointment, or the ability to arrange necessary and timely transportation for field travel. Employees in this class may be required to use their own vehicle. Certification/Registration None Required.
Incumbent will work in an office environment and occasionally in a chemical testing laboratory environment, at field air quality monitoring stations as well as various stationary air emission generating facilities. Office environment: exposure to computer screens. Laboratory environment: exposure to chemicals, noxious fumes, noise, and handle compressed gas cylinders. Field environment: exposure to noxious fumes, dirt, heat, noise and all weather conditions. May be required to work at heights of over 250 feet above ground; may be required to start work very early in the morning and occasionally work longer hours.
Essential Physical Characteristics
The physical characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.
Incumbent must be able to climb ladders and work at heights of over 250 feet. Incumbents use physical strength and agility on a continual basis, including lifting objects frequently weighing up to 50 pounds, and occasionally weighing up to 70 pounds with assistance. Incumbents may be required to climb ladders and conduct work at elevated heights. Continuous: upward and downward flexion of the neck. Frequent: sitting, repetitive use of hands to operate computers, printers and copiers, walking, standing, simple and power grasping, reaching above and below shoulder level, pushing and pulling, equipment. Occasional: bending and twisting of neck , bending and twisting of waist , squatting, climbing, kneeling, and crawling.
Background Investigation Must have a reputation for honesty and trustworthiness. Misdemeanor and/or felony convictions may be disqualifying depending on type , number, severity, and recency. Prior to appointment, candidates will be subject to a background investigation.
PROBATIONARY PERIOD AND CLASS HISTORY
Incumbents appointed to permanent positions in this classification shall serve a probationary period of 12 months.
New: August 30, 1983 Revised: December 6, 1995 Reviewed: Spring 2003 Revised: June 14, 2004 Revised: June 23, 2006
Revised: March 17, 2009 Revised: January 27, 2010 Assistant Air Pollution Chemist (Class No. 003858) Union Code: PR Variable Entry: Y
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