Job Position Number: ESP0108
Salary: $12 – $15
Duration of Assignment: Summer 2021, may extend into the fall
Job Location: 2710 West Main St, Jefferson City, MO 65109
What You’ll Do:
- Provide assistance to chemists in the Chemical Analysis Section.
- Assist in all activities related to the annual lead and copper testing required by the Environmental Protection Agency and Public Drinking Water Branch (PDWB), which requires testing 5,000 – 6,000 samples. This project includes shipping containers to hundreds of public drinking water systems throughout Missouri during a three month period (June, July, and August). Once these sample containers are returned to the lab, they must be processed prior to analysis. This includes verifying sample information, logging sample information into our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), preserving each sample, and performing a turbidity test on each sample.
- Other projects include Stage 2 DBP analysis for the PDWB, public beach testing for State Parks, and routine testing which increases during April through October.
- Shipping and receiving samples
- Storing and retrieving samples
- Maintaining chain of custody documents
- Performing sample preparation
Professional Experience to be Gained:
- Develop and use skills both as an individual and while working as a team member.
- Take existing knowledge and provide them with training and experience beneficial to possible future career choices.
- They will learn to work independently as well as learning what it takes to work as a team member in a professional environment.
- The intern will develop skills that include how to take projects from start to finish, how particular parts of a project fit into the whole, and how to communicate needs as well as relaying vital information to key staff.
- Learn the basic operation of an environmental chemistry laboratory and some analytical methods and associated standard operating procedures.
- Using basic chemistry knowledge and techniques while mentoring or job shadowing with chemists, laboratory support technicians, and support staff.
- Interest in working in the field of chemistry, environmental science, or one of the similar sciences.
- Candidates must possess a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.
- Must be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time, perceive color, lift coolers and boxes that weigh up to 35 pounds, and operate a computer and analytical instrument software, including LIMS.
- Must understand that they will be working with and around chemicals that pose a certain safety risk, which requires the use of personal protection equipment.
- Should be familiar with general laboratory safety.
- Must be able to provide their own transportation to and from work.
If you have questions about this position, please contact:
Kevin Thoenen by phone: 573-526-6791; or by email: email@example.com
The State of Missouri is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.