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Employer: Eau Claire City-County Health Department
Located in: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
Degree Required: Other
The Eau Claire City-County Health Department (ECCCHD) has an exciting up to full-time opportunity to work in our public health laboratory in the Environmental Sciences Division! With a wide variety of programs and a collaborative dynamic, every member of the Eau Claire City-County Health Department team plays a critical role in protecting the health and safety of the people in our community. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eauclairehealth.
The programs and services of the Environmental Sciences Division seek to protect and enhance environmental quality for the benefit of human health and safety. The division also strives to increase public awareness of common environmental hazards and to educate about how environmental factors may influence human health and welfare. This position is responsible for implementing assigned programs and projects within the Health Department’s Certified Public Health Laboratory.
As a member of the Environmental Sciences Division, primary duties include:
- Collecting and preparing samples for analysis, including any necessary media and solutions required to perform examination or analyses.
- Performing laboratory testing procedures such as bacteriological and chemical analyses of groundwater, recreational water, food, milk and milk product samples.
- Performing Quality Controls (QC) measures and following Quality Assurance (QA) procedures to enhance and evaluate data quality.
- Operating and maintaining analytical equipment and lab supplies.
- Performing data collection, research, analysis and interpretation in association with laboratory programs.
- Assisting with the management of environmental data and laboratory records to maintain required certifications and report results.
- Contributing to performance measurement and process improvement to improve quality.
- Assisting in the promotion and development of laboratory programs by: pursuing grants, assessing community needs, collaborating with internal and external partners, and providing education and community outreach related to laboratory programs.
- Performing other related duties in the laboratory and environmental health field as assigned/required, including serving as personnel back-up for other laboratory programs.
- Two-year degree in laboratory technology or closely related field.
- Graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in chemistry, microbiology, biology or closely related field of science preferred.
- Education must include classroom and laboratory coursework in microbiology, biology, and/or chemistry.
- Two years of professional experience conducting laboratory analyses preferred.
- Willingness to engage in continuous learning and training and demonstrated professional aptitude and ability to work independently.
- Ability to contribute to work environment where continuous quality improvements in service and professional practice are pursued.
- A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
- A passion for both public service and a work-life balance.
Essential Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Knowledge of laboratory standards, principles, techniques, terminology, equipment and safety practices.
- Knowledge of the modern theories, principles, methods, and practices of chemistry and/or qualitative and quantitative microbiology as applied in public health laboratory tests and analyses.
- Knowledge of quality control methods and concepts and their importance for laboratory testing.
- Ability to independently and efficiently prepare for and perform chemical and/or microbiological tests with close attention to detail, and to report results in an accurate and scientific manner.
- Ability to keep accurate records and to prepare reports of analyses performed.
- Ability to maintain and calibrate instrumentation and clean and sterilize as required.
- Ability to differentiate subtle color changes.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, public health officials, government officials, industry, business, professional and lay groups, and the general public.
- Ability to train supporting personnel, including the teaching of safe chemical use and the use and maintenance of material safety data sheets.
- Ability to use independent judgment, initiative and discretion in performing the duties without direct, immediate supervision.
- Ability to establish priorities and maintain current knowledge over a broad range of subject matters pertinent to a Public Health Laboratory.
- Knowledge of the use and operation of a variety of departmental office technologies, such as personal computers and software programs such as Microsoft Office.
- Knowledge of public health preparedness.
- Communication Skills:
- Requires the ability to communicate with individuals to exchange basic information and situation status, to consult on technical issues, and to address concerns and issues involving environmental and public health issues.
- Requires the skills and abilities of conflict resolution and effective listening when handling irate people and stressful situations and the ability to defer to supervisory or management staff.
- Requires the ability to effectively communicate the level of risk, in a given situation, based on scientific and technical expertise.
- Requires the ability to use basic email, spreadsheet, word processing, and database programs.
- Ability to professionally handle confidential information.
- Public sensitivity for working with citizens and businesses affected by controversial environmental issues.
- Investigates confidential complaints and may assist with enforcement cases.
This full-time position has a competitive salary, which will be dependent upon qualifications. We also offer an excellent benefits package consisting of health and life insurance, matched contributions into a retirement fund, paid holidays and generous vacation and personal leave.
Please apply at http://eauclairewi.gov/jobs by July 23rd at midnight to be considered for this opportunity.
Eau Claire City-County Health Department is an equal opportunity employer functioning under an affirmative action plan.
Posted on 07/03/2019
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