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Field Scientist

March 08, 2017 - April 08, 2017
Location:Reading, PA
Benefits:Full benefits package including medical, dental, vision, PTO, Holidays, SimpleIRA with company match
Employment Type:Full Time
Employer:Suburban Testing Labs

Suburban Testing Labs is a growing Accredited Environmental Laboratory specializing in Drinking Water, Wastewater and Solids analysis. Founded in 1963, we are family owned and operated and commit to providing defensible data at a competitive price with first class customer service. We have a great team, and love the work we do!

Position: Field Scientist

Department: Field Services

Reports to: Field Services Manager

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Field Scientists perform advanced sampling techniques and training of other field staff in addition to the core functions of a field technician; Field Technicians transport and collect samples that are used to support environmental compliance and decision making. Samples are accepted, collected and transported in accordance with standard operating procedures. Samples are collected using a variety of techniques, equipment and protocols based on regulatory and customer requirements. Field Technician follows daily schedules on mobile devices compiled in our routing software by the Scheduling Coordinator. Vehicles, field sampling equipment and mobile devices are provided by Suburban Testing Labs.

Field scientists are the fourth level of the five technician levels. Field Services schedules are driven by sample holding times and client due dates and require flexibility, communication and teamwork.

This is a 1st shift position with the possibilities of weekend hours based on client requests. 

  • Demonstrate commitment to STLs Mission Statement, Core Values and Operating Principles

  • Demonstrate and promote professional practices including personal safety and safety of others while in the field

  • Workflow Management

    • Gather and Prepare equipment, supplies and documentation prior to start of schedule

    • Adhere to all timelines in daily schedule

    • Enter required information into routing software using mobile device

    • Perform activities at client site in accordance with established procedures and timeframes

    • Complete all required documentation

    • Coordinate with team members to ensure all deadlines are met in an efficient manner

  • Represent STL in the field in a positive professional manner - Interact and communicate with clients and co-workers in a professional, effective manner

  • Utilize available technology and reference materials to make decisions

  • Perform basic maintenance on vehicles, equipment and instrumentation

  • Perform routine quality assurance checks on equipment and instrumentation

  • Investigate and resolve basic on site issues

  • Continuously improve processes to maximize quality, turnaround time and minimize costs

  • Actively work with team members and management to achieve STLs goals

  • Maintain clean and organized vehicle and return shared workspaces and equipment to appropriate condition

  • Maintain inventory of supplies relevant to assigned sample collections

  • Creates and updates customer notes, site plans and COC project comments

  • Performs advanced field sampling techniques and field activities

  • Assists with writing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures for field activities

    • Serves as technical liaison and or company representative to new clients

    • Develop and maintain knowledge and understanding of the following:

      • Basic and Advanced Field Services Systems, Equipment, Instrumentation and technology

      • Sample Receiving and sample storage systems

      • Basic and Advanced Sample container protocols

      • Basic and Advanced Analysis holding time and preservation requirements

      • Laboratory capabilities and capacity

      • Basic regulatory programs and client specific needs relative to assigned activities

      • Laboratory accreditation and Quality Assurance as it relates to field activities

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Microbiology, Chemistry or Environmental Science or equivalent experience preferred.

  • 3 years’ experience as a Field Technician

  • Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record and personal vehicle insurance

  • Ability to navigate, drive and safely arrive at client sites

  • Proficient in Mobile technology (Microsoft Office, iOS, email, and other software)

  • Ability to work outside of scheduled hours as required to meet client / workload needs

  • Ability to execute on assigned activities in an efficient manner, multi task and support others

  • Enjoys working in a team environment, but can also function independently

  • A willingness to learn new things

  • Have strong interpersonal skills with an outgoing personality and a good sense of humor

  • Hard working, tenacious, and demonstrate excitement and enthusiasm around exceeding goals and delivering great customer service

Suburban Testing Labs is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA/Veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity.  All individuals, regardless of personal characteristics, are encouraged to apply.

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