Testing & Sampling Technician
Sampling / Testing Technician Job Description
Verb is seeking a Sampling & Testing Technician in Ontario, Canada to work with us starting in Q4 2017 as part of the George Barley Water Prize for a 7-month contract. The Technician will join ten prize competitors, who will compete to remove phosphorus from a waterbody over a three-month period. The Technician will oversee the deployment and implementation of the technologies, daily sampling, conduct QA sampling, coordinate with a lab for testing, and the decommissioning of the technologies.
About the George Barley Water Prize:
The George Barley Water Prize seeks to award $10M to the team and technology that:
- Is radically cheaper to build and run than currently available removal technologies;
- Removes enough total phosphorus from contaminated freshwater to achieve healthy
- water bodies;
- Is capable of removing excess phosphorus even when it is present at low-concentrations;
- Does not negatively impact the environment, and abides by appropriate regulations;
- Works in cold and warm conditions;
- Demonstrates adaptability through its easy onsite construction and deconstruction;
- Is capable of scaling to handle large flows of water
The Pilot Stage of the Prize will take place in Bradford, Ontario, where contestants will test their technologies at a pilot scale and show the ability to operate and adapt under cold weather conditions.
The Pilot Stage will be held according to the following conditions:
- Three-month continuous testing period (February, March, April, 2018).
- Each month will have a different flow treatment requirement:
- 1st month - 2,500 gallons per day (GPD)
- 2nd month - 8,500 GPD
- 3rd month - 2,500 GPD
- The average inflow Total Phosphorus concentration at the testing site will be shared with competitors once the site is selected.
To read more about the Prize and the Pilot Stage, please read the Prize Design document and visit the Pilot Stage webpage.
The Sampling & Testing Technician will:
- Help preparing the site for competitors (1 month).
- Assist competitors in settling-up and deploying technologies at the site (2 months).
- Assist in the preparation of equipment and supplies for the sampling of water.
- Assist in running the competition as smoothly as possible during 3 month testing period.
- Collect and organize water samples to be sent to a lab for analysis.
- Manage lab shipment / pickup schedules.
- Monitor water sources.
- Document the collection of samples and flow data.
- Keep clear and detailed daily field records and site sheets documenting all sampling and monitoring activities.
- Provide exceptional customer service to competitors, including assistance in set-up, decommissioning, sampling and troubleshooting.
- Oversee proper QA/QC and sampling protocols.
- Participate in a weekly check-in and status update with Prize Administration. Analyze data and prepare reports related to testing, as needed.
- Ensure that all competitors requests are treated equally, fairly and promptly.
- Open and close the site at a set schedule
- Be on-call outside working hours to respond to any emergencies that may occur.
- Work effectively with other technicians to fulfill assigned responsibilities.
- Ensure that the site is tidy with trash/hazardous materials properly disposed of
- Ensure that the conditions within any permits (e.g. Environmental Compliance Approval, Permit to Take Water) are being adhered to, including undertaking appropriate protocols if any spills occur.
- Assist competitors to decommission their technologies once competition is finished (1 month).
- Hands-on laboratory experience with background in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, chemistry or biology.
- Live within driving distance of Bradford, Ontario.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills.
- Be adaptable, detail-oriented and willing to keep excellent records.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Prize and Pilot Stage parameters.
- Ability to spend 8 hours/day, including weekends, for a total of 56 hours / week over the seven month testing period working on-site, as well as be on-call when off-duty.
- Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, chemistry or biology.
- Certification by provincial association.
- Ability to lift moderately heavy objects weighing up to approximately 50 pounds.
- Ontario driver’s G license and own transportation to travel to and from the remote site, including driving related to lab responsibilities.
- Ability to withstand cold temperatures.
- Interest to work in a remote secluded area for 7 months.
- Ability to stay inside confined spaces (mobile office) with no windows for extended periods of time.
- Master’s Degree in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, chemistry or biology.
How to Apply:
Please send your resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.