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Project Assistant for Environmental Quality Testing
Title:Project Assistant for Environmental Quality Testing
Location:UDC- Main Campus Van Ness Campus – NW

Number of Vacancies: 1

Area of Consideration: Open to the Public

Position Status: Full-time, Regular

Pay Plan, Series & Grade: DS0095/11

Salary Range:   $46,432 - $55,142

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

Location: 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC

Brief Description of Duties

The Project Assistant for Environmental Quality Testing for the College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES) of the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) reports directly to the Project Specialist for Environmental Testing in the Water Resources Research Institute/Center for Sustainable Development and will assist in field sampling and testing as well as other daily activities of the Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory. Key areas of responsibility include laboratory maintenance, samples preparation and testing and data analysis and reporting. The incumbent will work closely and collaboratively with the Director of the Water Resources Research Institute and the Associate Dean for Programs, must be a team player, work effectively and efficiently with diverse internal and external constituencies, perform all duties with a high degree of independence and initiative, communicate effectively, work well under pressure of deadlines and be familiar (or familiarize himself/herself) with the rules, regulations, policies and procedures of the college, the university, the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program, and program sponsors.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Coordinates with Project Specialist and the director of water resources research institute to ensure that each laboratory environment is always clean, functional and presentable for use;
  2. Support Project Specialist and the director of water resources research institute to ensure that the laboratory quality assurance manual, and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for sample analysis, record keeping, lab safety, cleaning and sterilizing of sample and testing devices, sampling, sample preparation, sample preservation, sample chain of custody, equipment calibration and testing methods, and recording of test results are readily available and strictly adhered to;
  3. Provides assurance that appropriate safety standards are maintained for use of laboratory equipment with visible access to safety equipment, e.g., safety glasses, fire extinguishers, etc.;
  4. Ensures that all lab equipment are calibrated and in working condition prior to testing and keeping the record of this process;
  5. Keeps inventory of and ensures availability of lab supplies and reagents for use;
  6. Prepares chemical reagents according to the SOPs and formulae and assumes responsibility for accuracy in the preparation and standardization of solutions;
  7. Log all samples received and prepare them for analysis;
  8. Performs digestion/extraction of all samples according to the SOP or method;
  9. Operates and maintains all scientific instruments for accurate and precise test results;
  10. Follows required aseptic techniques in dispensing and disposing hazardous wastes and base media, maintains technical records and prepares reports.
  11. Performs other related duties as assigned

Other Duties

  1. Works effectively and collaboratively with Associate Dean of Programs, the Director of the Water Resources Research Institute and other faculty and staff within the college and UDC as required by specific projects.

  2. Performs other duties as assigned including special assignments related to the areas of responsibility as well as other needs of the college.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • The incumbent will hold a high school diploma plus 60 hours of advance tertiary education (BS in environmental science or related field preferred) appropriate to the laboratory work for testing soil, water, plant tissue and biosolids within the Environmental Quality Testing Laboratory in CAUSES

  • A minimum of two years of experience in environmental laboratory works relevant to soil and water quality analysis is required.

Information to Applicant

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFSCME local 2087 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Employment Benefits: Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the University of the District of Columbia' s retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

Equal Opportunity Employer: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the University of the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability.  Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act.  In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act.  Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated.  Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Veterans Preference:  Applicants claiming veteran's preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Residency Preference: The Residency Preference Amendment Act of 1988, D.C. Law 7-203, created a system in which provides that any applicant for employment in the Career or Educational Services who is a bona fide resident of the District of Columbia may claim a residency reference at the time of application. An applicant selected for an appointment based on District residency will be required to submit no less than eight (8) proofs of bona fide District residency. Bona fide District residency must be maintained from the date of appointment to the position for seven (7) consecutive years. Failure to maintain bona fide District residency for the (7) year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Background Investigation: Employment with the University of the District of Columbia is contingent upon a satisfactory background investigation.  The determination of a "satisfactory background investigation" is made at the sole discretion of the University of the District of Columbia.  The University may refuse to hire a finalist, rescind an offer of employment to a finalist or review and may terminate the employment of a current employee based on the results of a background investigation.

Disposition of Resume: Resumes received outside the area of consideration and/or after the closing date will not be given consideration. You must resubmit your resume to receive consideration for any subsequent advertised position vacancies. For the purpose of employment, resumes are not considered job applications. Therefore, if selected for employment a UDC application will be required.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the University of the District of Columbia, Office of Human Resources Only.

Contact Information:  All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to UDC Office of Human Resources at (202) 274-5380.

The University of the District of Columbia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For a full version of the University’s EO Policy Statement, please visit:

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