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Environmental Science Technician

Job Summary

Responsible for working with environmental scientists to observe and monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution. Takes samples and performs laboratory and field tests.

Primary responsibilities

  • Develop programs to monitor environmental pollution and other environmental factors.
  • Collect and observe pollutants in laboratory experiments.
  • Clean, sterilize, set up, and break down laboratory equipment.
  • Set up various equipment and stations in the field to monitor pollution.
  • Identify and collect samples of gases, soils, water, industrial wastewater, and asbestos products to conduct tests on pollutant levels and identify sources of pollution.
  • Record test data into databases and compare with historical data.
  • Prepare reports using data and create summaries, charts, and test results.
  • Work under the supervision of environmental scientists.
  • Write reports describing the effects of pollution to assist with compliance regulations.
  • Help with clean-up at polluted sites.
  • Use complex instrumentation and advanced monitoring and testing equipment.
  • Maintain hazardous waste databases.
  • Write diagrams describing equipment locations.
  • Using chemical usage data create databases.
  • Collect pollutants at manufacturing plants, streams, rivers, forests, smoke stacks, or beside mechanical equipment.

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