Under administrative direction, to plan, organize, and direct the program and operations of the Hazardous Materials Laboratory which include laboratory and field services, consultation, and research in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, and environmental and public health impacts of hazardous materials; and to do other related work.
Supervises and administers a program of laboratory support of and the conduct of field studies on hazardous materials; directs the development of both laboratory and field methodologies; plans and directs the technical phases of major studies of environmental contamination from hazardous materials; contributes to the development of policies and control measures relative to the regulation of hazardous materials; reviews technical proposals from private groups relating to the regulation of hazardous materials; prepares research proposals in environmental chemistry and impact assessments of hazardous materials; initiates and conducts research in environmental chemistry; consults with Federal, State, local, and nongovernmental agencies on administrative and scientific issues in hazardous materials; determines priorities for the activities of the Hazardous Materials Laboratory; reviews proposed projects and evaluates completed projects; directs the selection, training and evaluation of the performance of personnel and takes or recommends appropriate action; reviews data and findings for court cases; addresses interested groups; prepares reports and technical and scientific papers for publications.
One year of experience in environmental chemistry in hazardous materials or a closely related specialty in the California Department of Health Services in a class at least equivalent in level of responsibility to Research Chemist.
Experience: Two years of increasingly responsible postdoctoral experience in a large laboratory in administration of supervision of work comparable or closely related to environmental chemistry in hazardous materials; and Education: Possession of a doctoral degree in chemistry or a closely related specialty.
Experience: Six years of increasingly responsible experience in a large laboratory in research and in administration or supervision of work comparable or closely related to environmental chemistry of hazardous materials; and
Education: Possession of a Master's Degree in Chemistry or a closely related specialty. (Under Patterns II and III, experience in one or a combination of the following may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for all except one year of the required administrative or supervisory experience.)
1. Independent research in environmental chemistry or a closely related specialty in a university or research laboratory; or
2. Teaching in chemistry, or a closely related specialty in a collegiate level institution with a rank at least equal to Assistant Professor.)
Knowledge of: Organic, inorganic, and analytical chemistry; special methods of sampling, handling, and analysis of hazardous environmental samples; principles of the behavior of hazardous chemicals in the environment; principles of industrial chemistry, particularly as related to the generation of hazardous waste; principles of hazardous waste management and State regulatory hazardous waste control programs; principles of public health as related to hazardous materials; scientific research methodology; current developments in research in environmental chemistry; principles of personnel management and supervision; State and departmental equal opportunity and affirmative action policies.
Ability to: Originate and develop new techniques and procedures for solving difficult and unusual laboratory and field problems of environmental analysis; plan, direct and integrate staff activities; evaluate and interpret complex research studies and environmental study plans; collect, organize and prepare data for court proceedings; prepare scientific papers for publication; speak and write effectively; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; establish and maintain cooperative relations with staff members and with other agencies and persons; effectively carry out State and departmental equal opportunity and affirmative action policies.
Demonstrated analytical, research, and administrative ability.