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State of Massachusetts Engineering Aide I in Lawrence, Massachusetts

Job Description The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) is the state agency responsible for ensuring clean air and water, the safe management of toxics and hazards, the recycling of solid and hazardous wastes, the timely cleanup of hazardous waste sites and spills, and the preservation of wetlands and coastal resources. MassDEP’s mission is to protect and enhance the Commonwealth’s natural resources - air, water, and land – to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of all people and a clean and safe environment for future generations. In carrying out this mission MassDEP commits to address and advance environmental justice and equity for all people of the Commonwealth; provide meaningful, inclusive opportunities for people to participate in agency decisions that affect their lives; and ensure a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve. MassDEP seeks applicants for an Environmental Laboratory Assistant. This position is assigned to the Air Assessment Branch (AAB) in the Division of Air and Climate Programs and is located at MassDEP’s Wall Experiment Station, 37 Shattuck Street, Lawrence MA. In support of AAB’s Photochemical Assessment Monitoring Sites (PAMS) program, and under the supervision of AAB staff, this position will assist PAMS project members in the collection, preparation and analysis of samples and the process and review of PAMS data. Regular duties include extraction and analysis in a bench chemistry environment but will also involve collecting samples and checking on the status of instrumentation at field sites throughout Massachusetts. When not participating in the main laboratory assignment, the Environmental Laboratory Assistant will be trained and will assist in weighing and processing fine particulate (PM2.5) filter samples. The person must be able to use their own vehicle to drive to monitoring station locations (and will be reimbursed at MassDEP’s standard mileage rate). The person will periodically be required to perform other tasks in support of AAB activities, including assisting staff in site maintenance and set up. The position is aSeasonalposition that runs from May 27 - September 6th this position is a NON BENEFITED position. This position is primarily designed for an active college level student or graduate following a science-oriented curriculum. Specific duties for this position include, but are not limited to, the following: · Accept sample transfer and document according to routine laboratory protocol. · Prepare sample cartridges for extraction and analysis by High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC). · Perform sample extraction according to EPA protocol and using best laboratory practices to avoid contaminating samples. · Clean glassware, laboratory equipment, and laboratory benches. · Prepare PM2.5filter samples for gravimetric analysis. · Perform gravimetric analysis to determine particulate concentration based on weight difference. · Collect PM2.5and other non-continuous samples and return them to the laboratory for analysis in accordance with QA guidance. · Perform repairs and maintenance of scientific equipment at field monitoring stations. · Perform other duties as assigned. Preferred Qualifications: · Knowledge,in and/or experience and training in general physical science, especially chemistry or air pollution science. · Knowledge, education and/or experience working in a laboratory environment. · Experience working in a field environment. · Basic understanding of mechanical systems and proficiency in the operation of hand tools. · Applicants must have a valid Driver’s License. First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days. Minimum Entrance Requirements: None Special Requirements: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Class D Motor Vehicle Operator's license. *Comprehensive Benefits* When you embark on a career with the Commonwealth, you are offered an outstanding suite of employee benefits that add to the overall value of your compensation package. We take pride in providing a work experience that supports you, your loved ones, and your future. Want the specifics? Explore our Employee Benefits and Rewards! An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Commonwealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other basis covered by appropriate law. Research suggests that qualified women, Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color (BIPOC) may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage individuals who believe they have the skills necessary to thrive to apply for this role. Job: Engineering* *Organization: Department of Environmental Protection *Title: *Engineering Aide I Location: Massachusetts-Lawrence-37 Shattuck Street Requisition ID: 2400030M