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Administrative/Lab Assistant

Careerbuilder US

This is a Contract position in Las Vegas, NV posted October 11, 2021.

USDA is looking for a Administrative/Lab Assistant for a contract role in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Must be a US Citizen and should be able to pass a 10 year extensive background check.

The purpose of the work is to characterize soils in terms of their physical, chemical and mineralogical properties.

Proper sample preparation is essential to quality assurance in subsequent analysis.

Analysis need to be accurate to interpret the results.

The data are used by higher-grade employees in soil classification, genesis studies, and predictions and recommendations concerning land use, management, irrigation, and drainage.

Physical Demands
· Work is not of a sedentary nature, but involves walking, standing, twisting, bending, and lifting of sample bags and boxes or cartons that can weigh 50 pounds.

Work includes repetitive hand movement such as simple grasping, power grasping, pushing/pulling, and fine manipulation using both hands.

Work Environment
· Laboratory area, involving moderate risks or discomforts from regular and recurring exposure to irritant chemicals that requires: – special safety precautions.

· protective clothing; and other gear as the situation warrants;
· Area’s involving exposure to moderate risks or discomforts such as high levels of noise and vibration, dust, grease, uncovered moving parts of machinery, or irritant fumes that requires: – protective clothing and gear;
· special safety precautions; Responsibilities: The Laboratory Technicians will function in the following capacities:
· Using knowledge gained from work experience and training, the incumbent assists in operations of the Sample Receiving / Preparation, and Physical Analysis sections of the laboratory.

· Sets up projects for the Kellogg Soil Survey Laboratory (KSSL).

For each sample submitted to the SSL, assigns a sample ID, compiles information, and records data into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).

· Performs and ensures proper sample transport, preparation, handling, analyzing and disposal of domestic and foreign soils that are regulated by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS); manages hazardous materials in compliance with Federal regulations.

· Prepares soils to be analyzed for their physical, chemical and mineralogical properties.

Based on training and experience, incumbent selects the appropriate procedure to be used under varying conditions and independently performs soil preparation work.

Uses discretion based on knowledge of soil properties to distinguish between fine earth and coarse fragments.

Employee’s judgment is paramount to the success of subsequent analytical work.

Supervisor is alerted concerning unusual problems in sample handling, preparation.

Records data in LIMS.

· Maintains processing and sampling equipment as per Laboratory Standard.

· Performs the following analysis on soils.

For each analysis listed below, the incumbent evaluates he results.

Consolidates the findings of the procedure, validates and reports the data in LIMS.

i) Air dry /Oven dry weights ii) Effervescence Tests for Carbonates
· Performs duties in a manner supportive of a safe and healthy working environment, and exercises safety precautions when exposed to dangerous objects, chemicals, extreme temperature, etc.

Follows guidelines specified in Chemical Hygiene and Safety Plan.

· Cleans trunks and/or coolers to AHPIS guidelines before returning to field staff.

· Able to use a manual pallet jack and dolly to move soil samples to storage and processing area.

Job Requirements: Skills: Knowledge of, and skill in applying, principles, procedures, requirements, and work techniques of basic operations of soil processing and sample transport.

· Ability to conduct, various phases of shipping, receiving and processing soil operations.

· Skill in basic computer operations in a Window’s environment.

· Knowledge of preparation procedures used for the characterization of soils for the NCSS in order to determine the physical, chemical and mineralogical properties and to prepare samples for analysis.

· Knowledge and skills of procedures used in laboratories for labeling and numbering samples as well as quality assurance programs and good laboratory practices.

· Ability to operate and maintain processing equipment to prepare samples for analysis.

· Ensure compliance with rules or regulatory requirements.