17 Nov
City of Toronto

17 Nov

City of Toronto



Chemist Assistant 1

Job Classification Title: CHEMIST ASSISTANT 1

Job ID #: 20167

Division & Section: Toronto Water, Environment and Administration

Work Location: 9 Leslie Street, 545 Commissioners Street

Job Type & Duration: Permanent, Full-Time

Salary/Rate: $35.49 – $38.87 / Hour

Shift Information: Monday to Friday, 35 hours per week

Affiliation & Wage Grade: L79 Full-time

Number of Positions Open: 1

Posting Period: 17-Nov-2021 to 01-Dec-2021

Major Responsibilities:

- Performs organic/inorganic/microscopic/microbiological/physical testing and analysis of water, wastewater, sewage, biosolids, landfill, leachates, sludge,

and industrial wastes to ensure compliance with applicable regulations, escalates results not in compliance.

- Participates in method validation work, in compliance with laboratory quality management system.

- Operates in complete accordance with all regulatory requirements, ensuring testing and analysis adheres to quality assurance/quality control procedures.

- Carries out sample preparation including portioning, measuring, weighing, dissolving, digesting or extracting for further analysis. Prepares chemical solutions and bacteriological media.

- Receives samples, performs testing and ensures sample data is recorded throughout the testing process. Review results and quality control data.

- Enters, reviews and approves analytical data using the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Performs calculations manually or utilizing computers.

- Ensures and conducts proper disposal of samples, chemicals and hazardous waste. Neutralizes samples prior to disposal (i.e. mercury waste/solvents/phenolic waste). Sterilizes and disposes of waste.

- Contributes to the updating and maintenance of documents regarding the laboratory quality system and adherence to all Quality Management System policies.

- Participates in proficiency testing (PT) as a requirement for accreditation.

- Adheres to Standard Operating Procedures.

- Participates in the testing and validation of instrumentation to ensure compliance with the laboratories quality management system. Documents date of completion and expiry. Maintains record of same.

- Assists with troubleshooting malfunctions and conducting preventative maintenance on laboratory equipment and instrumentation.

- Participates in accreditation assessments, ministry inspections and internal/external audits.

- Contributes to the preparation of documents for court processes. Attends court as a witness. Adheres to chain of custody protocol for all court case samples.

- Maintains knowledge of current and emerging technical developments.

- Demonstrates testing methods to staff and provides direction to students by providing technical/functional instructions on laboratory procedures.

- Orders lab supplies and maintains inventory.

Key Qualifications:

Your application must describe your qualifications as they relate to:

- Post secondary education in Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Studies or related field or approved equivalent combination of education and experience.

- Experience in organic or chemical testing of either water, wastewater, sludge, biosolids and/or landfill samples.

- Experience conducting mathematical calculations required for analytical chemistry.

- Knowledge of instrumental methods of analysis and experience with lab instrumentation including autosamplers, absorption/emission/mass spectrophotometers, and/or various chromatographic instruments.

- Experience with computers and software such as MS Office Suite, including familiarity with database and spreadsheet software.

You must also have:

- Ability to work in an organized and tidy manner.

- Ability to communicate effectively with lab clients and other lab staff and work as part of a team.

- Must be familiar with the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) and the Regulations that apply to this work.

- Must be available to travel to various work locations, as required.

- Ability to work regular shifts, including weekends and overtime as required.

- Experience with a LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) would be an asset.

- Knowledge of ISO17025 would be an asset.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion:

The City of Toronto is committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment where all employees and members of the public feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of the public and the communities in which we live and serve.


If you are an individual who requires accommodation to apply to this position, due to disability under the Ontario Human Rights Code, please email us at [email protected], quoting job ID # 20167 and the job title. The City is committed to providing Code-protected accommodation throughout its hiring process. Please visit Hiring Policies and Statements for further details.


A Candidate List will be established and remain in effect for two (2) months after the posted opportunities have been filled. This list will be used to fill current and any additional permanent vacancies in the same posted position that may become available in the Toronto Water Division.


- Priority consideration will be given to applicants with Local 79 seniority or aggregate service as of the job posting closing and job offer dates

- Applicants are required to demonstrate in their application/resume that their qualifications match those specified in the job posting. Additional information submitted after the job posting closing date will not be accepted

- Assessment may include an interview, written and/or practical test. Location of assessment to be determined

- Work location reflects what is known at the time of posting

- An employee's reporting relationship and/or work location may change due to operational reasons and in accordance with the Local 79 Full-time Collective Agreement

- Information in preparing for City job competitions is available on the Job Opportunities website.

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