Lab Assistant - Sample Receipt and Prep

Montgomery, AL
SEE Program
Montgomery, AL
Lab Assistant - Sample Receipt & Prep
ID: SAL-121 Location: Montgomery Program: SEE  
Wage/Hr: $10.30 Hours/Week: 40 Minimum Age: 55  

Please note: the wage for this position will increase to $15.00/hour effective October 1, 2021. Being Age 55 or Older is Good for The Environment! The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program offers unique opportunities in Scientific, Technical, and Administrative / Office support for individuals age 55 and over and per EPA Policy applicants must be US Citizen to support the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) through a grant administered program through National Older Worker Career Center (NOWCC). This is a unique program where your talents, expertise and experience will truly be valued. The EPA provides a wonderful work atmosphere, and you'll be working side-by-side with EPA staff that are doing important work every day. Paid Health Insurance Premium, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Time, Paid Federal Holidays + One Individual Holiday, and optional Vision and Dental Insurance available.


Minimum of 2 year(s) of experience in a laboratory or comparable setting requiring sample receipt, sample preparation, and laboratory information management system (LIMS) operation, preferably in a radioanalytical laboratory. OR AA Degree in Biology, Chemistry or other science related education

  • Experience with screening instruments or other related equipment used to receive, prepare, and count samples. Experience with general laboratory equipment such as balances, thermometers, etc., is also preferred.
  • Experience required with MS Word, Excel, Access, Copying Machine, Scanner
  • Microsoft Outlook; Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) preferred but not required

Perform duties in the Sample Receiving/Preparation areas to include shipping, receiving and processing environmental samples for radio chemical analysis, assisting with daily instrument checks and maintenance, as well as other assigned duties. Applicant must have previous laboratory experience.

  • Performs tasks associated with shipping and receiving samples   30%
  • Prepares samples for radiochemical analyses and counting, including drying, ashing, and grinding. This includes preparing samples for gamma analysis - water and soil.   30%
  • Logs samples into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).   10%
  • Maintains Sample Preparation paperwork in appropriate files and archive and manage records as required. Establishes and maintains a clean workplace in the Sample Receipt and Preparation and sample storage disposal labs.   10%
  • Operates and maintains NAREL's RadNet Precipitation Monitoring   5%
  • Performs daily QC check and routine maintenance on laboratory equipment.   5%
  • Disposes of samples.   5%
  • Maintains supply inventory for Sample Receipt & Prep.   3%
  • Receives packages from FedEx, UPS, etc.   2%

  • Radiation Safety, Health & Safety training, QA and ethics, information security, and any other EPA directed training.
  • On-the-job training, as well as in-house training sponsored by NAREL
  • Health Safety Training: In accordance with EPA 1440.2, Health and Safety Requirements for Employees Engaged in Field Activities. General Health & Safety training for performing work in a laboratory environment. Radiation Safety training for working with sealed radioactive sources or samples. Principles of Forklift Operation will be provided as necessary
  • Health and Safety Considerations: Training will be provided by the NAREL Safety, Health & Environmental Management (SHEM) staff, the Radiation Safety Officer (RSO) and forklift operation by a "Train the Trainer" Forklift Instructor
  • Lifting equipment and supplies weighing up to 40 pounds, climbing steps/stairways, and working heat and cold at times for short periods of time. Potential for low dosage radiation exposure and exposure to some acids and preservatives
  • Required Safety Gear: Safety glasses, gloves and laboratory coats, Thermoluminescent dosimeter (TDL) badge and/or oxygen monitor
  • Safety Gear Use: When handling chemicals and samples and when using overs muffle furnaces, and liquid gas.

NOWCC is committed to promoting equal opportunity and to an environment free from discrimination and harassment in any form when hiring and administering Experienced Worker Programs under cooperative agreements with federal agencies. It is NOWCC's policy to comply with all applicable laws that provide equal opportunity and to prohibit unlawful discrimination in hiring enrollees in the federal programs.