Field & Lab Chemistry Technician
Applied Research Associates, Inc
Leonardo, NJ

About $38,000 - $51,000 a year

Applied Research Associates, Inc. (ARA) is actively seeking a dedicated Field & Lab Chemistry Technician to be part of a unique marine oil spill and marine renewable energy research, testing, and training facility at Ohmsett - The National Oil Spill Response Research & Renewable Energy Test Facility located in Leonardo, New Jersey. Join our team of passionate, dedicated, and dynamic experts at the largest outdoor saltwater wave/tow tank facility in North America.

ARA’s Ohmsett Team is committed to:
Providing excellent service to the oil spill response community and the marine renewable energy industry
Operating and maintaining a state-of-the-art facility
Developing Ohmsett into an International Center of Excellence for Oil Spill Response and Marine Renewable Energy

What you will do as a Field & Lab Chemistry Technician:
Perform precision measurements of physical properties in the chemistry laboratory of oil and water
Assist engineers with preparations for test and research programs, including hands-on facility/equipment preparations
Support preparation for testing, and clean-up
Exercise good Health & Safety (H&S) practices in all aspects of work and strictly adhere to documented Ohmsett, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE), and US Navy H&S manuals, guidelines, and practices
Employ proficiency in Microsoft Windows, Excel, and Power Point for data entry, data analysis, and data presentation
Assist in deploying instrumentation and test equipment
Employ good housekeeping practices in the facility and with personal workspaces and tools
Maintain regular and punctual attendance and report to the Facilities Management Engineer for daily task assignments
Must be in good physical conditioning and health to work outside in all weather conditions, become respirator qualified, pass or maintain OSHA 40-hr site safety qualification, lift at least 70 lbs. from the ground to waist level, and easily and safely work and maneuver in a rigorous industrial environment. The tank is an outside facility and tests are conducted during weather conditions typical of the New Jersey coast.
Needed Skills and Education: Successful applicants need good communication, teamwork, and interpersonal skills and have environmental background, basic laboratory and computer skills, and have the ability to problem-solve. Associate degree or Technician Certificate including formal training in chemistry lab methods is required. A valid driver’s license is required.

Experience: Minimum three years of industry experience including experience in a chemistry or water-quality laboratory.

Citizenship: U.S. Citizen and ability to obtain and maintain a Government-issued Common Access Card (CAC).

About Our Ohmsett Facility: Ohmsett is located at the Naval Weapons Station Earle Waterfront in scenic Leonardo, New Jersey (approximately one hour south of New York City). Ohmsett's above-ground concrete test tank (wave pool) is one of the largest of its kind, measuring 660 feet long by 65 feet wide by 8 feet deep. The tank is filled with 2.6 million gallons of saltwater.

The Ohmsett test tank supports testing of full-scale equipment. The tank's wave generator creates realistic sea environments, while our state-of-the-art data collection and video systems record test results. Our facility has proven to be ideal for testing equipment, evaluating acquisition options, and validating research findings. Additionally, the facility is used for training environmental response personnel for preparedness in response to waterborne oil spills.

Government agencies, academia, and public and private companies use Ohmsett as a research center to test oil spill containment/clean-up equipment and techniques, to test new designs in response equipment, to test and research novel marine hydrokinetic renewable energy systems, and to conduct training in a realistic environment simulating actual oil spill-response scenarios.

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Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.