Canal Barge Company, Inc.

  • Chemist II (Part Time)

  • Job Description

    Canal Barge Company Inc./Illinois Marine Towing


    Job Description

    Part-Time Chemist II

    Gas Chromatography (GC)/Mass Spectroscopy (MS) Environemental Chemist


    The Chemist II position is a part-time, non-benefit eligible position based in Channahon, IL. Primary function is performing specified analytical and instrumental testing of water and wastewater, soil, solid waste and raw material samples.  Must have the ability to evaluate, set-up and test new methods and procedures as required by new customers or products. Must perform required QA testing in accordance with the method requirements. Must be familiar with Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wasewater 21st edition, SW 846 for the Analysis of Solid Waste, and relevant ASTM procedures.



    1. Performs routine testing for both environmental and raw material samples including but not limited to:
      1. pH
      2. Chlorides
      3. Specific gravity
      4. Color
      5. Water
    2. Must know how to operate Purge and Trap (P/T) instruments and P/T auto samplers and GC auto samplers.
    3. Must have experince with operating software associated with all chromatography equipment.
    4. Must be very knowledgeable of environmental sampling, testing, and reporting requirements for water, wasewater and solid waste analysis.
    5. Must be able to handle complex sample matrics and be able to determine how to overcome the matrix interferences.
    6. Must be able to set-up and/or develop new chromatography testing methods using FID, PID, NPD and ECD detections.
    7. Must be able to interpret, evaluate, and validate the analytical results from the various chromatography procedures.
    8. Must understand the customer and product base with regard to deadlines , permit requirements, and sample peculiarities.
    9. Must know various extraction, sample clean up procedures, surrogate and inernal sandard requirements.
    10. Must be very observant in evaluating unsual samples and sample marices to determine how to handle difficult samples or to seek help when necessary to solve the problem at hand.
    11. Comply with CTC HSSE Policies and Procedures.
    12. Work to improve productivity of laboratory methodology and assist in preparing or amending written laboratory protocol and procedures for methods associated with chromatography.
    13. provide routine maintenance to equipment and instrumentation as needed.
    14. Perform other duties as assigned by the Laboratory Manager or Chief Chemist.


    1. Must possess at a minimum a bachelor's degree in Chemistry or a related science.

    2. Must have excellent organizational and time management skills and be able to work independently without constant supervision.

    3. Must have a minimum of 20 years of chromatography testing experience.

    4. Must be cooperative and work well with other staff; be a team player.

    5. Prior experience in a multi-functioning industry or commercial laboratory preferred.

    6. Ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.

    7. Must be able to multitask in a very demanding and fast-paced environment.

    8. Must be able to write and amend current or new laboratory procedures


    Physical Requirements:

    Physical requirements of the job include standing for long periods of time, carrying and transferring products.  May be required to perform off-site sampling and testing under all types of weather conditions and over unusual terrains. May be required to carry sampling equipment over long distances.



    Company Information

    We are Canal Analytical & Environmental Services, the Laboratory Services Division of Canal Barge Company. We offer analytical testing for the petrochemical, petroleum, marine, biofuels, and agricultural industries in the Chicagoland area. Opportunity is knocking for you as we continue to grow our staff with dependable & driven people who are anxious to get involved and feel a sense of purpose with their work.


    EEO/AA/M/F/Vet/Disability Employer


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