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The State Environmental Laboratory will be offering special weekend hours to receive and analyze Total Coliform / E. coli bacteriological (Bac-T) samples from Public Water Supplies that have precautionary boil advisories or mandatory boil orders due to the recent inclement weather. This will take effect beginning 2/20/21 and remain in effect until further notice. If you have questions, please contact us at 405-702-1000.
** MAKE SURE YOU ADD A GOOD CONTACT PHONE NUMBER ON YOUR CHAIN OF CUSTODY (COC) FORM IN CASE WE NEED TO CONTACT YOU**
**MARK THE SAMPLES AS SPECIAL NONCOMPLIANCE LINE TEST SAMPLES ON THE COC FORM. LIST THE ACTUAL COLLECTION SITE FOR EACH SAMPLE. BECAUSE THESE SAMPLES ARE NONCOMPLIANCE LINE TEST SAMPLES, THEY DO NOT COUNT AS YOUR REGULAR MONTHLY BAC-T SAMPLE.**
Please review our collection video for collection assistance; Total Coliforms & E.coli Sampling (RTCR) Sampling Assistance Video
Please use an AdHOC COC when collecting samples; ADHOC COC
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So you want to put on the blue coat?! There are several career paths available when when you join the SELS. SELS staff work on a regional and state level of providing assistance and services. Policy development, rule making, emergency response, and networking on a national level has give the SELS an advantage on staying current and prosperous. If you are interested in joining our amazing team, apply by clicking on the OK Jobs button to view available positions (position details below).
Environmental Chemical/Laboratory Scientist
- Perform environmental testing on public and private water, hazardous waste, soils, and biological tissue in support of state and federally funded environmental projects using approved standard operating procedures and work instruction documents.
- Prioritize, and plan analysis on assigned samples including required quality control according to State Environmental Laboratory (SEL) policies. Review, validate and accurately enter all sample results, quality control data and quality assurance information into the laboratory information management system and quality control databases.
- Thoroughly document all actions and decisions associated with the generation of analytical data.
- Perform maintenance on instruments and equipment used in analysis as needed.
- Assist with the inventory control of all supplies and consumables required to perform testing.
- Assist with general housekeeping to include sample control and disposal.
- Conduct all work in accordance with the Laboratory Safety Manual, Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan, Data Quality Management Plan, and SELS Ethics Program.
- Assist with the review and development of technical and operational SOPs and work instruction documents.
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological, or environmental science.
- Develop the expertise to collect a variety of environmental samples in support of drinking and wastewater compliance, public health emergencies, and environmental investigations and performs required field testing.
- Provide technical training and sampling assistance to both SEL customers and DEQ personnel. Manage sample schedules for public water supply & analysis.
- Develop knowledge of regulatory requirements as they relate to lab accreditation and certification as well as analytical and field competency.
- Perform maintenance on field and lab instruments and equipment as needed or required.
- Thoroughly document all actions, decisions and observations associated with field collection and analytical data.
- Interpret and evaluate field and analytical data to assess risk to public and environmental health and impact.
- Assist with the review and development of technical and operational SOPs and factsheets.
- Conduct all work in accordance with the Agency and Laboratory Safety Manuals, Laboratory QAP and Ethics Program, EPA, PWS, NPDES, and RCRA sampling protocols.
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological or environmental science.
Quality Systems Scientist
- Develop and revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), inspection check sheets, and other documents necessary for DEQ or The NELAC Institute (TNI) accreditation qualification.
- Maintain databases, records, and all associated filing within the program.
- Conduct internal method assessments and quality system audits.
- Develop knowledge of analytical methodologies and instrumentation
- Develop knowledge of regulatory requirements as they relate to lab accreditation and certification
- Provide technical assistance to lab customers and agency staff.
Level I – Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological or environmental science.
Level II – Level I experience, plus one year of professional level experience in a laboratory; OR a master’s degree in chemistry or biological or environmental science.
Environmental Program Specialists
- Provide technical and sample collection assistance to customers utilizing the SEL.
- Log, receive, and accession samples into the SEL.
- Manage sample schedules, train, and provide sampling support for public, private, and inter agency customers using the SEL for analytical services.
- Maintain an inventory of sampling supplies.
- Provide basic analytical support (i.e. pH and Specific Conductance).
- Assist with the review and creation of SOPs.
Bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours in a physical, natural, or biological science, chemistry, geology, hydrology, physical geography, epidemiology, environmental science, environmental health or civil, agricultural, environmental, geological or chemical engineering.
Environmental Programs Manager
- Provide leadership, personnel management, technical guidance and administrative supervision
- Ensure staff competency through the maintenance of an effective and documented training and development program for all personnel within the Section.
- Develop and implements operational goals for the entire Section relative to Division and Agency goals.
- Provide consultation and technical assistance to DEQ programs, citizens, state and local environmental and health agencies in planning and implementing statewide sampling plans.
Master’s degree in a physical, natural, biological, geological or hydrological science, engineering, environmental science, environmental health, geography, or related field and three years of professional experience in one of the above areas; OR a bachelor’s degree in one of the above areas and five years of the qualifying experience.
- Oversight of the implementation of each Section’s operational goals and objectives.
- Oversight of QA/QC programs with regards to development and maintenance.
- Coordination of inorganic laboratory activities for internal and external programs and projects.
- Development and implementation of DEQ and SELS policy.
- Provision of budgetary input for Inorganic laboratory operations.
- Oversight of the advancement of analytical and technical capabilities for SELS.
Master’s degree in a physical, natural, biological, geological or hydrological science, engineering, environmental science, environmental health, geography, or related field and three years of professional experience in one of the above areas; OR a bachelor’s degree in one of the above areas and five years of the qualifying experience; PLUS one additional year of qualifying experience in a supervisory capacity in the environmental or public health field and one additional year of qualifying experience in an administrative capacity in a qualifying agency.
- Answering phones
- Floor receptionists
- Customer service
- Technical assistance
- Records management
- Administrative Support
- Ability to actively learn and consistently follow established Standard Operating Procedures
- Distribute analytical testing materials and tests results to laboratory customers
- Provides technical assistance to public water systems and private citizens
- Maintain and archive business records on behalf of the division and laboratory
- Perform quality assurance reviews on business correspondence, products, and deliverables; follow up on discrepancies
- Participate in inventory related activities to ensure that divisional information and resources are properly managed and maintained
- Maintain basic office equipment in working order, contribute to operation needs assessments
- Maintain divisional attendance calendars, schedule meetings and room reservations for divisional personnel
- Provide administrative support for divisional management as needed or assigned using the Microsoft Office Suite
Carl Albert Internship
Undergraduates are employed for one or two academic semesters or 999 hours. Senior Undergraduate and Executive Fellows (graduate) Interns may be employed for up to two years and are eligible for health and retirement benefits. Upon successful completion of an internship in the Undergraduate, Senior Undergraduate, or Executive Fellows Program, a participant who has met all requirements of education and experience shall be eligible for appointment to a position in the classified or unclassified service of the state and shall be deemed as meeting all other statutory requirements. Employment through CAPIP is neither automatic nor guaranteed.
Undergraduate Internship Program
An Undergraduate Internship Program consisting of a temporary position for students enrolled in an institution of higher education and working toward an undergraduate degree, which shall include associate’s degrees or certifications by the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education
Senior Undergraduate Internship Program
In order to be eligible for appointment to a CAPIP Senior Undergraduate Internship, an applicant must have:
- Completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate level coursework, and
- Achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all undergraduate level coursework.
Executive Fellows Internship Program
In order to be eligible for appointment to a CAPIP Executive Fellows Internship, an applicant must have:
- Completed an undergraduate degree,
- Completed 6 credit hours of graduate-level coursework, and
- Achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 7.0 on a 12.0 scale in all graduate-level coursework.
Why state agencies use CAPIP:
- Interns bring a wealth of talent and the latest technology to an agency.
- Interns provide needed person-power at times when agencies are doing more with less.
- Interns do not count against an agency’s FTE limit.
- Interns fill gaps in the agency talent pool.
- CAPIP opens beneficial avenues of communication with the state’s colleges and universities.
- CAPIP may assist agencies in attaining Affirmative Action employment objectives.
- DEQ has the opportunity to evaluate potential employees before offering them permanent employment.
Why students participate in CAPIP:
- Executive Fellows are enrolled in the state health insurance and retirement benefits programs, if expected to work 1,000 or more hours per year.
- Executive Fellows are granted leave benefits commensurate with regular state employees.
- It’s a great way to get much-needed work experience.
- It provides the opportunity to make valuable contacts and lifelong friends.
- It’s a way to get on the inside track for future career opportunities.
Carl Albert Public Internship Program Application:
All applicants are required to complete and submit a CAPIP application and supporting documents to be considered for the program.
Interested in touring our laboratory? SEL gives tours to all ages! We want you to get the most out of the tour so contact us and we can arrange a tour based on your interests and age level. From college students to elementary students, we have done an array of tours.Please fill out the Lab Tour Form and we can better assist you. We would love to see you!