Chemist in Whitehorse at Parsons

Date Posted: 1/12/2020

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Job Description

Ready to put your scientific expertise to work on marquee environmental projects that will change the fabric of our community? Would you enjoy being involved on a wide variety of analytical tasks on complex projects? Parsons is now hiring a Scientist for our rapidly expanding portfolio of environmental projects.   


Parsons has been successful in winning environmental and mining projects in Northern Canada and will be aggressively pursuing additional northern projects. We are a world-class leader in providing in-depth engineering, construction, technical, and management services. Our employees deliver landmark commercial, industrial, environmental, energy, power, and renewable infrastructure — and provide innovative solutions to complex environmental, water quality, supply, treatment, watershed, and wastewater projects. We hire colleagues with an entrepreneurial spirit who thrive on solving project challenges in a high-energy environment. Parsons is helping to build a healthier and more sustainable world.


Parsons seeks a chemist to carry out laboratory analyses of groundwater, surface water and waste in an onsite laboratory. Applicant will also carry out data validation and quality assurance/quality control efforts. Applicant may also be involved in the development of project Work Plans, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and the tracking of data from the field to the laboratory and into reporting. Specific responsibilities will include the following:

  • Perform prep-work and analyses on environmental water samples
  • Use specialized equipment to monitor and analyze samples
  • Work within established SOPs and QA/QC protocols
  • Accountable for accuracy of results and data entry, following standard SOPs and QA/QC protocols
  • Collection of data according to prescribed procedures, processes and standards
  • Measurement of field parameters
  • Assist with field collection of water samples
  • Handle simple, routine problems without supervision
  • Consult with supervisor regarding routine and non-routine problems
  • Preparation of notes and observations
  • Entering and validation of data in various software
  • Assist with management of environmental data
  • Assist with preparation of technical reports

Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Post-secondary education, B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree
  • Experience in operating a variety of analytical instruments including ICP-OMS and AA
  • Experience with relevant instrument software packages
  • Must demonstrate analytical problem solving skills; working on problems of diverse scope where analysis of data requires evaluation of identifiable factors
  • Must demonstrate good judgment within generally defined practices and policies in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions
  • Must demonstrate good laboratory skills and solid knowledge with inorganic testing and requirements
  • Must demonstrate good housekeeping and ability to keep work area organized and clean
  • Must demonstrate experience working with and knowledge of standard AWWA analytical methods
  • Experience with CALA accreditation processes
  • Experience in planning and conducting environmental investigations preferred
  • Ability to lift up to 20 kg
  • Valid class 5 driver’s license
  • Computer Skills -Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, etc.)
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Good organizational skills, with ability to manage and prioritize several assignments simultaneously
  • Proven ability to concentrate, pay attention to detail, organize, priority set and be a team player
  • Proven understanding of safe work practices and mitigating risk
  • Ability to work with little supervision and function in a multidiscipline environment
  • Proven ability to live and work in northern environment


Ready for action? We’re looking for the kind of people who see this opportunity and don’t hesitate to act. Parsons is a leader in the world of Technical Services and Engineering. We hire people with a broad set of technical skills who have proven experience tackling some of the greatest challenges. Take your next step and apply today.