ALS USA Inc./ALS Canada Ltd

  • Laboratory Assistant

    Location CA-AB-Calgary
    Posted Date 7 days ago(7 days ago)
    Job ID
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  • Overview

    ALS provides a broad range of testing and analytical services to a wide variety of end markets and industries around the globe. We continue to remain at the forefront of the testing services industry, building an enviable reputation

    Location: ALS Environmental, Calgary - AB

    Reports to: Inorganics Supervisor of Team Lead

    Position Type: Casual

    About the Position: This position is responsible for performing preparations, extractions and analysis on soil and water samples.


    Specific Responsibilities:

    • Generate worklists;

    • Retrieve samples from storage (includes some lifting and carrying of soils and water samples);

    • Operate simple lab instrument/equipment such as pipettes, shakers, centrifuges, pH meters etc;

    • Assist in performing microbiological analyses: membrane filtration, SRB/IRB testing, Collilert method testing, microtox and any other specific microbiological cultures preparation, verification;

    • Perform instrument/equipment calibration, maintenance and repair as required;

    • Calibration and use of pipettes;

    • Perform sample preparation – filtration, screening, grinding, extraction and digestion;

    • Prepare all required reagents, standards, reference materials, etc;

    • Carry out all required data processing (i.e. calculations, data review, data entry, archival, etc.);

    • Carry out all required record-keeping & documentation;

    • General laboratory clean-up and maintenance;

    • Clean and maintain glassware and lab ware;

    • Assist in sample flow and archiving as well as data archiving;

    • Monitor controlled equipment;

    • Perform all required quality control procedures;

    • Produce all of the above within specific turnaround times;

    • Use correct methods in accordance with the established procedures and schedules while ensuring analytical quality;

    • Observe established safety regulations and comply with all ALS health and safety policies and procedures;

    • Other duties as assigned by the Supervisor or Team Lead.


    Physical Demands:

    • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs./14 kg on a regular basis and carry for short distances;

    • Ability to sit or stand for long periods of time;

    • Manual dexterity to perform intricate and/or repetitive tasks;

    • Able to climb stairs;

    • Wear issued personal protective equipment (PPE) such as dust masks, gloves etc., when required;

    • Ability to stand for a full shift;

    • Ability to sit at a desk and do general office work, which includes periodic sedentary responsibilities;

    • You may be exposed to unpleasant fumes. 

    About You:


    The ideal candidate would have:

    • Completion of high school diploma or equivalent required;

    • Some experience working in a fast-paced, production, and/or preparation environment;

    • Knowledge from high school science courses and/or basic laboratory safety is an asset;

    • Experience working with chemicals or in a laboratory setting (ex. school) is an asset, but not required;

    • Full training will be provided.

    You would also have:

    • Good English communication skills required (auditory, verbal, written, and reading);
    • Basic user of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook), with basic computer skills;

    • Accurate and efficient data entry skill is an asset;

    • Ability to perform repetitive tasks accurately in a fast-paced environment;

    • Well organized, with the ability to meet strict deadlines;

    • Analytical and process oriented, with the ability to critically think in ambiguous situations;

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team;

    • Strong work ethic and willingness to take on varied tasks as required;

    • Commitment to excellence and a client-focused attitude. 


    Looking for further details?

    • Candidates interested in this opportunity should apply online no later than September 19, 2018;
    • We would like to thank everyone for their interest in ALS but only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted;

    • For the employee referral bonus program, this position is eligible for a Level A bonus award.



    ALS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where the different strengths and perspectives of each employee are both recognized and valued. We therefore encourage applications from all individuals; particularly women, First nations, people with disabilities and visible minorities.


    ALS also welcomes applications from people with all levels of ability. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.


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