at Arkansas Government Job in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Job Description


Date: Oct 2, 2021

Req ID: 11318


Little Rock, AR, US, 72205


Anticipated Starting Salary: 40,340

Position Number: 22077903

County: Pulaski

Posting End Date: Open until filled

Anticipated Starting Salary: 40,340

Laboratory Services

Hiring Authority:

\#1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501/225-1598


As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: B081C

Grade: GS07


Salary Range: $40,340.00 – $58,493.00


The Chemist is responsible for conducting chemical analysis. This position is governed by the Association of Analytical Chemists standards, state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.


Plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts professional level quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis and documents results. Guides laboratory technicians on the use of laboratory equipment and preparation for laboratory tests. Sets up equipment for analysis, calibrates instruments, and prepares standard solutions and reagents for use in chemical analysis. Assists with maintaining lab equipment and instruments including glassware using specified cleaning techniques. Conducts proficiency tests of laboratories and institutions for quality control of testing programs. Audits lab records of law enforcement agencies, petroleum industry, independent laboratories, and hospitals to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. May appear in court when analytical results are disputed to explain and/or verify analytical results. Performs other duties as assigned.


Frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

+ Knowledge of the principles and practices of chemistry and chemical analysis.

+ Knowledge of standard and specialized laboratory equipment.

+ Ability to perform chemical analysis using standard and specialized laboratory equipment.

+ Ability to use different instrument operating software and Laboratory Information Management Systems.

+ Ability to perform and supervise the preparation of laboratory equipment and laboratory tests.

+ Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and appear as expert witness in court.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry; plus two years of experience in a chemistry laboratory or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



Preferred Qualifications:

The Virology laboratory technician will be an integral part of processing client submitted cases via conducting diagnostic testing, typically in the form of PCR methodologies. This job will require working with and processing animal tissues and fluids for disease identification utilizing 45 different scope methods. The incumbent will be expected to work alongside other technical staff and report to the Virology Supervisor. Preferred qualifications for desired candidates are listed below:

+ Documented experience (2 years, minimum) working in a diagnostic or research laboratory;

+ Basic understanding and operation of laboratory tools such as qPCR, Western Blot, and ELISA;

+ Documented experience working in a formal Quality Management System.

+ Proficiency in pipette usage, solution preparation, and aseptic technique;

+ Ability to work efficiently and in a time-dependent manner;

+ Capable of contributing to a team atmosphere;

+ Ability to work independently with minimal supervision;

+ Possess strong verbal and written communication skills.

+ The ability and willingness to regularly wear personal protective equipment and to comply with fit testing requirements is a fundamental requirement of this position.

+ This position involves routine handling of specimens of animal bodily fluids, tissues, and microbiological cultures.

+ Vaccination against Rabies is required, as is documented maintenance of titer.

+ A minimum of a bachelor’s degree is required in one of the laboratory sciences, for example chemistry, biology, microbiology, etc.

The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock

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Job Posting: JC191722237

Posted On: Sep 05, 2021

Updated On: Oct 12, 2021