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CHEMIST

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

Job Description

CHEMIST

Date: Nov 14, 2021

Req ID: 11685

Location:

Little Rock, AR, US, 72205

Category: ARKANSAS AGRICULTURE DEPT

Anticipated Starting Salary: 40,340

Position Number: 22179623

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: 501/823-1730

Email: russ.summers@agriculture.arkansas.gov

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

FLSA Status: NON-EXEMPT

Salary Range: $40,340.00 – $58,493.00

Summary

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.

Functions

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.

Dimensions

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.

Licenses

None

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.

Preferred Qualifications

+ At least one year of documented experience working within a formal quality management system authoring and revising controlled documents and performing root cause/corrective action analysis.

+ Experience handling potentially infectious and/or hazardous materials including, but not limited to, animal bodily fluids, tissues, microbiological cultures, and agricultural samples containing pesticides.

+ Vaccination against rabies may be required, as well as documented maintenance of titer.

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

+ Any employment offer may be less than the maximum of the range due to salary equity with similarly situated employees or the selected candidate’s related education and experience.

+ This position is on-site, essential and is not approved for remote work

+ Laboratory positions involve precise, repetitive work in high-throughput environments, e.g., pipetting, cutting of animal tissues, weighing specimens, etc.

Nearest Major Market: Little Rock

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Job Posting: JC192845685

Posted On: Sep 20, 2021

Updated On: Dec 03, 2021