Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist I

Recruitment #200519-R10A-I01



Located in the State Environmental Laboratory Services Division, Metals Unit in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This position may be filled as a level I or II. Applicants MUST apply for all levels for which they qualify in order to be considered for that level. Each level has its own recruitment announcement posted simultaneously with this announcement.

Major Job Duties:
1. Perform testing on public water, private water, hazardous waste, soils, and other environmental samples in support of state and federally funded environmental projects using approved standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instruction documents. 
2. Prioritize and plan analysis on 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.
3. Thoroughly document all actions and decisions associated with the generation of analytical data as well as the maintenance of instruments and equipment.
4. Assist with the inventory control of all supplies and consumables required to perform testing. Assist with general housekeeping to include sample control and disposal.
5. Conduct all work in accordance with the Laboratory Safety Manual, Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan, Data Quality Manual, and SELS Ethics Program.
6. Assist with the review and development of technical/operational SOPs and work instruction documents.

Special Requirements:
The candidate must have strong written and verbal communication skills. Must be able to read, understand and interpret technical/scientific documents, regulations and methodologies. Candidate may be required to work after hours or on weekends to meet operational demands and must be able to independently lift 25 lbs.

An EEO Employer.


Positions in this family are responsible for planning, performing, implementing and supervising laboratory analyses, quality assurance and special studies.  This includes analyses and studies used to determine compliance with state and federal rules, consumer protection regulations, agriculture products standards, highway construction materials specifications, and environmental quality of lakes, rivers, aquifers and air. These positions will provide consultation and assistance in the formulation of regulations and standards.  Laboratory specialty areas will include chemistry, biology and physics.


The Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist job family has four levels of work which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility for providing leadership to others.

Level I:  
This is the basic level of the job family where employees are assigned duties for performing routine entry level work in evaluating regulations concerning analytical data and methods, applying them to performance of assigned analysis, preparing technical reports for special studies, and making recommendations on remedial actions to correct problems.  In this role they will perform tasks involved with routine chemical analysis and report preparation, and will assist with technical investigations, planning and implementing research projects, and complex chemical analysis.  Assigned duties may include sample preparation and extraction, gas chromatography, gas chromatography mass spectrometry, liquid chromatography, atomic absorption spectrometry, inductively coupled plasma spectrometry (ICP) and ICP mass spectrometry, ion chromatography, flow injection, radio chemistry, wet chemical, biological, microbiological, and physical analyses.


Level I:
Education and Experience requirements for entry at this level consist of a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biological or environmental science.  


Applicant must upload a copy of their transcript and resume to their application submission

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.