Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist IV

Recruitment #200924-R10D-01


Location: Oklahoma City


Typical Functions
The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:
- Analyzes air, water, soil, waste, highway construction materials, and agricultural samples to determine levels of compliance with state and federal regulations or applicable specifications.
- Implements the use of approved methods and procedures in the analysis of samples, and of Quality Assurance practices and procedures in all analytical and study processes.
- Develops methods and procedures needed for laboratory analyses used in the determination of quality, formulation standards and compliance where no approved procedures exist.
- Plans or aids in the planning of special studies requiring the collection and analysis of samples leading to the protection of the public health and the environment.
- Maintains all equipment related to analysis within the laboratory.
- Maintains supply inventories necessary to perform all laboratory analyses.
- Serves as expert witness in the interpretation of laboratory analysis for the enforcement of state and federal regulations.
- Evaluates and prepares reports on the results of analyses and studies.
- Provides consultation on laboratory analyses and studies performed both within and outside of the laboratory for development of regulations and compliance standards, or evaluation of environmental situations.
- Researches, develops and assists in the implementation of long term planning for the efficient use of the state’s air, water, land and agricultural resources.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Required to perform work at this level include knowledge of chemical laboratory testing procedures and equipment; of instruments and test apparatus; of the purpose of the chemical analysis being performed and of the materials being analyzed.  Ability is required to operate laboratory equipment, to write technical reports and to apply laboratory safety procedures; plus knowledge of current research in the field and ability to perform physical tests and analyses; plus additional knowledge of chemical research, of developments in the laboratory's specialty, and of physical science reference materials and ability to achieve acceptable test volume and quality targets and to present findings and research data to professional groups; plus knowledge of supervisory practices and principles and ability to supervise and direct the work of others.


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 IV:
This is the leadership level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility for directing and supervising the work activities of a laboratory area, such as Gas Chromatography, Metals, Wet Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Mass Spectrometry  Microbiology or Quality Assurance and control. This includes implementing Quality Assurance criteria and making recommendations on complex regulatory and non-regulatory matters related to analysis and studies performed.  Positions are assigned responsibility for the supervision of other laboratory staff, including reviewing and assigning work, providing training and evaluating performance.  This includes assigning and reviewing work of other laboratory staff, ensuring completion of assigned activities and providing training.  It may also include responsibility for direct supervision, including administrative tasks such as completing performance evaluations, approving leave and initiating disciplinary action.


Level IV:
Requirements for entry at this level consist of a bachelor's degree in chemistry, biological or environmental science plus two (2) years of professional level experience in a laboratory; OR a master’s degree in chemistry or biological or environmental science plus one (1) year of professional level experience in a laboratory.


Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

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

Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on a supplemental questionnaire.

***NOTE:  Names of eligible applicants can be made available to State agencies upon their request, immediately following the closing date and time.