Env/Chem Lab Scientist (Gas Chromatography Spec)

Recruitment #201106-UNCR-12




Applicants meeting the minimum requirements (below) should submit their application with a brief introduction to: selsd.jobs@deq.ok.gov and include, “Gas Chromatography Specialist-1382U,” in the subject line. The application must include:

1. Resume with years of experience and makes/models of any of the preferred instrumentation (below)

2. College transcripts

3. Professional references

Read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application. Applications must be received by the filing deadline; 11/19/20, 11:59 pm. Additional questions regarding employment with the Oklahoma DEQ should be forwarded to Human.Resources@deq.ok.gov 

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The State Environmental Laboratory of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is looking to fill an Environmental/Chemical Lab Scientist position in the Gas Chromatography Section. The successful applicant will join a team of laboratory scientists focused on providing complex analytical and technical support for state and federal environmental programs administered by the DEQ, as well as for private customers and other agencies. The section utilizes both gas chromatography and liquid chromatography technologies using a variety of peripheral equipment analyzing samples for:
*Drinking water contaminants for public health protection as the State of Oklahoma EPA certified Principal Laboratory;
*Soil, waste, water, and drinking water, providing analytical support to other state agencies;
*Assessment, monitoring, and remediation of pollutants and contamination in wastes and soils from facilities and Superfund sites;
*Criminal environmental investigations;
*Resolving reported environmental complaints and special investigations for citizens and DEQ programs;
*Environmental and public health emergencies; and
*Oklahoma citizens and businesses.

Additional opportunities may include:
analytical procedures and techniques research and development; Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) development, Quality System activities, laboratory accreditation activities, safety programs activities, and public outreach to name a few.

Major Job Duties
Under the direction of the section manager, this position will:

1. Perform testing on public and private water, hazardous wastes, soils, biological tissues, in support of state and federally funded environmental projects using approved standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instruction documents (WIDs);
2. Prioritize and schedule daily work tasks to meet section, group, division, and agency goals;
3. Effectively interact with the LIMS and QA/QC databases;
4. Thoroughly document all actions and decisions associated with the generation of analytical data;
5. Operate, monitor, and maintain analytical instruments and supporting laboratory equipment;
6. Perform thorough review of records and data generated by self and peers;
7. Conduct all work in accordance with divisional policies that include; the SELSD Quality Assurance Plan, Data Quality Manual, Ethics and Data Integrity Program, and Laboratory Safety Program;
8. Assist with the review and development of technical and operational SOPs and WIDs;
9. Assist with the inventory control of all supplies and consumables required to perform testing; and
10. Assist with general housekeeping to include sample control and disposal.

Special Requirements:
The scientist will work under a variety of normal laboratory conditions which includes the presence and use of: chemicals, electrically energized equipment, non-ionizing radiation (radio frequency, microwave, and sound), low-activity radioactive source, and sources of extreme temperature and pressure.  The scientist must be able to lift 30 lbs. independently and will be required to stand several hours per day and perform repetitive tasks while wearing personal equipment to include: coats, gloves, and eyewear.  The scientist must have sufficient manual dexterity and visual acuity to perform routine laboratory tasks, such as pipetting, instrument maintenance, reading narrow glassware graduations, distinguishing solvent layers, etc.  Work after-hours or weekends will be required, on occasion, to maintain essential laboratory functions or meet emergency demands.  Occasional travel will be required.

Skills & Behaviors:
The applicant must be able to speak, read, and write in English and be able to read and understand,  technical/scientific documents, methodologies, and regulations.  This position requires computer skills with experience using Microsoft Office products a plus (Excel, Word, Outlook, and Teams).  The applicant must be dependable, accountable, and actively engaged with their work product and schedule. The applicant must be able to work both independently and in a team environment using shared workspaces and resources.  The applicant must be able to demonstrate solid problem-solving skills and implement effective solutions. 

Education and Experience Requirements:
1. Minimum requirements consist of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological, or environmental science.  Other degrees in natural science or other closely related field may be considered based on direct work experience.
2. Preference will be given to applicants having years of hands-on experience operating and maintaining the following instrumentation: GC, HPLC, GCMS. Advanced education will not substitute for direct laboratory experience.

Compensation & Benefits:
This position is an unclassified, full time position. Beginning salary ranges from $1,981.84 - $2,080.93 biweekly and will be commensurate with experience. Employee benefits include: personal leave and sick leave, state holidays, insurance allowance to be applied to several medical, dental, and vision options (including dependents), longevity pay, and a retirement plan. Staff may be eligible for alternative work schedules which can include flexible arrival and/or departure times and/or a compressed work week. Flex policies vary by department and require supervisor approval. Contact
Human.Resources@deq.ok.gov for more information.

Notes- Current or former employees of the State of Oklahoma must provide their two most recent PMPs at the time of the interview.

Current State of Oklahoma classified employees would be required to resign their position to accept this unclassified position.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship provided by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.


Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.