Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist I

Recruitment #210113-R10A-I01



The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) is seeking a full time Chemist I in the Laboratory Department. This is a classified position (PIN #04000511) in state government, located in Oklahoma City, OK. The State of Oklahoma offers a comprehensive Benefits Packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents.  For more information about the benefit allowance [click here].The annual salary for this position is up to $39,640.00 based on education and experience.

Position Description:
This position is responsible for performing approximately 500 tests a month; analyzing data, performing quality control protocols and entering data in a timely fashion. Samples brought to this laboratory must be collected on a continuing basis and cannot be delayed without detriment to federally funded studies.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position is primarily in an indoor setting and requires moving throughout the laboratory to use laboratory equipment and personal computer. Exposure to potentially hazardous chemicals is possible.


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.