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Chemist 1

at State of West Virginia

Pay: $29396 to $54382/year
$29396 - $54382
Posted: 8/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1705695

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Nature of Work


Continuous Recruitment, Kanawha County:   The DOP anticipates several vacancies in the near future for this classification.   Positions are located in Kanawha County with the Office of Laboratory Services at their main laboratory.  This recruitment is not for a specific vacancy but to generate a pool of interested applicants.  

Mission Statement:  The Office of Laboratory Services is dedicated to the promotion, protection and assurance of the health of citizens of West Virginia through the pursuit of these objectives:
  • To provide quality-assured laboratory services as an aid in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of communicable , chronic and genetic diseases;
  • To serve as a reference laboratory to perform unusual or difficult procedures and to offer specialized laboratory testing not performed by private laboratories in West Virginia.
  • To support public health activities by providing laboratory testing for programs such as Family Planning, Maternal and Child Health, the STD Control program, Epidemiology, Environmental Health Services and local health departments;
  • To improve laboratory performance in West Virginia laboratories through training, information updates, laboratory approval programs, personnel licensure and consultative services.

Click Here to visit the Office of Laboratory Services Homepage

Nature of Work:  Under general supervision, performs professional work at the basic full-performance level testing and analyzing raw, natural and processed substances using prescribed chemical and physical laboratory procedures in order to determine chemical composition or deviation from standards. Changes in procedures or standards are usually accompanied by specific instructions. Work is reviewed by a higher level chemist or supervisor through observation of skill and technique and evaluation of analyses and findings. May be exposed to hazardous or unknown substances. Assignments may include air and/or water pollution analysis, construction materials or environmental health. Performs related work as required. 

Click The APPLY Link Above To  Apply Online.  Do not use a paper application unless you cannot apply online. If you must use a paper application due to disability or other valid reason, please call our office (304) 558-3950 (8:30am-4:30pm) for special instructions. 

IMPORTANT: Your eligible score will be based on information provided in your application; therefore, make sure your application is detailed and complete. You may attach a resume and other documents; however, you should NEVER enter "See Resume" on the application. You MUST complete ALL parts of the application, including the Work Experience section. NOTE:  Jobs on your application that do not have a salary amount will be considered volunteer and will NOT be counted as qualifying. Estimate salary if necessary.
Eligibility Length:  This posting is for a Continuous recruitment because of an expected need for applicants.  Applicants will be placed on a database of eligible applicants for 1 year.  You will only be eligible for vacancies in counties you select.  After 1 year applicants who remain interested in this job title MUST re-apply to be considered.  The Division of Personnel cannot say only with any certainty the location or number of future vacancies, only that the agency has expressed an anticipated hiring need.   If an applicant wishes more specific information about future hiring plans please contact the hiring agency directly. 
Job Interest Card:  You may complete an online Job Interest Card at our main jobs page to receive an email notice anytime jobs not currently available for application are posted.  Note:  ONLY recruitments not currently open will appear on Job Interest Card notifications so please check the current listings thoroughly to avoid missing an opportunity.
As a condition of employment, an inquiry into job-related information will be completed which may include, but not limited to, criminal records, abuse registry records, driving records, employment history, and education and training.  Failing to cooperate with this process, providing false and incomplete information, or discovery of disqualifying information will result in denial of or dismissal from employment or denial of transfer irrespective of when discovered.

Examples of Work

  • Performs standardized laboratory and field sampling and test procedures on substances requiring wet chemical and instrumental analysis.
  • Analyzes water samples of PH and various natural and pollutant components.
  • Collects and analyzes air samples for volatile organic pollutants; analyzes samples qualitatively and quantitatively by gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and associated techniques.
  • Sets-up, maintains and operates air and water quality monitoring instruments.
  • Calibrates analysis equipment by following standard laboratory procedures.
  • Analyzes cement samples of compliance with construction standards.
  • Operates a variety of standard chemical laboratory equipment, such as spectrophotometer, atomic absorption photometer, pH meter, gas chromatograph and extractors.
  • Records and reports the results of analyses.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the basic theories, principles and practices in chemistry.
  • Knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology.
  • Knowledge of laboratory measurement procedures and units of measure; knowledge of the mathematics used in chemical measurement.
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations and standards pertinent to analytical work.
  • Ability to learn and apply general chemical principles to specific assigned procedures.
  • Ability to use standard laboratory techniques, instruments and test equipment.
  • Ability to follow detailed procedures in performing tests and to detect deviation from standards.

Minimum Qualifications

Training:   Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university including eighteen (18) semester hours in chemistry.
Experience:  No experience required.

NOTICE:  If you are claiming college or other post-high school education or license, you MUST attach or provide by mail a legible copy of your OFFICIAL education transcript, license or training record. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED. To avoid missing a job opportunity, it is important that you provide this verification as soon as possible. You only have to provide this verification one time. It is not required with every application. Attach documents to the online application, or via email to:, FAX: 304-957-0396, or mail to: Division of Personnel, Building 3, Suite 500, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.

Other Information

Where is the Office of Laboratory Services?

There are three laboratories that provide testing services.  The main laboratory, located in South Charleston, West Virginia, is responsible for Threat-Preparedness, Serology, Microbiology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, Environmental Microbiology, Newborn Screening, Virology, and Rabies testing.  The Environmental Chemistry Laboratory is located in Big Chimney, WV and a district Environmental Microbiology Laboratory is located in Kearneysville, WV.

What tests are performed at OLS?

The Office of Laboratory services provides a variety of clinical and environmental testing.  Listed below is a summary of the tests that OLS provides:

  • Environmental and Clinical specimen confirmation for BT agents
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Foodborne illness
  • Hepatitis
  • Influenza
  • Newborn testing for metabolic disorders
  • Parasitology
  • Rabies
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD)
  • Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Water and Milk Testing
  • West Nile Virus