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Chemist 2

at State of West Virginia

Pay: $32722 to $60535/year
$32722 - $60535
Posted: 8/30/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1725766

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 conducting complex tests and analyses on raw, natural and processed substances using chemical and physical laboratory procedures in order to determine chemical composition or deviation from standards. Work is reviewed by a higher level chemist or supervisor through review of reports and records, and accuracy of test results. May supervise or lead lower level chemists, technicians and field staff. May be exposed to hazardous or unknown substances. Assignments may include agricultural products, air and/or water and wastewater, construction materials, environmental health, or food purity. 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 test procedures requiring a wide variety of manual and instrumental analyses.
  • Performs qualitative and quantitative analysis of a variety of agricultural products such as meat, food and pesticides to determine safety and compliance with standards.
  • Analyzes water samples and wastewater samples to determine safety compliance and the presence of harmful organic and inorganic pollutants.
  • Collects and analyzes air samples; analyzes samples by gas chromatography, mass spectrometry and associated techniques. associated techniques.
  • Analyzes and tests reports on hazardous waste management.
  • Recommends issuance of permit for the disposition of chemical materials.
  • Operates a variety of standard chemical laboratory equipment, such as spectrophotometer, atomic absorption photometer, PH meter, gas chromatograph and extractors.
  • Calibrates and maintains test equipment by following prescribed procedures.
  • May perform analysis and tests of materials used in construction or in determining the effect of construction projects on the environment.
  • May perform standard tests on medical specimens using fluorometric methodology and related procedures to determine need for additional patient treatment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the theoretical principles of analytical chemistry.
  • Knowledge of laboratory techniques, equipment and terminology.
  • Knowledge of instrumental procedures and techniques in gas chromatography, spectrophotometry, flame photometry and related procedures, as well as a variety of more conventional titration, extraction, purification and related procedures.
  • Knowledge of the laws and regulations pertinent to analytical work and substance usage standards.
  • Ability to carry-out complex laboratory techniques; ability to determine test adaptation or modification needed and acceptable in specific situations.
  • Ability to perform complex test sequence analysis, verify data, interpret findings, locate and independently correct routine problems and maintain accurate test records.
  • Ability to prepare laboratory test reports.

Minimum Qualifications

Training:  Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited four-year college or university including eighteen (18) semester hours in chemistry.

Experience:  One year of full-time or equivalent part-time paid experience in benchwork in a laboratory.

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