Chemistry Technician III 60035158
North Carolina Office of State Personnel - Wake County, NC

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This is an advanced level chemistry technician position requiring the application of established chemistry methods and theory related to analytical, organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry. The primary purpose of this position is to extract and/or analyze samples ( drinking water, surface water, waste water, ground water, soil, sediment, and tissues) for environmental contamination. This requires the operation of a variety of instruments, which may include automated extraction equipment, gel permeation chromatography, gas chromatography, ion chromatography, spectrophotometric analysis, flow injection analysis, atomic emission/absorption analysis, and/or gravimetric analysis. Samples contain unknown contaminants and the job requires very detailed attention to derive accurate and precise quality assurance measures and analyses at the sub-part per million or sub-part per billion range of concentration. USEPA approved procedures are routinely used, but methods modifications, and troubleshooting of analytical instruments and methods, may be necessary for difficult samples. Sample data and reports are tracked using a PE Labworks LIMS software package. Data generated is used for evaluation of compliance with state and federal water quality regulations, and may be used for litigation purposes. Computer software used includes various instrument control software, Microsoft Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook, and internet browsers. The employee must understand laboratory chemical and physical hazards and maintain safe operations. The employee must understand scientific methodology and be able to diagnose, and resolve instrumental and analytical problems, interpret results, perform statistical calculations, and write and follow standard operating procedures. The employee must be able to follow oral and written direction and work effectively with other chemists. This position operates with some technical independence and may receive assistance from higher level chemists with unusual or difficult situations. Under the general guidance of the unit supervisor, the position usually plans his/her own daily work schedule. All identification and quantitation work is reviewed by another chemist, and validated by the supervisor. interview dates 2/14-2/28

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies:
Knowledge of the basic principles, concepts, theories, and reference sources used in environmental laboratory methods, extraction and analysis.
Environmental analytical experience in Organic and/or Inorganic analysis using EPA Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater and/or EPA SW846 methods Experience with automated laboratory equipment with computer data processing.
Ability to express technical information clearly, both orally and in writing.
Must have experience in the use of Microsoft Office Excel, Word, and PowerPoint for data analysis and presentations
Experience with Outlook software, and internet applications for email and research of methods and chemical databases.
Ability to perceive colors normally, to make olfactory distinctions, and to recognize patterns. Copies of transcripts of post-high school course work must be included with submitted state application

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
Associate's degree in one of the chemical, biological, microbiological, environmental or natural resource sciences or a closely related curriculum including related chemistry laboratory coursework from an appropriately accredited institution and two years of directly related chemistry laboratory experience; or a bachelor's degree in one of the chemical, biological, microbiological, environmental or natural resource sciences including related chemistry laboratory coursework from an appropriately accredited institution; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information:
All relevant experience must be included on application to receive proper credit. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of state application. Please upload copy of college transcript orsubmit to address noted below by 5:00 p.m. on closing date to be considered. Persons eligible for veteran preference must submit a copy of Form DD-214. DENR uses the Merit-Based Recruitment and Selection Plan to fill positions subject to the State Personnel Act with the most qualified applicants. When a salary range is posted, the actual salary will be based on relevant competencies, knowledge, skills and abilities, internal equity and budgetary considerations pertinent to the advertised position. The State of North Carolina is an Equal Opportunity Employer .

Kimberly Moses Edwards
1617 MSC
Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1617