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Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist I

Recruitment #121113-R10A-03


This position is located in the State Environmental Laboratory Services Division; General Chemistry Section; Inorganics Analysist Unit.

MAJOR JOB DUTIES: Perform environmental testing on public and private water, hazardous waste, soils, and biological tissue using approved Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). By program type; independently accession, prioritize, and schedule for analysis according to State Environmental Laboratory (SEL) policies all samples and required quality control. Review, validate and accurately enter all sample results, quality control data and quality assurance information into the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Thoroughly document all actions and decisions associated with the generation of analytical data. Perform maintenance on equipment used in analysis as needed. Assist with the inventory control of all supplies and consumables required to perform testing.  Conduct all work in accordance with the Chemical Hygiene Plan, Laboratory Safety Manual, and Laboratory Quality Assurance Plan.


Current permanent classified employees of the State of Oklahoma or former employees who are eligible for reinstatement to Oklahoma's classified service wishing to be considered  for this position should submit the OPM-4B with cover letter specifying the title of position as shown above, employee ID, email, daytime phone, mailing address, current job classification, and class code directly to the agency.  Submit by email:; fax: 405-702-0121; or mail: ODEQ, Attn: Bridgett Griffin, P.O. Box 1677, 707 N. Robinson Ave., Oklahoma City, OK  73101-1677. Phone: 405-702-1044. For more information about the DEQ, visit


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.

Selection Plan

Scores based on:   100% Written Test 

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