WV Department of Agriculture


30+ days ago
Job Title:              Chemist II
Division:              Regulatory and Environmental Affairs
Headquarters:   Guthrie Agricultural Center, Charleston WV
FLSA Status:       Non-Exempt

Nature of Work:
An employee in this position performs administrative and professional work for the West Virginia Department of Agriculture Regulatory and Environmental Affairs Division Laboratories by analyzing agricultural products including, but not limited to commercial animal feed, pet food, forage, fertilizer, liming material, pesticide products, residues, environmental samples, seed, cannabis, meat, dairy, and food. The employee will also perform related work in the maintenance of a quality assurance program for the laboratory.

Examples of Work:
  • Develops and maintains quality assurance measures to assure accurate analytical methods.
  • Develops and utilizes methods consistent with the laboratories' equipment.
  • Performs chemical analyses in accordance with scientific principles and techniques determined by a supervisor.
  • Determines the type and extent of testing required to ascertain the quality of samples submitted for analyses, guided by the principles and techniques of analytical chemistry and by the methods devised by professional and testing organizations in developing the necessary laboratory procedures.
  • Maintains records of all quality activities as documented in SOPs and test methods.
  • Handles samples and performs analyses according to SOPs and test methods.
  • Maintains and calibrates equipment.
  • Reports questionable identifications or finds on work to a supervisor.
  • Reports deficiencies or malfunction to the Assistant Director.
  • Identifies and records non-conformities on Corrective Action Requests.
  • Identifies and records potential non-conformities on Preventative Action Requests.
  • Corrects non-conformities and potential non-conformities.
  • Improves laboratory and/or quality activities on a continuous basis.
  • Utilizes a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for data entry and other computer operations.
  • Analyzes and interprets test results in order to assist in the administration of laws, regulations or specifications relating to the chemical composition of the products analyzed.
  • Performs related work as required, such as assisting other division analysts as needed.
  • Prepares official reports and may be called upon to testify before the court or the Commissioner.
  • Makes final decisions which pertain to the microbiological content of individual samples.
  • Attends meetings, including overnight travel.
  • Writes SOPs and test methods.
  • Signs reports when designated with signing authority.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Working Conditions:
  • Ability to sit, stand, and/or walk for extended periods of time; frequently bend, squat, reach above shoulder level, push, pull and handle objects and capable of lifting 50 pounds.
  • Employment may require working with pathogenic microorganisms, hazardous chemicals such as disinfectants, acids, bases, mutagens, teratogens, and solvents; hot liquids, steam, and hot solid surfaces capable of burns; and warm, humid conditions can be found in the laboratory environment. Personal protective equipment is supplied to laboratory staff.
  • Some jobs require employees to be exposed to unpleasant odors.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and procedures of organic and inorganic chemistry.
  • Knowledge of composition and significant properties of materials and substances used or tested by the State.
  • Skill in manipulative techniques and in following standard scientific laboratory methods.
  • Skill in the use of laboratory instruments and equipment commonly used in analytical laboratories.
  • Ability to understand and to follow oral and written instructions, formulas and charts.
  • Ability to prepare analytical reports and to organize and present scientific information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Knowledge of computerized LIMS (Laboratory Information Management System) is useful.
  • Knowledge in the procedures involving the use, handling, and disposal of hazardous materials.
Education: Graduation from an accredited 4-year college or university with a major in chemistry or related physical science. Substitution: Six years of experience in carrying out technical work in a chemical laboratory.
Experience: Three years of experience in carrying out technical work in a chemical laboratory. Substitution: Graduate study in a related laboratory science may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

Additional Requirements:
  • Valid driver’s license is required.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment drug testing.
  • Satisfactory completion of pre-employment law enforcement background investigation, including DMV records.
  • Must maintain a positive image of the Commissioner, West Virginia Department of Agriculture, and the State of West Virginia.

This description is subject to review and revision at the discretion of the Commissioner and designees.
West Virginia Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity employer

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WV Department of Agriculture