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CHEMIST SPECIALIST - 42000412

Date: Nov 17, 2021

Location: POMPANO BEACH, FL, US, 33069

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Requisition No: 434821 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: CHEMIST SPECIALIST - 42000412

Position Number: 42000412 

Salary:  $43,507.36 - $47,858.20 

Posting Closing Date: 12/10/2021 

CHEMIST SPECIALIST

FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND CONSUMER SERVICES

DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES
BUREAU OF STANDARDS

***OPEN COMPETITIVE OPPORTUNITY***

CONTACT:

Valeria Cheeping, (954) 546 - 6416 or (850) 728 - 1542

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry or biochemistry and three (3) years of professional chemical or biochemical experience; or

A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry or biochemistry and two (2) years of professional experience as described above; or

A doctorate from an accredited college or university with a major course of study in chemistry or biochemistry. 

Certain positions within this class require individuals to meet specific federal or state regulations as identified by the employing agency. 

***ATTENTION CANDIDATES***

To be considered for a position with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services:

  • All fields in the Candidate Profile must be completed.
  • Work history, hours worked, and formal education fields must be filled out to determine qualifications for this position.
  • Responses to Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services values
and supports employment of individuals with disabilities. Qualified
individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Occasional travel required.

NOTES:

Successful applicant must pass a background screening, including fingerprinting, as a condition of employment.

JOB DUTIES:

Analyze petroleum, anti-freeze and brake fluid products  to verify compliance with the latest American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and/or state of Florida specifications using the appropriate methods and Standard Operating Procedures. Utilize the bureau's Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) to aide in the collection, analysis, review and authorization of analytical results, quality control system and other associated laboratory information. Maintain, calibrate and operate analytical instrumentation to facilitate accurate and timely sample analyses. Maintain inventory of supplies and parts required to ensure accurate and timely analyses of samples via assigned instrumentation.

Monitor the daily laboratory functions and provide feedback to the laboratory manager to aide in efficient and accurate operation of the laboratory. This includes monitoring analyses, data recording, and reporting  for all types of fuel samples and ensuring  that all samples are properly analyzed according to the appropriate ASTM and/or screening methods. Reports substandard products in a timely manner to the laboratory manager.  Be familiar with Florida law as it relates to fuel testing and specifications. Monitor the workflow of the laboratory and assist the manager with prioritizing the daily sample work load.  Be thoroughly familiar with the latest test methods, procedures, equipment changes, and fuel  specifications in order to act as the in-laboratory contact and technical resource. Appear in court as an expert witness. Review and recommend updating analytical methods and oversee maintenance, calibration, and repair of equipment.  Provide training of any  present or new employees regarding analytical and technical aspects of the laboratory.  Maintain a safe, organized and clean environment  and oversee the chemical inventory and proper use of the laboratory equipment.

Participate in and assist the Laboratory Manager in the monitoring and verification of the location’s implementation of the bureau’s QC Program. Ensure quality measures are being implemented by assisting in the administration of the bureau’s participation in proficiency testing programs whereby proficiency samples are properly and successfully analyzed; confirm that routine quality control  procedures are adhered to; be responsible for method compliance and reviewing analyst’s procedures to ensure adherence to adopted methods. 

Assist other laboratories and management on needed specifications, ordering and set up of equipment.  This will include writing of specifications and research to determine the maximum efficiency and requirements to perform a given task and to meet appropriate ASTM methods.  Assist supervisor as requested to conduct daily work and fill in as the person-in-charge in their absence.  This will require being familiar with the overall operation of the facility, laboratory and coordinating laboratory operations with the Laboratory Administrator or designee in the absence of the laboratory manager. 

Perform other related duties such as, but not limited to, administrative paperwork, shipping/receiving, sample custody and other non-technical duties as required by management. 

SPECIAL NOTES:

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Fort Lauderdale
Nearest Secondary Market: Miami