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CHEMIST I - 42001432

Date: Mar 29, 2018

Location: TALLAHASSEE, FL, US, 32399

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Requisition No: 32650 

Agency: Agriculture and Consumer Services

Working Title: CHEMIST I - 42001432

Position Number: 42001432 

Salary:  $29,344.38 - $37,000.08 

Posting Closing Date: 05/12/2018 








Ghislain Gerard, (850) 617-7500



A bachelor's degree 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.

A TRANSCRIPT MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION via PEOPLE FIRST OR US MAIL TO: Ghislain Gerard, 3125 CONNER BLVD, L29-3, Tallahassee, FL  32399. MUST BE POST MARKED BY CLOSING DATE.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.

***Applicants must complete all fields in the Candidate Profile.  Work history, hours
worked and formal education are required to qualify for this position. Responses to
Qualifying Questions must be verifiable in the Candidate Profile. Resumes and
other documentation can be attached to provide additional information. ***

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



Performs routine sample preparations, chemical extractions, instrumental analyses and other analytical procedures on samples submitted to the Chemical Residue Laboratory for analysis of pesticides and other toxic chemical residues. Interprets and reports analytical data.  Samples are submitted for either the state monitoring program or the USDA Pesticide Data Program (PDP).  Work performed must adhere to very strict Quality Assurance (QA) protocols.  The data generated for the state program could lead to regulatory or other actions by the department; the data generated for the USDA PDP will be used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to make pesticide risk-assessment decisions.

Performs routine sample preparation procedures following established Standard Operating Procedures (SOP's) on samples for the eventual determination of pesticide and other toxic chemical residues, including organophosphorus, organochlorine, organonitrogen, and carbamate pesticides.  Performs routine instrumental analysis of pesticide residues utilizing various combinations of gas chromatographic (GC) and/or liquid chromatographic (LC) and other complex analytical instruments and data systems.  Analyzes, interprets and reports sample demographic and analytical data utilizing a wide variety of laboratory data processing, spreadsheet, and database computer applications in a network environment.  Checks data and/or calculations pertaining to samples, analyzes control charts, and takes corrective action when needed.  Determines and reports the regulatory significance of sample data.  While conducting assigned tasks, implements strict quality assurance/quality control procedures applicable, records required information in appropriate logbooks and/or forms and documents any observed deviations from procedures.  Maintains proper sample custody during assigned procedures.  Notes any significant problems for review by supervisors. 

Maintains, calibrates, and monitors the performance of laboratory equipment, analytical instruments, and data stations used; takes corrective action and makes minor repairs.  Performs daily and periodic routine maintenance of equipment and instruments by servicing and/or replacing consumable supplies/parts as needed.  Performs necessary daily and periodic calibrations and performance testing.  Implements all quality assurance procedures applicable to assignments, records information in appropriate logbooks and maintains all necessary documentation.

Maintains a safe and efficient work environment by cleaning, filing, and organizing laboratory and desk areas.  Participates in method validation project teams.  Prepares daily and periodic work summaries and reports as instructed.  Performs other related duties as may be assigned.



  • Knowledge of procedures, materials, and chemistry laboratory equipment obtained from on-the-job experience.
  • Knowledge of mathematics and chemistry.
  • Knowledge of residue level chemical analyses.
  • Skills in the perceptive use of various scientific equipment and instrumentation.
  • Skills in the use of appropriate sample-handling techniques and the operation of laboratory equipment and/or certain scientific instrumentation developed through on-the-job experience.
  • Skills in the use of sample preparation techniques.
  • Ability to effectively perform assigned chemical analyses using established laboratory procedures and tasks by understanding and following technical instructions and by applying acquired on-the-job experience.
  • Ability to perform calculations pertaining to pesticide standard solutions and sample unknowns, in ppm and ppb concentrations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  • Ability to use laboratory computer applications (data processing, spreadsheet, database, word processing, and various chromatographic software) in a networked environment.



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: Tallahassee