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Environmental Coordinator

State of Louisiana
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2021
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Job number: OMF-144512-BN

This position #50621492 is located in the Office of Management & Finance, Therapeutic Marijuana Program, in Baton Rouge, LA, East Baton Rouge Parish.

This position is a temporary job appointment that may last up to 4 years.
  • Preference may be given to candidates with laboratory experience*

As part of a Career Progression Group, vacancies may be filled as an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1, 2 or 3 depending on the level of experience of the selected applicant(s). Please refer to the 'Job Specifications' tab located at the top of the LA Careers 'Current Job Opportunities' page of the Civil Service website for specific information on salary ranges, minimum qualifications and job concepts for each level.

The annual starting salary for each level in this career progression group is:

The starting salary for an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 1 is $36,608.00 annually.

The starting salary for an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 2 is $39,166.00 annually.

The starting salary for an Agricultural Environmental Specialist 3is $41,912.00 annually

Applicants must have Civil Service test scores for8100-Professional Level Examin order to be considered for this vacancy unless exempted by Civil Service rule or policy. If you do not have a score prior to applying to this posting, it may result in your application not being consideredunless you meet the following exemption:

A veteran of the armed forces who served at least 90 days of active duty for purposes other than training and who has been honorably discharged from active duty within the previous twelve months. (DD214 must be attached to application or emailed to by the closing date of the announcement).

Applicantswithout current test scores can apply to take the testhere.

To apply for this vacancy, click on the "Apply" link above and complete an electronic application, which can be used for this vacancy as well as future job opportunities.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing the work experience sections of the application.

Transcripts arerequired.Please make every effort to attach it to your application at time of submission.

Applicants using education to qualify for the position must provide a copy of their official college transcript attached to their application (preferred) or to Human Resources by the closing date of this job posting. Applicants with international degrees must provide an equivalency evaluation along with a copy of their transcript to Human Resources. Copies of transcripts may be attached to the application (preferred) or submitted by email Please include theJob number: OMF-144512-BNwith all emailed documents.

If a copy of your transcript is not received by the closing date of this posting, your application willbe considered incomplete.

Applicants are responsible for checking the status of their application to determine where they are in the recruitment process. Further status message information is located under the Information section of the Current Job Opportunities page.

All candidates for hire must submit to drug screening and a criminal background check.

This agency participates in the E-Verify system for verification of citizenship and employment authorization.

For further information about this vacancy contact:

Britney Noland

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry

5825 Florida Blvd., Suite 1001

Baton Rouge, LA 70806 Qualifications


A baccalaureate degree with at least twenty-four semester hours in agriculture, animal science, biology, botany, chemistry, entomology, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, zoology, forestry, or any combination of credit in these courses to equal twenty-four semester hours.


Experience in inspecting or enforcing for compliance with agricultural laws, rules or regulations will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.

Experience in planning or implementing soil, water or wetland conservation practices in agricultural or wetland environments will substitute for the specialized coursework on the basis of 12 semester hours for one year of experience.


Any college hours or degree must be from a school accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Commission of Higher Education; the Higher Learning Commission; the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Job Concepts

Function of Work:

To perform inspections and investigations relative to laws governing entomology, horticulture, agronomy, pesticide, structural pest control, seed, fertilizer, and quarantine programs.


To assess the environmental impact of agricultural operations on soil, water, air, and other related natural resources and develop and direct management plans designed to protect these resources.

Level of Work:


Supervision Received:

General from an Agricultural Environmental Specialist of a higher grade.

Supervision Exercised:


Location of Work:

Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Office of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences or Office of Soil and Water Conservation.

Job Distinctions:

Differs from Agricultural Environmental Specialist 2 by lack of responsibility for journeyman level work.

Examples of Work

The incumbent of this position will perform analytical laboratory work for the Louisiana Therapeutic Marijuana Program at the Agricultural Chemistry Laboratory located on Louisiana State University's campus. The position is part of the Office of Management and Finance within the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF). The Agricultural Chemistry Laboratory serves as laboratory support for the LDAF to fulfill its missions. Supervision for the position is received from an Agricultural Program Coordinator or Agricultural Environmental Specialist Administrative Coordinator.

Job Distinctions:

Differs from the Laboratory Scientist 1 and 2 by the responsibility for more complex laboratory analyses and has greater experience in laboratory work. The incumbent is able to work independently and make professional judgments regarding analytical procedures.

70% Analytical Work - Responsible for independently performing basic and complex chemical and microbiological laboratory work which involves the qualitative and quantitative chemical and microbiological analysis of various samples including feed, food, fertilizer, water, soil, plant tissue, animal tissue, marijuana extracts, marijuana infused products and environmental samples for a variety of analyses with a focus on pesticides, food pathogens, metals, solvents and cannabinoids. Takes personal responsibility for maintaining accurate and legible records as well as maintaining a safe and productive workplace. May be assigned to work with select agents and, if so, may be required to obtain security clearances as required by other governmental agencies. Will have to pass a criminal background check through the Louisiana State Police. Assignments may change periodically as needed to adjust to changing laboratory and agency needs. Will receive samples into the laboratory from the sample custodian and maintain proper identification and chain of custody at all times. Will use the Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS) to track samples, generate reports, and to refer to samples for confirmatory testing. The incumbent ensures that all samples are tracked and tested in a timely fashion. If timely testing is not possible for any reason, the incumbent will ensure the preservation of the sample and will immediately inform their direct supervisor so that alternative testing options can be investigated. The incumbent will work with staff to facilitate data entry as needed. When doing either manual or instrumental assay methods, the incumbent can do all aspects of the assay independently. Prior to releasing results, the incumbent will ensure that all analytical aspects of testing processes meet acceptance guidelines. Has a detailed and working knowledge of the instruments they are using and all instrument based software, the preparation of samples for testing, the preparation of reagents, and the scientific principles underlying the analytical method. Aware of quality control parameters and notifies their supervisor when an assay fails to meet accepted standards. Records all QA/QC data that is needed to monitor laboratory operations and participates in investigations of laboratory problems. Will perform work in accordance with modern laboratory methods and procedures such as those approved by the AOAC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN). Will also perform work in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) used by the laboratory. Will also utilize established professional journals to research analytical methodologies and routines for chemical and

microbiological analyses. Sample analysis involves all steps of the analytical method from preparation of the sample for analysis through the reporting of the final results. Analyses involve many diverse techniques from basic bench

chemistry and microbiology through the use of sophisticated instrumentation. Chemistry instrumentation includes Gas Chromatography Mass Spectroscopy/Tandem Mass Spectroscopy, High Pressure Liquid Chromatography Ultraviolet Detection, Fluorescence Detection, Mass Spectroscopy, Tandem Mass Spectroscopy and High Resolution Accurate Mass Spectroscopy and Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectroscopy. Microbiological analyses include Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) including Quantitative PCR, Automated Bacterial Biochemical Identification, Enzyme-Linked Fluorescent Analysis, Recombinant Phage Technology Bacterial Analysis, Automated Quality Indicator Enumeration and Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent assay (ELISA).

25% Performs routine daily, weekly and monthly quality control and quality assurance duties. This includes the monitoring of temperatures of incubators, refrigerators and freezers, and doing the prescribed QC tests on equipment and reagents. The incumbent performs proper use of standards and calibration techniques as well as following established quality assurance procedures as required. This includes proper record maintenance of both electronic and written documentation of all samples and their analyses. Other responsibilities include the preventative and routine maintenance of analytical equipment, preparation of solutions and reagents and routine laboratory housekeeping. The incumbent is capable of troubleshooting instrument problems and ensuring that instruments are placed back into service as soon as possible.

5% Keeps himself or herself informed of advancements in laboratory safety, security and testing methods, and updates their knowledge, skills and abilities as needed. This includes participating in continuing education and training as well as pursuing self-directed continued education.

Other duties as may be assigned.

Incumbent must successfully pass an extensive background check.

Functional Requirements:
  • Prolonged sitting or standing at workstations.
  • Light to moderate lifting, 20 pounds.

Environmental Factors:
  • Daily use of hazardous chemicals.
  • Daily exposure to and use of food pathogens.
  • Required to wear appropriate chemical safety equipment (personal protective equipment).
  • Occasionally required to wear face mask.
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