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Arkansas Government Job
Northpoint, Arkansas, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time

Date: Sep 1, 2023

Req ID: 32939


Little Rock, AR, US, 72205


Anticipated Starting Salary: $40,340

Position Number: 22087988

County: Pulaski

Posting End Date: Open Until Filled

Anticipated Starting Salary: $40,340

Chemistry Lab

Hiring Authority

1 Natural Resources Drive

Little Rock, AR 72205

Phone: 501/519-0368


As the largest industry in Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture is dedicated to the development and implementation of policies and programs for Arkansas agriculture and forestry to keep its farmers and ranchers competitive in national and international markets while ensuring safe food, fiber, and forest products for the citizens of the state and nation. The Department is organized into five Divisions: Forestry Division, Livestock and Poultry Division, Natural Resources Division, Plant Industries Division, and Shared Services Division.

Position Information

Class Code: B081C

Grade: GS07


Salary Range: $40,340.00 - $58,493.00


The Chemist is responsible for conducting chemical analysis. This position is governed by the Association of Analytical Chemists standards, state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.


Plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts professional level quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis and documents results. Guides laboratory technicians on the use of laboratory equipment and preparation for laboratory tests. Sets up equipment for analysis, calibrates instruments, and prepares standard solutions and reagents for use in chemical analysis. Assists with maintaining lab equipment and instruments including glassware using specified cleaning techniques. Conducts proficiency tests of laboratories and institutions for quality control of testing programs. Audits lab records of law enforcement agencies, petroleum industry, independent laboratories, and hospitals to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations. May appear in court when analytical results are disputed to explain and/or verify analytical results. Performs other duties as assigned.


Frequent exposure to hazardous chemicals and materials is required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of chemistry and chemical analysis.
  • Knowledge of standard and specialized laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to perform chemical analysis using standard and specialized laboratory equipment.
  • Ability to use different instrument operating software and Laboratory Information Management Systems.
  • Ability to perform and supervise the preparation of laboratory equipment and laboratory tests.
  • Ability to write descriptive results of analysis and appear as expert witness in court.

Minimum Qualifications

The formal education equivalent of a bachelor's degree in chemistry; plus two years of experience in a chemistry laboratory or a related field. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.



The State of Arkansas is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by law.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Documented experience (2years) in using the following analytical instrumentation: GC/MS, ICP-OES, FT-IR, Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy, and UV/VIS Sepctrophotometry.
  • Candidates with experience in sample extraction and clean-up methodologies.
  • Documented competence in MS Office software (Word, Excel, Powerpoint).
  • At least one year experience following the requirements of an ISO 9001 or ISO 17025 Quality System.
  • One year experience with a document management software e.g., Qaultrax, is highly desirable.
  • The incumbent will be required to participate in proficiency tests and internal audits.
  • The incumbent may be called on to assist in metrology duties and assist in Safety duties of the laboratory.

Nearest Major Market:Little Rock

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