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Inorganic Chemist (Chemist 1)

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Hillsboro, Oregon

Job - Government

Close Date: 03/21/2019

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality currently has a full-time opportunity for an Inorganic Chemist (Chemist 1) at the DEQ Laboratory in Hillsboro, Oregon. Please consider joining an innovative team, and work to advance our agency’s mission to protect and improve Oregon’s environmental quality.

The Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division supports the Department of Environmental Quality in achieving its mission by providing laboratory and research services in water and air quality monitoring, organic and inorganic analysis, toxicology and biology, and quality assurance. The Division serves the Agency programs and regional offices throughout Oregon, and supports the agency's mission and values by providing timely, high quality, scientific information through monitoring, laboratory services, and data analysis.

The Inorganic Section identifies, quantifies, and reports the measurements of inorganic constituents in many sample types - water, wastewater, biological tissue, solids (ex: soils, sediments, sludges, and air particulate matter), and mixed phases, including oily wastes. Through its staff of chemists, the section provides expertise and technical assistance on inorganic environmental measurements and measurement systems. The section develops analytical methodologies for inorganic parameters, such as metals, oxygen demand, nutrients, common ions, asbestos, and several physical and chemical properties including pH, conductivity, particulate mass, and toxicity characteristics. It implements a rigorous quality assurance (QA) system to ensure analytical data of known and high quality is delivered to data-users within and external to the Agency.

What you will do!

This position is designed as an entry-level position into the analytical laboratory. Most of the analyses performed are simple gravimetric analyses and physical or chemical property tests. The person in this position will perform analyses on a variety of environmental samples using classical wet bench techniques. This position may occasionally assist a senior chemist in the sample preparation activities on liquid, solid, and semi-solid samples prior to instrumental analysis. Some activities require the use of simple analytical instrumentation.

What’s in it for you!

The opportunity to join a dynamic team of mission focused individuals tasked with maintaining, restoring, and enhancing the quality of Oregon’s air, water, and land. We offer medical, dental, and vision health benefits with paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave, and 10 paid holidays a year. Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program: If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF). Learn more to see whether you qualify at PSLF Program. If you are passionate about Oregon's environment, apply today!

This is a full-time, AFSCME represented position.

What are we looking for?

Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, or 3 years of experience performing chemical tests and procedures.
Knowledge of principles and techniques of quantitative analysis demonstrated through experience performing sample preparations and analyses using EPA methods or other published environmental test procedures.
Quality systems knowledge in the context of laboratory standards such as TNI/NELAC or ISO 17025.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word, Excel, and Outlook.
Strict attention to detail demonstrated through organized record keeping and experience adhering to written laboratory test procedures.
Dedication to continual improvement with experience participating in process improvement projects.
Experience preparing complete and concise reports of laboratory work.
Sound, independent judgement, and knowledge of best practices for laboratory safety.
How to Apply:

To apply for this position, please go here and complete the online application and all supplemental questions.

Please be sure to attach a resume and cover letter.

Veterans Information:

DEQ provides veterans’ preference points to all eligible veterans. For more information, please go here:

Questions/Need Help?

If you have questions about the recruitment or need assistance to participate in the application process, please contact Maddy Ouye, Human Resources Analyst, at or (503) 229-5107.

DEQ strives to create inclusive environments that welcome and value the diversity of the people we serve. DEQ fosters fairness, equity, and inclusion to create workplace environments where everyone is treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, color, religion, sex, disability, physical stature, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, political affiliation, and any other factor applicable by state or federal law.

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