CHEMIST I

8146C3

Pay Grade: 24

DEFINITION OF WORK

Summary

This is specialized, professional work in chemistry in a laboratory.

Work involves conducting a variety of standardized chemical and physical tests on an assortment of different sample matrices. Work involves the application of analytical procedures to determine the qualitative and quantitative makeup of chemical compounds or the application of physical tests to determine the physical attributes of substances.

Standard Classification Factors

Supervision Received - LEVEL B: "Under general supervision…" Employees working under general supervision usually receive some instructions with respect to the details of most assignments but are free to develop their own work sequences within established procedures, methods and policies. They are often physically removed from their supervisor and subject to only periodic checks.

Difficulty - LEVEL B: Average… Where the employee is confronted with a variety of duties susceptible to different methods of solution which, in turn, places a correspondingly higher demand upon resourcefulness and concentration. Positions which require the analysis and evaluation of raw data and the rendering of conclusions would, in many instances, fall into this category.

Complexity - LEVEL B: Work is of a structured nature including duties that have several related steps. This level involves simple analysis of data, identification of easily distinguishable facts and recognition of differences in related situations. Workers at this level exercise limited independent judgment in determining methods or procedures to be used in making minor decisions. Work is normally controlled by frequent review and consultation with supervisors. When guidelines exist at this level, they are usually specific and aid in determining an approach to problems or situations. Workers at this level must be able to identify basic differences in situations to determine the actions which need to be taken.

Consequence of Actions or Decisions - LEVEL C: Consequences of actions or decisions at this level are limited in scope and effect as the work is reviewed occasionally. Errors may cause moderate inefficiency. Costs due to errors may be significant.

Contacts - LEVEL A: The purpose of the contact is to obtain, clarify, give or screen established factual information, regardless of the type (i.e., easily understood or technical) within a well-defined relationship. Normal communication skills are required.

Physical Demands - LEVEL B: The work requires light physical exertion. The employee may be required to perform handling activities with lightweight or easily moved items (e.g. books, file folders, boxes of office supplies, small machine parts, etc.); perform moving activities for brief periods; operate light equipment; perform repetitive motions for brief periods; confined to a work area.

Environmental Conditions - LEVEL B: The work environment involves moderate hazards, risks or discomforts. Exposure to minor deviations from pleasant environmental conditions is normal. Minor to serious injuries are possible.

Supervision/Leadership - LEVEL A: No supervisory or leadership responsibility; may explain work instructions or assist in training others.

Distinguishing Features

Differs from the Chemist II class in which the incumbents perform professional work in analytical or physical chemistry using advanced laboratory techniques, such as operating complex analytical equipment.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED

Performs chemical analysis of drinking water, sewage effluents, miasmic substances, miasma streams and lakes to determine the nature and extent of chemical pollution.

Prepares complicated solutions, standards and reagents for use in testing and studies.

Analyzes feeds and fertilizers to determine the content of protein, nitrogen, fat, and other elements and compounds.

Performs chemical and physical analyses of plants, cements, paper, soap, paint, metals, textiles, oils and a variety of other materials for conformance with specifications or other quality standards and requirements.

Assists in analyzing biological fluids and tissues for biochemical constituents such as lipids, enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates, electrolytes and similar compounds.

Performs chemical and physical analyses of materials such as concrete, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, lime products, paint pigments and vehicles, soils, borings of chloride analysis, and lubricating oils and grease.

Performs radioimmune assay or radiochemical analysis on a variety of health or environmental samples.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS

Knowledge

*Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of physical and analytical chemistry.

*Knowledge of chemical laboratory methods, materials, equipment, safety procedures and laboratory computer usage.

*Knowledge of the operation of laboratory equipment and apparatus such as balances, microscopes, hoods, pH meters, infra-red spectrometer, gas chromatography, atomic absorption spectrometer, and combustion furnaces.

Knowledge of the sources of information and current literature in the field of analytical chemistry.

Abilities

*Ability to use and care for laboratory equipment.

*Ability to perform necessary mathematical calculations.

*Ability to make and accurately record scientific observations.

*Ability to maintain effective working relationships with others.

*Ability to communicate effectively.

*Ability to assist in the development of the methods and procedures to be followed in the analysis of various substances and materials.

*Ability to prepare scientifically accurate and thorough reports.

*Necessary at Entry

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Bachelor's degree in a Natural Science field with a minimum of 25 hours in chemistry. Experience in the natural science field may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.

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