State of Maine is hiring a

Chemist / Analyst – Environmental Organic Chemistry Section

Chemist I
Opening Date: September 14, 2020

Closing Date:  September 30, 2020

Job Class Code: 6401
Grade:     21 (Pro/Tech)
Salary: $37,128.00 - $50,065.60 / yr.*
*with  an additional 10% stipend
Position Number: 02031-1721


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, public health and intervention services that protect the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs.


The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.


Job duties:


You will be responsible for the preparation, analysis and disposal of environmental samples (wipes, soil and chips) and possibly biological matrices (blood, urine) for the Maine Drinking Water Program (DWP) and the Department of Envirionmental Protection (DEP).  You will also enter data into Laboratory Infornation Management System (LlMS), conduct technical reviews of work conducted by others, interact with the clients providing information related to analytical procedures, and maintain detailed records related to instrumental analysis.

You will also:

  • Evaluate, maintain, trouble-shoot and repair the instruments and equipment used in these analyses.
  • Participate in the daily operations of the testing section of the laboratory
  • Determine proper detection, reporting and QC limits for these analyses
  • Enter and maintain data in the laboratory information system (LIMS).
  • Ensure the quality system by maintaining proficiency and updating SOP’s for assigned tests
  • Communicate technical information to federal, state, and local agencies and the general public.
  • Follow quality system measures as defined by the State and Federal certification agencies
  • Review and approve peer analytical data and interprets results and enters data into the laboratory information system.       


 A four (4) year combination of education, training, and/or experience in chemistry or directly related field.


Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Experience working both independently and within a team in an analytical laboratory
  • Solid foundations in chemistry and instrumental analysis
  • Understanding AIHA, EPA, Maine State, and CLIA laboratory cetification standards
  • Ability to work with environmental samples (wipes, soils, chips) and biological matrices (blood, urine)
  • Ability to follow complicated analytical procedures, ability to trouble-shoot when analyses or extractions do not work as expected
  • Knowledge of statistics
  • Ability to think critically and analyze data
  • Ability to work independently
  • Skilled at establishing priorities and work to deadlines
  • Ability to keep detailed records and write comprehensive reports
  • Ability to identify issues or trends in data and reach logical conclusions
  • Sound decisions and recommendations based on and supported by data
  • Strong computer skill including Microsoft Office
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Be a Team player
  • Experience with chromatographic system both use and troubleshooting
  • Work safely with hazardous chemicals and materials



For additional information about this, position please contact James Curlett, Chemist III, at [email protected]  


*To apply, please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:


1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section, above.   


Please note: applications sent with cover letters that do not have the information required above may not be considered for this vacancy.


To request a paper application, please contact [email protected] .

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.11% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.60 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $470.99 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $447.44 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $423.89 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $400.34 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)
*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2020. 

To explore the cost of coverage for specific situations, please consult these tables.


The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.