Class Title: CHEMIST 1*
Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 077851
Education and Experience: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.

Other Requirements:

Necessary Special Qualifications: None
Examination Method: Education and experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview:

Summary: Under immediate supervision, is responsible for professional chemistry work of routine difficulty; and performs related work as required.
Distinguishing Features:  This is the entry level class in the Chemist sub-series. An employee in this class assists in performing a variety of analytic chemical and physical tests to evaluate chemically constructed or bonded materials and substances, new materials, and degree of contamination of substances. Procedures followed are usually standardized, but results may vary and require interpretation. Initially an employee receives close supervision, but as experience is gained supervision becomes more general. This class differs from that of Chemist 2 in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for acting at the working level.

*An applicant appointed to this flexibly staffed class will be reclassified to the next higher class in the series after successful completion of a mandatory one-year training period; inadequate or marginal performance during the training period will result in automatic demotion or termination.

Work Activities:

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:
  1. Learns to follow methodological procedures step by step as written.
  2. Learns to evaluate analytical output for correctness (e.g., quality control data).

Analyzing Data or Information:

  1. Learns to interpret results of sample testing from various laboratory outputs to ensure accurate reporting.
  2. Learns to perform laboratory testing based on supervisor or managers directives and/or specific sample requirements.

Processing Information:

  1. Learns to calculate results in methodology specified units, accurately interprets results and accurately reports
  2. results based on laboratory reporting requirements.
  3. Learns to perform Quality Control test parameters, specific to and required by acceptable methodologies,
  4. with each set of samples.
  5. Learns to maintain day to day activities in designated format to meet QA standards.

Getting Information:

  1. Learns to perform analytical testing step by step as outlined by Standard Operating Procedures based on
  2. required methodologies.
  3. Learns to receive incoming samples from sampling agencies, retrieve information from websites,
  4. methodology information, and information from clients to perform specific tests.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Learns to adhere to requirements specified in Laboratory Procedural Manuals and any applicable federal and/or state standards.

Interacting with Computers:

  1. Uses computer software to run scientific instruments.
  2. Learns the use of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) as it pertains to analytical data
  3. entry, data correction and report generation.
  4. Generates reports and documents utilizing contemporary computer software.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. Learns to monitor functioning of laboratory equipment such as Inductively Coupled Plasmas (ICPs) and Gas
  2. Chromatographs (GCs).
  3. Learns to perform routine equipment maintenance as required.
  4. Reports equipment malfunction to supervisor.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Completes and process records, reports and correspondence within required timeframes.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Learns to review records, reports, and research in order to ensure accuracy, completeness, and adherence to standards.
  2. Maintains laboratory records based on established guidelines.
  3. Prepares records and reports to meet agency needs.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Checks expiration dates of chemicals and supplies, informing supervisor of expired materials to ensure
  2. proper disposal as required by safety rules and regulations.
  3. Learns to check all laboratory materials including samples to determine safe handling procedures.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers or Subordinates:

  1. Provides relevant information through the chain of command by either telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Keeps up-to-date technically and learns to apply new knowledge to the job.

Competencies (KSA’s):

  1. Approachability
  2. Boss Relationships
  3. Ethics and Values
  4. Functional/Technical Competency
  5. Integrity and Trust
  6. Learning on the Fly
  7. Listening
  8. Peer Relationships
  9. Problem Solving
  10. Technical Learning
  11. Written Communications


  1. Chemistry
  2. Mathematics
  3. Computers and Electronics
  4. Clerical 


  1. Science
  2. Mathematics
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Quality Control Analysis
  5. Critical Thinking
  6. Writing
  7. Active Learning
  8. Operation and Control
  9. Learning Strategies
  10. Active Listening
  11. Speaking
  12. Operation Monitoring
  13. Time Management
  14. Coordination 


  1. Mathematical Reasoning
  2. Written Comprehension
  3. Deductive Reasoning
  4. Written Expression
  5. Number Facility
  6. Oral Comprehension
  7. Oral Expression
  8. Control Precision
  9. Problem Sensitivity
  10. Arm-Hand Steadiness
  11. Finger Dexterity
  12. Manual Dexterity
  13. Multi-limb Coordination
  14. Rate Control
  15. Reaction Time
  16. Response Orientation
  17. Speed of Limb Movement
  18. Wrist-Finger Speed
  19. Memorization
  20. Perceptual Speed
  21. Speech Recognition
  22. Auditory Attention
  23. Depth Perception
  24. Hearing Sensitivity
  25. Peripheral Vision
  26. Speech Clarity
  27. Near Vision

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Meters
  2. Balances
  3. Chromatograph-liquid, mass spectrometry, gas
  4. Spectrometers
  5. Titration equipment
  6. Calculators
  7. Computers
  8. Ovens


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