Chemist / Analyst – Environmental Lead

Augusta, Maine, United States | Sciences | Full-time

Apply by: June 4, 2020
Chemist I
Opening Date: May 21, 2020

Closing Date:  June 4, 2020

Job Class Code: 6401
Grade: 21 (Pro/Tech)    
Salary: $37,128.00 - $50,065.60 / yr.*
*plus a 10& Stipend
Position Number: 02000-3776



Only open to current employees with Promotional Status within the Department of Health and Human Services

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 lead samples (wipes, soil and chips) for the Maine Childhood Lead Prevention Program (CLPP).  You will also enter data into Laboratory Infornation Management System (LlMS), conduct technical reviews of work conducted by others, interact with the CLPP and providing information related to lead poisioning, 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 laboratory cetification standards
  • Ability to work with environmental samples (wipes, soils, chips)
  • 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 wire 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


For additional information about this position please contact James Curlett, Section Supervisor at


*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

Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 14.47% of pay   
Value of State-paid Dental Insurance:  $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1:  100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)
Level 2:  95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)
Level 3:  90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)
Level 4:  85% State Contribution = $392.49 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, 2019.


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.