Chemist II - Environmental and Drinking Water

Augusta, Maine, United States | Life & Physical Sciences | Full-time

Apply by: March 3, 2021
Opening Date: February 18, 2021

Closing Date: March 3, 2021

Job Class Code: 6402
Grade:  24 (Pro/Tech)
Salary: $44,616.00 - $60,153.60 / yr. – with an additional 10% stipend
Position Number: 02000-2151


Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.


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 serve as a scientific lead analyst in the Environmental Chemistry’s Organic Section of the Maine Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL).  You will be responsible for the preparation, preservation, and analysis of organic compounds in environmental and drinking water samples to support the State’s environmental and safe drinking water quality programs.  You will also serve as a subject matter expert providing supervision and assistance to staff and chemists as well as answering questions from HETL’s clients regarding interpretation of their analytical results.


You will also:

  • Evaluate, maintain, trouble-shoot and repair the instruments used in these analyses
  • Review quality assurance and analytical data
  • 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 management 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 as well as the general public
  • Follow quality system measures as defined by State and Federal certification agencies
  • Peer review and approve analytical data, interpret results



 A Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry, Biochemistry, or related laboratory science and two (2) years professional level experience in analytical chemistry.  Equivalent experience may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.


Preferred candidates will also have:

  • Experience working both independently and within a team in an analytical laboratory
  • Solid foundations in chemistry and instrumental analysis
  • Knowledge and comprehension of AIHA, EPA, and Maine State laboratory cetification standards
  • The ability to follow complicated analytical procedures
  • The ability to trouble-shoot analyticial, instrumental or extraction issues
  • Knowledge of Standard Methods for the analysis of drinking water samples
  • Knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance processes
  • Knowledge and experience with state and federal certification standards for the testing of drinking water
  • Strong computer skills including Excel and Microsoft Office
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills



 For additional information about this position please contact Christopher Montagna, Chemist III at (207) 287-6366.


*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 .



The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 14.11% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($400.34) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in the Health Premium Credit Program can decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%. 


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.