Chemist I - Environmental Lead Program

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

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

Closing Date: March 3, 2021

Job Class Code: 6401
Grade:  21 (Pro/Tech)    
Salary: $38,688.00 - $52,062.40 / yr. with an additional 10% stipend 
Position Number: 2000-3776


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 Chemist I in the Environmental Lead  section within the Health and Environmental Testing Laboratory (HETL). You will be responsible for the preparation, preservation and analysis of lead compounds in environmental and drinking water samples to support the State’s Childhood Lead Prevention Program (CLPP).  You will serve as a subject matter expert interpreting analytical results for HETL’s clients, as well as answering questions from the general public.


You will also:

  • Evaluate, maintain, trouble-shoot and repair the instruments 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 management system (LIMS)
  • Update SOP’s and maintain proficiency with all analyses
  • Communicate technical information to federal, state, and local agencies
  • Follow quality system measures as defined by the State and Federal certification agencies
  • Peer review and approve analytical data



 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
  • Knowledge and experience 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 skill including Microsoft Office
  • Excellent oral and Excel written communication skills



For additional information about this position  please contact Christopher Montagna, Section Supervisor 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.