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Chemist II

  • Chemist II
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  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
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Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$36,360.00 – $57,792.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,515.00 – $2,408.00
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This is mid-level professional chemical analysis work in a State of Missouri laboratory.

Job Duties

Conducts quantitative and qualitative chemical analysis to detect, verify, and analyze composition and possible contaminants in environmental and/or agricultural samples; evaluates and interprets results.

Participates in special studies on water and stream pollution.

Prepares reports detailing the results of analysis and studies; documents calibration checks.

Utilizes a laboratory information management system to generate work lists, monitor work flow, track quality assurance/quality control, and enter analytical results.

Applies gravimetric, colorimetric, and wet chemistry methods to accomplish quantitative analysis of samples.

Analyzes samples for the presence and concentration of pesticides, herbicides, metals, and other pollutants using chromatography, Inductively Coupled Plasma/Optical Emission Spectrometer, atomic absorption, and/or spectrometry techniques; interprets and evaluates results.

Conducts routine instrument maintenance according to manufacturers’ instructions.

Adheres to laboratory protocols and quality assurance/control procedures to ensure defensible and valid results of chemical analysis and interpretations.

Conducts peer review of data packets verifying the validity and quality of sample test results; ensures compliance with state and federal regulations.

Participates in the annual review of standard operating procedures and recommends modifications.

Assists other Chemists interpreting and applying analytical methods, standard operating procedures, and laboratory protocols and procedures.

Exercises independence in the performance of duties; receives general direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility.  Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted.  These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

One or more years of experience as a Chemist I with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.


A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 20 earned credit hours in Chemistry; and,

Two or more years of professional experience as a chemist.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in Chemistry may substitute for one year of the stated experience.)

(A Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Chemistry may substitute for the stated experience.)

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of the principles and practices of organic and inorganic chemistry.

Intermediate knowledge of principles and procedures used in quantitative and qualitative analysis.

Intermediate knowledge of laboratory testing procedures.

Intermediate knowledge of the principles of chromatography and spectrometry.

Skill in the operation of laboratory equipment.

Ability to determine quality and validity of test samples and assist with the evaluation of test sample results performed by other staff.

Ability to prepare detailed laboratory activity reports.

Ability to perform chemical analyses and interpret test results.

Ability to perceive color.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors, staff, and the public.

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