State of Washington Classified Job Specification
Determines extent and type of sampling necessary; selects and performs appropriate laboratory procedures and analyses; completes and checks laboratory calculations and projections; formulates and reports conclusions; suggests remedial measures;
Develops laboratory routines and procedures for handling of high-volume testing under standards-maintenance programs; trains and supervises subordinate laboratory personnel; investigates erratic findings;
Determines procedures for separating, identifying, and measuring quantities of novel chemical components in foods, feeds, fertilizers, plant and animal tissue, and other samples, consults chemical journals and other technical literature for techniques which may be used or adapted for use;
Operates and performs operational calibrations on electronic analytical instruments for identification and measurement of chemical components and radiation such as gas chromatographs, infrared spectrophotometers, polariscopes, and radiation analyzers, for which standards and techniques have been recorded in chemical journals, manufacturers guides, and other chemical analytical literature, employs known methods of sample preparation for measurement of microquantities;
Writes laboratory analysis and research reports; presents findings to agencies, committees, and individuals within general procedural framework;
Assists in the design or study of special laboratory equipment for adaptation to specific program requirements;
Performs other work as required.
Knowledge and Abilities
Ability to: adapt and combine standard chemical laboratory techniques and instruments for unusual analyses; estimate manpower, materials, and time required for routine analyses; present technical information clearly, both orally and in writing.
One year of experience as a Chemist 1.
NOTE: A Master's degree will substitute for two years of the required experience provided a Bachelor's degree and the required college-level chemistry has been achieved.
Class Specification History
Revised minimum qualifications: 11-12-87
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, added distinguishing characteristics: 6-15-90
Revised minimum qualifications: 1-11-91
New class code: (formerly 53820) effective July 1, 2007