Environmental Laboratory Scientist (Recruitment #220113-R10A-02)

Website Oklahoma Department of Environmental Protection


Hiring Range: $2,041.30 – $2,143.36 Bi-Weekly

This position is located in the State Environmental Laboratory Services Division – Elemental Analysis Section in Oklahoma City, OK.

Applicants meeting the minimum requirements must submit their application and include the following:
1. Resume
2. Cover letter
3. College transcripts
4. Professional references
5. Current or former employees of the State of Oklahoma must provide their two most recent PMPs.

The State Environmental Laboratory of the OK Department of Environmental Quality is looking to fill an Environmental Lab Scientist position in the Elemental Analysis Section. The successful applicant will join a team of dedicated professional laboratory scientists focused on providing both routine and complex analytical and technical support for state and federal environmental programs administered by the DEQ as well as our diverse base of private and public customers.

As the EPA certified Principal State Lab of Oklahoma, the SELSD employs state-of-the-art instrumentation in a high-throughput dynamic setting analyzing a variety of samples for:
*Drinking water contaminants for public health protection.
*Ongoing statewide monitoring of lakes, streams, aquifers, and fish populations to support beneficial uses.
*Wastewater facilities and stormwater dischargers to ensure compliance with permits.
*Monitoring pollutants and contamination in wastes and soils from facilities and Superfund sites.
*Criminal environmental investigations.
*Resolving reported environmental complaints and special investigations for citizens and DEQ programs.
*Environmental and public health emergencies.
*Oklahoma citizens and businesses.

For the right candidate other career opportunities can exist beyond routine laboratory work in other facets of our divisional operations. These can include researching and responding to emerging contaminants to meet changing regulatory requirements by developing methods and bringing new technologies online. Other challenges can involve LIMS development, Quality Management System activities, laboratory accreditation, safety programs, and public outreach to name just a few. Please see our website for more information about the State Environmental Laboratory.

The successful applicant’s primary focus, initially, will be to support the Radiochemistry methods analyzed in the Elemental Analysis Section. Under the direction of the Divisional management, staff in this position will:
1. Perform testing on public and private aqueous samples, hazardous wastes, soils, biological tissues, and other environmental samples in support of state and federally funded environmental projects using approved standard operating procedures (SOPs) and work instruction documents (WIDs).
2. Prioritize and schedule daily work tasks to meet section, group, division, and agency goals.
3. Effectively interact with the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
4. Thoroughly document all actions and decisions associated with the generation of analytical data.
5. Operate, monitor, and maintain complex analytical instruments and supporting laboratory equipment.
6. Perform thorough review of records and data generated by self and peers.
7. Conduct all work in accordance with divisional policies that include the SELSD Quality Assurance Plan, Data Quality Manual, Ethics and Data Integrity Program, and Laboratory Safety Program.
8. Assist with the review and development of technical and operational SOPs and WIDs.
9. Assist with the inventory control of all supplies and consumables required to perform testing.
10. Assist with general housekeeping to include sample control and disposal.

Applicant must be able to lift 50 lbs. independently and will be required to stand several hours per day and be able to perform repetitive tasks. The applicant will also be required to wear personal protective equipment to include lab coats, gloves, and eyewear when performing laboratory work. Occasionally will be required to work after hours or on weekends to maintain basic operational needs or for emergency demands.

The ideal applicant must:
• Have strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Be able to read, understand, and interpret technical/scientific documents, methodologies, procedures, and regulations.
• Demonstrate intermediate knowledge of Office 365 applications to include Excel, Word, Teams and Outlook.
• Be dependable, accountable, and actively engaged with their work product and schedule.
• Be able to work effectively in both a team environment and independently.
• Be able to demonstrate solid problem-solving skills and implement effective solutions.
•  Have a basic knowledge of statistics used in a lab setting.

Flexible work schedules are available after 1 year of employment with DEQ. State of Oklahoma employee benefits package includes https://oklahoma.gov/omes/careers1/benefits.html.

All applicants are subject to a background check and must be legally authorized to work in the United States without visa sponsorship provided by the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Not all applicants will receive an interview. Selected applicants will be notified via email.


Minimum requirements consist of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biological, physics, biochemistry, or environmental science.  Preference may be given to applicants having direct hands-on experience operating and maintaining some or all the following instrumentation: gas-flow proportional counters, gamma spectroscopy, ICP-OES, ICP-MS, AA.

Salary may be commensurate with direct experience.