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Cannabis Task Force Proficiency Testing Workgroup Lead Chemist & Lab Auditor(Chemist 4)(In Training) sought by the State of Washington Dept. of Ecology in Lacey

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The State of Washington Dept. of Ecology seeks Cannabis Task Force Proficiency Testing Workgroup Lead Chemist & Lab Auditor(Chemist 4)(In Training) in Lacey

Protecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology.

We have a culture that is invested in making a difference.

If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, Ecology is a good fit.

The Environmental Assessment Program (EAP) is looking to fill a Cannabis Task Force Proficiency Testing Workgroup Lead Chemist & Lab Auditor(Chemist4) (In Training) position.

This position is located in our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.

The Cannabis Task Force Proficiency Testing Workgroup Lead Chemist & Lab Auditor position contributes to the program and agency missions by leading the proficiency testing workgroup for the Cannabis Science Task Force and making recommendations to the legislature for proficiency testing in order to assure that cannabis laboratories are capable of providing accurate and defensible analytical data and conducting laboratory audits.

We are looking for chemists with expertise in organics who possess excellent communication and coordination skills, the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and the creativity to help develop lab quality standards for our state’s emergent cannabis industry.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations.

We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at http://www.ecology.wa.gov and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

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Duties

Agency Mission: Ecology’s mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment and to promote the wise management of our air, land and water for the benefit of current and future generations.

Program Mission: The Environmental Assessment Program is the science arm of our agency. Our scientists measure and analyze environmental conditions. We use this data to evaluate and communicate environmental threats and to guide the state’s environmental policy decisions. Our mission is to measure, assess, and communicate environmental conditions in Washington state.

Some of the key work activities of the Cannabis Task Force Proficiency Testing Workgroup Lead Chemist & Lab Auditor position are:

  • Leads a workgroup of scientists within the Cannabis Science Task Force from government and private laboratories in defining a proficiency testing program for Washington cannabis laboratories.
  • Works with the State’s lab accreditation team and serve as the organics specialist on audits.
  • Contributes to a report to the legislature that includes the findings and recommendations for a proficiency testing program for pesticides in plants for cannabis product testing laboratories.
  • Contributes to a report to the legislature that includes the findings and recommendations for a proficiency testing program for heavy metals and potency in plants for cannabis product testing laboratories.
  • Prepares detailed reports of audit findings and recommends corrective actions to improve laboratory procedures.
  • Helps define lab quality standards for cannabis laboratories for the state of Washington.

This position provides a unique opportunity to work in a leadership role as part of the State’s Cannabis Science Task Force. This position will interact with a wide-range of stakeholders including executive-level government officials, scientists from state agencies and private labs, and the agency’s legislative liaisons. This position will play a critical role in defining the state’s cannabis laboratory quality standards.

This position will be stationed at Ecology’s headquarters office in Lacey, WA and will spend up to 2 days / week with the lab accreditation team in Port Orchard, WA.

Some information about the team:
This position will work with a great team of scientists who are dedicated to providing quality data to guide our state’s regulatory decisions.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will beOctober 30, 2019. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before October 29, 2019.The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
Please Note: This is a project position that will end on December 31, 2021.Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
Qualifications
Required Qualifications:

At the Chemist 3 level: pay range 60 $4,953 – $6,496 per month.

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry and four years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory.

OR

Two years of experience as a Chemist 2 with the Department of Ecology.

NOTE: A Master’s degree will substitute for two years of the required experience or a Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of the required experience provided a Bachelor’s degree and the required college-level chemistry have been achieved.

At the Chemist 4 level: pay range 66 $5,741 – $7,535 per month.

A Bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry or a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college level chemistry and six years of experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory including at least one year of experience leading or supervising professional chemists.

OR

One year of experience as a Chemist 3 with the Department of Ecology.

NOTE: A Master’s degree will substitute for two years of the required experience or a Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of the required experience provided a Bachelor’s degree and the required college-level chemistry have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications:

Experience performing organics chemistry in an analytical lab. Experience with pesticide analysis, pesticide methods, and pesticide method validation.

Why work for Ecology?

Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment.

A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.

Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth

Student debt and how working for Ecology can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.

  • See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information

Supplemental Information
Application Instructions:
In order to be considered, applicants MUST attach the following documents as an attachment to their application:

  • A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required/desired qualifications of this position.
  • A resume outlining your professional experience.
  • Your Transcript(s) showing all your chemistry class credits

Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile’s resume text field.

Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume”, may disqualify you from further consideration.

Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources at (360) 407-6186.

If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit http://www.careers.wa.gov to access the online recruitment system. Click on “Look for Jobs” and select Dept. of Ecology under the “Department” search list. Click “Apply Search.”
Other Information:
If you need assistance applying for this job, please call Human Resources at (360) 407-6186 or e-mail careers@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not call this number or send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.

If you have specific questions about the position, please email Jessica Archer at: jessica.archer@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact Jessica to inquire about the status of your application.

The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.

This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.

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