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Recruitment #21-000238-0002


The Water and Science Administration is recruiting for a Chemist III in the Laboratory Certification Program.  This is a position specific recruitment for the Maryland Department of the Environment. This recruitment will be used to fill current and future vacancies for this position/function only. The resulting cert list will be maintained for one year. Person's interested in future vacancies within this classification must re-apply.




Maryland Department of the Environment 

Water and Science Administration

Laboratory Certification Program

1800 Washington Blvd.

Baltimore, MD 21230

Main Purpose of Job

The Chemist III certifies laboratories to perform drinking water analyses, according to approved test methods standards. This position provides regulatory oversight, approval, consultation, technical expertise, assistance and guidance for all certified laboratories within the State of Maryland. This position requires practical laboratory experience, preferably with chemical test methods for drinking water.

The primary task of the Laboratory Certification Program (LCP) is to assess laboratory compliance with both federal and State regulations, assuring that all labs are able to produce reliable compliance data for Public Water Systems within the State.  The LCP's objectives are ultimately designed to protect the public health and verify safe drinking water for all of Maryland's constituents.

The person in this position will serve as Maryland's Laboratory Certification Officer (CO) for all Organic chemistry methods.  If not previously obtained, the incumbent will be required to pass the Drinking Water Chemistry Laboratory Certification class conducted by the EPA.  The certification is a federal and State requirement for all CO's.

The Chemist III verifies adherence to laboratory quality control and quality assurance protocols that ensure the integrity of test results and the safety of the work environment.  This position is responsible for conducting annual reviews (including review of completed performance testing, new method request, etc.) and triennial on-site assessments of drinking water laboratories with organic chemistry methods.

The incumbent of this position may need to drive a state vehicle.  Employees are required to maintain a valid driver's license in the State of Maryland with no more than 5 points on their current driving record in order to drive a state vehicle. 


Education:   A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry or other related science which includes completion of at least 24 credit hours in chemistry from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Two years of experience performing laboratory chemical analysis work in a public health or chemistry laboratory.


1. Possession of a Master’s degree in chemistry or a related science from an accredited college or university may be substituted for one year of the required experience.    

2. Possession of a Doctorate degree in chemistry from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience.                    

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in chemistry classification or chemistry specialty codes in the chemistry field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


It is preferred that the selected candidate have a Master's degree in Chemistry;


It is preferred that the selected candidate have experience with any of the following organic chemistry lab instrumentation:


· Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS);

· Gas chromatography-electron capture detector (GC-ECD);

· Liquid solid or Micro Extraction;

· High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC);

· Experience with leading internal audits of Quality Assurance checks and documentation.


It is also preferred that the selected candidate be a:

  • Certification Officer holder (Microbiology or Chemistry), a specialized training and certification granted by the EPA's.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation.  The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of this position.  Applicants meeting the minimum qualifications will be placed on the Eligible List categorized as BEST QUALIFIED.  Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work.  Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable.  Please note that you will be required by the appointing agency to provide proof upon hire of all certifications, licenses, educational and work experiences.

For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview).

Completed applications must be submitted by the closing date.  Information submitted after this date will not be added.  Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.  Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year.  The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies. 

All Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States under the Immigration and Reform Control Act.  You must be legally authorized and possess any necessary documents under this Act in order to be hired in the position for which you applied.



Online applications are highly recommended.  However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDE, Recruitment and Selection Division, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, MD 21230.  Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please email the requested information to Peggie Jefferson,  Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment.  All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.  Please Reference Number: 21-000238-0002.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Peggie Jefferson/MDE Recruitment and Examination at 410-537-3879. If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon by calling 410-537-3100 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.