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Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist IV

Pesticides Section Supervisor

Recruitment #180622-R10D-01


Location: Oklahoma City

Working Title: Supervisor, Pesticide Section

Under general supervision of the Division Director, oversees the Pesticide Section of the Laboratory Services Division.   Responsible to ensure methods and programs used in the analysis of agricultural environmental samples are appropriate and that results are reported in an accurate and timely manner.  Responsible for developing and providing training to section staff related to the analyses of pesticide samples, including extraction and analysis by liquid or gas chromatography.  Provides supervision of section employees including performance evaluations, time/leave, and corrective actions when applicable.  Evaluates generated data, prepares technical reports, makes recommendations on remedial actions and responsible for maintaining good laboratory practices.  Works with pesticide regulatory program administrators to ensure that the laboratory provides the information necessary to effectively enforce State Statute. 

30% Provide oversight of the entire section including receiving samples, testing, and reporting results.  Provide first line supervision of section employees.

30% Evaluate generated data, prepare reports, make recommendations on remedial actions.  Maintain good laboratory practices in the section.

30% Responsible for maintaining inventory of all supplies, reagents, and consumables used by the section.  Responsible for placing orders and ensuring proper receipt of materials.

5% Assist in developing appropriate protocols and methods for new technology and provide training for section staff related to technical issues.

5% Other duties related to general laboratory work as assigned by supervisor.


Positions in this family are responsible for planning, performing, implementing and supervising laboratory analyses, quality assurance and special studies.  This includes analyses and studies used to determine compliance with state and federal rules, consumer protection regulations, agriculture products standards, highway construction materials specifications, and environmental quality of lakes, rivers, aquifers and air. These positions will provide consultation and assistance in the formulation of regulations and standards.  Laboratory specialty areas will include chemistry, biology and physics.


The Environmental/Chemical Laboratory Scientist job family has four levels of work which are distinguished by the complexity of assignments, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, and the responsibility for providing leadership to others.

Level IV:
This is the leadership level of the job family where employees are assigned responsibility for directing and supervising the work activities of a laboratory area, such as Gas Chromatography, Metals, Wet Chemistry, Radiochemistry, Mass Spectrometry  Microbiology or Quality Assurance and control. This includes implementing Quality Assurance criteria and making recommendations on complex regulatory and non-regulatory matters related to analysis and studies performed.  Positions are assigned responsibility for the supervision of other laboratory staff, including reviewing and assigning work, providing training and evaluating performance.  This includes assigning and reviewing work of other laboratory staff, ensuring completion of assigned activities and providing training.  It may also include responsibility for direct supervision, including administrative tasks such as completing performance evaluations, approving leave and initiating disciplinary action.


Level IV:
Minimum BS in Chemistry, Biological, Environmental or other natural science, plus at least 2 years of laboratory experience, knowledge of auditing principles, and knowledge of quality system requirements and regulations for international, federal, and state laboratories.


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Selection Plan

Scores based on:  100% Evaluation of Education and Experience listed on a supplemental questionnaire.

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