Washington State LCMSMS Analyst (Chemist 4) in Port Orchard, Washington


Keeping Washington Clean and Evergreen

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 LCMSMS Analyst (Chemist 4)position. The position will be located at the Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) in Port Orchard, WA.

The LCMSMS Analyst position conducts complex chemical tests on water and wastewater for the determination of carbamate pesticides by LCMS/MS. Evaluates analytical methods for analyzing consumer products by LCMS techniques. Reviews and performs final peer review of analytical data packages to validate analytical results for pesticides and PCBs by GC-ECD and semivolatile organic compounds, volatile organic compounds, herbicides and PBDEs by GC-MS. Validates new carbamate analytes annually. Is the backup operator for pesticides, PCBs, herbicides, and PBDEs and other organic parameters as necessary. Is designated by Department of Ecology as an Expert in LCMS and/or LCMSMS identification and analyses.

The Manchester Environmental Laboratory (MEL) is looking for applicants who have the proven ability to generate legally defensible analytical data for environmental clients and samples, demonstrated ability to lead and mentor other chemists and technicians and excellent people and communication skills.

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. Maybe you've seen some of our recent stories on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.

To learn more about our agency, please visit our website at www.ecy.wa.gov.

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The Environmental Assessment Program provides a range of scientific, monitoring, laboratory, and quality assurance services. Its mission is to measure and assess environmental conditions in Washington State.

Some of the key work activities of the LCMSMS Analyst include:

  • Performs complex analyses on environmental samples for trace organics by LCMS/MS, GC/MS and GC – standard and reagent preparation, calibrating, sample analysis, QC checks, instrument maintenance and troubleshooting.
  • Performs data reduction, reviews data, inputs data into LIMS, generates reports, prepares data package including case narrative and submit package for peer review.
  • Reviews organic data and case narrative for correctness and completeness.
  • Performs method development or brings new methods/technology on line.
  • Performs QA checks – balances checks and records temperatures, standard preparation and log entries.
  • Authors, edits and reviews standard operation procedures.

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be September 2, 2016. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before September 1, 2016. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor's degree with a major study in chemistry.


A Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college-level chemistry.


Six (6) years of total experience performing chemical analysis in an analytical laboratory including at least one year of experience leading or supervising professional chemists or one (1) year of experience as a Chemist 3.

Four (4) of the six (6) total years of experience must include experience in an analytical laboratory analyzing environmental samples using LCMS/MS, LCMS, and/or HPLC techniques following EPA methodologies.

NOTE:A Master's degree will substitute for two years of the required total experience or a Ph.D. degree will substitute for three years of the required total experience provided a Bachelor's degree and the required college-level chemistry have been achieved. However, the four (4) years of experience in an analytical laboratory using EPA methodologies cannot be substituted by education.

Desired Qualifications:

Preferred experience – Over ten (10) years of experience working in government or private environmental laboratories with increasing responsibility.

Preferred competencies –

  • Be able to operate and maintain the Agilent 6460 Triple Quadrupole and 1200 HPLC or equivalent.
  • Be able to operate and maintain the Agilent 1100 HPLC and G1956 MS or equivalent.
  • Be able to operate and maintain the Agilent 6890 with 5973, 5975, and/or 5977 MS or equivalent.
  • Be able to operate and maintain the ThermoElectron Trace DSQ or equivalent.
  • Be able to effectively troubleshoot instrumentation.
  • Effectively enter and report analytical data using Promium's Element.
  • Thorough knowledge of EPA Methods 8310, 8315A, 8318A, 8321, 632, 8330B, 1667, 1694, 8151, 8270, 8081, 8082.

Special Requirements / Conditions of Employment:

Successfully pass the initial EPA Personnel Access and Security System (EPASS) background check and any required subsequent checks which is required for access to the federal facility that houses the Ecology laboratory.

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.

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 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 John Weakland at: john.a.weakland@ecy.wa.gov. Please do not contact John Weakland 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. All employees covered by the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the WFSE will, as a condition of employment, either become members of the WFSE and pay membership dues or, as non-members, pay a representation fee as described in the CBA, no later than the 30th day following the effective date of this CBA or the beginning of their employment.

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.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-EAP0630-08139

Department: Dept. of Ecology

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $63,036.00 - $82,728.00 Annually

Location: Kitsap County - Port Orchard, WA