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Job Opening: VAEL Scientist III - Chemistry

March 19, 2019

Title:  VAEL Scientist III - Chemistry

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Application Deadline Date:  04/01/2019
Req ID:  1305
Department:  Agriculture, Food & Markets Agency
Location:  Randolph, VT, US
Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.35


The Vermont Agriculture and Environmental Laboratory has an open Chemist III position to work in the new state laboratory facility in Randolph Center, VT. The Chemist III position is non-entry level, requiring 3 or more years of post-graduate laboratory experience and a familiarity of the principles, operation and maintenance of laboratory instrumentation (2+ years if candidate has a Master's degree in Chemistry or a closely related field). This is not a research position, but rather is for a process chemist in a lab that provides analytical support to a range of field monitoring and enforcement programs. 

This position will work primarily in VAEL Analytical Lab’s Inorganic section, running both automated and non-automated methods for water quality and feed and fertilizer analyses.  The successful applicant will demonstrate the capability and versatility to become an operator of the lab’s ion chromatograph, Lachat auto-analyzers, auto-titrator, and to perform COD, BOD, and a range of wet lab methods.

Experience working as a contributing member of a motivated team of scientists, program administrators, field staff and data analysts is important in this position. VAEL is a dynamic, team-oriented work environment. A strong work ethic and attention to detail are expected of VAEL’s staff. 

Who May Apply

This position, VAEL Scientist III - Chemistry (Job Requisition #1305), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

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Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.

Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.

Environmental Factors

Much work is performed in a biosafety cabinet or under sterile conditions. Work requires personal protective equipment. Work involves exposure to toxic and corrosive chemicals, and radioactive materials. Possibility of exposure to infectious diseases. Pressure involved in testing a high volume of samples and providing accurate results within time constraints. Manual dexterity and good vision are required for certain examinations and in order to use instrumentation and equipment.

Minimum Qualifications

Master's degree in Chemistry or closely-related field.


Two (2) or more years of professional experience as a chemist in an environmental, agricultural or related testing lab.


Bachelor's degree in chemistry or closely related field, including 18 credit hours of chemistry-related coursework.


Three (3) or more years of post-college professional experience as a chemist in an environmental, agricultural or related laboratory setting.


Two (2) or more years as a VAEL Scientist II; Chemistry.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

80% State paid medical premium
Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
Low cost group life insurance
Tuition Reimbursement
Incentive-based Wellness Program
Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.