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Job Title: Chemist      (to directly link to this job posting, copy this link)   
Req. No:189544
Agency:Kansas Dept of Agriculture
Posting Type:External
Applications accepted through: 
Job Description:

This position will remain posted until filled.  This position is located at our Forbes Field Office in Topeka, KS.

Job Summary:

This position employs an advanced chemical professional to perform complex chemical/instrumental analysis to determine pesticide residues in environmental matrices. Analyzes samples for the presence of pesticide residues and pesticide products for label guarantees.  Documents sample preparation, extraction, cleanup, instrumental responses and write a comprehensive and scientifically accurate report.  The report is reviewed by the section supervisor and the review focuses on the appropriateness of the method used, the completeness of documentation and the success of the quality control elements of the methodology.

Validates, documents and implements improvement of pesticide residue and formulation analyses.  Conducts method development and validates new and existing methods by conducting method studies to establish pesticide extraction effectiveness, limit of detection, matrix applicability and participates in inter-laboratory performance audits.

Maintains analytical instruments and equipment.  Calibrates, repairs, and cleans analytical instruments following established standard operating procedures.  Trains other Pesticide personnel in the procedures for maintaining the analytical instruments.

Salary: $19.16/Hour


  • Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science field with a minimum of 25 hours chemistry and six months of experience in Chemistry.  Experience in natural science field may be substituted for the required education as determined relevant by the agency.
  • Knowledge of laboratory methods and modern, instrumental, analytical techniques such as gas or liquid chromatography, atomic absorption chromatography.
  • Knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and repair of complex laboratory instruments.
  • Ability to prepare scientifically accurate and thorough reports.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form.  (Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form and submit to the Kansas Department of Agriculture.  If you prefer to mail your application, please send to: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Human Resources, Attention: Kelsey Senn 1320 Research Park Dr.  Manhattan, KS 66502.

STEP 3:  Email these additional required documents to Kelsey Senn at  Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line. 

  • Resume
  • Letter of Interest
  • Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at  A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:

Name: Kelsey Senn
Phone: (785) 564-6712

How You Will Be Evaluated:

Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation.  Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the qualifications of the position.  Next, your application will be evaluated based on selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What to Expect Next:

After your application is evaluated, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete.  Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Find out more about us at our website

Class/Uncl: U    Full/Part Time: F    Grade 001    Hiring Rate: $0.00    Pay Frequency: Hourly   

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