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P.O. Box 790, 2270 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, Idaho


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IFQAL Water Chemist


Department of Agriculture

Open for Recruitment: November 9, 2017 - November 24, 2017
Announcement # 07406074873
Salary Range: $17.91 per hour -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Twin Falls

"Serving consumers and agriculture by safeguarding the public, plants, animals and the environment through education and regulation."

The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for a Chemist in the Idaho Food Quality Assurance Laboratory in the Agriculture Bureau of Labs located in Twin Falls.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with sample flow and processing for chemical analysis under the IFQAL Quality System protocols.
  • Log samples into the computer network, label, and store samples following chain of custody SOP’s.  Tracks samples using the online tracking system. 
  • Prepares samples for analysis using liquid-liquid, solid phase and other methods of extraction following homogenization, grinding, or other methods of sample preparation. 
  • Prepares and analyzes quality control samples, such as standards, controls, blanks and fortifications. 
  • Responsible for target compound analysis, instrument maintenance and documentation of analytical results and QC.  
  • Operates, maintains, modifies, troubleshoots and repairs analytical instrumentation (GC/MS, LC/MS, LC/MS/MS, as well as all other laboratory equipment).  Assists with developing instrumental methods and chromatographic methods.  Performs method validations and method development for new capabilities. 
  • Performs preventative maintenance as required and other duties as assigned. 
  • Assist in performing quality control and data interpretation, including technical review/approval signature for method validation and client results. 
  • Lead chemist in the water sample analyses.
  • Assists in supervising laboratory technicians working for water analyses.
  • Performs client Certificate of Analysis, billing, filing and as needed.  Manages ordering duties for the laboratory supplies and standards.
  • Communicates with existing and potential clients regarding testing, cost, timeline, etc.
  • Aids in research for potential equipment upgrades.

Minimum Qualifications: This qualification is a mandatory requirement.

  • Completion of the core requirements of a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from an accredited college, including the required laboratories.


  • Four years experience in a certified, licensed, or well established laboratory, performing standardized chemical analyses and related algebraic computations to compute relationships between standards and sample; preparing reagents and standard solutions; recording examination observations and writing laboratory reports; determining interference factors of tests and recognizing sample variation.

Desirable Qualification: This qualification is not required however if you have the related background it may increase your score.

  • Experience operating and maintaining analytical equipment such as LC/MS/MS and/or GC/MS/MS.

Temporary appointments from this announcement, serving at least one thousand forty (1,040) hours of continuous service, may be hired as an entrance probationary employee without further examination for the same classification and location as announced.

Examination: Education and Experience. Enter your responses to the questions in the space provided in the examination. You must have the minimum level of experience or education described for each question to qualify for this position. Scoring will be based on the information you provide. A minimum rating of 56 is needed to pass this examination. Notification of your test results will be available online when the review process is complete. To preview the exam, click on Preview Exam below. You will not be able to apply from this screen. Please follow the directions under "How to Apply".

How to Apply:

Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist and Exam for this position. When completing your online application information, please select/add: 

  • Department of Agriculture under "Agencies"
  • Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"
  • Twin Falls under "Cities"

 When updating your online application information, you must complete/update all items in the Application Checklist. Without this information, your name cannot be referred to the hiring agency. Items in the Application Checklist to include:  

     • Personal Information
     • Education
     • Work History
     • Cities
     • Agencies
     • Job type

Candidates who reach the final hiring stage will be required to participate in a criminal background check.  Having a criminal record will not automatically eliminate applicants from consideration, but may be considered as part of the hiring process.

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agriculture!




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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

Hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age or disability. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. If you need special accommodations to satisfy testing requirements, please contact the Division of Human Resources.