Title:  Public Health Laboratory Scientist I, Chemistry - Limited Service

Application Deadline Date:  07/31/2024
Req ID:  50527
Department:  Health

Colchester, VT, US

Position Type:  Limited Service
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $23.76


This position is in the organic chemistry section of the laboratory and will primarily work in toxicology as a supporting chemist for Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) efforts, Laboratory Response Network for Chemical Threats (LRN-C) and assist in projects such as our Overdose Data to Action (OD2A) testing platform analyzing biological samples to generate data to aid in the improvement of drug overdose prevention programs and policies. This position will also support the organic chemistry drinking water program that tests for volatile organic compound (VOC's), semi-volatile organic compounds (SOC's), carbamates, pesticides, herbicides and haloacetic acids, which are risk factors to public health. The ideal candidate will have some laboratory experience, strong problem solving/critical thinking skills, working chemistry knowledge and someone that is willing to learn and grow professionally with positive enthusiasm to do so.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Laboratory Scientist I, Chemistry - Limited Service (Job Requisition #50527), is open to all State employees and external applicants. It is a Limited Service position, which is non-tenured and authorized for a specific period of time. Limited Service positions are established for specially funded projects or programs. 

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 


Level I: Job Requisition #50527


Level II: Job Requisition #50470


If you would like more information about this position, please contact nathan.plocharczyk@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Environmental Factors

Must be able to work in laboratory conditions with exposure to noxious or harmful fumes and chemicals and operate sophisticated laboratory equipment. Must be willing to be called upon with short notice (sometimes only hours) to respond to a public health emergency or natural disaster affecting a large segment of the Vermont population and able to accurately analyze samples in such a short timeframe. May need to explain laboratory data and testing to the general public, explain what the VDHL can do and to educate them regarding public health science.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in chemistry, physical science, biological science or a closely related field.

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 and a dental plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan
  • State Paid Family and Medical Leave Insurance (FMLI)
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Flexible spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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