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Category: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Type: Standard

Location: Jefferson City

Starts: May. 1, 2022

$ Paid
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 Part Time



Salary: $15.50 Hourly

Duration of Assignment: May 1,  2022 through December 31,  2022

Program: Environmental Services Program

Job Location: This position is with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources,  Division of Environmental Quality,  and will be located at 2710 West Main Street,  Jefferson City,  MO.

Why you’ll love this position:

The Environmental Services Program houses the State of Missouri’s Environmental Chemistry Laboratory.   The laboratory provides chemical analysis to help ensure the public has safe drinking water,  clean streams and fresh air.   This unique opportunity offers you to be a part of team that helps protect the health and safety of Missouri’s citizens.


  • Provide assistance to chemists in the Chemical Analysis Section.
  • Perform sample preparation,  analytical testing,  and result reporting.
  • Assist with lead and copper testing required by Environmental Protection Agency and Public Drinking Water Branch (PDWB);  which requires testing 5,000-6,000 samples.
    • Ship containers to hundreds of public drinking water systems throughout Missouri during a three month period (June,  July,  and August).
    • Process sample containers prior to analysis –  verifying sample information,  logging sample information into our Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS),  preserving each sample,  and performing a turbidity test on each sample. 
    • Analyze samples for lead and copper using Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.  Each analysis requires instrument calibration along with prescribed quality control procedures to ensure the validity of each result reported.


  • Candidates should be enrolled in college and preferably one that is interested in majoring or working in the field of chemistry,  environmental science or one of the similar sciences.  Coursework in chemistry is preferred.
  • Able to stand for several hours at a time
  • Perceive color
  • Lift coolers and boxes that may weigh up to 35 pounds
  • Operate a computer and analytical instrument software,  including LIMS.
  • Will be working with and around chemicals that pose a certain safety risk;  which requires the use of personal protection equipment.
  • Be familiar with general laboratory safety.  Will be required to view several videos covering ethics,  safety,  and security upon starting work.

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