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Environmental Chemist

Date Posted:  Jan 11, 2023
Requisition ID:  418302

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204


Work for Indiana

Grow your career with the State of Indiana! With more than 50 executive branch agencies, the State of Indiana is a diverse workforce offering employees stimulating and challenging projects across a broad scope of career opportunities. As a State of Indiana employee, you impact the well-being of Indiana’s communities every day.


At the State of Indiana, we don’t just talk about diversity and inclusion – Our goal is to create a welcoming, accessible, and equitable workplace, with a workforce that is representative of the State of Indiana population. As a proud equal opportunity employer, reasonable accommodations may be available to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and perform the essential functions of a role.


Next Level benefits at the State of Indiana are here! Be sure to review our expanded benefit package offerings below.


Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM):
Our mission is to implement federal and state regulations to protect human health and the environment while allowing the environmentally sound operations of industrial, agricultural, commercial, and governmental activities vital to a prosperous economy. We issue air, water, and solid and hazardous waste permits that restrict discharges to environmentally safe levels. Staff members inspect and monitor regulated entities; provide compliance and technical assistance; monitor and assess air, land, and water quality; use enforcement actions as necessary to ensure compliance; and respond to incidents involving spills to soil or waters of the state.



The salary for this position traditionally starts at $47,320.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

About the Job:

As the Environmental Chemist in this role, you will utilize environmental sampling procedures and techniques for various media including groundwater, soil, sediment, and waste, as well as indoor air, soil, and sub-slab vapors. In this role, you will also utilize specialized technical knowledge in the evaluation of air, water, waste, and soil data in agency-required plans.

A Day in the Life:

The essential functions of this role are as follows:

  • Plan sampling events, develop sampling and analysis plans, and conduct environmental sampling, sampling assistance, and field sampling audits/oversight of contractor sampling to support project data quality objectives.
  • Determine the chemical impact of regulations on the environment and other programs and propose revisions to existing regulations or formulation of new regulations.
  • Provide technical and regulatory consultation to intra-agency staff, other public agencies, private contractors, consultants, responsible parties, lawyers, and the public regarding sampling and analytical criteria, analytical data evaluation, site characterization, and remediation methods for cases involving possible contamination of the environment and endangerment of human health.
  • Function as a liaison with federal agencies to interpret revisions in federal regulations and develop and implement appropriate changes in state rules and policies.
  • Initiate and standardize chemistry monitoring research and monitoring techniques.
  • Write chemistry specifications and guidance for the regulated community and other general public customers to achieve compliance with vague regulations and standards, agency objectives, and/or unwritten agency policy.
  • Evaluate field sampling, laboratory analytical processes, site characterizations, and other chemistry-related factors for technical adequacy to meet project data quality objectives (DQOs).
  • Assist in investigating known or suspected sites of environmental concern to the agency.
  • Prepare reports for staff regarding evaluations performed, recommend approval, modification, or denial of plans, permit applications, and closure demonstrations based upon findings.
  • Assist in training environmental chemistry staff and office technical staff about environmental chemistry-related issues.

The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Other duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or be assigned at any time.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to interview and perform the essential functions of this role.

What We're Looking For:

  • Two to three (2-3) years of environmental sampling training and experience, and/or laboratory experience is preferred.

What You'll Need for Success:

You must meet the following requirement to be considered for employment:

  • Working knowledge of various environmental sampling methods and procedures and direct field experience conducting environmental sampling of various media.
  • Bachelor’s degree with a major in Chemistry required.  
  • SUBSTITUTION: Accredited graduate training in the above area may substitute for the required experience on a year-for-year basis. 
  • Two (2) years of full-time professional experience as an analytical chemist in an environmental field. 
  • Extensive knowledge of agency program processes as related to the discipline of chemistry.  
  • Extensive knowledge and ability to interpret and apply federal policies, guidelines, goals, and procedures of the relevant program area. 
  • Extensive knowledge of analytical, organic, and inorganic chemistry related to environmental monitoring and its application to the relevant program areas. 
  • Working knowledge of biology, toxicology, biochemistry, and geology as needed for environmental regulations and program development.  
  • Extensive knowledge of environmental quality assurance/quality control as applied to laboratory operating procedures, audit processes, and contract requirements.  
  • Working knowledge of legal and court procedures for the collection of evidence.  
  • Working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and other application software. 
  • Working knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) laboratory safety practices and procedures.  
  • Ability to write narrative reports and prepare effective presentations. 

Supervisory Responsibilities/Direct Reports:

This role does not provide direct supervision to direct reports.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefits package for full-time employees which includes: 

  • Three (3) medical plan options (including RX coverage) as well as vision and dental plans
  • Wellness Rewards Program: Complete wellness activities to earn gift card rewards
  • Health savings account, which includes bi-weekly state contribution
  • Flexible work scheduling options, including the potential for hybrid remote work for employees whose work may be performed outside state facilities
  • Deferred compensation 457B account (similar to 401k plan) with employer match
  • Two (2) fully-funded pension plan options
  • A robust, comprehensive program of leave policies covering a variety of employee needs, including but not limited to:
    • 150 hours of paid new parent leave
    • Up to 15 hours of paid community service leave
  • Combined 180 hours of paid vacation, personal, and sick leave time off
  • 12 paid holidays, 14 on election years
  • Education Reimbursement Program
  • Group life insurance
  • Referral Bonus program
  • Employee assistance program that allows for covered behavioral health visits
  • Qualified employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
  • Free Parking for most positions
  • Free LinkedIn Learning access


Equal Employment Opportunity:

The State of Indiana is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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