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Environmental Chemist - Land

Date Posted:  Feb 1, 2024
Requisition ID:  436997

Indianapolis, IN, US, 46204-2251

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 complete the application and interview process, as well as 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.

Salary Statement:   

The salary for this position traditionally starts at $53,222.00 but may be commensurate with education or work experience.

Role Overview

The Environmental Chemist will utilize environmental sampling procedures and techniques in the collection of samples from various media including groundwater, soil, sediment, 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:  

  • Determine the chemical impact of regulations on the environment and on 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 implements 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). 
  • Develop sampling and analysis plans and may perform sampling or project oversight of contractor sampling to support project data quality objectives. 
  • Assist in investigations 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 with regards to environmental chemistry related issues.  
  • Serve as an agency environmental chemistry representative to cross-media, interagency, interstate and regional task forces, committees and work groups. 

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 with or without notice. 

What You'll Need for Success:

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

  • 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 a chemist in an environmental field.
  • Broad knowledge of agency program processes as related to the discipline of chemistry.  
  • Broad knowledge and ability to interpret and apply federal policies, guidelines, goals, and procedures of the relevant program area. 
  • Broad analytical, organic, and inorganic chemistry knowledge 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.  
  • Broad 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 may be utilized in a supervisory capacity based on agency needs.

Benefits of Employment with the State of Indiana:

The State of Indiana offers a comprehensive benefit 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 and is committed to recruit, select, develop, and promote employees based on individual ability and job performance. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people in all aspects of employer-employee relations without discrimination because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. We will comply with the spirit as well as the letter of all applicable state and federal laws. 


If you are a qualified individual with a disability and require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, you can request assistance by contacting the Indiana State Personnel Department at [email protected].


The State of Indiana has established a culture that welcomes equity, inclusion, and opportunity for all employees and applicants. We encourage you to apply if you feel you have the transferrable skills to be successful in this position and we look forward to reviewing your application.


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