Employment Opportunity

Chemist Trainee

Hudson County Prosecutor's Office, Jersey City, New Jersey

Salary: Not stated

Final Filing Date: Open until filled

This position is in a Controlled Dangerous Substances laboratory.

Please note: Applicants who successfully complete the 12-month training period will be eligible for advancement to the title among the following for which they have been trained: Chemist; Chemist (Research); Forensic Chemist under Civil Service Commission procedures.

DEFINITION: Under close supervision, as a trainee and productive worker, works in a specialized field requiring the application of chemical principles; learns to make routine chemical analyses and tests (or learns to perform the various research and testing activities of the assigned area) in the laboratory and in the field; does other related work.

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NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative purposed only. A particular position using this title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
  • Under close supervision, as trainee and productive worker:
  • Learns to conduct routine testing and analysis work on water, sewage, industrial waste and other sources to determine conformance
  • with established standards.
  • Learns to Identify and analyze substances found in water, wastewater, food, pharmaceuticals and other sources; evaluates the validity of results.
  • Learns to use specialized laboratory equipment to examine substances, identify materials, measure quantities and evaluate properties of elements and compounds.
  • Learns to perform qualitative and quantitative organic constituent analysis using approved methods of ion and gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS).
  • Analyzes food, environmental (water, air, soil, etc.), chemical and physiological (blood, urine, tissue, sputum, etc.) samples, including
  • determinations of trace metals, pesticides, volatile organics, ammonia, chlorides, nitrites, nitrates, dissolved oxygen, oxygen depletion, color, order turbidity, pharmaceutical, drugs of abuse and clinical parameters.
  • Analyzes and identifies the origin and nature of materials sent to the laboratory.
  • Operates the infrared and ultra-violet spectrophotometer, the X- ray diffraction unit and the spectrograph.
  • Develops spectrograph plates.
  • Reads the spectra lines in the densitometer.
  • Tests toxicological specimens to show the ingestion of poison and lethal amounts of poison.
  • Conducts physical tests and measurements.
  • Photographs distance appreciations, impact molds, and tool marks; draws reproductions.
  • Assists in preparing detailed reports for presentation in court by police enforcement agencies.
  • Assists in preparing standard laboratory reports.
  • Analyzes pigments, phthalic anhydride, saponification number, iodine number, viscosity, weight per gallon, reflectance, gloss, grind, volatile, non-volatile, brush out, and other tests of paints, varnishes and raw materials.
  • Makes flagging, ultra-violet and weight tests of paint brushes.
  • Analyzes cloth for thread count, shrinkage and tensile strength.
  • Analyzes the softness, tear strength, absorbency and basic weight of paper.
  • Analyzes coal for volatile, B.T.U. ash, sulphur and moisture content.
  • Analyzes sponges, chamois leathers, soaps, metal tableware, filing cabinets, desks, pencils, ballpoint pens, salt, vehicle stickers, stockings and other items.
  • Analyzes the composition of feeds and fertilizers for proper ratios of components and the determination of possible adulteration of contamination.
  • Administers tests required for the diagnosis of livestock diseases.
  • Analyzes various types of food, milk and water samples.
  • Analyzes the chemical content of drugs and medications.
  • Analyzes the presence of contaminants and/or adulterants in food, milk, water and drugs.
  • Collects water samples.
  • May learn to conduct bacteriological (microbiological) analysis for coliform, fecal streptococcus, staphylococcus and pseudomonas.
  • May troubleshoot, diagnose problems, or make minor adjustments to laboratory instruments and equipment.
  • Analyzes body fluids and prepares reports.
  • Prepares clear, technical, accurate and concise reports of chemical, micro-chemical, and other laboratory examinations and analyses
  • containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Prepares standardized and other reagents as may be required.
  • Maintains records and files.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in any natural or physical science, including or supplemented by twenty-four (24) semester hour credits in chemistry, including a minimum of six (6) semester hour credits in analytical chemistry.
  • Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
  • Knowledge of the chemical science, including laboratory equipment, media, reagents, supplies and their use.
  • Knowledge of the procedures used when performing and interpreting chemical tests and analyses of materials in the laboratory and in the field after a period of training.
  • Knowledge of the precautions to be taken when recording and interpreting the results of chemical analyses.
  • Knowledge of the correct way to handle and operate laboratory equipment and supplies after a period of training.
  • Ability to follow standards and established procedures when conducting chemical tests and analyses.
  • Ability to understand, remember and carry out oral and written directions, analyze chemistry and laboratory problems, and develop appropriate work methods.
  • Ability to learn and to apply knowledge gained in the in-service training program.
  • Ability to prepare standard and special reagents.
  • Ability to develop current and/or revised laboratory and investigational procedures.
  • Ability to perform assigned research and to prepare clear, sound, accurate and informative reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations.
  • Ability to learn physical testing and measurements, distance appreciations, photography and prepare impact molds and tool marks.
  • Ability to prepare drawings for presentation in court.
  • Ability to prepare detailed reports for presentation in court by law enforcement agencies.
  • Ability to provide testimony in court concerning the results of laboratory examinations and analyses.
  • Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, understand and communicate in English sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
  • Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible
  • Applicants who successfully complete the 12-month training period will be eligible for advancement to the title among the following for which they have been trained: Chemist; Chemist (Research); Forensic Chemist under Civil Service Commission procedures.
  • The inability of an employee to attain a level of performance warranting advancement to a title listed above shall be considered as cause for separation.

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How to apply: Please email resume and cover letter to Kaitlin Farrell at

Posted: October 18, 2017

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