New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA)
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Pay Level 07, $36,000 - $54,000/year
Jun 24, 2019
Aug 06, 2019
Field of specialization
Agrochemical, Food
Work Function
Analyst, Laboratory
Job Type
Full time

ChemistJoin our NMDA Laboratory Division as a Chemist in Las Cruces, NM.  Minimum requirements: Bachelor’s degree in a related field, and Three (3) years of professional experience directly related to the standard duties as outlined.

New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) State Chemist Laboratory performs chemical analysis of agricultural products (e.g. animal feed, pet food) and agrochemicals (e.g. fertilizers, pesticides) to support state and federal regulatory requirements and the needs of agricultural producers and consumers. As a result, NMDA State Chemist Laboratory helps to ensure a level playing field for manufacturers and that New Mexico’s citizens receive quality products.

NMDA works for the benefit of the state’s citizens and supports the viability of agriculture and affiliated industries. NMDA promotes food protection, a uniform and fair market place, and global marketing and economic development; supports beneficial use of natural resources; and works cooperatively with public and private sector entities. Opportunities for excellence abound, and NMDA staff dedicate themselves to proactive service in fulfilling the department’s mission. Each division plays an important role in carrying out the goals and objectives. Our rich agricultural history, culture, and traditions are addressed through new and innovative approaches using the latest in science, technology, and economic strategies. In New Mexico we contribute to the safest and most affordable and nutritious food supply on the globe.

NMDA is a constitutional agency organized under the Board of regents of New Mexico State University (NMSU). This unique relationship creates efficiencies and opportunities for New Mexico’s food and agriculture sector as well as service and outreach opportunities for NMSU, making NMDA an integral part of the university.

Chemists perform routine chemical analyses of agricultural chemicals, fertilizers and animal feeds. This position ensures that products sold in the state meet minimum standards for labeling set by New Mexico Statutes. Must have sound judgment and assume the responsibility for the completion of routine tests using standards prescribed by official methods and participate in proficiency testing programs. Chemists perform laboratory analysis, interpret laboratory test results, and write concise reports. A chemist with NMDA has the responsibility to apprise laboratory managers of deficiencies in supplied instrumentation and equipment, of added laboratory capabilities, and of emerging new technology needs of the State Chemist Laboratory. They also have the responsibility to inspect, clean and maintain laboratory instrumentation, and adjust to facilitate equipment use in a safe and accurate manner. Examples of tests performed in the laboratory includes: analyses of feed and fertilizer samples for contaminants, chemically analyze commercial feeds, fertilizers and pesticides for label content; testing for the presence of pesticide residues; and testing of pesticide tank mixes for appropriateness to labeling.

Prefer experience in analyzing samples for protein, fat, fiber, moisture, and ash content. Must have experience using analytical instrumentation and have experience in troubleshooting, method development, and proficiency testing. Prefer experience in analyzing samples for elemental composition and/or chemical concentration; must be able to use analytical instrumentation to analyze analytes (e.g. pesticides, vitamins, amino acids). Prefer someone with experience working in a laboratory (regulatory, academic, ISO 17025 accredited) as an analytical chemist with good laboratory practice.

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