Analytical Chemist I

Rock Island, IL
Wholesale Operations – Lab & Processing
Full-time / Non-exempt
About Green Thumb Industries:
Green Thumb Industries (GTI), a national cannabis consumer packaged goods company and retailer, is dedicated to providing dignified access to cannabis while giving back to the communities in which they serve. GTI manufactures and distributes a portfolio of branded cannabis products including Rythm, Dogwalkers, The Feel Collection, incredibles and Beboe, among others. The company also owns and operates rapidly growing national retail cannabis stores called Rise™ and Essence. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, GTI has 13 manufacturing facilities, licenses for 95 retail locations and operations across 12 U.S. markets. Established in 2014, GTI employs approximately 1,200 people and serves thousands of patients and customers each year. GTI was named a Best Workplace 2018 by Crain’s Chicago Business.  More information is available at

Assist the analytics team with the activities and operations required to complete the functions of the department. Study and comprehend all policies, procedures and operational guidelines set by the management team. This position is responsible for performing support services related to laboratory testing and analysis, which includes compliance requirements, and workplace safety. Functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.


    • Essential Functions:
    • Prepares media, reagents and stains.  Computes and measures quantity.
    • Ensures orderly and environmentally correct storage of media, reagents, supplies, samples and equipment.
    • Ensures technically correct cleaning, sterilization and solvent treatment of equipment.
    • Conducts laboratory tests and analyses.
    • Operates and maintains various laboratory equipment.
    • Requisitions, inspects and distributes laboratory supplies and equipment.
    • Records information on manual/computerized records, logs and related requests for analysis, shipping/transporting samples, ordering supplies/equipment, and status of water supply system.
    • Packs and ships, picks up or delivers supplies, samples and equipment.
    • Must follow all applicable policies, procedures and guidelines. This includes the safe and proper operation of any/all applicable machinery, instrumentation, and equipment.
    • Understand and meet daily goals.
    • Work as part of a team to meet analytical schedules.
    • Employee may also be responsible for monitoring production line and collecting samples for analysis.
    • Follow SOP and standard analytical procedures to meet Good Laboratory Practices and Good Manufacturing Practices compliance.
    • Good communication skills, verbal and written, with co-workers and management.
    • Practice good housekeeping habits throughout the facility with focus and personal contributions towards a clean and organized assigned work area at the end of the assigned shift.
    • Capable of working with hazardous chemicals and is able to identify and report unsafe equipment, conditions and practices so that they may be corrected prior to an incident.
    • Flexibility and the ability to shift work schedule according to production needs.
    • Performs routine, specific laboratory activities in accordance with established laboratory practices and procedures.
    • Familiarity with basic scientific principles and laboratory experience. Can follow written direction and maintain a laboratory notebook.
    • Prepares samples for instrument analysis, interprets instrument recordings and documents test results.
    • Uses analytical chemistry techniques including state-of-the-art instrumentation to gather data involving samples. 
    • Analyzes laboratory data to determine quantity and quality of toxins, pathogens, chemical and biochemical constituents. 
    • Prepares reports identifying samples, explains testing methods and documents findings and conclusions of analysis.
    • Receives close supervision from a technical superior.
    • Develops knowledge, skills and abilities related to the employing agency's projects and programs.
    • Conducts various standardized laboratory duties which are carried out according to protocols and methods established by various state and federal agencies.
    • May provide technical guidance to laboratory technicians.
    • Contacts include peers, higher level chemists, scientists and engineers within the public and private sector.
    • Other duties as assigned
    • Job Specifications:
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with all employees
    • Skill in performing precise measurements, selecting test methods and procedures, selecting test methods, and procedures.
    • Knowledge of principles, practices and theory of analytical chemistry, laboratory safety, quality control.
    • Knowledge of protocols applicable to sample custody, preservation, storage, and disposal, testing instrumentation, procedures and equipment, state of federal laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures applicable to assigned projects and programs, test data interpretation.
    • Familiarity with OSHA guidelines for dealing with hazardous chemicals
    • Understanding & adhering to applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations as they pertain to the industry, safety regulations, local municipal codes and organizational rules, regulations, directives and standard operating procedures.
    • Ability to organize and prioritize, particularly as it involved time sensitive procedures/issues, operate and troubleshoot sensitive instruments, communicate effectively, and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
    • Ability to use standard office equipment, computer equipment and software including word processing, database management, spreadsheet applications and email
    • Ability in application, operation and troubleshooting of computerized analytical data systems, record-keeping, technical report preparation, and general communication

Qualifications and Education Requirements

    • Additional Requirements:
    • Illinois driver’s license or State ID card.
    • Must be a minimum of 21 years of age.
    • Must pass all required background checks.
    • Must be and remain compliant with all legal & company regulations for working in the industry.
    • Must be approved by the D.O.A. to receive & maintain a Cultivation Agent badge.
    • High energy, positive attitude.
    • Minimum Education and Experience:
    • Associate or 4 year degree preferred
    • Relevant college courses in biology, chemistry, or physics
    • 1 year Laboratory experience
    • Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be considered, including internal experience
    • Working Conditions:
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to perform grasping, reaching, talking, hearing, bending, stooping, seeing and repetitive motions.
    • Physical demands – May be required to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time. Must be able to lift, carry and balance up to 50 pounds (200 pounds with assistance). 
At GTI we believe that our corporate community should be a reflection of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to fostering an inclusive culture that celebrates diversity across race, sex, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, nationality, religion, experience, and thought—not only because it is right, but because it makes us better. Our mission—the right to wellness—informs our commitment to champion economic opportunities in communities disproportionately affected by the war on drugs through employment and community involvement. GTI is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

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