Hi John: Go on the www and find your nearest university. Locate the chemistry dept, research faculty, and read through what research they're doing on their web pages. Pick out 2 or 3 and email them or better go and see them and discuss working their research lab, initially as a volunteer (there may be insurance issues so I always paid my volunteers a token $250 a month to cover beer money). Do your homework and find out what you can about the research given your limited background, and ask intelligent questions. Make clear that you don't expect to cure cancer (not in the first week at least) and you understand that you will be the gofor and may just be cleaning glassware initially, but you will have your foot in the door. By two weeks you should have established yourself as indispensable to your boss's research effort and you can demand a raise to at least $275 a month. And hopefully you're on your way to the most satisfying career there is: pursuing new knowledge. Oh yes, google Michael Faraday (one of the all time great scientists) and see how he began!
Best wishes for a bright future. dr p