Department of Toxic Substances Control


$15.00 - $17.79 per Hour

Final Filing Date: 5/14/2021

Job Description and Duties

Do you aspire to work with a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and analysts to protect California’s people, wildlife, and environment?

Do you want to assist California’s Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program as it continues its wide-reaching impact on chemicals in consumer products? Then consider joining the SCP Program in the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) located at 1001 I Street, Sacramento CA. DTSC is dedicated to protecting human health and the environment from the harmful effects of hazardous substances by identifying toxic chemicals, educating the public through outreach efforts, encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products, restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, and reducing hazardous waste generation. The SCP Program works to reduce harmful chemicals in consumer products and workplaces throughout California. We offer a progressive, friendly work environment that values innovative thinking, creative problem-solving, collaborative approaches, and enthusiasm for learning.

To learn more about DTSC’s SCP Program, please visit the Safer Consumer Products homepage at 

The Scientific Aid will work under direct supervision of
a Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) and under the mentorship of senior staff. This classification provides flexible part-time employment that allows individuals to gain experience and familiarize themselves with career possibilities in State Service and in the green chemistry field.

This position will assist in the evaluation of Candidate Chemicals, Priority Products, and Alternatives Analysis reports to support the implementation of the Safer Consumer Product regulations. Typical tasks that this position may perform include:

  • collecting, analyzing, and evaluating scientific literature related to the use of chemicals in consumer products;
  • collecting and preparing consumer product samples for analytical testing;
  • preparing and presenting research findings;
  • maintaining content of databases;
  • interacting with internal and external customers; and
  • assisting with preparing materials for the public website.

This is a Limited-Term position that may be extended.

Due to pandemic conditions, this position will work remotely until conditions allow onsite staffing.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
$15.00 - $17.79
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
12 Month Limited Term, Part Time - 3/4 Time

Department Information

This position is in our Headquarters office in Downtown Sacramento, CA.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is a member of the boards, departments, and offices (BDO) within the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA).


Our Mission: To protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.


Our Vision: Californians enjoy a clean and healthy environment, and as a result of our efforts.

• Communities are confident that we protect them from toxic harm

• Businesses are confident that we engage them with consistency and integrity

• Consumers are confident that we stimulate innovation in the development of safer products.


Our Core Values: DTSC values diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization. We foster an environment where employees from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. We believe the diversity of our employees is essential to inspiring innovative solutions. Together we further our mission to protect California’s people and environment from harmful chemicals, and we promote equity and environmental justice. Join DTSC to improve the lives of all Californians!

Department Website:

Special Requirements

Using the online CalCareers application system is the preferred method of applying for civil service job opportunities; however, applicants may instead apply by mail or in person, as set forth in this announcement. Please do not submit the Equal Employment Opportunity questionnaire of the STD 678. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.


Please include “JC #: 248088, Position #: 810-340-1931-901, RPA #: 21-HQ-SPWP-214/215” in the “Job Title” section on your application and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the job title section Applications without this information may be rejected.


Statement of Qualifications:
A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is mandatory and must be submitted along with the State application. The SOQ should be no longer than two pages in length, typed in 12-point font, and must indicate why you are interested in this position and why you are the best candidate.

DTSC Recruitment Survey
Click on the following link to complete the DTSC recruitment survey:

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 5/14/2021

Who May Apply

This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Toxic Substances Control
Attn: Talent Acquisition
P.O. Box 806
Sacramento, CA 95812-0806

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Toxic Substances Control
Talent Acquisition
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95812-2815
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Resume is required and must be included.
  • School Transcripts
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see Special Requirements section.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:

We are particularly interested in candidates with experience or education in toxicology (human or environmental), environmental chemistry, human or environmental exposure assessment, or public health. Strong candidates have experience conducting scientific literature reviews or original research, using online research tools, analyzing scientific data, and preparing complex technical reports. Familiarity with data science methods (data mining, database programming, informatic tool development, etc.) is a plus.

Problem-Solving: Strong candidates are able to analyze complex technical and regulatory information to develop recommendations, and solve problems creatively and effectively.

Interpersonal: Strong candidates are well-organized, adept at working in a dynamic team environment, and can communicate clearly and concisely.

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the application process. The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position.

Department Website:
Human Resources Contact:
Talent Acquisition
(916) 323-2679
Hiring Unit Contact:
Debra Lynn-Shimasaki
(916) 740-0679

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
EEO Office
(916) 324-3095
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

Application Methods:
Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
By Mail