Department of Toxic Substances Control


$8,018.00 - $9,989.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

This position can be located at the Sacramento Regional Office, or Berkeley Regional Office.

Do you enjoy a fast-paced career helping others? If so, this is the position for you!

The Human and Ecological Risk Office (HERO) at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) consists of a team of approximately 30 toxicologists in four offices across the State, with a mission to ensure protection of human health and the environment. The current position is in the Human Health Risk Assessment section, and is primarily focused on the evaluation of the risks from contaminant exposures to human health and providing recommendations to Project Managers on risk assessment and toxicology issues such as potential cleanup levels. Our regulatory work is scientifically-driven, and our goal is to oversee and evaluate toxic impacts from contamination and provide expert input on toxicology, human and ecological risk assessment, exposure assessment, and risk communication for multiple DTSC programs throughout California. This includes programs focused on site cleanup and also the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program, which evaluates chemicals in products and recommends safer alternatives.  In HERO, you would have unique exposure to a wide range of work throughout the State of California. This work includes, but is not limited to, chemical specific assessments and also active and inactive military sites, private and voluntary cleanup program sites, abandoned superfund mine sites, and Title 22 permitted sites.

As a member of HERO, the Staff Toxicologist serves as a technical consultant and subject matter expert supporting other DTSC staff and management across multiple DTSC programs. In addition, the incumbent will interface with external stakeholders, including other State and Federal regulatory agencies, and facility responsible parties (RPs) and their consultants. The incumbent will conduct a wide range of technical document reviews and oversight at State and Federal-lead sites by preparing technical comments and memoranda, attending technical meetings with RPs and public stakeholders, and providing technical presentations to regulatory staff from DTSC and other state and federal agencies, plus private and public stakeholders. As a subject matter expert, the incumbent will also be expected to collaborate in the development and revision of pertinent technical guidance within the purview of DTSC.

Under the general direction of a Senior Toxicologist (Unit Chief) in the Human and Ecological Risk Office (HERO) of the Site Mitigation and Restoration Program (SMRP), the Staff Toxicologist independently provides expert scientific support in the areas of toxicology, human and/or ecological risk assessment and exposure assessment, along with a variety of more difficult tasks directly related to toxicology and risk assessment. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:

Risk Assessment Review

Hazard Assessment

Interagency Coordination

Public Communication

The candidate must also complete the DTSC Staff Toxicologist on-line examination as part of the eligibility determination. To get on the current certified employment list for the classification, please search for the exam posted here.


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):
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$8,018.00 - $9,989.00
Effective July 1, 2020, state employees are subject to a 9.23% salary reduction in exchange for 16 hours per month of the Personal Leave Program 2020 (PLP 2020).
The salary information listed under Position Details does not include this salary reduction.

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Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time
Cal Center Regional Office

Department Information

This position can be located at the Sacramento Regional Office, or Berkeley Regional Office.

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!

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Special Requirements

To be considered for this position, you must include the following in the “Examination or Job Title(s) For Which You Are Applying” section.

JC #: 253036, Position #: 810-571-7978-004, RPA #: 21-1-CUP-252

The basis of your eligibility (i.e. list eligibility, transfer, surplus, re-employment, reinstatement, SROA)

Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted.

Applications with “See Resume” will not be considered.

Do not submit the "Equal Employment Opportunity" questionnaire (page 10) with your completed STD 678.


Statement of Economic Interest

Selected candidates are subject to rules imposed by a Conflict of Interest Code and require filing a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700) within 30 days of appointment and once per year.


DMV Pull Program

Selected candidates will be enrollment in the DMV Pull Program and require a valid California Driver’s License.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

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: Lindsay Nozuka
8800 Cal Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826-3200

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Department of Toxic Substances Control
Lindsay Nozuka
8800 Cal Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826-3200
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Please see the Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) section of this job advertisement for detailed instructions for the SOQ submission.
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:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Education or job-related experience in risk assessment and toxicology or a related field


The position may be located at 8810 Cal Center Drive, Sacramento, CA 95826 or 700 Heinz Ave., Unit 200, Berkeley, CA 94710.   The DTSC office at Cal Center is within a 15-minute drive to downtown Sacramento and within a two-block walk from the light rail station. Parking is free, and the office is within close proximity to a variety of restaurants and the American River parkway recreational open space.

The DTSC Berkeley Regional Office has walkable access to restaurants, studios, and stores in West Berkeley, and driving access to downtown Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville within minutes. Covered parking onsite is free. Free shuttles provide transit access to the Ashby or MacArthur BART stations, and to Amtrak. The location is also near Aquatic Park and the San Francisco Bay Trail that provides bicycle access to the Bay Bridge and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

General State Employment Benefits and Protections

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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:
Lindsay Nozuka
(916) 255-3785

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.

Statement of Qualification (SOQ)

A SOQ is required for this position.The response shall be no longer than three pages, typed in 12-point Arial font. The SOQ is a narrative describing the following:

  1.  Describe your knowledge and experience in human health or ecological risk assessment, toxicology, mathematical modeling for exposure assessment, and/or high throughput toxicological assays (e.g., Tox21) and their interpretation. Include a description of the level of knowledge and/or the numbers of years of experience, as applicable, as well as a short description of the type of training received or, for “experience”, the project, and the role that you played in it.
  2. Describe your experience in public speaking (including in-person or remote teaching), risk communication, ability to communicate effectively in writing to scientific audiences in the same field, scientific/technical audiences with background in different fields, and/or the general public. Please include the number and a short description of any scientific publications and/or document in plain language addressing complex scientific/technical topics. Describe any experience in authoring, co-authoring, or providing major contribution to development and delivery of on-line training modules.
  3. Describe your experience in: A) participating or leading program(s) focused on cumulative impacts of pollution on health disparities and/or other vulnerabilities on affected communities and sensitive receptors; B) participating as a mentor or organized to mentorship programs; and C) active involvement in professional societies (e.g., Society of Toxicology; Society for Environmental Toxicology & Chemistry), beyond simple membership.

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