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Job Posting: Chief, Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office

Chief, Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch

$13,516.00 - $15,354.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties


 The Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch (PETB) provides scientific analyses and significant input on policy development for developing Public Health Goals and Notification Level recommendations for drinking water, develops Fish Advisories for California water bodies to protect public health, assesses safety of seafood following oil spills, functions as peer reviewers of pesticide exposure and risk assessment documents developed by the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) for regulation of pesticide use in California, provides input to DPR’s risk management options, conducts pesticide illness reporting and physician training, and provides technical support to the Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) on invasive species control issues. PETB also provides technical assistance to other Branches and agencies, develops scientific publications, provides input on policies on the use of toxicology and emerging science in OEHHA’s programs, writes analyses of bills proposed or adopted by the state legislature, develops budget change proposals and legislative budget proposals, and conducts the necessary personnel and contract transactions to maintain Branch staff and technical work.

Under general direction of the Assistant Deputy Director for the Division of Scientific Programs, the Supervising Toxicologist (Managerial) serves as the Branch Chief of PETB and is responsible for the long-term as well as day-to-day management of professional, scientific and administrative function of the programs in PETB. This includes scientific program and policy development, design and management, and ensuring compliance to departmental policies, providing interpretation of policies where there is ambiguity. All significant scientific policy and other work of the Branch is reviewed and approved by the Branch Chief.


List eligibility is established through an examination process in which one must apply and successfully pass the examination for the classification. If you have not established list eligibility for the Supervising Toxicologist (Managerial), please click on the link to the examination bulletin for more information - 0BY01.PDF (

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

Working Conditions

OEHHA’s offices are located in downtown high-rise office buildings.

The air-conditioned offices consist mainly of open areas furnished with cubicles. Not all areas have direct natural illumination.

Time critical assignments are part of the workload. This position requires extended periods of reading and writing, typically using computer workstations, statistical and analytical computer packages, communication resources, and word processing software.

Available to travel statewide, including assignments at short notice, and occasionally out of State.

May be required to travel to other OEHHA locations for business related needs as necessary.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Chief, Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch
$13,516.00 - $15,354.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Sacramento County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) 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 and enhance the health of Californians and our state’s environment through scientific evaluations that inform, support and guide regulatory and other actions.

Join OEHHA to improve the lives of all Californians. OEHHA is a small agency that will provide lots of varied experience. OEHHA is responsible for developing and providing risk managers in state and local government agencies with toxicological and medical information relevant to decisions involving public health.

Department Website:

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:

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office
Attn: Peggy Tang - JC-263838
P.O. Box 67
1001 I Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95812-0067

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office
Peggy Tang - JC-263838
P.O. Box 67
1001 I Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95812-0067
10:00 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.
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:


Knowledge of and expertise/experience in general principles of toxicology, with emphasis in environmental or occupational health; principles of and procedures for risk assessment; interpretation and application of environmental and public health standards; assessment of complex toxicity and exposure information on chemicals based on animal and human studies, including extrapolation of animal toxicity data to humans; human health evaluations; governmental/environmental programs. Knowledge of and expertise in exposure parameter development and human exposure assessment.

Successful experience in program development and implementation. Ability to plan and carry out multidisciplinary studies, research projects and health evaluations, analysis and interpretation of toxicologic data, and to prepare written or oral reports describing them. Ability to handle multiple activities/projects and urgent deadlines. Possesses supervisory and administrative capabilities/experience, including resolving complex technical and personnel issues (e.g. performance, attendance). Ability and willingness to handle complex technical and personnel issues. Ability to develop and manage contracts, and to assist in the development of departmental policies and interpretations of them. Ability to communicate complex technical matters effectively orally and in writing; analyze situations accurately and take effective action in a timely manner. Ability to work cooperatively with internal staff, supervisors and managers, other CalEPA Boards and Departments, the California Department of Public Health, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and outside parties, including stakeholders.


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.

Human Resources Contact:
Peggy Tang
(916) 445-9376
Hiring Unit Contact:
Brian Brown
(510) 622-3193

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 Officer
(916) 324-2234
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.


All applicable fields on the State Application Form (STD. 678) must be filled out completely.  Clearly indicate on the Form STD. 678 in the field titled “Examination(s) or Job Titles for Which You Are Applying” the position as Supervising Toxicologist (Managerial) Job Code (JC)-263838 as indicated on this job announcement and your basis of eligibility (*list eligibility, lateral transfer, reinstatement, etc.).  Employment history on your application must be complete with dates, description of duties and responsibilities for each position held, contact names and phone numbers of supervisors.  Applicants who do not submit all of the required documentation (incomplete application package) may be eliminated from the selection process. 

  For security purposes, your full social security number is not required on the application. 


This position may be located either at 1515 Clay Street, 16th Floor, Oakland, or at 1001 I Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, California.

NOTE:  A job bulletin for this position has been established for each location.  Please refer to Job Code (JC) 263839 for the Oakland (Alameda County) location.

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