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Job Posting: Staff Toxicologist

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office

Staff Toxicologist

$8,630.00 - $10,751.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

Under mandates of the California Safe Drinking Water Act of 1996 (California Health and Safety Code Section 116365), amended 1999, the Water Toxicology Section of the Pesticide and Environmental Toxicology Branch performs risk assessments of environmental contaminants and develops Public Health Goals (PHGs) and Notification Level (NL) recommendations for contaminants in drinking water, based exclusively on public health considerations. The Section also provides guidance and support to other branches and offices of Cal/EPA and state government, local health authorities, and the general public on matters related to health effects of water contaminants.

Under the general direction of the Water Toxicology Section Chief, the Staff Toxicologist (Specialist) acts as the subject matter expert on the toxicological properties of chemical contaminants in drinking water; works as a team leader and performs health effects evaluations and risk assessments involving exposures to chemicals in California drinking water; interprets and incorporates toxicological studies on more complex chemicals and problems into a cohesive finished product; and provides rationale and documentation on scientific determinations.

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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 Staff Toxicologist, please click on the link to the examination bulletin for more information:

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

Working Conditions


OEHHA’s office is located in a downtown high-rise office building.

The air-conditioned accommodation consists 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, frequently using computer workstations, including statistical and analytical computer packages, communication resources, and word processing software.

The office hours are 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., with accommodations subject to supervisor’s (and above) approval.  The duties may at times necessitate attendance at the State office or at external meetings outside standard office hours.  Available to travel statewide, including assignments at short notice, and occasionally out of State.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Toxicologist
$8,630.00 - $10,751.00
# 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.

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Special Requirements

Standard SOQ Instructions are as follows:

The Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) serves as documentation of your ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing. The SOQ is a narrative discussion, not a bulleted summary. Please answer each of the following questions for the SOQ. Identify each response with the number of the SOQ question, single-spaced, and using Arial 12-point font. The SOQ should be no more than three (3) pages in length.

1. Describe how your education, experience, and other skills qualify you to effectively

    conduct evaluations and analysis of relevant studies for the development of advisory

    levels for drinking water contaminants.


2. Discuss your role and contribution to a project that involved the evaluation and

    analysis of dose-response information. Include a brief description of the methods

    applied, the analysis conducted, and the key outcomes of the project.

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

SROA and Surplus candidates are encouraged to apply as selection is limited to SROA and Surplus candidates initially. Individuals with eligibility other than SROA or Surplus status may only 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: Anissa Henry/ Peggy Tang JC-312529
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
Anissa Henry/ Peggy Tang JC-312529
P.O. Box 67
1001 I Street, 12th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95812-0067
Drop is available between
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - A SOQ is required and must be included.
  • Other - Curriculum vitae (CV).
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:

Desired Qualifications

Ability to develop and manage contracts. Ability to use modeling (e.g., Benchmark Dose and physiologically-based pharmacokinetic modeling) and other quantitative or dosimetry methods or statistical methods for data analyses and extrapolation. Contributes to the continuing effectiveness and improvement of the PHG program. Be able to communicate and demonstrate good judgment when interacting with the public and professional staff.


In addition to a compelling vision for California, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment offers competitive pay, benefits, and features for its workforce. To review the pay and benefits offered to California civil service staff, please review CalHR’s website at

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:
Anissa Henry/ 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:
Cassaundra Willis
(510) 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 in the field titled “Examination(s) or Job Titles for Which You Are Applying” the position as Staff Toxicologist (Specialist) Job Control JC-312529 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. 

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

For any inquiries about the position sent to
., the e-mail should have the Job Control number and position title on the subject line.

Applications for this position may be hand-delivered to the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment's Human Resources Branch located at 1001 I Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814.  The office hours are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.


This position may be located either at I001 I Street, Sacramento, California, or at 1515 Clay Street, 16th Floor, Oakland.

NOTE:  A job bulletin for this position has been established for each location.  Please refer to Job Control 312555 for Oakland.

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