Job Posting: Staff Toxicologist (Specialist)

Department of Toxic Substances Control

Staff Toxicologist (Specialist)

$8,630.00 - $10,751.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Toxic Substances Control is  looking for a Staff Toxicologist (Specialist) who is passionate about protecting our communities from the effects of exposure to chemical contamination in the environment. An individual who is not only knowledgeable, but a great communicator, dedicated to public service, and who cares for others! The Staff Toxicologist (Specialist) 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. This position is designated to support the needs of Site Mitigation and Restoration Program (SMRP) Site Discovery and Enforcement Program (D&E). If this role sounds like you, then join us today!


As a Staff Toxicologist (Specialist) you will have the opportunity to:

  • Prepare and review complex Health Risk Assessments (HRA) and/or Ecological Risk Assessments (ERA)


  • Independently review and evaluate existing toxicological information such as acute and chronic toxicity


  • Participate in intra- and extra-Department investigation


Desirable Qualifications We Look For:

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more sub specialties for Toxicology or risk assessment


  • Experience reviewing or performing human health risk assessment for contaminated properties, following USEPA and/or California guidelines


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


  • Experience in public speaking and use plain language to explain complex scientific concepts, and excellent risk communication skills


  • Experience working/interacting with communities, mentor others, and be involved with professional societies in relevant areas

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

Working Conditions

A telework flexibility schedule may be available for this position.  The position can be located in one of our regional offices at Cal-Center in Sacramento, CA or in Berkeley, CA. 

The California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) has implemented the requirement that all state employees attest to their vaccination status. Employees are required to indicate whether they are vaccinated, unvaccinated, or if they choose not to disclose their vaccination status. As an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves, CalHR is also implementing COVID-19 testing of all state employees working on site (including field sites) if they are unvaccinated, vaccinated but choose not to provide documentation, or choosing not to disclose their vaccination status. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing or wearing a face covering must provide evidence of vaccination. This requirement is subject to change depending upon updated Federal, State, and/or local requirements and guidance.


Pending Budget Approval

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Staff Toxicologist (Specialist)
$8,630.00 - $10,751.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
United States
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

This position can be located at our Cal Center Regional Office in Sacramento, CA or our Regional Office in Berkeley, 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, communities, and environment from toxic substances, to enhance economic vitality by restoring contaminated land, and to compel manufacturers to make safer consumer products.


Our Vision: All of California is thriving in a healthy environment.


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, communities, and environment from toxic substances, to enhance economic vitality by restoring contaminated land, and to compel manufactures to make safer consumer products. Join DTSC to improve the lives of all Californians!


DTSC Recruitment Survey

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Department Website:

Special Requirements

Statement of Qualification (SOQ) Instructions


A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required for the hiring manager’s review. Applications submitted without an SOQ may be disqualified.


The SOQ should be no more than 2 page(s) in length, be clearly written and well-organized, free of spelling and grammatical errors, and Arial font size 12.


Your SOQ should address the following:

  1. Describe your knowledge and experience in human health risk assessment, toxicology, exposure assessment modeling, and/or high throughput toxicological assays and their interpretation.


  1. Describe your experience in public speaking distinguishing between when the audience were other scientists or when you had to present complex scientific concepts to non-scientists; include any experience developing training modules, participating in mentoring programs, and/or working with community groups.

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: 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
Nicholas Dani
8800 Cal Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826-3200
Drop-off applications must be received, and date stamped by 5:00 PM on the final filing date.
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.
  • Other - Cover Letter
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) section. A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and must be submitted with your Employment Application (STD.678). Applications received without an appropriate SOQ based on the instructions above will be rejected for being incomplete and will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, and other documents will not be considered as a response to the SOQ. Please refer to the "Special Requirements” section above for additional information. 

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.


Benefit information can be found on the CalHR website and the CalPERS website.

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
(279) 895-5249
Hiring Unit Contact:
Kimberly Gettmann
(916) 255-6685 ext:

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.

Additional Application Instructions

For experience/education to qualify during the application screening process, and to ensure that minimum qualifications can be determined, applicants should include all employment history on the Employment Application (STD 678), including detailed job descriptions, hours worked per week, and start/end dates (MM/DD/YYYY). Application packages without this information may experience delayed processing times and your eligibility for this position may be impacted.


Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended. If you are unable to apply electronically through your CalCareer account, please mail a completed and signed STD. 678 and application package to the mailing address provided above in the “Application Instructions” section. Applications must be postmarked on or before the final filing date.


For mail-in or drop-off applications, please include JC #: 329154 and indicate the basis of your eligibility in the Examination(s) or Job Title(s) section. SROA and surplus candidates should submit a copy of their letter with their application.  


If you are using education to meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must submit a copy of your transcript or diploma.  Applicants who completed their education outside the United States (with foreign degrees/transcripts) must obtain and submit verification of United States course/degree equivalency by the application deadline.


Foreign education credential evaluation services can be found at

Examination Information

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:

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