Job Posting: Air Pollution Exposure Scientist

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office

Air Pollution Exposure Scientist

$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Safer Alternatives Assessment and Biomonitoring Section (SAABS) of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) carries out the following major public health and environmental activities: conducts OEHHA’s component of the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program (CECBP; also known as Biomonitoring California); identifies and assesses emerging environmental contaminants concerns using innovative methods; provides high-level biostatistical support, including conducting complex dose-response assessments under Proposition 65 and assessing exposures and risks associated with fuel-related air pollutants; and provides expert technical assistance to other OEHHA programs and other California agencies, such as the California Air Resources Board (support for implementation of the Community Air Protection Program under AB 617; C. Garcia, Chapter 136, Statutes of 2017).

Under general direction of the Environmental Program Manager I (Supervisory), Chief of SAABS, the Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) will independently conduct complex scientific analyses to compile and analyze air monitoring and emissions data in communities identified under AB 617; analyze air pollution data to identify key pollutants of concern and estimate exposures; compare air pollution exposures across communities; conduct air pollution exposure studies; evaluate approaches for reducing exposures to air pollutants, such as air filtration; apply air pollution exposure research findings to interpret results from targeted biomonitoring studies; and communicate research findings in writing and through presentations at public meetings.

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) 268878 for the Sacramento location.

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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 Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist), please click on the link to the examination bulletin for more information - 

Senior Environmental Scientist Specialist examination bulletin. (

If you have any questions about list eligibility, please send an email to

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

Working Conditions

• Varied work settings, including cubicle on 12th or 16th floor of a high-rise building; telecommuting from home office and other authorized off-site locations as needed; representing the program at public meetings and with community organizations; and conducting field duties for biomonitoring studies.
• Extensive computer use, which involves prolonged sitting, viewing of a monitor, and repetitive motion.
• Time-critical assignments.
• Travel across California for community engagement meetings and study activities.
• 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:
Air Pollution Exposure Scientist
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Alameda 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

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: Peggy Tang - JC-268879
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-268879
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.
  • Statement of Qualifications - Read below Statement of Qualifications Requirement for instructions.
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:


Education and/or experience in:
• Air pollution exposure science
• Environmental health sciences

Ability to:
• Analyze scientific data to research key issues and draw robust conclusions.
• Review and interpret scientific and environmental documents and make recommendations.
• Write complex scientific and technical documents, such as reports, project summaries, and journal articles, to clearly communicate methods, analyses, findings, and recommendations.
• Communicate effectively in person to scientific colleagues, managers, external stakeholders, and the general public.
• Deliver presentations to audiences with varying levels of scientific understanding.


• Functions well as part of a multidisciplinary team and works cooperatively with external partners.
• Committed to ethical scientific research principles.
• Dependable in meeting work related responsibilities.
• Able to work in a variety of environments in a safe manner.


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:
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 Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) Job Code (JC)-268879 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 Code number and position title on the subject line.


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 your education and experience in air pollution exposure science, and how those qualify you to:
  • Conduct scientific analyses of air monitoring and emissions data.
  • Conduct air monitoring and air pollutant measurements.
2. Briefly summarize a scientific report or publication on which you were the primary author or a co-author. Include a brief description of the methods you applied, the analyses you conducted, your major findings, and the key recommendations you identified.

3. Provide at least two examples of presentations you have given. Describe the topic you covered, the main messages of your presentations, and the audiences to whom you presented.

The SOQ must be included with your completed application (Form STD. 678). Cover letters and resumes are optional to include with the application; they do not take the place of the SOQ. Applicants who fail to provide a SOQ or who provide an incomplete SOQ will not be considered.

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.