Job Posting: Senior Exposure Scientist

Environmental Health Hazard Assessment Office

Senior Exposure Scientist

$7,336.00 - $9,126.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Cancer Toxicology and Epidemiology Section (CTES) within the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch (RCHAB) provides technical support for the implementation of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986 (Proposition 65).  The Section identifies chemicals for listing as causing cancer under Proposition 65, conducts dose-response and exposure assessments, develops carcinogen risk assessment guidance and methodology, reviews information on exposure sources, pathways, risks and avoidance measures for chemicals listed under Proposition 65, and develops facts sheets and web site content to communicate this information to the public. CTES provides technical assistance to other programs in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), the Attorney General's Office, and other California government entities. 

Under the direction of the Senior Toxicologist Chief, CTES, the Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) will have lead responsibility for sensitive exposure investigations and complex assessments, including designing and implementing scientifically valid approaches; independently identifying and addressing problems that may arise; analyzing and integrating many types of exposure data; accurately evaluating findings and making recommendations; and preparing scientifically robust documents to summarize findings. The Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) performs all duties listed below and other related work. 

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


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

Working Conditions

OEHHA has a hybrid work environment that includes work in an office setting and telework at home. Office work conducted in a cubicle in a downtown high-rise office building. Extensive computer use, which involves prolonged sitting, viewing of a monitor, and repetitive motion. Fieldwork required, including traveling to individual study participants’ homes to conduct exposure surveys. Frequent travel required for meetings with other State agencies, academic partners, and public meetings. Time-critical assignments.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Senior Exposure Scientist
$7,336.00 - $9,126.00
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Work Location:
United States
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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This position may be eligible for hybrid telework under Government Code 14200 for eligible applicants residing in California, subject to the candidate meeting telework eligibility criteria set forth in the CalEPA telework policy and/or future program need. Employees not residing in California are not eligible for telework. Regardless of telework eligibility, all employees may be required to report to the position’s designated headquarters location, as indicated on their duty statement, at their own expense.

Special Requirements

Electronic applications submitted through your CalCareer Account are highly recommended and will be received faster that other methods of applying.

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: Laurie Ann Purshouse - JC-431256
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
Laurie Ann Purshouse - JC-431256
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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
  • 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:
  • Proficient in exposure science principles, methods, and techniques, as applied to environmental and public health problems.
  • Experience with planning, and implementing exposure investigations and complex chemical-specific assessements, or complarable activities.
  • Ability to apply or modify scientific methods and principles; evaluate and analyze environmental exposure data, and draw scientifically robust conclusions, with an understanding of environmental policy implications.
  • Produces high quality scientific documents that convey complex findings in a clear and concise way.
  • Knowledge of a broad range of topics in environmental health sciences, including environmental and biological monitoring, chemical hazards, and biostatistics, or related topics.
  • Functions well as part of a multidisciplinary team and works cooperatively with external partners.
  • Excellent communication skills, verbally and in writing.
  • Committed to ethical scientific research principles.
  • Dependable in meeting work related responsibilities.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs Word, Excel, Powerpoint, email programs such as Outlook, and literature databases and database programs such as PubMed and Endnote.


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:
Laurie Ann Purshouse
(279) 276-0001
Hiring Unit Contact:
Sylvie Lee
(510) 622-3198

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
(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  431256 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.

For any inquiries about the position sent to, the e-mail should have the Job Code 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 1515 Clay Street, 16th Floor, Oakland, or at 1001 I Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, California.

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