Job Posting

Department of Pesticide Regulation



Final Filing Date: 10/4/2017

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Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-80180
Position #(s):
$6,582.00 - $8,239.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Appointment to this position is pending administrative approval.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), part of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is a predominantly self-funded department dedicated to protecting human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management.

The Human Health Assessment (HHA) Branch is responsible for reviewing toxicology studies submitted for registration of pesticide active ingredients and products, and for conducting human health risk assessments.  HHA is recruiting for a Research Scientist III (Chemical Sciences) position.
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Job Description and Duties

Under the general direction of the Senior Toxicologist, the incumbent independently reviews data and studies submitted to meet Departmental requirements for registration of pesticidal products and new active ingredients and conducts complex evaluations and interpretations of these studies. Using established DPR and FIFRA guidelines, makes independent and complex decisions about the toxicological findings of pesticide studies. Serves as a scientific advisor to lower-level scientists and provides consultation on chemical sciences as they relate to the human health risks associated with pesticide exposure.

Reviews, interprets and evaluates toxicological data including: acute, subchronic, and chronic toxicity, oncogenicity, developmental, reproduction, genotoxicity, neurotoxicity, immunotoxicity, and animal metabolism/pharmacokinetic studies submitted in support of continued registration or applications to register new pesticides. Evaluates and provides comments on study protocols for various toxicity studies submitted by registrants. Justifies conclusions and recommendations and submits evaluations for peer review.

Performs and coordinates other complex activities as a technical lead, including conducting dietary risk analyses in cases of reported over tolerances of specific active ingredients. Performs Benchmark Dose modeling (BMD) for dose-response relationships and determining no observable effect levels (NOELs). Supports scientists in the other sections in comprehensive risk assessment projects and acts as lead for data review for the development of risk characterization documents.

Working Conditions

Work will be conducted in a controlled climate in a cubicle within a high rise building. Must be able to use a computer for up to 8 hours per day. Occasional travel may be required.

Special Requirements

  • This position is designated Conflict of Interest and requires disclosure of economic interests.
  • If required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree and/or unofficial transcripts in order to verify you meet the minimum qualifications.

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: 10/4/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

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 Pesticide Regulation
Attn: D. Mckenzie
Human Resources Branch
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

D. Mckenzie
Human Resources Branch
1001 I Street, P.O. Box 4015
Sacramento, CA 95812-4015
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • 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 Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required to be considered interested/eligible in the position. You must submit a SOQ in its entirety and follow all instructions in order to be considered interested/eligible in the position.

    The SOQ is a narrative discussion of your education, training, experience, and skills as it relates to the job duties for this position. The SOQ serves as documentation of each candidate’s ability to present information clearly and concisely in writing and should be typed and no more than two pages in length. Applicants who fail to submit the SOQ and follow all instructions will be considered not interested in the position.

    Note: Resumes, letters, and other materials will not take the place of the SOQ.
  • 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:
Ability to creatively adapt methods, techniques, and procedures to conduct assignments, analyze technical data, develop solutions and present technical information in a clear, concise, and logically organized manner in both written and oral formats. The most competitive applicant will have a strong background in reviewing chemicals for their potential adverse health effects and the risk assessment process. The ideal candidate will be flexible, adaptable, and self-motivated, and possess the ability to interact effectively with people at all levels of management, government agencies, industry representatives, environmental groups, and the general public. The ability to work independently and coordinate as part of a team is essential as well as having substantial computer skills.

Critical Job Competencies

Takes Action and Shows Initiative: Works well independently and is self motivated to take action to meet critical organization/program/unit goals. Demonstrates strong work ethic.

Relationship and Partnership Building: Builds and effectively utilizes relationship networks to achieve goals. Shares knowledge and builds trust with colleagues and superiors.

Effective Communication: Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through a variety of media. Translates complex or technical information to lay audiences/customers. 

Organization and Planning: Prioritizes tasks, establishes sequential activities, requests assistance when needed.

Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, policies, and regulations related to specialized expertise. Possesses up-to-date knowledge in the profession and industry and accesses other expert resources when appropriate.

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:
    Damon Mckenzie
    (916) 322-4553
  • Hiring Unit Contact:
    Emily Thunen
    (916) 445-4233
  • 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) 445-3979
  • 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.

Statement of Qualifications

In addition to the STD 678 application, a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required in order to be considered interested/eligible in the position. The SOQ will be used to evaluate candidate’s knowledge, skill, and ability and is an opportunity for each candidate to present information clearly and concisely in writing. Applications received without responses to the SOQ items will be rejected and incomplete responses cannot be considered or assumed. The SOQ should be numbered in the same order as listed below; typed with 12 point font and no longer than two pages in length.

1) Describe your experience in reviewing scientific data, including in vivo and in vitro experimental studies, independent or contracted investigations, open literature, and grey literature. Include the following in your response: Independence of action; steps taken to summarize detailed and lengthy literature; steps taken to present technical options to management for decision making; knowledge of guidelines and SOPs, and how those factor into your data review.

2) Describe your experience as a scientific subject matter expert by addressing the following: Scientific discipline in which you served as an expert; steps taken to advise or consult with colleagues and management on your specific topic; specific training and expertise in this discipline; types of reports and publications that resulted from this work; and the measurement of your success in this role.

Please include a resume or curriculum vitae that lists presentations, abstracts, and peer reviewed articles, as well as a copy of your college transcripts in English, (unofficial is acceptable). 

Note: Resumes, letters, and other materials will not take the place of the supplemental application.

Relocation Expenses

Relocation expenses may be reimbursed depending on the type of appointment.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
  • Drop-off
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Additional Documentation
Alternate Application Process

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Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)