This position supports the California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) mission and strategic plan by promoting health and wellness and improving state health outcomes by advancing protective measures and reducing risk. Telework is available and based on the needs of the program.
The Senior Environmental Scientist (Specialist) [Sr. ES (Spec)] serves as the technical expert and lead in the areas of Domoic Acid and Crab Evisceration. The Sr. ES (Spec) will coordinate between CDPH and outside entities, including the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW), to monitor domoic acid levels that may adversely impact the safety of crab harvested from ocean waters along the California coast. The Sr. ES (Spec) will act as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) and manage a new program that will include the creation and development of regulations, coordination with internal and external stakeholders, issuance of Crab Evisceration Orders when necessary, and technical review of seafood processor Crab Evisceration Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plans and supporting documentation to ensure public health protection. The SME will also generate and provide training to CDPH staff and the industry and represent CDPH in interactions with other state and federal agencies that regulate similar activities.
The incumbent works under the general direction of the Senior Environmental Scientist (Supervisory) (Sr. ES [Sup]) of the Food and Drug Branch (FDB), Food Investigations and Technical Support Section (FITSS), Specialized Expertise and Technical Unit (SETU).
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 www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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.
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.
You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.
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:
Knowledge of food safety laws and regulations
Experience analyzing legislative proposals and regulations
Experience evaluating the needs and effectiveness of programs through administrative and program reviews
Experience providing technical consultation and training to stakeholders
Knowledge of seafood industry Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plans and procedures.
Ability to obtain and maintain a commission from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Critical thinking, analytical and organizational skills.
Strong verbal and writing skills.
Ability to use Microsoft Office software and inspection-related equipment (camera, thermometer, pH meter, etc.).
Knowledge of food safety principles and general scientific principles (microbiology and chemistry).
At the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), equity, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of our mission to advance the health and well-being of California’s diverse people and communities. We are genuinely and strongly committed to cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and connectedness where we can grow and learn together with a diverse team of employees. In recruiting for team members, we welcome the unique contributions that you can bring to us and the work we do.
The Human Resources Division (HRD) partners with CDPH’s programs and management to provide guidance and consultative services on HR matters that are necessary for the Department to carry out its mission to deliver quality public health services.