Environmental Services Intern - California Department of Pesticide Regulation

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Position Details

Job Control #: JC­55586
Position #(s): 814­600­4708­982
Classification: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES INTERN $2,168.00 ­ $2,890.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County


Department Information

Appointment to this position is pending administrative approval.

The Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR), part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), 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 Environmental Services Intern position is within the DPR’s Human Health Assessment Branch (HHA), which has three major functions: review of toxicology studies, evaluation of human exposure, and preparation of human health risk assessments.

This position offers a flexible work schedule. Also, located at 1001 I Street, the CalEPA building has many great amenities including on­site daycare, light rail, RT and suburban bus lines, transit incentives, cafe, fitness center with showers, and more. Department Website: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov

Job Description and Duties

Under supervision of the Senior Toxicologist, the Environmental Services Intern (ESI) conducts analyses to evaluate human health effects resulting from pesticide exposure. As part of this process, the ESI performs the basics of a data review for pesticide risk assessment. This involves review of toxicology studies submitted to the DPR for pesticide registration and published studies. As part of this analysis, the ESI will gain practical experience in one or more risk assessment methodologies. The ESI will be expected to summarize results from the studies and make recommendations on the studies which may be useful for risk characterization.

The ESI may work on the following potential projects:

1. BMD modeling to estimate BMDs and cancer potencies: HHA conducts risk assessments to evaluate human health effects of pesticide use in California. These assessments involve analysis of the doseresponse relationship between exposure and health effects. HHA commonly uses the Benchmark Dose (BMD) approach to analyze dose response near the low end of the observable range of the data. This project will involve review of toxicology studies for non­cancer and cancer effects, selecting datasets for analyses, and performing BMD modeling.

2. Systematic Review: In 2014, two reports by the National Academy of Sciences recommended that US EPA apply systematic review methodology for pesticides in order to derive scientific evidence that identifies harmful effects to human health. This project includes an evaluation of the literature for an assigned compound to identify relevant studies that can be used in risk assessment. The studies will be rated based on quality and strength of the evidence for the selected outcome. Specifically, the project includes: formulating a question for an assigned pesticide, selecting the evidence from available resources (study selection criteria), and rating quality and strength of the evidence based on a) Quality of body of evidence, b) Direction of effect, c) Confidence in effect (likelihood that a new study would change our conclusion), and d) Other compelling attributes of the data that may influence certainty).

3. Toxicity Forecaster (ToxCast) and Toxicology in the 21st Century (Tox21) High­Throughput Screening Methods: These state of the art methodologies are designed to evaluate chemical interactions with biological pathways and are useful for chemical screening and prioritization. Positive in vitro results can then lead to analysis of correlation between the in vitro and in vivo results. In pesticide risk assessment, ToxCast/Tox21 results have assisted with the weight­of­evidence or provided mechanistic insights to effects observed in vivo. The project involves learning ToxCast and Tox21 methods and evaluating data for an assigned pesticide.

4. Dietary Exposure Assessments: California is one of the largest agricultural states in the US, producing more than 400 food commodities including almonds, grapes, and strawberries. HHA oversees a program to calculate the exposure from pesticides residues in diet. DPR has a wealth of data on pesticide residues in California­-grown and imported foods and in surface and ground water. This project will include selecting pesticide residues on commodities from various monitoring databases, analyzing food consumption databases, and learning to conduct deterministic and probabilistic dietary exposure assessments for various population subgroups using Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model Food assessments for various population subgroups using Dietary Exposure Evaluation Model ­Food Commodity Intake Database (DEEM­FCID).

Special Requirements

If required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must include a copy of your degree and/or unofficial transcripts in order to be considered for this position.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered.

Final Filing Date: 4/12/2017

Who May Apply

This is a non-­testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs.

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

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (Applications and any applicable or required documents) must be submitted electronically through your CalCareer account at www.jobs.ca.gov.

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:

  • Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.jobs.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.
  • Supplemental Application ­- The following supplemental questions are intended to provide more detailed information about your goals and experiences, and will allow the hiring unit to better assess your qualifications for this position. As writing skills are critical to this position, answer questions 1 and 2 in a concise manner. The answer to each question should be no more than ½ page in length (12 pt. font, single spaced).
    • 1. Describe how the Environmental Services Intern position will help you meet your education, research, or career goals. Give specific details on how this training opportunity will help you attain those goals.
    • 2. Describe an area of interest you have in environmental health, public health, or toxicology, and what your training in this area has been thus far.
  • 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:

  • Recent graduate or attending graduate school pursuing a Doctoral Degree in the field of toxicology, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology, chemistry or a related field
  • Knowledge of whole-­animal toxicity testing
  • Knowledge or experience in in vitro methods that evaluate changes in biological processes using cells, cell lines, or cellular components (e.g., high-­throughput screening assays)
  • Knowledge of toxicological principles, including xenobiotic metabolism, exposure, carcinogenesis
  • Knowledge of biostatistics
  • Knowledge of cellular or molecular biology, systems biology, physiology, or biochemistry
  • Knowledge or experience in computational biology
  • Strong oral/written communication, organizational, analytical, and decision­making skills

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: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov
  • Human Resources Contact: Stephanie Ota (916)322.­4553 stephanie.ota@cdpr.ca.gov
  • Hiring Unit Contact: Emily Thunen (916)445­.4233 emily.thunen@cdpr.ca.gov
  • 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 christina.bugai@cdpr.ca.gov
  • 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.

Critical Job Competencies

Takes Action and Shows Initiative: Works well independently and is self­motivated to meet program goals. Sets and monitors own objectives and standards and follows through without prompting or close supervision. Demonstrates strong work ethic.

Relationship and Partnership Building: Builds and effectively uses co­worker relationships and professional networks to achieve goals. Shares knowledge among scientific colleagues and lead scientists and management.

Effective Communication: Clearly conveys and receives information and ideas through a variety of media. Translates complex or technical information to lay audiences or stakeholders. Facilitates the exchange of ideas and opinions.

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

Technical Credibility: Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, policies, and regulations related to specialized expertise. Integrates technology into the work to improve program effectiveness. Possesses up-­to-­date knowledge in the profession and can access other expert resources when needed. Translate concepts and ideas into strategies and action steps.

Additional Information

This is a deep class position; candidate's experience/education will determine which range they will be placed in.

This is a non-­testing classification, therefore anyone meeting the minimum qualifications listed on the classification specification may apply for this position. Individuals who are, or have been, a dependent child in foster care, a homeless youth, or a formerly incarcerated youth as defined by Government Code section 18220 are encouraged to apply and will be given priority. If you are applying under this eligibility status, please note on your application your eligibility by stating “preference under Government Code section 18220”. Please note that prior to appointment, individuals claiming preference under one of these categories will be required to furnish documentation establishing their eligibility.

Applicants on public assistance under the Calworks Program will also be given priority. A letter from the County Welfare department verifying Calworks status must be submitted with your application. If verification is not submitted, your application will not be processed.

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