Job Posting: Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

Department of Public Health

Occupational Health and Safety Specialist

$6,645.00 - $8,259.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 12/18/2019

Job Description and Duties

The Research Scientist II (Physical/Engineering Sciences) (RS II) is a team member in the multi-disciplinary research, occupational lead poisoning surveillance, and educational efforts of the Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP). The RS II acts as a technical consultant to employers, workers, local health departments, and to Program and Branch staff to prevent occupational illness, disease, and injuries, with a particular emphasis on lead-using industries. The RS II conducts research involving the assessment and control of workplace exposures in lead-using industries, including conducting site visits, collecting sampling data, and recommending actions to improve lead safety. In addition, the RS II contributes to industry-specific intervention projects on the adoption of safer alternatives to lead in target industries; assists in preparation of reports, health educational materials, and peer-reviewed journal articles on occupational hazards; oversees evaluation of applications for waivers of the Occupational Lead Poisoning Fee; and represents OLPPP at professional meetings.

This job announcement is a re-posting. If you have already applied to JC#177514 you do not need to re-apply, we have your application on file.

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Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
Occupational Health and Safety Specialist
$6,645.00 - $8,259.00
$6,645.00 - $8,259.00
$6,050.00 - $7,519.00
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Contra Costa County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Occupational Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (OLPPP) is a statewide program that provides a wide and complex array of secondary and primary prevention services to prevent and reduce lead poisoning in California workplaces.

Special Requirements

In order to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts and/or Degree for education verification

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. 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: 12/18/2019

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply. Individuals who are eligible for a Training and Development assignment may also be considered for this position(s).

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:

Department of Public Health
Attn: Classification & Certification Unit
P.O. Box 997378
MS 1700-1702
Sacramento, CA 95899-7378

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

Classification & Certification Unit
1615 Capitol Avenue Suite 73.430
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 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 - Include a concise, well-written 1-2 page Statement of Qualifications that: 1) describes why you are interested in this position, and 2) details how your qualifications and previous job experiences have prepared you for the duties and responsibilities of this position. Describe relevant education and experience in occupational health and safety, including field experience, research, and work with workers and employers.

    PLEASE NOTE: Resumes, letters, Supplemental Questionnaire, transcripts, degrees, your state application, cover letters and other materials will not take the place of the Statement of Qualifications.

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:

• Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) or Certified Safety Professional (CSP) preferred.

• Education and/or experience in occupational health and safety or environmental health.

• Experience working with employers and/or workers to improve occupational health and safety.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written).

• Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team setting and to establish effective working relationships.

• Outstanding organizational skills.

• Strong technical, analytical, and problem-solving 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.

Human Resources Contact:
Human Resources Division
(916) 445-0983
Hiring Unit Contact:
Thien Phan
(510) 620-5864

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) 445-0938
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.

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