Environmental Analyst I - Regulatory and Translational Scientist

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Boston, MA (30+ days ago)3.9


The Environmental Analyst I will assist with a variety of toxicology-related research tasks and coordinate activities for human health risk assessments in support of the Environmental Toxicology Program in the Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH). The incumbent will analyze data, assist with coordinating meetings, prepare draft reports or other documents, and perform related duties as required for evaluating public health data that includes: environmental exposure, biomonitoring, fish toxics, air pollution, and microbial pollution.

This position will support the Translational Toxicology Section and the Environmental Toxicology Program Director in developing evidenced-based health assessment tools for systematic integration into program, bureau, and department activities. She/he will be responsible for working collaboratively with ETP staff to ensure that technical work-products from programmatic activities are developed into cross-program tools that prevent, mitigate, or educate stakeholders about the adverse effects of chemical exposures (e.g., environmental and biological contaminant monitoring, recreational water quality, medical use of marijuana testing, pesticide use/registration, health impact assessment, etc.). This individual will work closely with the Section Leader and the ETP Director to provide technical support to the MDPH Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality’s Medical Use of Marijuana Program as well as senior MDPH officials. The incumbent will be responsible for working within defined timelines and project scopes and is expected to assist in the preparation of high quality technical reports and presentations.

Candidates are expected to have familiarity with the regulatory risk assessment process as well as the practice of public health. The individual should have experience managing data using database applications (e.g., Microsoft Access) and performing quantitative analyses using statistical software (e.g., SAS, R, SPSS).

Detailed Statement of Duties and Responsibilities

Responsible conducting reviews of environmental data for possible public health concerns.

Assist with the management of large volumes of study data.

Perform site inspections to identify potential environmental hazards and pathways of exposure.

Assist with the organization of meetings with project staff and senior management.

Conduct scientific literature reviews.

Evaluate readily available toxicology data.

Represent MDPH/BEH at required internal or external meetings on toxicology or related topics as needed.

Prepare high quality draft technical reports on toxicology findings.

Analyze environmental data relevant to toxicology, e.g., site specific environmental data.

Summarize environmental exposure data and compare results to known toxicity thresholds and population background levels.

Assist with the preparation of detailed and accurate draft technical reports summarizing environmental or biological exposure data and produce educational materials summarizing technical issues for a variety of audiences.

Assemble and review scientific research and findings related to environmental toxicology areas.

Interpret and critique study reports and prepare summaries for review by supervisor and senior management.

Conduct telephone inquiries of the general public regarding environmental toxicology related topics.

Provide technical support to other BEH or MDPH programs.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of basic risk assessment, toxicology, epidemiology, and statistical principles.
Strong writing skills with an ability to write clearly and concisely.
Experience in public health research and analysis.
Demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail.
Ability to understand and explain to lay audiences information contained in technical environmental public health documents.
Knowledge of a variety of computer software programs (e.g., MS Word, Access, Excel, Power Point).
Familiarity with statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS).
Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information.
Mission Statement

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

Pre-Hire Process

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions, please contact Health Human Resources at 1-800-850-6968.

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience In the field of environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.

Substitutions

I. An Associate's degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.*

II. A Bachelor's or higher degree with a major in environmental science, biology, chemistry, earth science, environmental health, meteorology, natural science, toxicology or public health may be substituted for the required experience.*

  • Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Based on assignment, possession of a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's License