Environmental Scientist

Website Department of Pesticide Regulation

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-109616
Position #(s): 814-801-0762-XXX
Working Title: Environmental Scientist
Classification: $3,493.00 – $6,679.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Sacramento County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Job Description and Duties

California has more detailed information regarding school pesticide use than anywhere else in the country. This Environmental Scientist will oversee the collection, entry, maintenance, and use of school pesticide use reports (SPUR) submitted by school employees and businesses. This team member will be expected to serve as the data steward for SPUR, which requires being the authority on the completeness, accuracy, and content of the database. The ideal candidate will use and write unique SQL queries in order to answer questions about school pesticide use patterns independently or as asked by scientific or executive staff and/or the public. The ideal candidate will use data analysis and visualizations to discover new avenues of inquest. Our program would like this position to focus on how to turn analysis of statewide schoolsite pesticide use reports into a variety of effective outreach activities. The candidate should be comfortable developing and delivering presentations about the Healthy Schools Act requirements and IPM practices that schoolsites may use to resolve pest problems. Presentations may also be focused on the school pesticide use reporting requirement and why this program is useful for the public and industry. The successful candidate will collaborate with other scientific and technical staff to support all PUR activities. This position will be challenged to improve compliance with the reporting requirement and the accuracy of the data reported.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

The employee will work in a high-rise office building with a climate-controlled environment and artificial lighting. The employee may be required to sit for long periods at a time and must be able to use a computer monitor, mouse, and keyboard for up to 8 hours per day. The employee must be able to lift at least 10 pounds. Occasional travel, sometimes requiring overnight stays, to facilitate statewide workshops, training events, and other outreach activities may be required.

Department Information

Appointment to this position is pending administrative approval. 

The Department of Pesticide Regulation is organized into a number of branches that work to accomplish the same mission: To protect human health and the environment by regulating pesticide sales and use, and by fostering reduced-risk pest management.

The School and Child Care Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program in the Pest Management and Licensing Branch provides outreach and training about IPM to school and child care center staff. We are the main state agency providing compliance assistance for the Healthy Schools Act. Our statewide outreach and training efforts are based on data analysis from pesticide use repo

rts collected from schools, child care centers, and pest control businesses.

We are looking for someone who wants the opportunity to be directly involved with creating healthy learning environments and preserving the environment in California.

Department Website: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) Medical Clearance prior to being hired.
  • This position is designated Conflict of Interest and requires disclosure of economic interests.
  • If you use unofficial transcripts to verify you meet the minimum qualifications, you must provide official transcripts prior to your start date, if selected for the position.

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: 5/23/2018

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. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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. 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 | Street, P.O. Box 4015
SacramentoCA 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 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 – A response to the supplemental questions is required to be considered interested/eligible in the position. The supplemental questions and instructions are listed in the “Supplemental Questionnaire” section of this advertisement. You must answer each supplemental question in its entirety and follow all instructions for answering the questions in order to be considered interested/eligible in the position.
  • 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:
  • Experience with structural and/or landscape pest management
  • The ability to write SQL code or learn to write SQL code quickly
  • A specific and demonstrated interest in data analysis
  • Experience creating data visualizations
  • Strong public speaking and presentation 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: 
Damon Mckenzie
(916) 322-4553
Hiring Unit Contact: 
Eric Denemark
(916) 324-3483

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.

Supplemental Questionnaire

You must answer each supplemental question in its entirety and follow all instructions for answering the questions in order to be considered interested/eligible in the position.

Instructions: Please answer the following questions. Each answer should be a maximum of one page, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font with a minimum of half- inch margins on all sides. Please save and submit your document as a PDF if possible.


  1. Please describe a specific instance where you used data analysis and/or visualizations to discover and communicate a story.
  2. Please describe your professional, educational, or volunteer experiences with urban and/or landscape pest management, programming in common data-handling languages, and delivering presentations.

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

Additional Information

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

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.


Find application instructions and additional information here.

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