Title: Environmental Analyst I
Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Brief Summary of Position:
The Environmental Analyst I will serve as an essential member of a collaborative team that works with the CDC and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in Massachusetts to evaluate potential health effects from exposure to environmental contamination at contaminated sites. The individual will be directly involved in public health-related environmental exposure investigations involving assessments of biomonitoring, fish toxics, childhood lead poisoning, air pollution, microbial pollution, and climate change.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- 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).
- 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, childhood lead poisoning, air pollution, microbial pollution, and climate.
- Will be responsible for assisting with projects conducted under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, including completing health consultations evaluating the potential health effects from exposure to environmental contamination.
- May represent BEH at interagency or public meetings, some of which may occur during evenings.
- Responsible for related projects conducted under BEH cooperative agreement with the US Agency for Toxic Substance Disease Registry (ATSDR). Includes conducting reviews of environmental data for possible public health concerns.
- Assist with the management of large volumes of study data.
- Assist with the development of participant questionnaires.
- Assist with environmental sample collection to include transportation of sampling supplies, and transportation of collected samples.
- Evaluate environmental exposure data.
- Perform review of MassDEP and US EPA files on hazardous waste sites.
- Performs 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.
Qualifications: 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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