Job Posting for Mass Department of Public Health: Environmental Analyst III

TitleEnvironmental Analyst III – Translational Toxicology Section Leader

Organization: The Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The Translational Toxicology Section Leader is the primary toxicologist in the Environmental Toxicology Program responsible for the development and implementation of evidenced-based environmental health assessment tools for systematic integration into program, bureau, and department activities. She/he will be responsible for working collaboratively with the Environmental Toxicology Program (ETP) Director, ETP Assistant Director, ETP Unit Chiefs (Air Toxics and Water Toxics) to develop scalable and sustainable tools. She/he will be the primary individual responsible for translating the technical work-products from ETP programmatic activities (e.g., environmental and biological contaminant monitoring, recreational water quality, medical use of marijuana testing, pesticide use/registration, health impact assessment, etc.) into tools that prevent, mitigate, or educate stakeholders about the adverse effects of chemical exposures.

This individual will work closely with 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 prepare high quality technical reports and presentations for senior staff. Candidates are expected to have an understanding of regulatory toxicology principals (e.g., US FDA, US EPA) as well as the practice of public health at the local, state and national level. The individual should be familiar with the technical aspects of toxicology, including: study design, evaluating animal physiology/critical effects, assessing chemical hazards using animal data, developing health-based exposure criterion, and interpreting analytical chemistry data. Ideally the individual should have experience with conducting health-based risk assessments as well as project management experience involving multiple internal and external stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a quantitative toxicologist in the Environmental Toxicology Program (ETP).
  • Conduct primary literature research on chemical exposure and biological effects.
  • Responsible for review of analytical data for possible issuance of public health advisories.
  • Respond to public concerns about possible health effects from exposures to environmental contaminants.
  • Attend meetings related to environmental toxicology issues as the ETP or MDPH representative.
  • Prepares draft reports evaluating laboratory data and possible health effects for review by Program Director and Bureau Director(s).
  • Prepares draft educational materials on related topics.
  • Summarize existing regulatory guidance and criteria from state, federal, and authoritative agencies.
  • Conduct quantitative analyses of possible health risks associated with exposures to various environmental media.
  • Represent the program, bureau, and department in providing technical presentations.
  • Update risk-communication tools with new information on environmental exposure and health outcomes.
  • Adhere to bureau protocol in responding to public health inquiries (e.g., telephone calls) regarding program projects.
  • Assist Program Director with preparing materials for presentation at public meetings.
  • Review environmental consulting service (vendor) proposals.
  • Assist with the management of technical tasks performed by environmental consultants (vendors).


  • Knowledge of the principles of hydrology including hydrologic cycle, groundwater flow, gradient, containment migration, recharge, discharge and hydraulic properties of aquifers.
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of toxicology including risk analysis and regression analysis.
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of toxicological testing techniques and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the properties and characteristics of carcinogens, mutagens, teratogens and other toxicological agents.
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of instruments and equipment, both portable and stationary, used in measuring environmental conditions.
  • Knowledge of the environmental properties of soils including the transmissivity, bacteriological activity, and absorption properties of soils.
  • Knowledge of the methods of soil testing including soil classification, chemical content, trace metals analysis and aquifer characteristics.
  • Knowledge of the entry and fate of acute toxins in the human body.
  • Knowledge of the chemical properties of  water including pH, conductivity, presence of trace metals, volatile organic compounds, turbidity, nutrient levels and seasonal temperature characteristics.

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