Title: Toxicologist – – Site Assessment $45,000 - $65,000 / Posted thru: 5-11-19
Employee Name: TBD
Supervisor: Andrea Keatley – ATSDR Unit Manager
Purpose: This position will provide toxicological support to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services ATSDR Unit Manager
Purpose: This position will provide toxicological support to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Environmental Health in the Toxicology and Response Section. This is the entry Division of Environmental Health in the Toxicology and Response Section. This is the entry-level toxicologist position. As a train trainee, the person in this position will learn learn various aspects of toxicology, evalu evaluation, analyzing data and forming recom recommendations based on the data. The toxic toxicologist collaborates with other feder federal, state, and local health, as well as regul regulatory agencies. The person in this posit position interacts with the public via meeti meetings, telephone conversations, and field visit visits, responding to community health conce concerns. Duties and Responsibilities:
Duty 1: Learns how to conduct public health assessments at sites of environmental contamination, in accordance with federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) guidance. Such sites include: Superfund sites, Brownfields, chemical spills, fires involving hazardous waste, and other sites where real or perceived exposure to hazardous substances potentially threatens public health. More information on ATSDR public health assessments may be found here: https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/hac/index.html. Health Assessments authored by the Toxicology and Response Section may be found here: http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71548_54783_54784 71548_54783_54784-86359--,00.html.
• Uses technical and scientific k knowledge to conduct chemical and site i investigations. • Applies scientific judgment to a address public health hazards. • Conducts evaluations of the p physical, chemical, and toxicological p properties of chemicals of concern at c contaminated sites and assesses health h hazards associated with exposure. • Compiles, analyzes, and interprets f field and laboratory data related to toxic s substances; obtains toxicological, b biological, and chemical data and reports c conclusions. • Effectively conveys public health m messages to the public, health care p professionals, and stakeholder groups. • Coordinates activities with other s state agencies, the US EPA, the ATSDR, local h health departments and other agencies for s site investigation, evaluation, and c communication of health and environmental m messages. • Determines qualitative and q quantitative adequacy of environmental s sampling data. If data gaps exist, requests a additional information from appropriate g governmental agencies. • Assists with sampling designs and s strategies. • Conducts site visits to make observations and collect information pertinent to site-related public health i issues. • Identifies exposure pathways and d determines if they are complete, potential, o or incomplete. • Attends public meetings to address q questions and concerns of affected citizens a and groups. • Maintains records and correspondence r related to public health assessments. • Recommends and identifies parties to c carry out public health actions based on c conclusions reached in health consultations. • Prepares or reviews Public Health C Consultation reports, executive summaries, f fact sheets, and other documents and p presentations related to this site. • Determines whether public health action actions are being implemented.
Duty 2: Communicates technical information on pro projects to the interested public.
Responsibilities: • Provides technical information about c contaminated sites and the health assessment p process to interested parties. • Discusses chemical exposure concerns w with and answers questions from the public o on the Toxic and Health Hotline, via email, t the website, and at public meetings. • Collaborates with Health Educators and other agencies to develop fact sheets and other non-technical reports on sites of e environmental contamination for affected c communities, local health care providers, a and local responders. • Determines need and collaborates with H with Health Educators to develop fact sheets for ge for general toxicological and public health issues issues.
Duty 3: Maintains/expands knowledge of developments in in the area of environmental toxicology, ep epidemiology, and risk communication.
• Participates in the Michigan multi-agency Toxics Steering Group (TSG); discussing current issues in toxicology and making recommendations to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
agency Toxics Steering Group (TSG); d discussing current issues in toxicology and m making recommendations to the Michigan D Department of Environmental Quality. • May be asked to participate in TSG s subcommittees formed to address t toxicological issues of importance to r regulatory programs and/or public health. • May be asked to participate in ATSDR and EPA-hosted national and regional w workshop meetings and participates in panels a and presentations to share knowledge and e experience. • Maintains working knowledge of the d development and use of state and federal e environmental regulatory criteria. • Reviews scientific literature on c chemicals of interest. • Attends training sessions to i increase knowledge of statistical, r regulatory, research, and community i involvement processes. • Attends and participates in local, state, state, and national meetings, conferences, and sem and seminars on related technical topics and issues. issues.
Duty 4: All other duties as assigned to support the Unit Unit, Section, Division, and Bureau.
Education: Possession of a master’s degree in a physical, biological, environmental science, or public health related field. Preference given to candidates with a Master’s degree in toxicology, OR possession of a master’s degree in a physical, biolo biological, environmental science, or public healt health related field, with 10 semester (15 term) term) credits in toxicology, 14 semester (20 term) term) credits in chemistry (including inorg inorganic, organic and biochemistry), and 24 semes semester (35 term) credits in any combi combination of the following: physiology, histo histology, pathology, statistics, envir environmental science, microbiology, physi physical or environmental chemistry (in addit addition to the above indicated 14 semester credi credits); anatomy, pharmacology, epide epidemiology, industrial hygiene, toxicology (in a (in addition to the above indicated 10 semes semester credits); or, vertebrate biology or zoolo zoology may be substituted for the education requi requirement. Experience: No specific type or amount is req required.
Important Skills and Characteristics: • Knowledge of the general principles, p practices and procedures of toxicology, b biology, and chemistry. • Knowledge of the relationships b between the toxicological, physical and c chemical properties of chemicals. • Knowledge of basic toxicology c concepts and terms. • Ability to convey technical i information to the public through written a and oral communication. • Ability to maintain records and d document reports in accordance with d departmental guidance. • Ability to prioritize and co concurrently assess multiple sites.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Standard office environment and physical requirements typical of an office position. The only physical effort required in this position would be the carrying of a mercury vapor analyzer machine, less than 10 pounds in weight, if the toxicologist attends to a mercury spill event. The employee may attend one of these calls several times per year. The employee may be exposed to unpleasant and noxious fumes and odors when conducting site visits. These sites are usually outside and the employee would be exposed to local weather conditions. Site visits may occur up to two to three times a month. Requires valid vehicle operator’s license and may inclu include occasional travel within the State, inclu including overnights. Less occasionally, trave travel may be required outside the State.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: No as assigned responsibility.
IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS: This position supports activities that are important functions of the Division of Environmental Health. The results of these activities will help assure that Michigan communities are protected from the hazards of vapor intrusion, non-biological substances in groundwater, and other chemical hazards in the environment. This position will provide support to key professional staff with duties related to this activity and will support other similar activities within DHHS. This position interacts with the public, local health departments and other State of Michigan agencies via meetings, telephone conversations, and field visits.
biological substances in groundwater, and o other chemical hazards in the environment. T This position will provide support to key p professional staff with duties related to t this activity and will support other similar a activities within DHHS. This position i interacts with the public, local health d departments and other State of Michigan a agencies via meetings, telephone c conversations, and field visits.