California Public Utilities Commission - Monterey County, CA
$4,145 - $7,926 a month

Job details Salary $4,145 - $7,926 a month Job Type Full-time Full Job Description

Job Description and Duties

Per CCR 249.3, this job control may be used to fill subsequent vacancies.
Under the direction of the Senior Environmental Scientist (SES) (Supervisory) within the PSP, the Environmental Scientist will conduct on-farm environmental assessments and enforcement to ensure compliance with FSMA and the PSR. The incumbent must be able to be commissioned and credentialed by FDA to perform work concerning present and future environmental issues relating to food safety and must work with industry to bring production/facility sites into compliance with FSMA requirements. The incumbent will be responsible for on-farm inspections to ensure that PSR standards are met and enforced and that effective on-farm training and communication are in place. The incumbent will use a prioritized inspectional approach to conduct specific statewide inspections and procedural activities for the PSP.
  • Conduct food safety field investigations and inspections and monitor activity on farms to ensure compliance with PSR requirements. The position may entail up to 70% or more travel for any given month throughout California.

  • Scientifically analyze and evaluate food safety production claims and guarantees in order to substantiate PSR requirements; provide scientific guidance and recommendations of appropriate actions pertaining to PSR requirements; and request additional data from producers and/or industry organizations as needed.

  • Determine and evaluate production impacts on environmental systems in order to assess PSR impacts.

  • Ensure industry standards and PSR requirements of applicable assessment procedures are met by reviewing on-farm records to ensure uniformity and accuracy throughout statewide programs.

  • Implement, update, and maintain inspection procedures adhering to state, Federal, and industry standards.

  • Respond to inquiries from industry, by written correspondence or telephone, regarding environmental issues related to food safety compliance.

  • Travel to various locations throughout the state to attend meetings, training, conferences, and workshops and/or participate in presentations on food safety analyses related to the Produce Safety Program.

Candidates may perform these essential functions with or without reasonable accommodation.

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

Working Conditions

Regular or recurring telework may occur as part of the incumbent’s ongoing regular schedule in accordance with CDFAs Telework Policy.
This position requires the incumbent to work cooperatively with others; maintain regular, consistent, predictable attendance; and exercise good judgment. The incumbent must have good written and oral communications skills. This position requires the incumbent to work from home and to travel by air, private or state vehicle, or other transportation modes to various locations throughout the state. This position is based in the Central Coast region in California; however, it may be possible for the person to live outside the region. The incumbent must possess a valid California drivers license to drive a personal or state vehicle.
The duties of this position are performed in various environments, which consist of working outdoors approximately 70% of the time and indoors 30% of the time. The outdoor activities include visiting and traveling overnight to farms, processing plants, trainings, meetings or conferences. Outdoor work may also include walking on uneven ground; carrying and using sample equipment; and conducting visual environmental assessments, field inspections, and data recording. Incumbent may be required to travel and be in field locations during inclement or severe weather.
Indoor work will be performed from a workstation equipped with standard office equipment. Indoor activities may include trainings, presentations, and computer and electronic communication. This position requires the ability to operate a computer terminal, calculator, photocopier, fax, and telephone; participate in, give presentations at, and interact with others at meetings; grasp papers, small objects, and manuals; and maneuver above shoulder level and below waist level to access upper and lower files and cabinets.

Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Additional Documents

  • Job Application Package Checklist
  • Duty Statement

Position Details

Job Code #: JC-264038 Position #(s): 018-775-0762-009 Working Title: Environmental Scientist Classification: ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST $4,145.00 - $5,132.00 A $5,037.00 - $6,250.00 B $6,375.00 - $7,926.00 C # of Positions: 1 Work Location: Monterey County Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

The Inspection and Compliance Branch deals with a broad range of environmental, environmental health, and on-farm management issues related to protecting public health.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released the first-ever regulations in accordance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011 by President Obama. The regulations now require producers to adhere to prescriptive measures intended to minimize food safety risks at the farm level. The PSP is responsible for the implementation of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR), one of seven new regulations under FSMA.

Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
FDA Commission with Credential will be required as a condition of permanent state employment in this position. Commission appointment requires the incumbent to be a citizen of the U.S., and to undergo a detailed background check and live scan fingerprinting.
Bachelor’s or advanced degree with a major in biological, chemical, physical, or environmental science, or a closely related scientific discipline.
Valid California Driver’s License
Statement of Qualifications:
Applicants are required to complete a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), in addition to a standard State application (Examination/Employment Application STD 678). Only those applicants who submit all required documents by the final filing date will be considered. Applications are encouraged to submit transcripts or degree if available. The SOQ is requested to elicit information regarding each applicants interest and experience in relation to this position. The completed SOQ should not be more than two (2) pages, using Arial, 12-point font size. Resumes, letters, and other materials will not be considered as responses to the SOQ. A SOQ that does NOT conform to the specifications or is incomplete will not be considered.
1. Please describe how your education and experience directly relate to the position of an inspector within the Produce Safety Program.
2. Please describe the FSMA Produce Safety Rule.

Application Instructions

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: Until Filled

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

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 at www.CalCareers.ca.gov. 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 Food & Agriculture Attn: Human Resources Branch JC-264038 1220 N Street, Room 242 Sacramento, CA 95814

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Food & Agriculture Human Resources Branch JC-264038 1220 N Street, Room 242 Sacramento, CA 95814 ELECTRONIC APPLICATION IS PREFERRED. All mail or drop-off applications must include JC-264038 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at www.CalCareers.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.
  • Degree/Diploma
  • Statement of Qualifications -

    A completed Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) must be submitted with your State Application to be considered. The SOQ must follow the specifics as stated in the “Special Requirements” section.

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.


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Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Hiring Unit Contact:
Wendy Hoag
(916) 597-7526
[email protected]

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 Officer
(916) 654-1005
[email protected]

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.

Hard Copy Applications

If you are dropping off or mailing in your application, please use the Examination/Employment Application, STD 678 Revised 7/2019 version.

Additional Information

Please do not include any confidential information such as social security number, marital status, ethnicity, age, salary or disability information on any of the documentation uploaded with your online application.
If the classification you are applying for has an education requirement, transcripts will be required to verify you meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. Please be sure to redact any confidential information before uploading your transcripts.
Upon hire you may be required to provide official sealed transcripts or an original degree or certificate.
Applicants with foreign degrees may be asked to provide an official foreign transcript evaluation which indicates course work is equivalent to a degree from an accredited U.S. College or University.
This position may require a medical clearance.

Alternate Classifications and Training and Development assignments may be considered.

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.

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