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Environmental Program Manager I

Directs a highly trained, interdisciplinary staff of scientists and technical specialists in the Air Program and Eradication Monitoring Program of the Environmental Monitoring Branch. Directs staff to identify and evaluate mitigation options to reduce adverse effects of pesticides on human health, evaluate pesticides as potential toxic air contaminants and their impact on environmental justice communities. Directs staff to track volatile organic compounds (VOC) from pesticides and mitigate adverse impacts of VOC. Supervises the staff who accomplish these duties by monitoring, computer modeling, developing databases, and analyzing data using statistics, geographic information systems, and other techniques. Directs staff to improve monitoring and pesticide data resources to facilitate assessment of exposure to pesticides used in eradication treatment programs. Coordinates program activities with other cooperating agencies, such as the county, state, and federal governments, and the University. Supervises the review of scientific reports submitted by registrants, universities, government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others.

Mentors environmental scientists in key scientific skills and evaluates staff performance and maintains superior scientific quality in completing projects; evaluates program effectiveness by reviewing complex research studies; evaluates collected data and reports, recommends appropriate courses of action, and/or develops program policies based on scientific finding.

Interprets various laws, rules, and regulations and recommends and/or develops policies in the development of documents like the State Implementation Plan to address volatile organic compounds from pesticides to reduce air pollution; coordinates with program staff on the development of methods to regulate pesticides based on scientific knowledge derived from environmental fate studies; reviews, evaluates, and recommends courses of action, coordinates and oversees contractual needs for research, facilities, and services for the program; and provides technical consultation and staff assistance to the Branch Chief and others such as advisory boards and commissions.

Plans, reviews, and prepares program budget; develops and implements program policies; communicates with program staff and Branch Chief to plan and coordinate requests for budget change proposal (s) and extramural funds; reviews, evaluates, and recommends necessary revisions; and represents the program at budget hearings and meetings. Prepares and reviews personnel transactions and documents; participates in sensitive and confidential personnel problems. Acts as branch’s field safety officer, including supervising the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, specifying personal protective equipment, and managing medical surveillance contract.

Conducts conversational translation services with stakeholders during outreach and regulatory workshops. Translates facts sheets containing scientific monitoring results for community stakeholders. Translates regulatory and/or outreach materials and proofreads translated outreach and regulatory documents for accuracy. 

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Five years of broad, extensive, and increasingly responsible experience as a scientist in environmental analysis, management, research, planning, regulation, investigation, or enforcement, at least two years of which must have been in an administrative or supervisory position in full charge of a staff responsible for the development or implementation of environmental policies, programs, plans, or research projects; or conducting a critical and/or sensitive environmental monitoring and surveillance or environmental management program; or in the direction of the work of a large multidisciplinary environmental investigatory or regulatory staff at a level equivalent to a Senior Environmental Scientist in the California state civil service.

Possession of a master's degree in a biological, chemical, physical, or environmental science, soil science, water science, hydrology, agronomy, natural resource science, environmental or public health, physical geography, or a closely related scientific discipline may be substituted for one year of the required general experience; possession of a doctorate in the above-named disciplines may be substituted for two years of the general experience.