Toxicologist Supervisor (TOX3) – DOH6968

Washington State Department of Health, Tumwater, WA, US


This is a full-time, permanent Toxicologist 3 position located within the Division of Environmental Public Health (EPH) in the Office of Environmental Public Health Sciences (OEPHS).

This Toxicologist Supervisor position reports to the Site Assessment and Toxicology Section manager and supports the section as a senior toxicologist. In this position, you will have primary responsibility for establishing and supporting partnerships to address the threats to public health from environmental contaminants. This will be done by conducting assessments and providing recommendations on a broad array of non-routine human health toxicological issues with Department of Health (DOH) programs, external agencies, and communities. External agencies include agencies such as the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Washington State Department of Ecology, other state public health agencies, and Tribal governments. This responsibility includes evaluating chemical exposures, while considering equity and environmental justice, to determine public health risks, provide technical assessments, recommend values for protective standards, recommend policy actions, and issue public health advice and assigning requests to staff, assisting them with these requests, and reviewing responses and/or reports.

The position supervises three toxicologist staff members, and is expected to be effective at:

  • Managing staff
  • Providing mentorship and technical guidance on projects
  • Team building
  • Identifying opportunities for growth in the technical expertise of staff
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Ensuring performance expectations and measures are met
  • Continually evaluating results to improve program performance
  • Identifying resource needs
  • Assisting the section manager with identifying, obtaining, and managing state and federal funding to support priority work where necessary

Currently, this position may be located anywhere within the State of Washington. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework (mobile-work) is expected. When approved to return, the incumbent will work with their supervisor to identify an appropriate work schedule and balance, including telework and reporting to the Tumwater duty station for specific work activities. It is anticipated that the incumbent may be expected to report to the Tumwater duty station for work activities one day per month.


Required Qualifications

Option 1: A master’s degree or higher in toxicology OR in a health or ecological related science (e.g., chemistry, environmental science) WITH a major emphasis in toxicology; AND four (4) or more years of toxicology experience.


Option 2: A Ph.D. degree in toxicology OR in a health or ecological related science; AND three (3) or more years of toxicology experience.

Toxicology experience may include, but is not limited to:

  • Evaluating the exposures and effects of toxic chemicals on health outcomes
  • Conducting exposure assessments including the design, implementation, and/or analysis of biomonitoring surveys
  • Developing and vetting policy initiatives related to toxicology
  • Communicating risk to a variety of audiences
  • Leading and/or collaborating with internal and external agency and academic partners to identify priority environmental public health toxicological issues
  • Evaluating toxicology research literature for relevance to emerging human health toxicology issues of public health concern facing the state; or
  • Articulating both in person and in writing, the agency’s policy, and interests on human health toxicological issues to interagency workgroups and advisory committees, and the legislative or regulatory bodies at the state and federal level.


$6,575.00 - $8,631.00 Monthly plus a generous benefits package.

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