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Class Code: 303F
Category: Health Care


Evaluates research studies and other technical information related to experimental and regulatory toxicology, human clinical toxicology, toxicokinetics, environmental fate, and environmental transport to determine potential adverse health and/or ecological effects of exposure to environmental chemicals.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Toxicologist 2 is distinguished from the Toxicologist 1 by serving as the technical specialist/lead on projects, providing leadership and direction on non-routine public health issues. Represents the department to one or more of the following: multi-agency taskforces, legislative hearings, public interest groups, and the press and makes presentations to the public, peers, and managers. Positions perform duties independently.

Typical Work

Employs applied toxicology and public health experience to address broad health impact issues resulting from human exposure to environmental contanimants in consultation with supervisor or Toxicologist 3; knows agency mission, policies and legal contexts of Agency, and those agencies with which DOH interacts;

Develops educational material and provides training and information across a broad spectrum of public health and toxicological topics to local health departments, other agencies and the public;

May function as technical team leader in planning and giving direction to team members for complex public health/toxicological assessments;

Is responsible for assuring that assessment results are communicated clearly, adequately and accurately to management, other agencies, the public and the press;

Represents the Office and the Agency in scientific, science and public health policy duscussions with DOH management, other agencies and the public; and makes certain that Office and Agency concerns are heard in the appropriate forums;

Broadens own depth and breadth of toxicological/public health knowledge through professional development including networking with other scientists and public health professionals, participating in seminars, workshops or courses and reading the professional literature;

May serve as expert witness for Office/DOH concerns;

Writes peer-reviewed journal articles with peers or solely on findings of assessments;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: toxicology information and research methodology, regulatory issues, health assessment methods, statistics, and electronic databases.

Ability to: initiate, design, and conduct toxicology research studies; collect and interpret toxicology data in context of environmental health needs; perform routine health risk assessments; speak and write effectively.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Ph.D. degree in toxicology or in a health or ecological related science with a major emphasis in toxicology and one year of toxicology experience.


A Master's of Science degree in toxicology or in a health or ecological related science with a major emphasis in toxicology and three years of experience as a toxicologist.

Class Specification History

New class: 9-18-89
Revised definition, distinguishing characteristics, and minimum qualifications: 11-12-93
Revised distinguishing characteristics and typical work: 4-11-97
New class code: (formerly 53440) effective July 1, 2007