Under general direction, in the Division of Pest Management, Department of Food and Agriculture, to plan, organize and direct programs aimed at monitoring, assessing and preventing illness associated with the use of chemicals and other agents used in pest management; to serve as the medical adviser for a statewide worker health and safety program related to pesticide exposure; to assist and advise the Department in planning, organizing and directing the investigation and establishment of worker safety standards as related to pesticides and other agricultural chemicals; supervise professional and supportive staff necessary to accomplish these duties; and to do other related work.
In a statewide program plans, organizes and directs activities involving the evaluation of human health aspects of the use of chemicals and other agents in pesticides and exposures to other agricultural chemicals in California, including the determination of safety reentry intervals for areas treated with pesticides; studies long-term health implications of pesticide exposure; reviews and provides final recommendations on medical regulations governing the use of pesticides; reviews available scientific information and makes recommendations pertaining to safe levels of pesticide residues on agricultural products; recommends specifications for safe working conditions for persons exposed to pesticides or their residues and makes recommendations on public safety relative to pesticide exposure; serves as the Department's liaison to the Department of Health Services about programs designed to improve the ability of physicians and other medical personnel to correctly diagnose, treat, and report pesticide-related illnesses; consults with physicians and research units studying the health and safety aspects of pesticide exposure; confers with Federal officials with responsibility for occupational health and safety standards; confers with university and other research workers investigating the pesticide uses and illness potentials; develops and implements adequate employer medical supervision programs for workers exposed to pesticide chemicals; maintains liaison with the activities of other local. State, national, and voluntary agencies; prepares reports; addresses interested groups; provides expert medical testimony when required for legislative and court proceedings involving Department activities; supervises professional and supportive staff necessary to accomplish these duties; evaluates staff performance.
Education: Possession of the legal requirements for the practice of medicine in California as determined by the California Board of Medical Quality Assurance. (Applicants who are in the process of securing approval of their qualifications by the Board of Medical Quality Assurance will be admitted to the examination, but the Board must determine that all legal requirements have been met before candidates will be eligible for appointment.) and Experience: Three years of experience as a physician which includes experience in medical toxicology.
Knowledge of: Modern principles and practices of general medicine and skill in their application, including preventive medicine; health and safety considerations associated with the use of pesticides; Federal, State and local programs for the surveillance and control of pesticide usage; current scientific literature in this field; proposed standards for safe levels in the usage of pesticides; epidemiologic measures as they apply to pesticides; methods of collecting, tabulating, and analyzing data relating to pesticides; methodology and procedures for evaluation of findings, especially as related to advanced scientific research in the field of pesticides; principles and techniques of personnel management and supervision; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives; a manager's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the processes available to meet affirmative action objectives.
Ability to: Interpret and evaluate research findings; establish and maintain effective relationships with administrative and other personnel in the Department and in other organizations, both inside and outside of State service; write articles and prepare materials and reports for publication; exercise creative thinking in the development of original approaches to achieve public acceptance of decisions; provide dynamic and imaginative professional leadership in resolving complex health and safety problems related to pesticides; make public presentations and address interested groups on controversial issues; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; plan, organize, direct and evaluate the work of others; effectively contribute to the Department's affirmative action objectives.