Environmental Public Health Scientist


Alberta Health


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Job Title:
Environmental Public Health Scientist
Job ID:
Full/Part Time:

Open Competition

Closing Date
November 30, 2017

Scientific 4


About Us
To learn more about Alberta Health and what we have to offer, follow this link: http://www.health.alberta.ca/

Are you a highly motivated individual who is looking for an opportunity to demonstrate your exceptional knowledge in toxicology, environmental chemistry, health risk assessment/management and/or environmental public health? And your area of experience and expertise is in air quality? If so, we invite you to explore the prospect of working in the Health Protection Branch, Public Health and Compliance Division.

Reporting to the Director, Environmental Public Health Science, you will provide senior level scientific advice on environmental public health issues that may impact Albertans today, tomorrow or into the future. Your primary focus will be air quality, both indoor and outdoor, coupled with additional participation and leadership in cross-media related influences and impacts. You will prepare summaries of real-time air quality information during emergency events, develop policy and processes through strong evidence based research and analysis, and collaboratively engage and represent the Ministry of Health in a variety of stakeholder forums including multi-stakeholder working groups.

Your success in this role depends on your ability to provide effective leadership on developing environmental public health science policies and related strategies to promote, protect and prevent diseases of environmental public health importance.
The following competencies are required for this position:

Drive for Results: Ability to manage multiple projects effectively to ensure they are on time and on track and that the outcomes are being achieved. Projects focus on coordination and review of predictive and event based human health risk assessments and the development of evidence based policy from a variety of proponents, scenarios and/or regulators (e.g., Alberta Energy Regulator, Environment and Parks).

Systems Thinking: Ability to apply systems thinking to research, analyze and advise internal and external contacts on programs, policies and emerging issues related to complex environmental public health science issues, setting direction and fulfilling the mandate of the department. Ability to synthesize a succinct summary from various sources of information and to provide the best advice to both internal and external stakeholders in a timely fashion.

Develop Networks: Good verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with multiple stakeholders to disseminate scientific information that supports the Ministry?s activities as they relate to environmental public health and health system delivery.

Building Collaborative Environments: Strong interpersonal, collaborative, facilitating skills to work with internal and external stakeholders from diverse backgrounds with varying approaches, cultures, mandates and objectives (e.g., Alberta Environmental and Parks, the Alberta Energy Regulator and health stakeholders such as Alberta Health Services and Health Canada). Ability to engage with other non-technical business programs/units (e.g., Communications, Finance, and Legal and Legislative Services). Preference will be given to experienced individuals who have worked at the government ministry level.

Ph.D. in environmental health sciences or a related field, supplemented by a minimum of 5 years progressively responsible related experience is required. Equivalencies will be considered.

The following experience will be considered assets:

-Experience working with environmental public health science issues, strategies and policies related to public health and health system delivery; and
-Experience in the areas of toxicology, epidemiology, environmental chemistry, health risk assessment, health risk management, risk communication and/or environmental health research.

Following familiarity and/or experience are preferred:

-Previous regulatory experience in any government setting and/or familiarity of Alberta's legislation, standards and best practices relating to environmental public health and environmental protection;
-Familiarity with Alberta and Health Canada guidelines and guidance documents relating to human health risk assessment;
-Expertise in inhalation toxicology and health effects, air contaminant exposure assessment (ambient and indoor air), Alberta's Ambient Air Quality Objectives, and human exposure assessment in general;
-Familiarity in drinking and/or recreational water quality monitoring, soil contamination, and risk management and health impacts;
-Familiarity in latest toxicity testing and implications in decision making and/or other emergent contaminants of concern; and/or
-Experience in risk communications with both technical and non-technical stakeholders

Competencies are behaviors that are essential to reach our goals in serving Albertans. We encourage you to have an in depth understanding of the competencies that are required for this opportunity and to be prepared to demonstrate them during the recruitment process. The link below will assist you with understanding competencies: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/Practitioners/?file=learning/apscompetencies/t...

$3,472.34 - $4,609.18 bi-weekly ($90,628 - $120,299 per annum)

Please note this is a two year temporary position (with possibility of extension based on operational needs). Secondments will be considered. This competition may be used to fill future vacancies. Candidates with lesser qualifications may be considered at a lower level.

What we offer:
-Comprehensive benefits plan:

-Pension plan:

How to Apply
Online applications are preferred. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of the competition.

Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume, and any other related documents are submitted in one file. Please ensure that this document is saved using the naming convention of your last then first name followed by the seven digit Job Opening ID number (Smith,Joe_XXXXXXX). Applicants being considered may be contacted via e-mail with information about the next stage in the process.

It is recommended that applicants who have obtained educational credentials from outside of Canada and have not had them previously assessed, obtain an evaluation of their credentials from the International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS) - http://work.alberta.ca/immigration/international-qualifications-assessme... It is recommended that applicants include the assessment certificate from IQAS or any other educational assessment service as part of their application.

Position Profile
Please see the attached position description for a detailed list of the job responsibilities: http://www.psc.alberta.ca/jobs/positionprofile/pp1045884.htm

Closing Statement
If you require any further information on this job posting, please call our Human Resource office at: (780) 427-1524. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applications will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Contact Name

Nina Wang

Contact E-mail