Professional Career Opportunities - Job Title Details

Public Health Specialist Trainee 1 Environment, G-13

Occupation Group

Natural and Physical Sciences

General Information

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Job Description

Public Health Specialists (Environment) investigate and evaluate the impact of environmental contamination on public health; assess human exposure to hazardous chemicals; develop, coordinate, and evaluate regulatory programs and remedial activities; recommend measures protective of public health; and communicate health assessments to the public and other government agencies.  Employees may perform such tasks as reviewing inspection reports, collecting and assembling data, and reviewing scientific literature.  These positions are located in the Department of Health.

Trainees will receive a combination of structured training, on-the-job training, and/or practical job performance to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to function at the full performance level.

Who has this title?

Minimum Qualifications

You must meet the requirements below to qualify for this title.

Bachelor's or higher degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Geochemistry, Geology, or Industrial Hygiene.

Physical/Medical Requirements

A medical examination will be required prior to appointment to ensure that you are able to satisfactorily perform the duties of these positions with or without reasonable accommodation. Candidates will be required to complete the OSHA Respirator Questionnaire and be certified to use cartridge respirators. To obtain a complete statement of the physical and medical standards, go to You are responsible for payment of the clinical laboratory test fee.

Appointment Information

Appointment Information

Most employees will be appointed to the Trainee 1 job title.

Appointments to this job title require a two-year traineeship that starts at the Trainee 1, G-13, and advances, after one year of acceptable performance, to Trainee 2, G-14. After one year of acceptable performance as a Trainee 2, employees advance to the full performance, G-18, job title described above. No further Civil Service examination is required for advancement from Trainee 1 to Trainee 2, or from Trainee 2 to the full performance job title. For additional appointment information, see the Appointments tab in the PCO Overview.

Advanced Placement Appointments - For most trainee titles, employees may be able to be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 level or to the full performance title if they meet certain qualifications. This is known as advanced placement and is at the discretion of the hiring agency. View the qualifications for advanced placement, at:

Appointment to the G-18 title - This job title is also filled at the G-18 level. See the Select Job Title information for Public Health Specialist 2 (Environment) to review the additional qualifications for the Public Health Specialist 2 (Environment) title.