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Occupational & Environmental Health Specialist (Oakland)

Worksafe is seeking an Occupational & Environmental Health Specialist to support our mission to advance safety, health, and justice for low-income and immigrant workers throughout California.

Worksafe is a California nonprofit that advocates for the basic right of all workers to a safe and healthful workplace. We have a long history of winning stronger protections for workers through our legal and policy advocacy. We also help workers and worker advocates help themselves through training and technical support.


The Occupational & Environmental Health Specialist will contribute scientific and technical expertise to Worksafe’s policy advocacy and trainings. The successful candidate will also spearhead our efforts to protect workers from chemical hazards and toxic substances. While there is some flexibility dependent upon the skills and interests of the person we hire, core responsibilities will include the following:

  • Review and evaluate scientific literature on diverse occupational and environmental health topics.
  • Assess potential occupational health impacts of various health and safety policies and practices.
  • Translate relevant scientific concepts and findings for non-science audiences including workers, labor advocates, legal advocates, and policymakers.
  • Advocate for strong worker health and safety protections in legislative and regulatory forums.
  • Help build coalitions with labor, environmental, and public health groups to impact policy.
  • Research and develop fact sheets, talking points, letters of support, white papers, etc.
  • Create and conduct topical trainings for diverse audiences including workers and advocates.
  • Support Worksafe’s media and communications efforts.


  • Masters degree in Environmental Health Sciences or a related field (or equivalent experience);
  • Background in a discipline directly related to occupational health and safety preferred;
  • Knowledge of occupational and environmental workplace chemical hazards required;
  • Policy experience and knowledge of Cal/OSHA rulemaking process preferred;
  • Demonstrated ability to translate complex scientific and technical topics for diverse audiences;
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently with energy and enthusiasm;
  • Experience with labor or community organizing a plus;
  • Bilingual in a language of one or more California immigrant worker populations a plus;
  • Passion for protecting the health and safety of workers, families, and communities required.

This is a full-time position based in Oakland, California. Starting compensation is $60k and up, depending upon experience and education. Our generous benefits package includes employee medical, dental, 401k with employer contribution, and commuter benefits. Worksafe is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage women, people of color, and LGBTQ people to apply.

While this position will remain open until filled, please submit your application by December 12, 2018 for priority consideration.

Application Form

To apply, please fill out the form below, and attach your cover letter and resume in the appropriate fields. If we consider you for an interview we will request references and a writing sample.

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