Under immediate supervision (Environmental Health Specialist I), general supervision (Environmental Health Specialist II), or direction (Environmental Health Specialist III), performs progressively complex professional environmental health activities involving investigation, inspection, data collection and analysis, enforcement action, report preparation and public contact; assists in environmental health program administration; and performs related duties as required.
Each level differs from the preceding level in that work is done more independently with less supervision. Each level has increasingly responsible public contact; interaction with public and private entities; conflict resolution; and a wider range of environmental health projects at a higher level of complexity (i.e., understanding concepts relating to environmental, biological, water, wastewater, etc.). Each succeeding step in the job series is expected to function at a higher level of individual initiative, creativity, self-direction, and independent judgment.
The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; work efficiently and effectively under pressure; display initiative and be detail oriented and adaptable to shifting priorities. The candidate must be able to provide written reports that detail violations of state law and provide appropriate corrective actions for compliance. The candidate must be comfortable and have the confidence to provide education and enforcement in regulated businesses to ensure understanding and compliance.
Environmental Health Specialist I: $23.04 - $32.24 (hourly)
Environmental Health Specialist II: $2,036.49 - $2,843.19 (biweekly)
Environmental Health Specialist III: $2,259.79 - $3,170.30 (biweekly)
Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's or Master's degree that is not required for the classification.
Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending on the applicable memorandum of agreement and needs of the department. In order to qualify for this incentive, incumbents in eligible positions must take and pass the applicable bilingual fluency examination with a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher.
Environmental Health Specialist I is represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.
Environmental Health Specialist II/III are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and are not eligible for overtime compensation.
Examples Of Duties
Depending on the level, duties may include but are not limited to the following:
Performs inspections of various facilities and properties to determine conformance with applicable State laws and County Ordinance Code sections.
Prepares written reports and makes recommendations for completion of environmental health projects.
Researches, compiles, synthesizes, analyzes and interprets information and data necessary to meet environmental health objectives.
Coordinates environmental health projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives.
Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, environmental health programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures.
Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify environmental health reports and recommendations.
Coordinates and/or negotiates with other individuals, developers, groups, sections, divisions, departments and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of environmental programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive.
Conducts field investigations of various sites in order to have first-hand knowledge of the location under study.
May participate in enforcement activities which include civil or criminal cases and may involve issuance of citations, collection of evidence and court appearances.
Performs other duties as assigned.
These are entrance requirements to the exam process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST I:
Some experience in environmental health which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities can be obtained by completion of a bachelor's degree in environmental health science or a related field and one of the following:
Proof of eligibility letter (ONLY Options III, IV, or V), as determined by the California Department of Public Health, to take the state license examination for Environmental Health Specialist
Proof of a bachelor's degree in environmental health from a program approved by the California Department of Public Health with the ability to obtain a letter of eligibility to take the required state license examination prior to appointment (ONLY Options III, IV or V accepted). The following is a list of programs approved by the California Department of Public Health:
California State University, Fresno
County Of Ventura