Environmental Health Specialist
Salary: Environmental Health Specialist Trainee (#3275)
$21.98-$26.83 hourly / $3,822-$4,666 monthly / Range: 5528
Environmental Health Specialist (#3276)
$25.39-$31.00 hourly / $4,417-$5,392 monthly / Range: 5818
DEFINITION: Under general supervision, conducts inspections of
public facilities to ensure compliance with local, State, and
Federal laws and regulations governing environmental health and
safety; and performs related duties as required.
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: These are flexibly staffed classes.
The Trainee is the entry level in the Environmental Health
Specialist series. Incumbents work under supervision of a registered
Specialist, performing general and routine environmental health
duties and are expected to pass a state registration exam within 6
to 18 months after appointment (depending upon previous
training/education). The Trainee is distinguished from the
Environmental Health Specialist in that the latter functions at the
registered and full journey level, performing inspection and
compliance duties independently. The Specialist is distinguished
from that of Environmental Health Specialist, Senior in that the
latter performs more technically complex and specialized duties
and/or is assigned lead responsibility.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
1. Conducts inspections of retail food producing, distributing and
serving establishments, institutional facilities, organized camps,
recreational facilities, water systems, and private wells to ensure
compliance with environmental health and safety laws and
regulations; checks for and determines significant variance from
approved conditions in matters such as temperature of food,
equipment design, ventilation, lighting, structural design, and
sanitation and recommends corrective measures; and issues inspection
reports, notices to correct, and permits.
2. Investigates citizens' complaints related to environmental health
problems; takes samples for laboratory analysis; conducts field
surveys; prepares reports documenting findings and recommendation;
prepares letters to violators of State and local Health and Safety
Codes, setting forth compliance schedules to correct violations; and
presents evidence and testimony in court proceedings.
3. Advises business owners, builders, and other members of the
public on interpretation of and conformity with environmental health
and safety requirements; provides information on methods for
correcting nuisances and unsanitary conditions; and makes
presentations before public bodies and community groups.
TRAINEE: Possession of a bachelor's degree, i including 30 semester
units of basic sciences, AND proof of Environmental Health
Specialist Trainee certification as set forth in Section 106635 of
the California Health and Safety Code. (The State Department of
Health Services, Environmental Health Section evaluates coursework
and issues certification upon submission of completed application
with fee and official college transcripts.)
SPECIALIST: Possession of a valid Environmental Health Specialist
Certificate of Registration issued by the State Department of Health
Services, Environmental Health Specialist Registration Program as
set forth in Section 106635 of the California Health and Safety
TRAINEE AND SPECIALIST: Possession of a valid California Class C
Driver's License at the time of appointment.
Trainee and Specialist: principles of general chemistry, physics,
microbiology, biology, and calculus.
Specialist: State, Federal, and local laws and regulations governing
environmental health and safety; principles of organic chemistry and
epidemiology; principles and practices of environmental health and
public administration; statistics.
Trainee: learn, interpret, and apply laws and regulations; collect
specimens correctly and learn to interpret lab analysis.
Trainee and Specialist: conduct routine inspections using the proper
tools and equipment; define problem areas; collect, interpret, and
evaluate data and draw valid conclusions; evaluate situations and
respond effectively; identify potential violations and take
corrective action; communicate effectively both verbally and in
writing with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and
temperaments; communicate and interact in situations requiring
instruction and persuasion; prepare and present clear and concise
written narrative and statistical reports; establish and maintain
effective working relationships with staff, other departments, and
the general public; demonstrate tact and diplomacy.
Trainee: Incumbents are expected to obtain Environmental Health
Specialist registration and to demonstrate possession of and
competency in the necessary knowledge and abilities to be promoted
to Environmental Health Specialist within 18 months of appointment.