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Environmental Health Specialist, Senior

Salary: $28.06-$34.25 hourly / $4,880-$5,957 monthly / Range: 6018

DEFINITION: Under general direction, performs the more complex and specialized work in the regulation and enforcement of Environmental Health and Safety laws, rules and regulations; plans and implements a specialized program within the Environmental Health Division or leads others in the conduct of field inspections; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Incumbents in this class serve as recognized specialists and/or lead workers in such areas as: land use and development, liquid waste, water systems, solid waste and food sanitation. Incumbents are expected to perform in all program areas as assigned. This class is distinguished from the Environmental Health Specialist, Supervising by the latter's supervisory responsibilities for an assigned work unit.


1. Conducts research to determine the existence, degree and scope of environmental health problems associated with assigned programs; plan checks and reviews complex or sensitive development plans and mechanical, structural and hydrological plans and specifications; conducts specialized studies, investigations, inspection and makes recommendations as to findings; documents information for enforcement action, office or court hearings.
2. Serves as staff consultant in assigned programs; evaluates present procedures and drafts proposed ordinances, regulations and guidelines; prepares position reports regarding environmental health aspects of proposed projects and proposed legislation; represents the Environmental Health Division before community groups, political and appointed bodies.
3. Acts in a lead capacity in guiding, checking, correcting the work of other specialists and staff in assigned programs; coordinates field investigations; plans and conducts inservice training programs.


1. Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California and one year of experience as a registered Environmental Health Specialist or its equivalent in a public health agency; or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License at the time of appointment.

Knowledge of: principles of general chemistry, organic chemistry, epidemiology, physics, microbiology, biology, calculus and statistics; principles and practices of environmental health, public administration; State and Federal laws and regulations governing Environmental Health and Safety; water treatment processes and remediation techniques, land development processes and policies, sewage treatment processes and alternatives; engineering and technical code requirements for plans and specifications; evidence gathering and prosecutorial practices, legal and technical aspects of various specialty fields in Environmental Health.

Ability to: interpret and apply laws and regulations; collect specimens correctly and interpret lab analysis; conduct inspections using the proper tools and equipment; plan and coordinate field investigations; define problem areas, collect, interpret and evaluate data and draw valid conclusions; plan check and review development plans and mechanical, structural and hydrological plans and specifications; evaluate situations and respond effectively; assess violations of codes and pursue abatement; evaluate effectiveness of program elements and recommend changes in technical aspects of program; communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with people of diverse socio-economic backgrounds and temperaments; plan and deliver presentations and training programs to staff and at public meetings; 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.

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