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Environmental Health Specialist, Supervising

Salary: $32.59-$39.78 hourly / $5,668-$6,919 monthly / Range: 6318

DEFINITION: Under general direction, plans, organizes, supervises and evaluates the work of subordinate personnel in the enforcement of Environmental Health and Safety laws, rules and regulations; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This is the first supervisory level in the Environmental Specialist series. Incumbents are responsible for supervising the daily operations of an assigned work unit in such areas as land use and development, liquid waste, water systems, solid waste and food sanitation. This class is distinguished from Program Manager classes in the Environmental Health Division by the latter's responsibility for management of community health or hazardous materials programs.


1. Plans, directs and assigns the work of subordinate professional and clerical staff; trains staff; evaluates job performance; makes recommendations regarding hiring, promotion and disciplinary actions as necessary and appropriate.
2. Ensures that inspections and investigations are completed in accordance with the appropriate laws and divisional policy; interprets and implements policies, regulations, procedures and programs for the work unit; establishes and maintains uniform methods of inspection and investigation, enforcement procedures, collection and processing of samples for laboratory examination.
3. Assists in the formulation of operational policies, programs and procedures; identifies operational problems or inefficiencies and recommends corrective action.
4. Represents the Environmental Health Division before community groups, political and appointed bodies; hears complaints and makes decisions regarding their disposition.


1. Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California and two years 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 and practices of Environmental Health inspection, regulation and enforcement; State and Federal laws and regulations governing Environmental Health and Safety; effective public information and public relations methods.

Ability to: plan, direct, supervise and evaluate the work of others; read, interpret and explain applicable policies, laws and regulations; define problem areas, interpret and evaluate complex technical data and draw valid conclusions; evaluate situations and respond effectively in emergencies; 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.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS: Lead or supervisory training and experience is desirable.

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