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Environmental Health Technician

Salary: $18.27-$22.31 hourly / $3,178-$3,880 monthly / Range: 5158

DEFINITION: Under direction, conducts water sampling and inspections at sites subject to environmental health and safety regulations; distributes information and explains environmental health procedures and regulations to the public; assists in the preparation of environmental reports and studies; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class performs technical-level duties within environmental health programs. This class differs from that of the Environmental Health Specialist series in that the latter is responsible for full inspection, investigation, and enforcement duties.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:

1. Drives throughout the County to perform routine collection of domestic, industrial, creek, and ocean water samples; protects samples from contamination by transporting samples using proper protocols and within specified time frames; keeps records of sampling locations and methods; makes observations and records physical characteristics of local watersheds and ocean conditions.
2. Investigates complaints of possible creek and ocean pollution by making observations or taking samples at potentially contaminated sites; documents complaints and keeps records of investigations; communicates findings to Environmental Health Specialists and Supervisors; may assist in follow-up action.
3. Informs organizations and individuals, including suspected polluters, of environmental regulations concerning dumping and other sources of surface water contamination; represents the Environmental Health division before the public in the field or at a public counter; answers questions, participates in presentations, and distributes educational materials; distributes pollution statistics and other information as mandated by the federal Freedom of Information Act.
4. Performs research and reviews relevant materials to gather requested information; communicates information or results of research in writing or verbally; assists in the preparation of environmental studies, comprehensive field reports, and public presentations; organizes files; performs data entry and analysis as needed.

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS:

1. Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent that included coursework in chemistry, biology, and physics; and one year of paid, volunteer, or academic experience which included interpreting or explaining rules or regulations; 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.

Knowledge of: basic record-keeping practices, basic research techniques.

Ability to: work independently and without immediate supervision; read, understand, and explain applicable environmental health codes and policies; drive safely in a variety of conditions; follow topographic and street maps; learn and apply proper sampling techniques; keep accurate and legible records; clearly and effectively communicate with a wide variety of people; interact tactfully and courteously with the public; use a computer and various business applications.

Desirable Qualifications: College-level coursework in related subjects such as biology, environmental sciences, statistics, mathematics, chemistry, physics, and hydrology is highly desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at time of appointment. For some positions, the ability to speak Spanish is desirable. Independent travel is required. Position requires the ability to carry 10-15 pounds of equipment or supplies for up to 2 miles during creek surveys, and the ability to hike in creekbeds and rough terrain for up to 2 miles under a variety of weather conditions.

 



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