Job: Environmental Health Specialist I/II/III - Spanish Speaking Preferred (Open & Promotional)

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Pay: $69,804.80 to $108,451.20/year

Salary : $33.56 - $52.14 Hourly $2,684.80 - $4,171.20 Biweekly $5,817.07 - $9,037.60 Monthly $69,804.80 - $108,451.20 Annually

Posted: 04/09/2018

Job Status: Full Time

Job Reference #: 2038206

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Overall Job Objective

Job Title:Environmental Health Specialist I/II/III - Spanish Speaking Preferred (Open & Promotional)
Closing Date/Time:Mon. 04/23/18 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$33.56 - $52.14 Hourly
$2,684.80 - $4,171.20 Biweekly
$5,817.07 - $9,037.60 Monthly
$69,804.80 - $108,451.20 Annually
Job Type:Full-Time
Location:San Mateo County, California
The County of San Mateo Health System's Environmental Health Services Division ensures a safe and healthful environment in the County's 20 cities and unincorporated areas through education, monitoring and enforcement of a variety of regulatory programs, as well as ongoing services to the community.

We are seeking an ambitious and dedicated individual for the position of Environmental Health Specialist I-II-III-Spanish Speaking Preferred to provide services to the County and some local communities, including inspection, consultation, surveys, investigations and enforcement of regulations in activities relating to water, food, air, wastes, housing, public pools and safety.  Fluency in English and Spanish is preferred, but not required.

Applicants must meet the following certification requirements:
Environmental Health Specialist I - Possession of a current "Trainee Certification Letter" from the California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Specialist Registration Program. (NOTE:  An Environmental Health Specialist Trainee may be employed to work under the supervision of a registered environmental health specialist, until he or she is qualified by examination as provided under Section 106670, for a period which shall not exceed three years.)  
Environmental Health Specialist II and III - Possession of a California certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS).

For more information on the Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program, please visit the California Department of Public Health website at:  
EHS I:  $33.56 - $37.52/hour
EHS II:  $39.32 - $49.14/hour
EHS III:  $41.73 - $52.14/hour

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.
 Examples Of Duties:
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Make regular inspections of food, water, housing, industrial, educational and recreational facilities for compliance with environmental health laws and regulations.
  • Give instructions for correction of violations; conduct enforcement activities.
  • Investigate and resolve citizen complaints.
  • Advise and instruct business owners, builders, architects, engineers, public officials and other individuals on interpretation and application of environmental health laws and requirements.
  • Conduct training for employees of restaurants and other establishments in environmental sanitation techniques.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports and correspondence.
  • Provide expert witness testimony in court proceedings.
  • At the III level, research and coordinate a specialized environmental health project such as rural sanitation, civil disaster preparedness, infectious waste, insect control, swimming pool sanitation, noise abatement, marina sanitation, marine biology, etc.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Licensure/Certification Requirements: For the II or III level: possession of a California Certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:

I level: A bachelor's degree which has included a minimum of 30 semester units of basic sciences.
II level: One year of experience in general inspections and investigations in the environmental health field.
III level: Two years of journey level experience in environmental health inspections and investigations.

Knowledge of: Principles of biological and physical sciences; principles and practices of environmental health sanitation; techniques of environmental health inspection, investigation and control; general community health problems and governmental programs designed to control or alleviate them; research, evaluation and statistical methods; laws, regulations and ordinances governing environmental health in California; and provisions of the Penal Code relating to public nuisances.

Skill/Ability to: Interpret laws, regulations and data; define difficult problem areas, analyze complex data and make valid recommendations; advise and instruct others in the principles of sanitation and environmental health; enforce local ordinances and state law; work independently and as a team member; keep complex and accurate records; prepare clear, concise reports and correspondence; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others; speak effectively and communicate in situations requiring instruction and persuasion; represent the division as an expert in area of specialty; and assist in the training and orientation of new personnel.
Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination.

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
Must attach a copy of current "Trainee Certification Letter" from the California Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Specialist Registration Program OR a copy of a current California certificate as Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) when submitting online application. No exceptions will be made.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

The examination process will consist of an application screening (weight: Pass/Fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%), which may include a written or performance exercise. Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California, and applicants must participate at their own expense.

Final Filing Date: April 23, 2018, 11:59 PM
Application Screening: May 2, 2018
Combined Civil Service Panel/Departmental Interviews: May 16 and/or 17, 2018

County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

HR Contact: Yvonne Alvidrez (040918) (Environmental Health Specialist I/II/III - J048/J046/J049)

Keywords: environmental health, specialist, REHS, trainee

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