Environmental Health Specialist I 222 views

The County of Yolo is recruiting to fill one regular, full-time position in the class of Environmental Health Specialist I at the Department of Community Services, Division of Environmental Health. The candidate selected for this position may be assigned to the Consumer Protection or Land Use Unit. Responsibilities assigned to this position in the Consumer Protection Unit will include food facility plan review and inspection, pool facility plan review and inspection, and substandard housing investigations. Responsibilities assigned to this position in the Land Use Unit could include water well construction plan review and inspection, onsite septic system plan review and inspection, land use application review, and activities associated with the public water program and solid waste program. The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate the ability to effectively prioritize their workload, have a passion for environmental health, and enjoy working in the field (in a mobile capacity) and/or at construction sites. Ideal personal characteristics that would be the best fit for the unit include good interpersonal skills, the ability to negotiate effectively with a non-authoritarian communication style, and the ability to work well independently as well as the desire and ability to work within a team environment.

Interested applicants should submit an online County of Yolo Employment Application, responses to supplemental questions and a detailed resume by 5pm on the final filing date. Verification of education may be submitted at the time of filing or when requested by the hiring department.


Under close supervision, to learn and conduct inspections and investigations involving the enforcement of local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to environmental health and safety and consumer protection, and to do other work as related.

Distinguishing Characteristics

This is the trainee level of the Environmental Health Specialist series. Incumbents in this class are subject to a greater degree of supervision and guidance in the performance of their duties than the next higher, registered, fully qualified journey levels. Incumbents receive formal and on the job training in the procedures and techniques essential to conduct various environmental health and safety inspections, investigation and enforcement activities. Incumbents are required to obtain registration as an Environmental Health Specialist within the time frame set by State Health and Safety Code. Employee must become a registered Environmental Health Specialist within 3 years of employment.

Essential Functions:

  • Attends training sessions to receive instruction in environmental health and safety principles, practices and procedures;
  • Conducts inspections and investigations relating to all types of food establishments, recreational health facilities, housing and institutions, vectors and nuisances, water and sewage systems, solid waste facilities, infectious and hazardous waste, rabies, land use, electromagnetic radiation control and hazardous substance storage facilities in a learning capacity;
  • Participates in disaster and emergency responses;
  • Collects samples and specimens for laboratory analysis and interprets laboratory findings; Prepares precise and accurate reports;
  • Participates in meetings and public education events;
  • Prepares court cases;
  • Confers with city or district attorneys and testifies in court.

Employment Standards:

Education : Possession of a bachelor’s degree with major work in environmental health, industrial hygiene, toxicology, chemistry, biochemistry, biology, hydrology, geology, environmental resource management, physical science or other closely related field. Applicants who have met the college educational requirement and are awaiting official notice are required to provide proof of the required degree within 90 days of employment.

Experience : None required.

Certification : Possession of a letter from the State Department of Public Health certifying the applicant meets the minimum requirements to be qualified as an Environmental Health Specialist trainee. Applicants who have met the college educational requirement and are awaiting official notice are required to provide this letter within 90 days of employment.

License : Some positions in this classification may require incumbents to possess and maintain a valid California driver’s license, Class C or higher, to carry out job related duties. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical or mental disability may request a reasonable accommodation.

Knowledge of : principles and practices of biological, chemical, physical and social science applicable in environmental health and safety; local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations pertaining to environmental health and safety.

Ability to : learn environmental health and safety principles and practices, inspection, investigation, enforcement and consultation; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; prepare clear and concise reports; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; testify in court.

Application & Selection Process:

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Your application should highlight all relevant education, training, and experience, and clearly indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications for the position as of the final filing date. Application information must be current, concise, and related to the requirements in this job announcement. A resume may be included with your application; however, it will not substitute for the information requested on the application. Incomplete applications will be disqualified.

In addition to a completed application, applicants are required to submit a detailed resume and completed supplemental questionnaire. Verification of education may be submitted at the time of filing or when requested by the hiring department. Additional documents may be submitted to the Yolo County Human Resources Office in any one or more of the following ways:

  • As an attachment to the online application
  • By e-mail to jobs@yolocounty.org
  • By fax to (530) 666-8049
  • By hand-delivery to 625 Court Street, Room 101, Woodland, CA 95695. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

All required documents must be received by the Human Resources Office by the final filing date. Postmarks will not be accepted. Human Resources is not responsible for the untimely delivery of materials sent via U.S./specialized mail, or County interoffice mail.

Selection Procedure

The following is a tentative schedule of events that will occur as part of the selection process. The selection process steps, and all listed dates, may change with or without notice.

Week of 09/18/2017 Screen for Minimum Qualifications

Week of 09/25/2017 Screen for Best Qualified

TBD Department Selection Interviews

TBD Reference Checks

TBD Tentative Job Offer/Livescan/Drug & Alcohol Screen

November 2017 Estimated Start Date

Screening for Best Qualified

The supplemental questions are designed to elicit specific information regarding a candidate’s experience, education, and training. Responses should be consistent with the information on your application and are subject to verification. If a job included responsibilities applicable to several questions, separate the different functions of the job to answer all the questions completely. Resumes or referral to the application or other questionnaire responses will not be accepted in lieu of completing each question. If you have no experience, write “no experience” for the appropriate question. Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated to determine those applicants that are best qualified.

Contact Information

For questions about the position or about employment with the County, please contact Human Resources by e-mail at jobs@yolocounty.org or by phone at (530) 666-8055.

Equal Employment Opportunity : It is the policy of the County of Yolo to provide equal employment opportunity for all qualified persons, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. The County will comply with all of its obligations under State and Federal laws regarding the provision of reasonable accommodations to applicants. Reasonable testing arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities or who are unable to attend a scheduled test due to religious reasons in accordance with the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please call the County of Yolo Human Resources Office at (530) 666-8055 at least five (5) business days prior to the scheduled test date to request accommodation. Documentation from a medical doctor, rehabilitation counselor, or other qualified professional will be required.

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