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Salary: $61,604.28 - $74,880.36 Annually
Location: Concord, CA
Job Type: Full-Time
Department: Health Services - Only
Job Number: VLKA-2019A
Closing: 8/16/2019 11:59 PM Pacific

The Position

Bargaining Unit: Local 856 – Health Services Unit

CLOSING DATE:  August 16, 2019 
The Health Services Department is accepting applications to fill one (1) Environmental Health Specialist Trainee position assigned to the Retail Food, Recreational Health, Land Use or Solid Waste Programs located in Concord, CA.

The Environmental Health Specialist Trainee's responsibilities include receiving instruction and training to perform routine inspections at such locations as food facilities, tattoo parlors, public swimming pools, schools, sewage disposal systems, well construction, small water systems, garbage facilities, and campsites. Incumbents may work variable shifts. This position works closely with experienced Environmental Health Specialists in accordance with the State Environmental Health Specialist Training Plan and reports to a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist. Employment in this class is limited to a maximum of 36 months and during that timeframe, the incumbent is expected to obtain a certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist.
The ideal candidate will have a proven track record demonstrating the following:

  • Excellent written, comprehension and verbal communication skills
  • Able to follow detailed oral and written instructions
  • Effective decision making
  • Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills when conducting field inspections and in-office

Characteristics of the ideal candidate:

  • Good critical thinking skills
  • Ability to receive constructive criticism and follow up with positive action
  • Positive, strong and professional work ethic
To read the complete job description, please visit the website: The eligible list established from this recruitment may remain in effect for 12 months.

Tentative Written Exam:  September 18, 2019
Tentative Oral Exam:   October 17, 2019

Typical Tasks

  • Performs routine inspections food facilities, schools, small water systems, water well installations, and other public and private facilities
  • Inspects wells and soil borings, sewage disposal systems, solid waste management facilities and other public and private installations
  • Investigates complaints of environmental health concern
  • Learns to review plans for food facilities, public pools and spas
  • Assists in issuing permits or licenses for regulated facilities and activities
  • Prepares reports on inspections and records violations
  • Assists in summary closure of food, public pool and spa facilities
  • Takes samples of food, water, beverages and other matter for laboratory tests
  • Impounds unsafe food and utensils or seeks voluntary destruction or removal of unsafe food and/or food equipment
  • Advises or instructs individuals, businesses, institutions and public officials in the prevention and correction of nuisances and unsanitary conditions

Minimum Qualifications

License Required: Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's License.  Out of state valid motor operator's license will be accepted during the application process.
Education: Possession of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in environmental health, a science curriculum or closely related field.
Letter of Eligibility: A letter certifying eligibility to become an Environmental Health Specialist Trainee provided by the California State Department of Public Health, Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program.

Selection Process

Applicants must attach the required Letter of Eligibility to their application that is listed on the Minimum Qualifications section. If this document has been obtained after the application submittal, please email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than Friday, September 6, 2019 by 5pm PST.

  1. Application Filing:  All applicants must apply on-line at and submit the information as indicated on the job announcement by the final filing date.
  2. Application Evaluation: Depending on the number of applications received, an Application Evaluation Board may be convened to evaluate and select the best-qualified candidates for invitation to the next phase of the examination.
  3. Written Examination: A written test, consisting of multiple-choice questions, will be administrated to all accepted applicants. Test items may consist of the following dimensions: Filing and checking, understanding oral information, understanding written information and vocabulary, numerical skills, and public and interpersonal relations. (Weighted 30%)
  4. Oral Interview: Conducted by a Qualifications Appraisal Board who will evaluate candidates in job-related areas. (Weighted 70%)
  5. Candidates must receive a score of at least 70, which may be an adjusted score, in order to be ranked on the eligible list.

The Human Resources Department may change the examination steps noted above in accordance with the Personnel Management Regulations and accepted selection practices. As part of the application process, an applicant may be required to complete a Conviction History form. The Conviction History form should only be submitted when requested.

After you receive a conditional job offer, you will be fingerprinted, and your fingerprints will be sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction conflicts with the specific duties and responsibilities of the job for which you have received a conditional job offer. If a conflict exists, you will be asked to present any evidence of rehabilitation that may mitigate the conflict, except when federal or state regulations bar employment in specific circumstances. Having a conviction history does not automatically preclude you from a job with Contra Costa County. If you accept a conditional job offer, the Human Resources department will contact you to schedule a fingerprinting appointment.
All Contra Costa County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.

 It is the policy of Contra Costa County to consider all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identify, gender expression, marital status, ancestry, medical condition, genetic information, military or veteran status, or other protected category under the law.

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