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Employer: City and County of San FranciscoEmployer: City and County of San Francisco
Position: Environmental Health Inspector
Pay Range; $96,902.00 - $117,754.00/year
Pay type: Bi-weekly
Application Deadline: 06-01-2018




Under direction, the Environmental Health Inspector – Consumer Protection Program conducts inspections and is responsible for the implementation of various Environmental Health Programs including: food safety and sanitation, cross connection control, environmental housing inspection, ground water monitoring, institutional inspections, inspecting temporary events, certified farmer’s markets, mobile food facilities, noise abatement, plan check review, solid waste management, massage establishments, educational outreach and food certified training, licensing and inspections, and investigating public health and safety hazards in order to enforce established laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to abatement of violations found; recommends appropriate actions to remedy situations; issues citations; prepares pertinent reports; and implements various environmental health programs and services. The essential job functions include:

  • Conducts food and drink establishment inspections, including bakeries, public eating places, bottling plants, candy manufacturers, candy stores, caterers, delicatessens, egg dealers, fish dealers, food factories, fruit and vegetable stands, groceries, general markets, meat food processing plants, meat markets, poultry dealers, temporary events, mobile food facilities and other miscellaneous food establishments; detects violations; orders corrections to effect compliance with established requirements, advises operators, building owners, architects, contractors and others on methods related to alternative design modification and equipping to comply with applicable codes and regulations; processes applicable portions of building permit applications and plans applicable to work and follows through to insure that requirements are adhered to; advises operators and employees on proper handling procedures and sanitary methods; obtains routine samples of products and submits samples for laboratory analyses, examinations and tests; conducts food poisoning investigations; recommends issuance or denial of permits to operate food establishments or suspension or revocation of existing permits if violation is not corrected as ordered; appears and testifies at hearings to enforce compliance; prepares related notices to courts, records and correspondence pertaining to duties performed, observations made, violations found and actions taken;

  • Enforces provisions of the health, housing, planning and air pollution codes, State health and safety, industrial relations, administrative, agricultural and penal codes, State general safety orders, local ordinances and State laws pertaining to noise abatement and other environmental hazards. May be required to specialize in any of these or other activities related to the duties of the class;

  • Investigates complaints involving all buildings; takes necessary action to abate illegal health, sanitary and safety conditions; coordinates efforts with the Department of Public Works, bureaus of building inspection, electrical inspection and plumbing inspection and with the Fire and Police Departments in the enforcement of the building, electrical, plumbing, fire and police codes; appears as witness in court litigation when required and testifies in cases involving food establishments, housing, commercial buildings, hazardous materials and waste management and other matters;

  • Conducts complaint inspections of dwellings, hotels, apartment houses, business establishments and other multiple dwellings; checks for sanitation, general maintenance of structural and operational features, light, ventilation, use and occupancy, safety and for compliance with applicable codes; detects violations; coordinates efforts with applicable city departments in the enforcement of appropriate codes; makes follow-up inspections to assure ordered corrections have been made; makes recommendations for order of vacation or condemnation of buildings remaining in violation; prepares condemnation reports; appears and testifies at condemnation hearings;

  • Conducts complaint inspections at sites of noise sources to determine the noise source; prepares legal notices of violations of noise ordinance; recommends corrective action to be taken by the violators; prepares cases for argument before the Variance Board; Utilizes a computer to enter, format and extrapolate/manipulate data;

  • Conducts miscellaneous inspections of facilities, including laundries, dry cleaning establishments, ambulatory homes for the aged, stables, kennels, pet hospitals and pet shops for compliance with pertinent regulations, and recommends issuance or denial of permit to operate; investigates infestations of rodents and other vermin;

  • Performs special and miscellaneous duties, including sanitation surveys, attends meetings and educational conferences, interfaces with the San Francisco Tax Collector’s office on billing issues regarding permits, giving talks to groups, conducting tours with students and groups and conducting special emergency investigation of hazards, health and unsanitary conditions; AND

  • Performs related duties as required.


These positions may require sustained physical effort involving continuous walking with some climbing of ladders and bending and stooping in conducting inspections with occasional exposure to health and safety hazards and other unpleasant conditions. 



  • Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in engineering, environmental health, mathematics, or the physical, natural or biological sciences; AND

License and Certification: 

  • Requires possession of a REHS (Registered Environmental Health Specialist) certification issued by the State of California Department of Public Health Services and eligibility to be deputized as a peace officer; AND
  • Possession of a current, valid California driver's license.


Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. If education verification is required, information on how to verify education requirements, including verifying foreign education credits or degree equivalency, can be found at

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.


Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are only accepted through an online process. Visit register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (,,,,,,,,,,,,

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Lillian Louie, by telephone at 415-554-2912, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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