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Job Title: Environmental Health Specialist
Closing Date/Time: Continuous
Salary: $30.89 - $38.61 Hourly | $5,353.54 - $6,691.97 Monthly | $64,242.46 - $80,303.60 Annually
Job Type: Full -Time
Location: City of Pasadena, California

The City of Pasadena - Public Health Department has an immediate opening for an experienced Environmental Health professional to perform health inspections and investigations involving enforcement and interpretation of environmental health laws and regulations.

The ideal candidate must possess a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California and will have a background as a generalist in Environmental Health. This is a great opportunity to work in a dynamic and intimate group setting with other Environmental Health professionals. You will have the opportunity to work on various projects and specialties. Come join our team!

About the Department
For over 120 years, the Pasadena Public Health Department has been responsible for helping protect, maintain and improve the health of the Pasadena community. The City of Pasadena is one of only three cities in the State of California that maintains its own independent local health jurisdiction with responsibility for a wide variety of services that support the three core functions of assessment, policy development and assurance.

Essential Functions:

The following list represents some of the essential functions of the position. Assignments may vary. For more detailed information, please refer to the job description.
Inspects and investigates environmental health conditions for compliance with sanitation and public health laws and regulations including food facilities, swimming pools, health spas, hotels and motels, schools and special events; checks for and determines significant variances from approved conditions in matters such as temperature of food, equipment design, ventilation, lighting, structural design and sanitation; recommends corrective measures; issues inspection reports, notices to correct and permits.  

  • Investigates resident's complaints related to environmental health problems; conducts epidemiological surveys in suspected cases of food, water or vector borne illnesses; investigates health complaints related to or resulting from rodents, flies, fleas, roaches and other insects; investigates complaints related to the City's smoking and noise ordinances.

  • Advises business owners, architects, engineers, builders, employees and the public on interpretation and conformity to applicable laws and regulations; gives out educational materials.

  • Reviews and makes recommendations to architects, engineers, owners, manufacturers and builders on building plans and equipment design; conducts construction site inspections for conformity with related laws and regulations.

  • Coordinates enforcement activities and maintains liaison with City enforcement agencies; assists other City staff in the enforcement of housing code violations for multiple family dwellings.

  • Gathers, prepares and presents legal evidence and testimony in court proceedings.

  • Prepares reports and correspondence; inputs data related to inspections and investigations into the division's database system.


The following list represents some of the core competencies for this position; see the job description for more detailed information:

  • Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of food science and technology, disposal of food wastes, food-borne infections and intoxicants; technological aspects of processing and preserving food.

  • Principles and practices of inspection, detection, and sanitary control of food processing, water quality, solid waste and vector problems.

  • Principles and practices of environmental health relating to consumer protection; basic community health problems and governmental programs designed to control health problems, noise and vector control.

  • Laws and regulations governing environmental health; design of food processing systems; methods necessary to collect necessary information on various public health and sanitation problems.

  • Work independently and carry out field work without direct supervision; detect unsanitary conditions; obtain compliance with current environmental laws and regulations.

  • Excellent communication skills to effectively interact in situations requiring instruction, persuasion and counseling; define problem areas; collect, interpret and evaluate data and draw logical and sound conclusions.

  • Analytical skills to coordinate visual observation and oral or written communications into concise descriptive, written or oral formats that reflect continuity of thought and effectively convey concepts and/or conclusions. Utilize approved means of transportation to travel to work sites: testify in court.

Qualification Guidelines:


  • 18 months of experience comparable to that of an Assistant Environmental Health Specialist with the City of Pasadena or one year experience comparable to that of a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with a public agency.
  • Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California is required.

Selection Process
Please be sure to answer ALL of the supplemental questions completely. The employment process will consist of an evaluation of training and experience and the most highly qualified candidates may be invited to participate in a written, oral, or performance examination. Probationary test period is one year.

As a result of the selection process, an eligible list of candidates will be established which will be used to fill this vacancy and other similar vacancies that may occur in future. There is currently one full-time position in the Public Health Department

Special Requirements:
Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California is required.

Possession of or ability to obtain a Class C California driver's license and a satisfactory driving record.

Use of a personal vehicle to conduct City business is required for positions in these classes.

FLSA - Exempt

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