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Salary: $25.39 - $32.58 Hourly
Location: Eureka, CA
Job Type: Full-time
Department: Department of Health and Human Services
Job Number: 1800145
Closing: 11/16/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

DEFINITION

NOTE: APPLICANTS MUST POSSESS CURRENT REGISTRATION AS AN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA. 

Under general supervision, may assign, direct and review the work of a small staff of Environmental Health Specialists involved in the investigation and enforcement of public health and environmental health laws; performs professional inspection and enforcement work in a complex environmental health program; performs related work as assigned.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS 
This is either the working lead level in the Environmental Health Specialist series, with responsibility for providing direction to a group of Environmental Health Specialists performing public and environmental health inspection and enforcement duties, or the specialist level which performs difficult, technical, complex and specialized health enforcement duties, but does not have ongoing lead responsibilities.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES

  • Provides lead direction, training and work review to a small staff; organizes and assigns work, sets priorities and follows up to ensure coordination and completion of assigned work. 
  • Provides input into selection decisions, performance evaluations and disciplinary matters. 
  • Acts as a specialist in difficult or highly technical areas of environmental or public health work requiring specialized training or experience such as solid waste inspection, food inspection, land use inspection and dairy inspections. 
  • Performs administrative work involved in handling an inspection and enforcement program; reviews and issues permits; interprets state laws and regulations; establishes budget and allocates funds; sets program parameters and recommends staff and budget. May staff the environmental health office for Del Norte County and perform the full range of inspection and enforcement activities with only remote supervision. 
  • Conducts inspections and investigations and prepares written and oral reports related to public health communicable diseases investigations.
  • Makes recommendations on sewage disposal and water availability requirements as related to land division projects in the County. 
  • Conducts and interprets the results of soil, water quality and water quantity tests. Conducts investigations of proposed and current sewage treatment and waste disposal sites; issues permits for individual surveys and waste disposal systems; performs site checks and final inspections of such systems. 
  • Inspects restaurants, food stores, food manufacturing and storage facilities, food crops and food vending machines for compliance to applicable health codes; instructs food serving workers in the proper handling of food; investigates reported cases of food-related illness. 
  • Responds to non-agricultural hazardous material spills to assume proper handling, clean-up and disposal of material; inspects hospitals and medical facilities to assure proper disposal of infectious waste. 
  • Inspects residential dwellings, hotels, motels, mobile home parks, schools, organized camps and family care homes for compliance with public health laws; issues citations for violations of public health and environmental laws and regulations. 
  • Investigates animal bite cases and advises medical follow-up when needed; participates in rabies and other clinics to educate the public on protection from diseases transmitted by animals. 
  • Issues permits for the installation, modification or closure of Underground Storage Tanks; ensures that state guidelines are followed; identifies areas where unauthorized releases have occurred, documents condition of site. 
  • Administers the Market Milk Inspection program; inspects cow herds and commercial dairy sites for conformance to regulations and for proper sanitation; directs the laboratory testing of raw and processed milk; inspects processing plants and retail outlets for proper processing, sanitation and storage practices. 
  • Prepares comprehensive reports related to inspections, investigations and studies completed in the public health areas.

QUALIFICATIONS

Knowledge of:

  • Basic supervisory principles and practices.
  • Principles and practices of environmental sanitation, including water supply, sewage and refuse disposal, housing, recreational and industrial sanitation and vector control.
  • Principles and practices of sanitary food production, processing and handling.
  • Principles and techniques of sampling and analysis of varied specimens.
  • Local, state and federal environmental health and safety regulations and requirements.
  • Office administrative practices and procedures.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals, often in difficult situations.

Skill in:

  • Planning, assigning, directing and reviewing the work of others.
  • Training others in work procedures.
  • Analyzing and solving varied complex environmental health problems.
  • Making thorough inspections and investigations.
  • Analyzing and evaluating the results of sampling studies.
  • Exercising sound, independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Educating the public in matters of effective sanitary measures.
  • Interpreting and enforcing sanitation regulations and guidelines.
  • Representing the County as an expert witness in court cases involving sanitation violations.
  • Reviewing construction blueprints to ensure health and safety compliance.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Preparing clear, concise and accurate reports, correspondence and other written materials.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.

Other Requirements:

  • Must possess a valid California driver's license.
  • Must possess registration by the State of California as an Environmental Health Specialist.

Desirable Education and Experience

  • A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills outlined above is: Two years of experience in the investigation and enforcement of public health and environmental laws at a level equivalent to the County class of Environmental Health Specialist II.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CalPERS Retirement

  • Tier I: Prior to 7/5/2012: 2.7 @ 55
  • Tier II: Post 7/6/2012: 2.0 @ 55
  • Tier III: Post 1/1/2013: 2.0 @ 62

Selection Procedure
The County's Human Resources system operates by a set of rules and procedures which ensure that employees are hired and promoted on the basis of merit and fitness for the job.  Jobs are filled through competitive examinations.
A complete online application is required for this position. All application materials will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts. Those candidates considered to be the most qualified, based on the application materials submitted, will be invited to a written and/or oral examination.
 
Policy of Nondiscrimination
The County of Humboldt does not discriminate on the basis of mental or physical disability in the admission or access to, treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Human Resources is wheelchair-accessible by entering the Courthouse from the ramp located on the east side of the building next to the marked handicapped parking. Special testing arrangements may be made to accommodate disabilities or religious convictions. Contact Human Resources at (707) 476-2349 well in advance of the examination for assistance.
 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.
 
How to Apply
A complete, original application must be filed for each position you are interested in applying for.  Applications may only be submitted online through the County's automated application system at http://www.humboldtgov.org/hr no later than the final filing date listed on the job flyer.  All applications are screened by subject matter experts.  The most qualified candidates may then be invited for further testing. 
 
It is important that your application show all the relevant experience and education you possess.
 
Please read the job requirements section of the announcement.  Be sure you meet these requirements since they will be carefully evaluated during the selection process.  Your performance in this examination will be compared with the performance of others who take the test.  All candidates who pass will be ranked according to their scores.  The examination results will be emailed to you as quickly as possible.  Scores will be provided in writing only.
 
MEDICAL EXAMINATION:  A pre-employment medical examination provided by the County may be required upon offer of employment.
 
OTHER EXAMINATIONS:  Some positions also require psychological evaluation and/or extensive background investigation.
           
LICENSES:  Some classifications require possession of valid professional and/or technical licenses.  Some classifications may require the possession of a valid California driver's license.
 
PROBATIONARY PERIOD:  Persons appointed to regular County positions serve a probationary period.  This is normally six months, but may be up to one year.  All designated safety employees serve a one year probationary period.
 
EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY:  It is the County's intention to hire only those workers who are authorized to work in the United States, pursuant to the Immigration Act of 1990.  If you are offered employment you will be required to verify your eligibility to work in the United States.  For law enforcement positions you will be required to verify your U.S. citizenship or legalized status.
 
The County is an equal opportunity employer. We enthusiastically accept our responsibility to make employment decisions without regard to race, religion or religious creed, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, marital status, medical condition, mental or physical disability, military service, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local laws or ordinances. Reasonable accommodation may be made in the testing procedure as well as the work site. If you need accommodation for an exam due to a disability, please contact the Human Resources office as soon as possible.
 
All County of Humboldt employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109).  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.
 
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS BULLETIN DO NOT CONSTITUTE AN EXPRESS OR IMPLIED CONTRACT.  THE COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO MAKE NECESSARY MODIFICATIONS TO THE EXAMINATION PLAN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE HUMBOLDT COUNTY MERIT SYSTEM RULES.

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