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SALARY: $28.65 - $38.62 Hourly $2,292.00 - $3,089.60 Biweekly
ISSUE DATE: 09/05/18


Environmental Health Specialist II

This recruitment will be open to the public on a continuous basis until the needs of the County have been met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

The recruitment is being conducted to establish an Open Eligible list to fill current and future Environmental Health Specialist II vacancies in the Environmental Health Division. This recruitment may also be used to fill future vacancies in this classification as well as vacancies in similar and/or lower level classifications.

The County of Orange, Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the direction of the Agency Director, a new and dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of five service areas – Administrative and Financial, Behavioral Health, Correctional Health, Regulatory & Medical Services, and Public Health - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community. 

The Environmental Health Division is comprised of various programs aimed toward protecting the health and safety of Orange County residents and visitors from harmful conditions in the environment. Staff enforce laws and regulations and emphasize education to assist businesses with providing healthy and safe communities. The Environmental Health Division regulates the following: retail, wholesale, and mobile food facilities; public housing; public swimming pools; small drinking water and onsite wastewater systems; ocean water quality; aboveground and underground tanks and cleanup oversight; hazardous materials and waste; medical waste; body art; and solid waste.

This position will assume specialized tasks within the Food and Pool Safety Section, Water Quality, and Division Support. The Environmental Health Specialist II will be assigned the more complex inspections and investigations for compliance with sanitation and public health laws; plan and conduct in-service and public education training programs; recommend program goals and assist in the implementation of County-wide environmental health programs; attend and address public meetings, educational conferences and symposiums; conduct specialized studies, investigations, inspections and makes recommendations as to findings; compile information, evaluate present procedures and draft proposed ordinances, division policies, regulations and guidelines in the area of specialization; may review and make recommendations involving environmental impact; prepare various reports and maintains manuals, forms, pamphlets, files and other material for division and other governmental agencies; coordinate work efforts with other Divisions or outside agencies; and assist supervisor as needed.

The ideal candidate will possess extensive knowledge and/or experience in the following competencies:

Technical Knowledge/Technical Experience
Understanding and applying new food safety training concepts, such as Oral Culture Learning, Active Managerial Control, and the Food Drug Administration Voluntary Program Standards as  well as the Model Food Code; staying apprised of new opportunities, techniques, and approaches; applying analytical skills and consistency for accuracy purposes, familiarity with inspection and sampling requirements for cross-connection, liquid waste hauler well permitting and ocean water monitoring programs, ability to process permit applications, evaluate laboratory reports, read maps and plans, and issue public notifications as necessary for each program. 

Relationship Building/Leadership Skills
Collaborating and working well with others, specifically working with private industries in a team-like setting; leading and directing, including efficiently managing correspondence; applying knowledge from leadership courses, either from a Masters of Public Health program or Passport to Your Future courses; exemplifying a role as an approachable "educator" as opposed to a traditional "regulator".

Organizational Skills/Planning Skills
Multi-tasking several assignments and effectively prioritizing projects and assignments.

Written Communication Skills/Oral Communication Skills
Communicate effectively and professionally both orally and in writing with internal and external partners; communicate accurately to convey both substance and intent; present ideas and complex material clearly, concisely, logically, and persuasively both in writing and orally including public speaking engagements; use diplomacy when dealing with challenging situations and/or people; bilingual skills preferred. 

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