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Salary: $48,755.20 - $59,924.80 Annually
Location: County of San Diego, CA
Job Type: Regular - Full time
Department: Environmental Health
Job Number: 17470512
Closing: 09/09/2018 11:59 PM Pacific

The Department of Environmental Health is currently seeking qualified individuals for the position of:


This recruitment will be suspended on Sunday, September 9, 2018, at 11:59 p.m.

Environmental Health Specialist Trainees protect the environment, public health, and safety of San Diego County residents through permit, inspection, consultation, planning, investigation and enforcement activities in a wide variety of program areas.  Environmental Health Specialist Trainees receive on-the-job training to perform basic inspections and investigations for compliance with environmental laws and regulations.  For additional information on this job class, please click here.

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Minimum Qualifications:
  1. A current evaluation letter from the California Department of Public Health* which states that the applicant is eligible to begin training in an approved environmental health program; AND,
  2. A bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency with at least 30 semester units of core science coursework and laboratories as specified by California Department of Public Health (CDPH).
*To contact the California Department of Public Health for information regarding the above education/experience standards and how to obtain an evaluation letter, please click here. You will then need to go to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You will be required to e-mail the State of California to request the REHS application package. If you do not qualify to be certified as an REHS but qualify as an EHS Trainee, you will be sent the evaluation letter from the California Department of Public Health which states that the applicant is eligible to begin training in an approved environmental health program. This is the letter required for this position. This process can take a minimum of 4-6 weeks; if you are interested in this position, BEGIN THIS PROCESS NOW.

NOTE: Applicants must attach copies of their evaluation letter from the State of California - Department of Public Health AND a copy of their official or unofficial college or university complete transcripts, or foreign studies equivalency certification.  

If applicants previously applied for Environmental Health Specialist Trainee for the County of San Diego in 2016 and attached an evaluation letter which is still considered  valid in 2018 or after, and a college or university transcripts to their master profile, then they may by-pass this requirement. 

Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will possess the ability to communicate effectively, drive to excel, and will strive for continuous learning within the field.


The evaluation process will consist of an application screening for minimum qualifications and a written examination.

The written examination is scheduled during the weekend of September 29, 2018.  Qualified applicants will receive an e-mail notification with instructions on how to self-schedule for this examination. This notice will be sent at least ten (10) calendar days prior to the date of the exam. There will be NO make-ups or re-scheduling allowed. Please plan accordingly.

Invitations to take the written examination will be determined by the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire form using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process and pass the exam, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying. 

The written examination will be scored on a pass/fail basis and will consist of multiple-choice questions designed to measure the following areas:
  • Customer Service/Interpersonal Relations
  • Written Communication
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Reading Comprehension/Following Written Instructions
  • Basic Mathematics/Unit Conversion
  • Map Reading
Note: The use of calculators is not allowed for this written examination. 

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and successfully pass the written exam will be placed on a twelve (12) month employment list.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.
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