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Class Title: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST II
Class Code: 004722
Salary: $61,110.40 - $75,129.60 Annually

CLASSIFICATION PURPOSE AND DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

To 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 including food, housing, water quality, recreational health, land use, site assessment and mitigation, solid waste, hazardous materials, and vector control and surveillance; and to perform related work as required.

Environmental Health Specialist is a professional class series responsible for implementing program activities related to the protection of the environment and the public health and safety of San Diego County residents through permit, inspection, education, consultation, planning, investigation and enforcement activities. Positions in this class are allocated only to the Department of Environmental Health to permit, inspect, consult and advise industrial and commercial establishments, residents, property owners, and solid waste transfer and disposal facility managers regarding their conformance and compliance with federal, state, and local environmental health, safety and sanitation laws, codes, and regulations.

This is the journey level class in the Environmental Health Specialist series. Under general supervision, an Environmental Health Specialist II may provide program services and/or conduct field investigations on a full range of establishments, sites or projects proposed/planned by customers within an assigned program. Incumbents may also assist with the training of staff, conduct community and business outreach, provide consultative services, conduct special projects, and evaluate and prepare technical reports.

The complete Environmental Health Specialist series includes the following:

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee (Class No. 004705)
Environmental Health Specialist I (Class No. 004721)
Environmental Health Specialist II (Class No. 004722)
Environmental Health Specialist III (Class No. 004723)
Supervising Environmental Health Specialist (Class No. 004726)
 
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
 
The examples of functions listed in this class specification are representative but not necessarily exhaustive or descriptive of any one position in the class. Management is not precluded from assigning other related functions not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment for the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Essential Functions (General): 
  1. Performs the more complex investigations.
  2. Assists with staff training and guidance relative to uniform methods of inspection, enforcement and administrative procedures.
  3. May prepare and give talks on environmental health issues to public, private or government groups.
  4. Assists in special projects.
  5. Provides responsive, high quality service to County employees, representatives of outside agencies and members of the public by providing accurate, complete and up-to-date information, in a courteous, efficient and timely manner. 
  6. May be required to perform the functions of the lower level classes in this series. 
Food and Housing Option
 
In addition to the general essential functions listed above: 
  1. Conducts compliance investigations of food facilities, apartment houses, hotels/motels, private premises, boarding homes, theaters, stores, boats, swimming pools, spas, massage parlors, and body art facilities.
  2. Issues official notices of corrective action and abatement and makes follow-up investigations to ensure compliance.
  3. Reviews and investigates reports of food or water-borne disease complaints, and reports of food handlers with infectious diseases.
  4. Orders the removal of ill food handlers from work. Collects food and related samples for laboratory analysis. Samples and tests water and creates records and reports.
  5. Assists in the preparation of legal documents for administrative hearings and further legal action against repeat violators. Provides information and expert testimony during court hearings and trials.
  6. Performs compliance on a wide variety of new and existing residential, commercial, and industrial establishments. Investigates substandard buildings; prepares legal documents, orders repairs and condemnation or demolition.
  7. Evaluates remodeled or newly constructed food facilities and public pools for compliance with construction standards.
  8. Instructs food handlers on sanitary methods and principles.
Hazardous Materials Option
 
In addition to the general essential functions listed above: 
  1. Conducts inspections of hazardous waste generators and hazardous materials establishments to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations pertaining to waste storage, treatment, handling, transporting, disposal and record keeping.
  2. Conducts tiered permitting inspections of establishments that treat hazardous waste.
  3. Conducts hazardous materials business plan and disclosure inspections to ensure proper accounting of hazardous materials.
  4. Inspects medical waste and bio-hazardous waste generators for proper management.
  5. Reviews risk management prevention plans and audits sites with regulated substances.
  6. Inspects underground storage tanks (UST) and monitoring equipment for compliance.
  7. Inspects petroleum storage facilities for compliance with the Aboveground Protection Storage Act and for the preparation of and compliance with the Spill Prevention Control and Counter Measure Plans. 
  8. Collects evidence and samples.
  9. Handles detection and safety equipment and ensures that sufficient inventories of up-to-date equipment are available for use/deployment on a regular basis, and in the event of emergency or non-emergency responses.
  10. Maintains records of inspections and investigations.
  11. Promotes and educates businesses on the benefits of pollution prevention.
  12. Responds to public complaints.
  13. Explains laws and regulations and provides informal one-on-one explanations of regulations.
  14. Prepares court cases and other formal enforcement actions.
  15. Prepares reports. 
Land and Water Quality Option
 
In addition to the general essential functions listed above: 
  1. Reviews installation plans submitted by customers for the construction of on-site sewage disposal systems and inspects sites throughout installation process; reviews percolation tests and approves/disapproves test results submitted.
  2. Conducts inspections of mobile home parks and organized camps including housing, food services, recreational waters, water supply and sewage disposal.
  3. Reviews installation plans submitted by customers for the construction of recycled water distribution systems and performs functional shutdown tests for recycled water users.
  4. Performs sampling, data analysis, investigations, and posting of advisories and closures at recreational beaches.
  5. Reviews reports and performs inspections for assessment and mitigation of contaminated underground storage tank sites and other sites contaminated with hazardous materials/wastes.
  6. Reviews installation plans and performs site inspections of private drinking water wells.
  7. Reviews construction activities and conducts inspections of small drinking water systems.
  8. Participates in court proceedings or abatement actions and provides public testimony at public hearings and meetings.
  9. Reviews hydro-geologic reports, grading plans and designs for compatibility of sewage and water system construction, tentative parcel maps, use permits, boundary adjustments, variances and administrative permits for land use development projects.
  10. Prepares legal notifications and enforcement actions.
  11. Responds to citizen complaints.
  12. Evaluates substandard housing and health hazards.
Community Health Option
 
In addition to the general essential functions listed above: 
  1. Performs inspections.
  2. Reviews permitting documents.
  3. Investigates complaints and carries-out related duties and activities regarding solid waste facilities and enforcement of State regulations.
  4. Evaluates illegal landfill activities, agricultural waste and composting operations, and the impact of solid waste facilities to surrounding land use.
  5. Measures and reports program efficiency and conducts staff training.
  6. Coordinates with all divisions in providing service in department-wide programs.
  7. Assists the public in obtaining services and information from County departments.
  8. Gathers technical evidence.
  9. Prepares compliance orders, and participates in court proceedings, public meetings and hearings.
  10. Coordinates customer service activities, student intern programs and departmental newsletters.
  11. Conducts a resource preservation educational program in the business community, develops county preferable purchase policies.
  12. Monitors, analyzes and reports State and Federal legislation, and coordinates activities with County legislative analysts.
  13. Develops departmental Geographic Information System (GIS) capability through implementation of geographic software systems, development of spatial data systems, and deploying GIS data systems compatible with DEH and County Strategic Plans.
  14. Develops and delivers outreach programs, materials and events.

Vector Control Option

In addition to the general essential functions listed above: 

  1. Coordinate vector-borne disease, population, and area surveys.
  2. Conducts vector habitat remediation program including project review and implementation.
  3. Monitors and plans for impacts of emerging vector-borne diseases.
  4. Provides information to agencies on a variety of issues related to vector-borne diseases
  5. Participates in work groups and on technical committees at the local, state, and national level.
  6. Participates in court proceedings or abatement actions and provides public testimony at public hearings and meetings.
  7. Prepares legal notifications and enforcement actions.
  8. Prepares regulatory compliance reports for a variety of agency permits
  9. Measures and reports program efficiency and conducts staff training.
  10. Coordinates with all divisions in providing service in department-wide programs.
  11. Assists the public in obtaining services and information from County departments.
  12. Gathers technical evidence.
  13. Prepares compliance orders, and participates in court proceedings, public meetings and hearings.
  14. Coordinates customer service activities, student intern programs and departmental newsletters.
  15. Monitors, analyzes and reports State and Federal legislation, and coordinates activities with County legislative analysts.
  16. Develops departmental Geographic Information System (GIS) capability through implementation of geographic software systems, development of spatial data systems, and deploying GIS data systems compatible with DEH and County Strategic Plans.
  17. Develops and delivers outreach programs, materials and events.

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