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SALARY:  $7,807 - $9,759 /Month
FINAL DATE FOR FILING: November 14, 2018

San Mateo County Health's Environmental Health Services Division is seeking an experienced individual for the position of Environmental Health Specialist IV.  Environmental Health Specialist IVs, under general supervision, provide lead direction in performing a variety of County-wide environmental health enforcement activities in one of the following specialized technical areas: water, recreational water, sewage, land use, and cross connection control; vector control; solid waste; medical waste; housing and institutions; and food sanitation and consumer protection.

The current vacancy is in the Housing Program Unit in Environmental Health Services Division.  The position is stationed in San Mateo but will travel/drive throughout the County to perform duties. 

This position will be responsible for implementing and enforcing California Health and Safety Code Section 17920.3, CCR Title 25 Mobile Home Parks/Employee Housing, CCR Title 15 and Title 24 Detention Facilities, and CCR Title 17 Organized Camps, and lead staff in promoting sound housing to protect health and safety by conducting compliance inspections of apartment houses, hotels/motels, bed & breakfast establishments, private premises, boarding homes, employee housing, mobile home parks, jails and detention facilities.

Additional responsibilities will include coordination of lead abatement and investigative activities as part of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) and any other Division programs. These duties will require possession of a Lead Inspector/Assessor Certification from the California Department of Public Health.

Candidates must be a California Department of Public Health, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) in good standing. A copy of a current California certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) must be submitted with the application.

The ideal candidate will possess:

  • Experience coordinating a housing program.
  • Inspection and code enforcement experience in health and safety or environmental health setting.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading staff.
  • A Lead Inspector/Assessor Certification from the California Department of Public Health.
  • Experience training staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

NOTE: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.

Examples Of Duties: 
Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Provide lead direction, training and work review to assigned staff; organize and assign work, coordinate complex projects, and follow up to ensure completion of assigned work.
  • Provide input into selection decisions, performance evaluations and disciplinary matters.
  • Serve as technical expert and staff consultant in area of specialization.
  • Inspect establishments and properties in assigned area for compliance with environmental health laws and regulations.
  • Conduct specialized studies, program audits, investigations and inspections and make recommendations; maintain a program of code compliance and implementation in the area of specialization.
  • Develop, standardize, and update staff inspection techniques.
  • Investigate and resolve citizen complaints, acting as a liaison with community groups, government agencies and private business.
  • Compile data, evaluate procedures and draft proposed legislation and guidelines; may review and make recommendations on environmental impact reports.
  • Plan and conduct in service and public education training programs.
  • Interpret regulations and provide advice relating to area of specialization to city officials, citizen groups, business owners and others.
  • Maintain records and prepare reports and correspondence.
  • May act as expert witness in court proceedings.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.

Licensure/Certification:  Possession of a California certificate as Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Education and ExperienceAny combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is three years of journey level experience as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, including one year of experience in a regulatory agency in Housing and Institutions.

Knowledge of:  The area of specialty, including its scientific background, technology, principles, methods, investigative techniques and problems; laws, regulations and codes governing the assigned area of specialization; sanitation provisions in the Health and Safety Code; and government agencies, community organizations and business establishments as they relate to environmental health.

Skill/Ability to:  Plan, direct and coordinate a program of research, study, investigation and enforcement in the specialized area of responsibility; interpret laws, regulations and data; define difficult problem areas, analyze complex data and make valid recommendations; advise and instruct others on compliance requirements in specialized area; enforce local ordinances and state law; work independently; keep complex and accurate records; speak effectively and make public presentations; prepare clear, concise reports and correspondence; and establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others.

Anyone may apply. Current San Mateo County and San Mateo County Superior Court employees with at least six months (1040 hours) of continuous service in a classified regular, probationary, SEIU or AFSCME represented extra-help/term position prior to the final filing date will receive five points added to their final passing score on this examination. 

Responses to the supplemental questions must be submitted in addition to our regular employment application form. A resume will not be accepted as a substitute for the required employment application and supplemental questionnaire.  A copy of a current California certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) must be submitted with the application by attaching to the application online. No exceptions will be made.

The examination process will consist of [an application screening (weight:  pass/fail) based on the candidates' application and responses to the supplemental questions. Candidates who pass the application screening will be invited to a panel interview (weight: 100%). Depending on the number of applicants, an application appraisal of education and experience may be used in place of other examinations or further evaluation of work experience may be conducted to group applicants by level of qualification. All applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement through any subsequent phase of the examination. All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, California and applicants must participate at their own expense. 

IMPORTANTApplications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the "Apply Online" button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply. Online applications must be received by the Human Resources Department before midnight on the final filing date.

Application Deadline:  November 14, 2018, 11:59 PM
Application Screening: November 15, 2018
Combined Civil Service Panel and Department Interviews: November 26 and/or 27, 2018

The County of San Mateo is a diverse, inclusive workplace, where employees are valued and respected for their different perspectives, experiences, backgrounds, and contributions.   We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.

HR Analyst: Yvonne Alvidrez (103118) (Environmental Health Specialist IV - J037)

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