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Salary:  $6,815.47 - $9,037.60 Monthly
Location:  San Mateo County, CA
Job Type:  Extra Help - Agile (Limited Term)
Department: Environmental Health Services
Closing:  Continuous
Job Reference #:  2303521


San Mateo County Health's Environmental Health Services Division seeks a well-qualified individual for the position of Pollution Prevention Specialist II/III-Spanish Speaking Preferred-Limited Term. This position will work in the following programs:  Healthy Homes, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention.

The current vacancy is limited-term in the Environmental Health Services Division located in San Mateo, CA, however, will travel/drive throughout the County to perform duties of the position.  This position will work occasional evenings and weekends.

The Pollution Prevention Specialist will assist in planning and implementing education programs for a wide variety of audiences, provide in-home and community-based education services, and performing other duties as assigned. The Pollution Prevention Specialist will work with a diverse range of health programs, community groups, housing, building, and enforcement agency partners, childcare providers, and at-risk families.

IMPORTANT:  The County will be sponsoring a California Lead Assessor/Inspector training from February 11-15, 2019.  This is an opportunity to obtain training as a California Lead Assessor/Inspector.  Interested parties should plan to take advantage of this opportunity; this training is open to all (not limited to employees). Certification exams will take place at a later date through the California Department of Public Health.

Primary responsibilities include: 

  • Develop health and community liaisons and collaborate in developing strategies for preventing lead exposure, and increasing screening to identify lead-exposed children;
  • Ensure all children identified by screening receive appropriate services, including outreach and education, home visits and environmental investigations, as appropriate;
  • Educate enforcement agency partners (i.e., city and/or county building departments, housing departments) regarding lead hazard compliance, and lead-safe work practices;
  • Encourage businesses (home improvement stores, hardware stores, paint stores, garden supply and landscaping) to participate in educational activities concerning lead hazard awareness and promote in-store displays;
  • Promote healthy homes actions that can be adopted by families, encouraging change that reduces the use of chemicals in the home, including safer cleaning and pest control;
  • Coordinate home visits to at-risk neighborhoods and families;
  • Test healthy homes messages with families and track responses;
  • Track progress of families engaged in behavior change; 
  • Coordinate IPM activities with property owners and managers, building maintenance, tenant liaisons, and IPM providers;
  • Reach out to and provide education to families and child caregivers of at-risk children by utilizing activities such as home visits, neighborhood campaigns, health fairs, presentations, and media or social marketing campaigns;
  • Plan, coordinate, and staff a wide range of meetings and events, including during evenings and weekends; and
  • Provide assistance and staff support as needed. 

The ideal candidate will possess:
  • License and Certification: Possession of a California Lead Assessor/Inspector Certification is strongly desired or attendance of the County sponsored California Lead Assessor/Inspector training from February 11-15, 2019;
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills and have confidence in public speaking in both Spanish and English;
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects, organize priorities, and manage a flexible schedule;
  • Experience working with a diversity of people (e.g. ethnic background, religion, nationality, education level, language, socio-economic status, etc.);
  • Ability to work independently and complete tasks with minimal supervision and work collaboratively as a team member;
  • Experience creating visual and written materials or presentations; Some experience in web design and graphic design is preferred; and
  • Proficient computer skills; e.g. Microsoft Office, Spread sheets and/or Smartsheets.
For information on the Environmental Health Services Division visit:

For information on the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program visit: 

Pollution Prevention Specialist II $39.32 - $49.14 Hourly
Pollution Prevention Specialist III $41.73 - $52.14 Hourly

NOTE: This is a limited term, at-will position not to exceed 3 years. Limited Term employees receive full medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees, and a portable 401(a) plan. 
Information for current County employees: Current and regular San Mateo County Employees who are interested in this assignment must submit application materials and compete in the selection process. If you are successful in the selection process and are being considered for the assignment, HR will work directly with you and/or your department for options. Please note that there is no guarantee that you will be allowed by your department to rotate into this assignment nor are your departments obligated to allow you to take on this assignment. The salary range for this position is "as is" and non-negotiable.

Education and Experience:  Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to qualify is:  
II level: One year of experience in hazardous materials management.
III level: Two years of journey level experience in hazardous materials management.


If you are interested in being considered for this limited term position the following items must be submitted via e-mail: 

  • Cover letter with responses to Supplemental Questions (maximum of 2 pages)
  • Resume

    Supplemental Questions:
  1. Describe your experience developing, implementing, promoting, coordinating and evaluating an outreach/education program, event or project (including any website development or upkeep). Be specific.
  2. Describe your experience establishing and maintaining collaborative relations with diverse community groups, non-profit organizations and community leaders or businesses. Be specific about the kinds of organizations you collaborated with and describe the purpose of your outreach.  Be specific.
  3. Describe your experience in successfully promoting behavior change with Spanish-speaking families.  Be specific.
  4. Are you certified as a California Lead Assessor/Inspector?  If not, are you willing to be trained as a Lead Inspector?  NOTE: A County sponsored California Lead Assessor/Inspector training will be held from February 11-15, 2019.
  5. Fluency in Spanish and English is PREFERRED. Are you fluent in both Spanish and English? A response of "No" to this question will NOT disqualify you from hiring consideration.

Please include the words " Pollution Prevention Specialist II/III-Spanish Speaking Preferred-Limited Term Position" in the subject line of email submission. All submitted materials must be in a Word or PDF format.

Please submit the above listed materials via email to:
Waymond Wong, Environmental Health Program Supervisor
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Application materials received by JANUARY 11, 2019 will be included in the first group of candidates considered.  Application materials will be reviewed as they are received and well-qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. 
Apply immediately. Application materials will be accepted until position is filled. This posting is open on a continuous basis and selection may be made at any time within the process.
NOTE: Application materials are only accepted via e-mail. Materials sent via regular mail and/or fax will not be accepted. Submittals that do not include all required elements (cover letter with responses to supplemental questions and a resume) will not be considered.
At the County of San Mateo, we take pride in the way our employees bring together
their diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives to serve our community's
needs.  The County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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