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Salary: $47,220.11 - $81,209.84 Annually
Location: and will be required to travel throughout Ventura County, CA
Job Type: Full-Time Regular
Department: Resource Management Agency
Job Number: 0943RMA-18AA (KB)
Closing: Continuous

Description

Under general direction, performs progressively complex professional environmental health activities involving investigation, inspection, data collection and analysis, enforcement action, report preparation and public contact; assists in environmental health program administration; and performs related duties as required.
 
IDEAL CANDIDATE
 
The ideal candidate can demonstrate increasingly responsible experience in the field of environmental health; the ability to act as a project team leader and program coordinator; and function at a high-level of individual initiative, self-direction and independent judgment.
 
The vacancies to be filled will be in the Community Services Section's Consumer Food Protection and Recreational Health programs and the Technical Services Section's Solid Waste Program of the Environmental Health Division.
 
The Solid Waste Program is the Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) for the County of Ventura.  As the LEA, the Solid Waste program is responsible for ensuring the safe handling and disposal of residential and commercial solid waste. This program investigates complaints of illegal solid waste disposal and permits, inspects, and monitors the operation of solid waste facilities such as landfills, waste transfer processing stations, and organics processing operations (composting operations; chip and grind operations). Environmental Health Specialists in this section may also coordinate with and support other Division programs such as Land Use, Liquid Waste and Ocean Water Quality Monitoring.
 
The Community Services Consumer Food Protection Program assures that the food provided for human consumption from retail food facilities is safe and unadulterated. This is accomplished through construction plan review, facility inspection, education, and enforcement activities related to food preparation, transportation, processing, retailing, labeling, advertising, packaging, adulteration, serving, and machine vending. The Recreational Health Program ensures that public-use recreational swimming facilities are constructed and maintained in conformance with the California Health and Safety Code requirements. Environmental Health Specialists in this section may also work in other Community Services Programs including the Detention Facilities and Organized Camp inspection programs, and the Mobile Food Facility and Temporary Food Facilities programs.

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE
 
Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

Examples Of Duties

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

  • Performs inspections of various facilities and properties to determine conformance with applicable State laws and County Ordinance Code sections. 
  • Researches, compiles, synthesizes, analyzes and interprets information and data necessary to meet environmental health objectives.
  •  Prepares written reports and makes recommendations for completion of environmental health projects. 
  • Conducts field investigations of various sites in order to have first-hand knowledge of the location under study. 
  • May act as project team leaders and program coordinators. 
  • Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify environmental health reports and recommendations. 
  • Coordinates and/or negotiates with other individuals, developers, groups, sections, divisions, departments and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of environmental programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive. 
  • Coordinates environmental health projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives. 
  • Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, environmental health programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures. 
  • May participate in enforcement activities which include civil or criminal cases and may involve issuance of citations, collection of evidence and court appearances. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

AGENCY/DEPARTMENT:  Resource Management Agency, Environmental Health Division

Environmental Health Specialist IV is represented by the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.
 Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE

Extensive experience in environmental health which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities.  The required knowledge and abilities also can be obtained by completion of a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health Science or a related field and five (5) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience. 
 
Substitution:  A Master's degree in Environmental Health Science or a related field, and/or a R.E.H.S (Registered Environmental Health Specialist) in California may each substitute for one year of experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 

  • Must possess and maintain a valid unrestricted California driver license.
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist from the State of California Department of Public Health. 

DESIRED

Experience as project manager/lead Environmental Health Specialist is highly desirable.
 
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
 
Work is performed in an office environment and in the field and may require occasional exposure to hazardous conditions and moderate physical demands while making inspections.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES 
 
Some to comprehensive knowledge (depending on level in the series) of: chemistry, microbiology and environmental health science; techniques of urban and regional water and land use planning; federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to environmental health programs and functions.

Working to thorough knowledge (depending on level in the series) of: environmental research and statistical methods; interagency relationships; field tests and analytical procedures; investigative techniques; and sample collection.

Some to working ability (depending on level in the series) to: perform inspections; collect, analyze, and interpret data; formulate recommendations; solve problems at increasingly complex levels; speak and write clearly and concisely; prepare technical reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and staff of other agencies; provide information and coordinate environmental health efforts; coordinate projects and programs; train staff. Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE: This is a continuous recruitment and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it.  A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around January 4, 2019, and subsequent reviews may be conducted until sufficient applications are received to meet business needs.  Your application must be received by County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/hr. A paper application can be obtained by calling (805) 654-5129. Our address is: County of Ventura, Human Resources Division, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

NOTEIf presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please click here (Download PDF reader) for additional information.

NOTE TO APPLICANTS: Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it may not be submitted in lieu of the application and supplemental questionnaire.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire will result in the application being removed from consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

NOTE: If there is a high number of applicants who appear to meet the minimum requirements, additional comparative screening will be conducted to determine which of the applicants will be selected for invitation to the oral examination. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to criteria that most closely meets the needs of the department, so it is essential that applicants provide as much detail as possible and answer all parts of the application and supplemental questions completely and thoroughly.

ORAL EXAMINATION - 100%: A job-related Oral Examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Candidates must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral examination will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for a period of one (1) year.  The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future regular, temporary, fixed-term, intermittent, and extra help vacancies.  There are currently two (2) Regular vacancies within the Environmental Health Division; one in the Solid Waste/Local Enforcement Agency (LEA) section and one in the Community Services section.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION: A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position. For those classifications that are subject to Department of Transportation drug and alcohol testing regulations, incumbents will be tested prior to driving a commercial vehicle and may be randomly tested thereafter.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Liz Sandoval by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by telephone at (805) 654-2482.