Placer Employment Opportunities

Environmental Health Specialist - Registered - Supervising

Recruitment #2017-13533-01


This is a promotional recruitment to fill a position in the Department of Health and Human Services, Environmental Health Division.  

You must be a current, permanent Placer County employee to participate in this recruitment.


This position uses regulatory and educational tools to prevent disease and injury, eliminate or minimize environmental health hazards, and provide quality services. 

This position requires possession of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California State Department of Health Services.  You will be required to provide proof of registration through the application process. When completing the online application for this recruitment there will be options and instructions given on how to submit your certificate (located on the "Other" tab).


To plan, organize, direct and supervise assigned section or program operations, or to assist the Director in a staff capacity with a variety of special projects and complex administrative activities within the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.  This position may also act in a higher level staff capacity to the Deputy Director.


Receives general direction from the Deputy Director, Environmental Health.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, technical and clerical personnel.


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

  • Mediate disputes among various affected parties, including staff, developers, consultants, complainants, business owners, home owners and others; administer contracts for services used within section/program area; review appeal cases; and perform highly sensitive and complex staff work as needed.
  • Recommend and assist in the implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned section or program area; prepare and implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in environmental health administration and enforcement.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Prepare, negotiate and oversee various contracts for service; prepare and monitor grant applications on behalf of the Division.
  • Conduct complex research in the formation of districts and other entities to resolve Environmental Health problems.
  • Prepare innovative plans to resolve community environmental health issues and participate in implementation; research and prepare public information publications; create new mechanisms to further enhance the Division's ties to the business and residential community.
    Represent the Division by serving on broad-based County and Community committees which impact the Environmental Health Operation.
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staff, supplies, materials and equipment; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience: Three years of increasingly responsible registered environmental health administration and enforcement.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in any of the biological or physical sciences, environmental health science, engineering or a related field. A Master's degree in any of the above subject areas is highly desirable.

License or Certificate:

  • Possession of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California Department of Health Services.
  • When assigned to hazardous materials, within six months of assignment, Certificate of Completion of Training of 40 Hour OSHA Hazardous Waste is desired and Hazardous Materials Categorization, Advanced Class, is required.
  • May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of environmental health, sanitation and public health administration and enforcement.
  • Equipment, tools and materials used in taking samples, conducting tests, and monitoring and measuring activities involved in environmental health administration and enforcement.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct assigned section and program operations/activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job. Intermittently observe, identify and analyze public health and sanitation problems and develop solutions; analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; interpret, enforce and explain statutes, regulations, policies and procedures; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk or in vehicle for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, kneel, climb, bend and reach while conducting field inspections and investigations, or making various tests; see to observe field conditions; differentiate colors on charts, maps, or identification shields, in soil or food, or as part of testing; hear to evaluate proper functioning of various kinds of equipment; use a telephone; write or use a keyboard to communicate; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; and lift heavy weight.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Work unusual and prolonged work schedules in the event of an environmental or public health emergency.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

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Selection Plan

Tentative Recruitment Schedule

  • 2/13/2018 - Final Filing Deadline
  • 2/14/2018 - Minimum Qualifications Screening
  • 2/20/2018 - Training and Experience Rating
  • 2/21/2018 - Eligible List Established

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