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Senior Environmental Health Specialist

Stanislaus County Department of Workforce Development
Closing date
17 Apr 2024

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Please note: This was posted on behalf of the Stanislaus County CEO's office. If interested in this position, please apply directly through the online County application tool at About the Opportunity

The Department of Environmental Resources (Environmental Health Division) is looking for a candidate that exhibits the following characteristics: integrity, honesty and respectfulness, while working collaboratively with internal and external customers; the ability to utilize professional judgment to make sound decisions; the inclination to learn and be open to change.

To learn more about the Department of Environmental Resources, .

Under direction, the incumbent will make highly technical environmental inspections and investigations requiring specialized training and knowledge: specialize in specific program areas; and assist the Program Manager by providing lead supervision and coordinating the work of the Environmental Health Specialists in making inspections, investigations, and enforcing regulations and County ordinances; and to do related work as required.

An employee in this class is specialized in certain areas of the Environmental Health programs. This class differs from the classification series of the Environmental Health Specialist I/II/III, in that the latter does the inspection and enforcement work, while the major emphasis of the former is specializing in certain specific program areas, training and supervising Specialists and assisting with the more difficult problems of the Environmental Health Specialists.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Mid–Management/Supervisory bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full–time classification position are required to serve a twelve–month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.

Incumbents may also be subject to overtime, standby, callback, weekend, holiday and shift assignments as identified in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under the "Disability" tab. Typical Tasks
  • Make inspections and investigations in one or more specialty areas such as housing, water quality control, land use and food safety;
  • Train, assign and coordinate specific activities of subordinate staff members in conjunction with the Program Manager;
  • Recommend changes and give instructions on corrections of deficiencies and violations;
  • Instruct and train specialists in the uniform methods of inspections and enforcement of applicable state, county, and local codes and regulations;
  • Evaluate procedures and make recommendations pertaining to specialty;
  • Review daily work reports of Specialist staff;
  • Provide consultation and conduct training programs in areas of specialization for staff, other departments, agencies and the general public;
  • Coordinate inspections and investigations with other state and local agencies;
  • Make field inspections and assists Specialists when difficult or unusual problems exist;
  • Check and approve permits, building plans and specifications, and water and sewage systems for compliance with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Attend meetings, conferences and addresses civic groups and schools;
  • Provide administrative assistance in compiling and evaluating data and distributing information;
  • Review and evaluate liquid waste related data for planning studies and reports to the Program Manager and/or Assistant Director;
  • Develop, implement and manage liquid waste and land use programs;
  • Plan, develop policies and procedures relevant to the assigned areas of specialization;
  • Collect, maintain, and update statistics for multiple programs within the Environmental Health Division;
  • Review the daily work of specialists and instructs and trains specialists in current land use and liquid waste policies and practices, and the enforcement of applicable County, State and Federal codes and regulations;
  • Make field inspections when difficult or unusual problems exist;
  • Conduct and oversee special investigations, complete studies and surveys and prepare reports;
  • Direct the gathering of data to be used in legal actions; and
  • Work with and coordinate the work of consultants including contractors.
Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education/Experience)

  • Basic principles and practices of personnel management, including training, staff development and performance evaluations;
  • The Housing Code, Health and Safety Code, the Penal Code, and County and City ordinances as they pertain to sanitation and Public Health;
  • The principles and practices of Public Health essential to identify and determine the health impact to the public and the actions necessary to protect the public;
  • Basic engineering principles, chemistry, biology, epidemiology, microbiology, hydrology and geology; and
  • Various aspects of a sanitation program including sewage, food, housing, water, garbage, air pollution, and vector control.
  • Read, interpret and apply laws, rules, statutes, regulations, contracts, maps, graphs, blueprints and explain their application to others;
  • Train, coordinate, plan and supervise the work of others;
  • Lead others and establish and maintain effective cooperative working relationships in accomplishing department goals;
  • Develop policy proposals;
  • Perform complex research and analytical work;
  • Prepare clear, concise reports and correspondence;
  • Advise on and handle difficult enforcement actions and investigative work; and
  • Review, modify, evaluate and approve complex plans and blueprints.
We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Health, Environmental Resource Management, Microbiology, or other related field. The coursework must meet the minimum standards and qualifications for registration as an Environmental Health Specialist under the applicable provisions of State Law; AND
  • Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California local Environmental Health Programs Section; AND
  • Three (3) years of experience equivalent to a Specialist II in an official Public Health Agency or other related environmental resource management operation; OR
  • Three (3) years of experience in environmental resource management, one (1) year of that must have included supervision, training, staff development and other related administrative experience; AND
  • Applicants must possess and maintain a valid California Driver's License and remain free from repeated preventable accidents.
Proof of education may be required for verification purposes after the eligible list has been established as part of the selection interview process. Proof of education (transcripts and/or degree) may be attached at the time of online application submission if available.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "Duties" section of the online application.
  • Masters degree in related field including Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or Environmental Health. A Masters degree in Public or Business Administration would also be considered desirable.
Application and Selection Procedures

Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Most County recruitments consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.
  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months . click apply for full job details

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