SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST TRAINEE
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST I/II/III
Series Specification

 

Class Code: TJ5/TJ7/TJ8/TJ9 
Analyst: JAD, CE
Date Originated: 12/80
Date Revised: 03/84,09/89,11/02

DEFINITION

Under direction, to inspect and investigate environmental health conditions to enforce Federal, State, County and local environmental health and safety laws, ordinances and regulations; to obtain compliance or corrective action; to educate the public concerning environmental health and safety; and to do other work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee is the trainee recruitment class for individuals who are in the process of applying for registration as Environmental Health Specialists. Incumbents initially work under close supervision. After successfully completing up to eighteen months of experience depending on educational qualifications, and after obtaining a valid certificate of registration as Environmental Health Specialist, incumbents are appointed to the class of Environmental Health Specialist I.

Environmental Health Specialist I is the entry professional level in the Environmental Health Specialist series. Under general supervision, incumbents conduct a broad range of on-site inspections, investigations, and consultations. 

Senior Environmental Health Specialist II is the journey professional level in the Environmental Health Specialist series. Under, incumbents conduct a broad range of on-site inspections, investigations, consultations, and emergency response. May require additional licensing for appropriate specialty.

Environmental Health Specialist III is the professional level expert and/or project leader in the Environmental Health Specialist series. Under direction, incumbents work independently, respond to emergency calls, and are responsible for specialized complex environmental health programs such as water supply, land use, hazardous materials management, housing inspection, plan checker, solid waste management or alternative sewage systems. May require additional certificates/training for appropriate specialty areas. 

NOTE: Environmental Health Specialist I may advance to the II level after 2 years of field experience as an Environmental Health Specialist I and demonstrated responsibility in performing more complex assignments and completion of additional specialized training. 


Incumbents may be permanently assigned to the II level when the major functions of the position do not include lead responsibilities, the more responsible, varied and extremely complex assignments found at the Environmental Health Specialist III level.


TYPICAL TASKS

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee: Receive instruction in, and training for inspecting food facilities, on-site sewage disposal systems, water supply systems, well construction, solid waste disposal sites, hazardous materials management, units for housing/dwelling, public buildings, organized camps, employee housing, and public swimming pools to determine compliance with laws and regulations governing sanitary conditions. Receive instruction to review for approval of individual sewage disposal system permit applications, for investigating rodent and insect infestations and investigating food borne disease outbreaks. Learn procedures for law enforcement and to prepare reports. Learn to take samples and cultures of food, water, sewage and other materials for laboratory examination.

Environmental Health Specialist I: Make inspection of food facilities, on-site sewage disposal systems, water supply systems, well construction, solid waste disposal sites, units for housing/dwelling, public buildings, organized camps, employee housing, and public swimming pools to obtain compliance with laws and regulations governing sanitary conditions. Review and approve individual sewage disposal system permits and water well permit applications. Investigate food borne disease outbreaks. Interprets laws and regulations. Recommend changes and give instructions for correction of deficiencies and violations. Inspect commercial establishments, hotels and motels for adequate maintenance, sanitation, ventilation, use, and occupancy, and for proper garbage and refuse disposal. Prepare reports. May investigate rodent and insect infestations and instruct individuals and communities in methods of control. Refers potential violations of hazardous materials regulations to appropriate staff. Take samples and cultures of food and water, sewage and other materials for laboratory examination. May respond to emergency calls pertaining to environmental health during work hours and non-work hours. May prepare and present educational programs to public groups. May input, access and analyze data using a computer. May testify as a witness in court proceedings. 

Environmental Health Specialist II: Same as above, plus: Work independently and perform more complex assignments. Provide consultative advice in program specialty. Obtain additional specialized training within environmental health. 

Environmental Health Specialist III: Responsible for a specialized environmental health program. Independently conduct extremely complex and difficult investigations. Provide consultative advice to various groups and agencies. Assist staff in difficult field inspections or interpretation of regulations. May act as a team lead person. Develop and conduct training modules. Coordinate, standardize, and may represent County in special programs such as: public water systems, hazardous materials management, housing inspection, solid waste management, plan check reviews, alternative sewage systems, land use sensitive site and environmental condition reviews, plus may as necessary perform the tasks of the Environmental Health Specialist II. May prepare and present educational programs to public 
groups. May input, access and analyze data using a computer. Assist the supervisor as necessary. Review certain periodicals, coordinate reports.

Environmental Health Specialist II/III First Responder Assignment: Respond to a wide variety of incidents such as sewage spills/releases, well drilling mud (or other associated materials) releases, restaurant fires, drug lab discoveries, biomedical calls, potential terrorism acts (biological, chemical, and nuclear) and hazardous material releases. Employees in this assignment are required to have all the necessary training and certifications to perform the broad range of emergency response duties and are assigned to a on-call rotational schedule (seven days a week and twenty-four hours a day capability).

EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS


Environmental Health Specialist Trainee

Knowledge:
Some knowledge of: 
∑ Methods and techniques of scientific investigation, inspection and resolving unsanitary conditions.

Ability to:
∑ Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
∑ Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with others.
∑ Prepare clear and concise reports.
∑ Learn to detect unsanitary conditions and public health hazards, secure corrective action through education or voluntary compliance or legal enforcement.
∑ Learn to provide instruction in the methods and procedures of sanitary inspection and correction of unsanitary conditions.
∑ Learn to understand conditions and develop alternatives for soils and percolation problems.
∑ Learn environmental health and safety codes.
∑ Learn the principles of environmental health and sanitation.
∑ Learn to apply Federal and State laws, local ordinances and regulations governing environmental health and sanitation.
∑ Obtain additional training pertaining to environmental health.
∑ Learn to input, access and analyze data using a computer.
∑ Learn to make public presentations.

Environmental Health Specialist I

Knowledge:
Working knowledge of the above (EHS Trainee), plus
Working knowledge of: 

∑ Methods and techniques of scientific investigation, inspection and resolving unsanitary conditions.
∑ The principles and practices of environmental health inspections, regulations and enforcement.
∑ The functions and relationships of Federal, State, regional and local regulatory agencies responsibility for investigating violations of environmental health and safety laws.
∑ Proven techniques and methodologies to conduct scientific and regulatory investigations. 
∑ Environmental health and safety codes.
∑ Principles of environmental health and sanitation.
∑ State laws, local ordinances and regulations governing environmental health and sanitation.

Some knowledge of:
∑ A particular area of specialization such as public water systems, hazardous materials management, housing inspection, solid waste management, plan check reviews, alternative sewage systems, land use, sensitive site and environmental condition reviews.

Ability to:
The above (EHS Trainee), plus
∑ Detect unsanitary conditions and public health hazards, secure corrective action through education or voluntary compliance or legal enforcement.
∑ Provide instructions in the methods and procedures of sanitary inspection and correction of unsanitary conditions.
∑ Understand conditions and develop alternatives for soils and percolation problems.
∑ Input, access and analyze data using a computer.
∑ Make public presentations.
∑ Obtain additional training pertaining to environmental health. 
∑ Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

Environmental Health Specialist II

Thorough knowledge of: 
∑ Proven techniques and methodologies to conduct scientific and regulatory investigations.
Working knowledge of the above (EHS Trainee/I), plus
Working knowledge of: 
∑ A particular area of specialization such as public water systems, hazardous materials management, housing inspection, solid waste management, plan check reviews, alternative sewage systems, land use, sensitive site and environmental condition reviews.

Ability to:

The above (EHS Trainee/I), plus
∑ Respond to emergency calls pertaining to environmental health during work and non-work hours.
∑ Resolve unsanitary conditions and public health hazards.
∑ Obtain additional specialized training pertaining to environmental health.
∑ Deliver accurate and respectful risk communication to the public.
∑ Apply specialized knowledge and expertise to complex assignments.
∑ Plan, organize and carry out research, analyze and evaluate data, prepare comprehensive reports, and make recommendations based on findings.

Environmental Health Specialist III

Knowledge:
Thorough knowledge of the above (EHS Trainee/I/II) plus
Some knowledge of: 
∑ The principles and techniques of project leadership and training.

Ability to:
The above (EHS Trainee/I/II) plus
∑ Coordinate and standardize a specific program.
∑ Plan, organize and carry out research, analyze and evaluate data, prepare comprehensive reports, and make recommendations on findings.
∑ Develop and conduct training modules.
∑ Provide consultative advice to various groups and agencies.
∑ Guide and advise EHS I/II/III co-workers in difficult field inspections.
∑ Assist the program manager as necessary.

Education and Experience:

Any combination of education and experience which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying, unless otherwise specified. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelorís Degree in Environmental Science or any combination of education and experience approved by the California State Department of Health Services.

Environmental Health Specialist I: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelorís Degree in Environmental Science or any combination of education and experience approved by the California State Department of Health Services. No experience required beyond that required for registration as an Environmental Health Specialist by the California Department of Health Services.

Environmental Health Specialist II: Two years of professional environmental health field experience (after registration).

Environmental Health Specialist III: Four years of professional environmental health field experience (after registration).


Special Requirements/Conditions:

-License Requirements: All levels: Possess and maintain a valid California Class C Driver License.

Environmental Health Specialist Trainee: Possession of a written statement from the California State Department of Health Services indicating that educational requirements have been met for admission to examination for Registered Environmental Health Specialist.

Environmental Health Specialist I/II/III: Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California State Department of Health Services.

-Special Working Conditions: Exposure to variable temperatures; slippery surfaces; loud noises; sunburn; dust and pollen; bee stings; infections, such as tick-borne Lyme disease or mosquito-borne encephalitis; angry or hostile persons; hazardous materials; wetness, such as while walking in the rain or through a stream on a site inspection; raw or partially treated sewage; inadequate ventilation; live electrical wires, aggressive dogs, fleas, cockroaches & rodents.

-Background Investigation: None

-Other Special Requirements: Positions may be assigned to carry a pager, cell phone or other communication equipment and respond to emergency situations and perform on-call or call-back duties. Work situations may include evenings, weekends and holidays.


-Previous Class Titles: Environmental Health Specialist, Senior Environmental Health Specialist

Bargaining Unit: 41 
EEOC Job Category: 02 
Occupational Grouping: 74 
WorkersíComp Code: 0285