Ventura CountyVentura 93009
Full Time

Once hired upon meeting specific criteria a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Retention Incentive of up to 10% of the current annual base wage.

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Environmental Health Specialist Iv

Ventura County
Full Time 800 S Victoria Ave UNIT 1700, Ventura, CA 93009, United States
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Overview

Under general direction, performs progressively complex professional environment 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 will be able act as a project team leader and program coordinator; able to work with a diverse group of stakeholders in challenging situations with a high degree of tact and diplomacy; be innovative and enthusiastic; and have strong communication and interpersonal skills.   This person will also be highly motivated; self-directed and possess strong organizational skills; be able to identify and solve problems; interpret and administer various laws, regulations and ordinances, and exercise good judgment.

The eligible list established from this recruitment will be used to fill all current and future Regular (including Temporary and Fixed-term), Extra Help, and Intermittent vacancies within the Resource Management Agency.  The current vacancies to be filled will be in the Technical Services (Liquid Waste/Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems, Ocean Water Quality, and Land Use Programs) and Hazardous Materials/CUPA program sections of the Environmental Health Division

 
EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVES:


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.

 
Environmental Health Specialist IV is represented by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and is not eligible for overtime compensation.


NEW HIRE/RETENTION/REFERRAL INCENTIVES:


Upon request of the appointing authority and the CEO or their designee, subject to the applicable section of the 

  • New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive up to 10% of the current annual base wage.
  • In compliance with specific requirements, a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Referral Incentive of $500.
  • Once hired upon meeting specific criteria a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Retention Incentive of up to 10% of the current annual base wage.
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.
  • Acts as project team leaders and program coordinators for one of more programs
  • 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.
  • Coordinates environmental health projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives.
  • Conducts field investigations of various sites to have first-hand knowledge of the location under study.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify environmental health reports and recommendations.
  • If assigned to Hazardous Materials Section, may be required to respond to emergency incidents involving hazardous materials.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
 
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. Experience as project manager/lead environmental health specialist is highly desirable.
 
Substitution:


A Master's degree in environmental health science or a related field, and/or registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) in California may each substitute for one year of experience.
 

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS 


  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a valid California driver license.
  • Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist in California is required for some positions, including the current vacancies in Technical Services and future vacancies.
  • Effective written communication skills must be demonstrated in the completion of the employment application and supplemental questionnaire.
  • A California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector certification issued by the International Code Council is required within six (6) months of appointment for some assignments in Hazardous Material Section.
  • A passing score on the Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Act (APSA) course and exam, approved by the California Office of State Fire Marshall is required within six (6) months of appointment for some assignments in the Hazardous Material Section.  

DESIRED:


  • Experience as project manager/lead Environmental Health Specialist is highly desired.
  • Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) in California is highly desired in the Hazmat/CUPA program; REHS is required for all other Environmental Health Programs 
  • Experience with Environmental Health program development.
  • Experience with developing, evaluating and updating policies and procedures.
  • Experience effectively communicating program goals, administrative policies, and technical information to staff and the general public.
  • Experience with database maintenance and process development.
  • California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector certification issued by the International Code Council is highly desired for some position in the Hazardous Material Section.  
  • A passing score on the Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Act (APSA) course and exam approved by the California Office of State Fire Marshall is highly desired for some positions in the Hazardous Materials Section. 

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. 
Also requires occasional climbing, crouching, kneeling, balancing and keyboard entry.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:  


Comprehensive Knowledge of:
  • Chemistry, microbiology and environmental health science.
  • State, federal, local laws and regulations relating to assigned environmental health programs and functions. 

Thorough knowledge of: 


  • Environmental research and statistical methods.
  • Interagency relationships and program area.
  • Field tests and analytical procedures within environmental health program areas.
  • Investigative techniques and sample collection.

Working ability to: 

  • Perform inspections by collecting, analyzing and interpreting data within program areas, including data entry and creation of reports.
  • Solve problems at increasingly complex levels and formulate recommendations.
  • Speak and write clearly and concisely, including preparation of 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 and the public. 

COUNTY EMPLOYEES AS DISASTER SERVICE WORKERS


When a disaster strikes of natural or manmade origin, Ventura County employees may be called upon to provide service to the community by assisting in emergency response efforts. This may require employees to work in other locations, different hours, and out of class.  At the time of hire, all County employees will be required to sign an Oath of Affirmation of Allegiance for Disaster Service Workers and Public Employees (Sections 3102 and 3103, Government Code of California). 

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