Ventura CountyVentura 93009
Full Time

Performs inspections of various facilities and properties to determine conformance with applicable State laws and County Ordinance Code sections related to hazardous materials, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, and above ground petroleum storage tanks.

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Environmental Health Specialist I/ii/iii – Hazardous Materials/certified Unified Prog Agency

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

NEW HIRE/RETENTION/REFERRAL INCENTIVES
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.

THE POSITION
  
Under immediate supervision (Environmental Health Specialist I), general supervision (Environmental Health Specialist II), or direction (Environmental Health Specialist III), 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.
  
Each level differs from the preceding level in that work is done more independently with less supervision. Each level has increasingly responsible public contact; interaction with public and private entities; conflict resolution; and a wider range of environmental health projects at a higher level of complexity (i.e., understanding concepts relating to environmental, biological, water, wastewater, etc.). Each succeeding step in the job series is expected to function at a higher level of individual initiative, creativity, self-direction, and independent judgment.
  
The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; work efficiently and effectively under pressure; display initiative and be detail oriented and adaptable to shifting priorities. The candidate must be able to provide written reports that detail violations of state law and provide appropriate corrective actions for compliance. The candidate must be comfortable and have the confidence to provide education and enforcement in regulated businesses to ensure understanding and compliance.
 
APPROXIMATE SALARY:
Environmental Health Specialist I: $26.05 - $36.46 (hourly)
Environmental Health Specialist II: $2,302.42 - $3,214.46 (biweekly)
Environmental Health Specialist III: $2,554.87 - $3,584.28 (biweekly)
  
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.
 
Environmental Health Specialist I is represented by the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.
 
Environmental Health Specialist II/III are represented by the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) and are not eligible for overtime compensation.
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 related to hazardous materials, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, and above ground petroleum storage tanks.
  • Researches, compiles, synthesizes, analyzes and interprets hazardous material information and data submitted through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) in order to meet environmental health objectives.
  • Conducts field investigations and complaint investigations of various sites in order to have first-hand knowledge of the location under study.
  • Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, environmental health programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures related to the Hazardous Materials, Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA).
  • Prepares written reports and makes recommendations for completion of environmental health projects.
  • May participate in enforcement activities which include civil or criminal cases and may involve issuance of citations, report writing, collection of evidence and court appearances.
  • Coordinates environmental health projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives.
  • 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.
  • Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify environmental health reports and recommendations.
  • If assigned to the Hazardous Materials emergency response team, may be required to respond to emergency incidents involving hazardous materials.
  • Performs other duties as required.
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
 
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST I:
  
Some experience in environmental health which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities can be obtained by four (4) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience or the completion of a bachelor’s degree in environmental health science or a related field.
  
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST II:
  
Some 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 five (5) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience or completion of a bachelor’s degree in environmental health science or a related field and one (1) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience.
  
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 (1) year of experience.
  
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST III:
  
Considerable 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 seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience or the completion of a bachelor’s degree in environmental health science or a related field and three (3) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience.
  
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 (1) year of experience.
  
 
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to obtain at time of appointment and maintain a valid California driver license.
  • Depending on assignment, ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays throughout Ventura County may be required on occasion.
  • California UST Inspector certification issued by International Code Council must be obtained within six (6) months of hire.
  • Pass an Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Act course and exam approved by the California Office of State Fire Marshall within six (6) months of hire. 

DESIRED
  • Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) from the State of California Department of Public Health.
  • Experience conducting audits or inspections to determine compliance with hazardous waste, hazardous materials, or underground storage tank laws and regulations.

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 (depending on level in series) knowledge of:
 
  • Chemistry, microbiology, and environmental health science.
  • State, federal, local laws and regulations relating to environmental health programs, such as above ground and underground storage tanks.
  • Federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to hazardous waste and hazardous materials.
Working to thorough (depending on level in series) knowledge of:
 
  • Environmental research and statistical methods.
  • Field tests and analytical procedures within hazardous material program areas.
  • Interagency relationships.
  • Investigative techniques.
  • Sample collection.
Some to Working ability to:
 
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and staff of other agencies.
  • Perform inspections of various facilities and properties.
  • Solve problems at increasingly complex levels.
  • Speak and write clearly and concisely.
  • Collect, analyze, and interpret data.
  • Formulate recommendations.
  • Prepare technical reports.
  • Provide information and coordinate environmental health efforts.
  • Coordinate projects and programs.
  • Train staff.
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