County of Alameda

Registered Environmental Health Specialist (#5665)

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Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Hospital Para Prof/Tech (007)
$50.22-$60.13 Hourly / $4,017.60-$4,810.40 BiWeekly /
$8,704.80-$10,422.53 Monthly / $104,457.60-$125,070.40 Yearly

Under general supervision, conducts inspections and investigations to enforce applicable state health and safety codes, regulations and local ordinances; and to perform related work as required.

Program responsibilities include, but are not limited to retail food facilities, consumer protection, public swimming pools/spas, public water systems, on-site sewage disposal/treatment systems, housing, recreational areas, institutions, work sites, solid waste, medical waste, hazardous materials, vector control and public health nuisances.


Incumbents in this class are typically assigned to a geographical area or a specific program, in which they are responsible for maintaining disciplinary surveillance for assigned program areas, conducting routine inspections of all facilities on inventory, investigating disease outbreaks and responding to complaints as they arise.

Under the supervision of the Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, the Section Chief, or the Director, incumbents submit all completed inspection reports, records, correspondence and daily activity reports for review. Additional responsibilities include consulting with supervisors concerning technical matters, policy interpretation and legal action.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Conducts regular inspections of food facilities, trailer courts, public swimming pools, schools, detention facilities, on-site sewage disposal systems, garbage facilities, vector sources, and other installations to determine compliance with public health laws and regulations.

2. Interprets provisions of laws and regulations, advises regulated community on methods of meeting and maintaining sanitary requirements, seeks voluntary compliance.

3. Investigates complaints regarding food borne illnesses, inventoried establishments, medical waste, hazardous waste, and public health nuisances including liquid waste, solid waste and infestations of vermin. Obtains facts, collects evidence or samples recommends abatement and control.

4. Reviews plans of proposed on-site sewage disposal systems, conducts percolation tests, specifies tank size and distribution field requirements, and inspects completed installations.

5. Inspects single family and multiple occupancy dwellings to evaluate compliance with the applicable sanitation requirements of the California Health and Safety Code and the Uniform Housing Code.

6. Investigates industrial sites to see that a healthful, sanitary and safe working condition is maintained for the employees.

7. Obtains samples from public water supplies and recreational bathing areas for bacteriological and chemical analyses.

8. Conducts presentations in the form of training seminars and participates at community events.

9. Keeps accurate records and prepares daily reports of inspection results, and documents associated violations, prepares correspondence and completes special reports relating to assigned work.

10. Testifies in hearings regarding violations of the California Health and Safety Code and other applicable statutes and regulations.


Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist Issued by the California State Department of Health Services,



Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major course work in environmental health science or a closely related field.


Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of environmental health, including water supply, sewage disposal and treatment, refuse disposal, housing, recreational and industrial sanitation, vector control and land use.
• Principles and practices relating to sanitary food production, processing, and handling.
• Principles of zoonoses and control of rodents and arthropod vectors.
• Techniques of conducting environmental health inspection, preparing risk assessments and enforcing relevant laws.
• Provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, other statutes and regulations pertaining to environmental health.

Ability to:

• Explain and interpret rules, regulations and laws.
• Establish effective working relationships with others.
• Write and communicate effectively.
• Read and interpret structural plans and blue prints.

PB:nw Revised: 3/3l/76
LB:pb Updated: 9/3/86
LB:pb Retitled: 12/7/88
Old doc: 0505h
New doc: Jobspecs/5665.doc
CSC Date: 1/4/89
TE:pf Rev. 10/2/01
CSC Date: 12/5/01


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.


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