County of Alameda

Supervising Environmental Health Specialist (#5675)

Bargaining Unit: ACMEA - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (R45)
$56.34-$67.41 Hourly / $4,507.20-$5,392.80 BiWeekly /
$9,765.60-$11,684.40 Monthly / $117,187.20-$140,212.80 Yearly

Under direction, to supervise and review the work of a group of Environmental Health Specialist Trainees, Environmental Health Specialists, Senior Environmental Health Specialists and support staff for conformity with established policy and procedures; to assist in planning, developing and evaluating the Environmental Health Program; to assist the Chief, Environmental Health Operations and/or the Chief, Environmental Protection and to act in his/her absence; and to perform related work as required.


This is the first supervisory level in the Environmental Health Specialist series. Incumbents of positions in this class are assigned to a major geographical area comprising several districts or are assigned to a program area. They are responsible for maintaining an adequate level of service and quality and quantity of work in the district/program they supervise.

Supervision is received from the next higher classes Chief, Environmental Health Operations or Chief, Environmental Protection in conferences devoted to work problems, personnel and policy matters.

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. Receives, reviews and approves staff records, daily work logs and correspondence for accuracy, completeness, propriety of recommendation and conformity to departmental policy.

2. Makes periodic field inspections with staff to develop familiarity with district problems, to observe and evaluate staff inspection and educational techniques, and to guide staff members in work problems.

3. Holds periodic conferences with staff members to discuss, guide, and train them in technical environmental health problems, and departmental policy and to review and evaluate the employee’s work.

4. Supervises the review of construction plans for public food establishments, swimming pools, and waste disposal/treatment systems to ensure compliance with Environmental Health requirements and all applicable laws and regulations.

5. Confers periodically with the Chief, Environmental Health Operations and/or Chief, Environmental Protection to clarify problems, policies, programs.

6. Receives and screens non routine calls from the public; refers unusual matters and difficult problems to the Chief, Environmental Health Operations and/or Chief, Environmental Protection.

7. Provides orientation and training of new personnel, students and the public.

8. Assists in preparing proposed ordinances and legal documents.

9. Directs investigations to gather evidence, determine facts of violation, and document such facts; may testify in court.

10. Conducts annual employee evaluation and provides necessary counseling and follow-up.


Graduation from an accredited college or university with major work in Environmental Health science or a related field,



The equivalent of three years of full-time experience as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist performing a full range of Environmental Health work in a public agency.


Valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California.


Possession of a valid California Driver’s license.

NOTE: All candidates must provide their own vehicle.

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.


• Provisions of State and local ordinances and regulations relating
• to environmental health and sanitation.
• Principles and practices of Environmental Health problem identification
• and resolution.
• Functions and operations of related agencies and County organizations.
• Principles of effective supervision.
• Principles and practices of rodent and vector control.


• Written Communication.
• Planning and Organization.
• Management Techniques.
• Interpersonal Sensitivity.
• Leadership.
• Oral Communication.
• Read and interpret plans and blueprints.
• Explain and interpret rules, regulations, laws and policies
• Works with a diverse group.
• Advise, guide and instruct others regarding Environmental Health Problems.
• Establish effective working relationships with others.
• Basic computer skills.

DW:Lmh Revised: 9/84
LB:pb 12/7/88
Oldspec: 0507h
Newspecs: 5675.doc
GE:pf Revised 12/11/00
Csc date: 1/17/01


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)
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance 
  • 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

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Management Paid Leave**
  • 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.

** Non-exempt management employees are entitled to up to three days of management paid leave. Exempt management employees are entitled to up to seven days of management paid leave.