County of Alameda

Public Health Engineer (#5689)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Hospital Para Prof/Tech (007)
$62.19-$68.45 Hourly / $4,664.25-$5,133.75 BiWeekly /
$10,105.88-$11,123.13 Monthly / $121,270.50-$133,477.50 Yearly

Under general direction, to provide engineering planning and evaluation and consultation for various environmental health programs within the Health Care Services Agency; to provide general technical problem analysis and reports; to represent the Division of Environmental Health in public health engineering matters as required; and to do related work as required.


This engineering class within the Division of Environmental Health will provide the liaison with other agencies and community groups in matters related to sanitary or public health engineering programs. The Public Health Engineer is primarily concerned with the study and evaluation of general engineering matters and furnishing consultation to department staff, community agencies, industry, and individuals.

Supervision is received from a general engineer who is the Chief, Bureau of Environmental Health Planning. The Bureau Chief also supervises a staff of other specialists who serve together with the Public Health Engineer as planners and consultants in the various Division of Environmental Health program areas.

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. Confers with Division of Environmental Health personnel on such public health engineering matters as water supply, sewage and waste disposal, air pollution, swimming pool systems and other matters requiring professional engineering knowledge.

2. Performs engineering studies and surveys of water and sewage treatment plants, small water systems, private waste disposal systems, and other installations on a regular basis.

3. Makes joint field studies with sanitarians who request assistance; provide technical analysis and recommendations; prepares technical reports as required.

4. Reviews and evaluates plans for such installations as sewage treatment systems, water treatment systems, and public swimming pools.

5. Evaluates new mechanical equipment for swimming pools, restaurants and other facilities prior to approval for use based on published data, experimental data, or actual performance data from experimental systems under department surveillance.

6. Develops testing criteria and installation requirements for experimental systems to be evaluated by the department.

7. Serves as the liaison between the Division of Environmental Health and other departments and agencies on sanitary and public health engineering matters.

8. Reviews literature and legislation to keep abreast of developments in the engineering field and in related environmental health matters.

9. Prepares formal technical reports and program summary reports as required.

Either I

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in Civil Engineering and specialization in sanitary or public health engineering,



The equivalent of two years’ full-time professional experience as a civil engineer, at least one year of which was in the field of public health.


Possession of a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator'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:

· Fundamental practices of civil engineering.
· Hydraulics and hydrology.
· Modern sanitary and public health engineering principles and practices.
· Water supply and storage, sewage and industrial waste disposal systems.
· Atmospheric pollution and environmental sanitation in industry.
· Public health principles and practices.

Ability to:

· Review, check and interpret engineering plans.
· Interpret laws, rules and regulations pertaining to public health engineering.
· Establish and maintain appropriate cooperative relations with those contacted in the course of work.
· Speak and write effectively.

Retyped: 10/79
Updated: 9/3/86
Old document: 0513h
New document: Jobspecs/5689


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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