County of Alameda

Chief, Environmental Health Field Operations (#5790)

Bargaining Unit: Unrep - HCSA Tech/Para Mgmt (U45)
$56.00-$67.05 Hourly / $4,480.00-$5,364.00 BiWeekly /
$9,706.67-$11,622.00 Monthly / $116,480.00-$139,464.00 Yearly

Under general direction, to plan, organize and direct the Environmental Health Field Operations, assist the Director in setting Department policy; act as liaison with other agencies on environmental health matters; act as departmental administrative hearing officer and to perform related duties as required.


The Chief Environmental Health Field Operations is a singular position directly responsible for operation of all field service units. The incumbent is responsible for approximately 60 personnel and supervises directly the P.A. II (Program Manager-Vector Control District) and four Supervising Sanitarians. He/she represents the Department before the Board of Supervisors in the Director's absence. He/she reports directly to the Director, Department of Environmental Health.

This position can be distinguished from those in the Program Administrator series in that the Chief, Environmental Health Field Operations, requires a thorough expertise and formal training in Environmental Health, State Registration as a Sanitarian and much of the duties involve technical advisement and direction.

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. Plans, organizes and directs the field operations of Environmental Health Districts.

2. Sets policy in the districts, making sure that district operating policies and procedures are in stride with division policy.

3. Establishes general office policies, procedures and schedules supervisors, professional, technical and clerical staff.

4. Interprets and enforces health laws and regulations and assures uniform enforcement throughout the County.

5. Acts as a liaison between the districts and other environmental health-related agencies; examples include: Planning, police, fire, City Councils, etc.

6. Acts as liaison between the Division of Environmental Health and Citizens Advisory Councils, Civic and Community groups.

7. Acts as the Department Administrative Hearing Officer for suspension or revocation permits to operate.

The equivalent of five years of full-time experience in environmental health of which three years must have been in an administrative capacity in a local or state public health agency.

License and Certificates:

All candidates must possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

All candidates must possess a valid certificate of registration as a sanitarian in the State of California.

Special Requirement:

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.

Knowledge of:

• Technical expertise is required in the following areas:
a. Food and milk technology.
b. Water technology.
c. Waster disposal - air, solid and liquid.
d. Housing - building, electrical and plumbing codes.
e. Recreational sanitation.
f. Institutional work - knowledge of State and Department of Corrections minimum standards.
g. Industrial hygiene - toxic agents, gases, particulates and noise and safety standards.
h. Vector control.
• Principles of management and supervision.
• Environmental health-related agencies.
• Operations of environmental health districts and the Division of Environmental Health.
• Principles of personnel administration.
• Appropriate laws, codes, and regulations.


• Directing and reviewing the work of subordinate supervisors, technical and clerical staff.
• Establishing communications and maintaining working relationships with environmental health-related agencies in the jurisdiction.
• Effectively enforcing environmental health laws and regulations.
• Setting up and maintaining uniformity of policy and procedures throughout the districts.
• Analyzing data for program evaluation and modification.
• Prepare administrative and technical reports as required.
• Written communication.
• Oral communication.
• Decision making.
• Analytical and Problem Solving.
• Leadership.
• Planning and organization.
• Management control.
• Interpersonal sensitivity.
• Flexibility.
• Adaptation to stress.

Revised/Retitled: 7/87
Old document: 0546h
New document: Jobspecs/5790
CSC Date: 7/1/87


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
  • Employee Mortgage Loan Program
  • 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.