Placer County

Environmental Health Technician I (#11721)

$23.72-$29.62 Hourly / $4,111.47-$5,134.13 Monthly / $49,337.60-$61,609.60 Yearly

Environmental Health Technician II (#11722)

$26.15-$32.66 Hourly / $4,532.67-$5,661.07 Monthly / $54,392.00-$67,932.80 Yearly


DEFINITION

To assist in ensuring compliance with various environmental health regulations as required by Federal, State and local statutes and ordinances; conduct routine field inspections to ensure compliance; and perform a variety of research related to environmental health compliance.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Environmental Health Technician I
This is the first working level in the Environmental Health Technician series. This class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series that do not require an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of processes, regulations, and requirements. Employees at this level may not be expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to higher level classifications.
 
Environmental Health Technician II
This is the second working level within the Environmental Health Technician series. This class is distinguished from Senior Environmental Health Technician in that the latter either exercises technical and functional supervision over others or performs the most complex and specialized duties assigned.  Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the Environmental Health Technician I level upon demonstration of competency and knowledge.  In some cases, depending on complexity of duties and job performance, an employee may remain classified at the Environmental Health Technician I level indefinitely.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED

Environmental Health Technician I
Receives supervision from a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist or other professional, supervisory, or management classification. May receive technical or functional supervision from a Senior Environmental Health Technician or other technical or professional personnel.
 
Environmental Health Technician II
Receives supervision from a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist or other professional, supervisory, or management classification. May receive technical or functional supervision from a Senior Environmental Health Technician or other technical or professional personnel.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conducts field inspections to assure regulatory compliance. 
  • May process Environmental Health applications and review for compliance with standards and regulations. 
  • Performs plan review and basic research. 
  • Reviews commercial and home occupation business licenses for compliance with environmental health and/or land use standards and regulations. 
  • Prepares correspondence and notifications providing and requesting information. 
  • Receives and logs complaints pertaining to environmental health related issues. 
  • Logs and maintains various data and records and prepare reports; prepares routine notices; researches permit and code enforcement issues as necessary. 
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Interacts with other County departments and/or outside agencies as needed. 
  • Prepares and distributes a variety of self-help related materials pertaining to environmental issues. 
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Environmental Health Technician I 

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Experience:
One year experience in an Environmental Health setting, emphasizing public contact is desirable.

Training:
Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by at least 12 semester units of college level courses in chemistry, biology, physics, toxicology or a related field.

Environmental Health Technician II

Experience and Training 
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
 
Experience:
Two years of responsible experience comparable to an Environmental Health Technician I with Placer County.
 
Training:
Equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by at least 12 semester units of college level courses in chemistry, biology, physics, toxicology, or a related field. 

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES

Environmental Health Technician I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of customer service and public contact.
  • Basic arithmetic and mathematical calculations.
  • Clear, effective, and correct use of oral and written English including spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation and letter composition.
  • Advanced operation of varied office equipment including computers and associated word processing, spreadsheets, and specialized applications.
  • Methods of filing and tracking information.
  • Basic sciences.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time; know and understand assigned aspects of job.  Identify and interpret technical and numerical permit processing activities.  Explain County and Department policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand assigned aspects of the job; identify and interpret technical activities related to job; explain environmental procedures and County regulations and requirements to the public.
  • Intermittently, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing field inspections; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; and lift light weight.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Use a variety of modern office equipment, including but not limited to, computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, microfilm reader/printer, and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Clearly and concisely explain permit and compliance requirements and procedures to those less knowledgeable.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Effectively use automated permit systems.

Environmental Health Technician II
 
In addition to the qualifications for Environmental Health Technician I:
 
Knowledge of: 

  • Local ordinances and State statutes relative to environmental health and land use and permitting process, as needed. 
  • Policies and procedures of the Environmental Health Division. 
  • Technical resource materials and information sources applicable to assignment. 
  • Department and division specific software systems. 

Ability to: 

  • Interpret and apply applicable ordinances, statutes, and departmental and division procedures and policies.
  • Read and interpret a variety of plans, maps, drawings, construction documents in the course of conducting research. 
  • Independently conduct routine field inspections. 
  • Ensure a safe working environment.

CLASS: 11721; EST: 3/1/1996; REV: 3/1/2006;
CLASS: 11722; EST: 3/1/1996; REV: 3/1/2006;