Placer County

Environmental Health Technician - Senior (#11723)

$28.84-$36.01 Hourly / $4,998.93-$6,241.73 Monthly / $59,987.20-$74,900.80 Yearly


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


This is the third working level class in the Environmental Health Technician series.  Positions at this level are distinguished from other classes within the series by the level of responsibility assumed, complexity of duties assigned, independence of action taken, by the amount of time spent performing lead duties, or by performing the more complex environmental health functions.  Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series which may include technical and functional supervision of technical and clerical personnel. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to the assigned area of responsibility and have technical knowledge of food, water recreation, hazardous materials, solid waste, domestic water supply, on-site sewage disposal and environmental health land use programs with general knowledge of planning and building codes, as needed. 


Receives supervision from a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist or other professional, supervisory, or management classification.

Generally exercises technical and functional supervision over technical and clerical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conducts the more complex field inspections to assure regulatory compliance.
  • May process the more complex Environmental Health applications and review for compliance with standards and regulations.
  • Performs the more complex research involving parcel and permit history.
  • Accepts, logs, and reviews commercial and residential plans and associated documents for plan checking, processes, prepares, and issues permits, as needed.
  • Logs and maintains various data and records and prepares reports; prepares notices; performs the more complex research regarding compliance issues as necessary.
  • Serves as a technical resource to lower level staff and the public in the interpretation and application of environmental health guidelines.
  • Assists in developing and revising policies and procedures related to the area of assignment.
  • Works on special projects as assigned.
  • 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 correspondence and notification providing and requesting information from customers related to application materials and permits.
  • May serve as liaison between Environmental Health and the public, providing information regarding the permit process, requirements, and regulations.
  • May serve as technical advisor to less experienced Environmental Health Technician.
  • May train and lead lower level technical and/or clerical staff in technical and procedural aspects of environmental health regulations, environmental health regulations, and in Departmental and Division policies and procedures; may exercise technical and functional supervision over technical and/or clerical staff.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


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 journey level experience comparable to an Environmental Health Technician II 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.  

Required 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 of:

  • Advanced principles and practices of customer service and public contact.
  • Clear, effective, and correct use of oral and written English including spelling, grammar, vocabulary, and punctuation and letter composition.
  • Local ordinances and State statutes relative to land use, land development, permitting process and environmental health, such as food, water recreation, solid waste, hazardous materials, domestic water supply, and on-site sewage disposal.
  • Policies and procedures related to environmental health regulations and related County requirements and regulations.
  • Advanced operation of varied office equipment, including computers and associated word processing, spreadsheet, and specialized applications.
  • Technical resource materials and information sources applicable to environmental health related activities.
  • Department and division specific software systems.
  • Principles and practices of research.
  • Arithmetic and mathematical calculations.
  • Principles of technical and functional supervision.
  • Methods of filing and tracking information.

Ability to: 

  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time; intermittently twist and reach office equipment; write and use keyboard to communicate through written means; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand assigned aspects of the job; identify and interpret technical and numerical 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 moderate weight. 
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with frequent 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 complex requirements and procedures to those less knowledgeable.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, supervisors, other County employees, outside agencies, and the public.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine appropriate course of action.
  • Train, assign, and review the work of technical and/or clerical staff.
  • Assume a lead role to less experienced staff and work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Use independent judgment to resolve a variety of issues.
  • Compile, analyze, and evaluate a variety of technical information related to environmental health issues.
  • Read and interpret a variety of plans, maps, drawing, construction documents and specifications, as assigned.
  • Effectively use automated permit systems.

CLASS: 11723; EST: 3/1/2006; REV: ;