Placer County

Environmental Health Specialist - Registered - Supervising (#13533)

$42.60-$53.19 Hourly / $7,384.00-$9,219.60 Monthly / $88,608.00-$110,635.20 Yearly


To plan, organize, direct and supervise assigned section or program operations, or to assist the Director in a staff capacity with a variety of special projects and complex administrative and field services within the Environmental Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services; and to perform a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


The Supervisor level recognizes positions that perform full, first-line supervisory responsibilities including planning, assigning and evaluating the work of subordinates and is responsible for a program area within a work unit or department.  This position may also act in a higher level staff capacity to the Client Services Program Manager and/or higher level management staff.


Receives general direction from the Client Services Program Manager and/or higher level management staff.

Exercises direct supervision over assigned professional, clerical and technical personnel.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Mediate disputes among various affected parties, including staff, developers, consultants, complainants, business owners, home owners and others; administer contracts for services used within section/program area; review appeal cases; and perform highly sensitive and complex staff work as needed.
  • Recommend and assist in the development and implementation of unit goals and objectives; establish schedules and methods for assigned section or program area; implement policies and procedures.
  • Plan, prioritize, assign, supervise and review the work of staff involved in the administration of environmental health programs and enforcement.
  • Evaluate operations and activities of assigned responsibilities; recommend improvements and modifications; prepare various reports on operations and activities.
  • Assist in the preparation and oversee various contracts for service; prepare and monitor grant applications on behalf of the Division.
  • Conduct complex research to implement environmental health compliance programs.
  • Prepare innovative plans to resolve community environmental health issues and participate in implementation; research and prepare public information publications; create new mechanisms to further enhance the Division's ties to the business and residential community.
  • Represent the Division by serving on broad-based County and Community committees related to Environmental Health. 
  • Participate in budget preparation and administration; prepare cost estimates for budget recommendations; submit justifications for staff, supplies, materials and equipment; monitor and control expenditures.
  • Participate in the selection of staff; provide or coordinate staff training; conduct performance evaluations; recommend discipline; implement discipline procedures as directed.
  • Answer questions and provide information to the public; investigate complaints and recommend corrective action as necessary to resolve.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform related field work and other duties as assigned, such as meeting with the public in sensitive enforcement matters or providing outreach and education to the community, general public, as well as public and private agencies.


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: Three years of increasingly responsible registered environmental health administration and enforcement, with at least one year of lead experience comparable to an Environmental Health Specialist - Registered - Senior is required.


Four years of experience performing duties similar to an Environmental Health Specialist - Registered - Associate.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in any of the biological or physical sciences, environmental health science, chemistry, engineering or a related field. A Master's degree in any of the above subject areas is highly desirable.

Required License or Certificate:

  • Possession of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California Department of Public Health.
  • Within six months of appointment, Certificates of Completion of Training for the following courses are required:
    • 40 hour OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and First Responder Operations;
    • Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Awareness; and
    • Federal Emergency Management Agency – Incident Command System 100, 200, and 700.

In addition, when assigned to the hazardous materials program, the following courses must be completed by the completion of the probationary period:

    • OSHA HazMat First Responder Operations;
    • International Code Council – Underground Storage Tank Inspector; and
    • State Fire Marshall’s Office for Aboveground Storage Tanks. 
  • 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:

  • Principles and practices of environmental health, sanitation and public health administration and enforcement.
  • Equipment, tools and materials used in taking samples, conducting tests, and monitoring and measuring activities involved in environmental health administration and enforcement.
  • Principles of supervision, training and performance evaluations.
  • Principles of budget monitoring.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • Pertinent local, State and Federal laws, ordinances and rules.

Ability to:

  • Organize, implement and direct assigned section and program operations/activities.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job. Intermittently observe, identify and analyze public health and sanitation problems and develop solutions; analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; interpret, enforce and explain statutes, regulations, policies and procedures; and maintain awareness of safety at all times.
  • On a continuous basis, sit at a desk or in vehicle for long periods of time; intermittently walk, stand, kneel, climb, bend and reach while conducting field inspections and investigations, or conducting various tests; see and observe field conditions; differentiate colors on charts, maps, or identification placards, observe soil characteristics or food quality; hear to evaluate proper functioning of various kinds of equipment; use a telephone; write or use a keyboard to communicate; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; and lift heavy weight.
  • Supervise, train and evaluate assigned staff.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Assist in the development and monitoring of an assigned program budget.
  • Develop and recommend policies and procedures related to assigned operations.
  • Work unusual and prolonged work schedules in the event of an environmental or public health emergency.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Perform and/or oversee field inspections.
  • Respond to emergencies that may include the release of HazMat or food borne illness outbreak.

CLASS: 13533; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 3/11/2019;