Placer County

Environmental Health Technical Specialist (#14515)

$38.64-$48.26 Hourly / $6,697.60-$8,365.07 Monthly / $80,371.20-$100,380.80 Yearly


To perform difficult and highly complex evaluations, investigations, inspections and design, review and approval for the implementation and enforcement of Federal, State and local statutes, ordinances and regulations governing environmental health; to ensure compliance with environmental health requirements enacted to protect public health.


Receives direction from higher level management or supervisory staff.

May exercise technical and functional supervision over assigned technical, clerical and less experienced professional staff.


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Assess subdivision development proposals to determine the feasibility of on-site sewage disposal, availability of ground water resources and potential impacts to ground water quality.
  • Train and lead subordinate staff in plan review and enforcement activities.
  • Perform review of geotechnical and hydraulic conditions effecting onsite water disposal system design; review reports and provide guidance regarding onsite soil and groundwater contamination and potential public health concerns for proposed land use changes; provide regulatory oversight of investigations and remediation activities for impacted sites.
  • Evaluate design of wastewater disposal systems and inspect wastewater disposal installations in complex cases.
  • Evaluate and approve drinking water well sites and inspect drinking water well installations in complex cases.
  • Instruct public to take necessary corrective actions to correct deficiencies and violations.
  • Provide environmental health review in land use planning activities such as general plan amendments, variances, rezoning, conditional use permits and environmental impact reports.
  • Perform or review specialized geologic/engineering work on selected projects as needed.
  • Provide technical expertise and coordinate with others within the Environmental Health Division, other County departments and divisions and other public agencies as necessary.
  • Prepare reports and make presentations at public meetings, including appeal hearings; prepare and maintain accurate records and files.
  • Process building permits for septic system installations, septic system repairs, swimming pools, and public and private ground water wells, and monitoring wells; review technical reports regarding geologic/engineering aspects of solid waste facilities and contaminated soil and ground water sites.
  • Respond to inquiries and complaints from the public; including at the public counter, by telephone, or in person at field sites.
  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with co-workers, other County employees and the public using principles of good customer service.
  • Perform 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 planning experience with environmental and other land use activities, or as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, Civil Engineer, or a Professional Geologist performing extensive land development and/or on-site sewage disposal work.

Training: Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in urban, regional, or environmental planning; civil engineering; environmental health science; geology; hydrology or a related field.

License or Certificate: Depending on area of assignment, may require possession of valid certificate of registration issued by the State of California as a/an:

  • Environmental Health Specialist
  • Civil Engineer
  • Professional Geologist

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 of environmental planning and administration of environmental policies; land use planning and development; geology; hydrology; and/or soils science relative to sewage disposal, well construction, contaminated soil, and groundwater investigation and remediation.
  • General principles of engineering, chemistry, biology and bacteriology.
  • Principles and practices for the proper disposal of wastewater on-site.
  • Hardrock water well drilling practices and procedures.
  • Provisions of the Subdivision Map Act.
  • Provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act.
  • Health and Safety Code of the State of California with reference to sewage disposal, drinking water standards and local land development ordinances.
  • Applicable regulations and standards issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board and the State Water Resources Control Board.
  • Basic principles of environmental health and the potential impacts to public health. 
  • Modern office procedures methods and computer equipment.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Statistics and statistical analysis and advanced mathematical calculations.

Ability to:

  • Identify existing or potential environmental health problems and recommend appropriate action.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand all aspects of the job; intermittently analyze work papers, reports and special projects; identify and interpret technical and numerical information; observe and problem solve operational and technical policy and procedures.
  • On an intermittent basis, sit at desk for long periods of time; stand at counter to answer questions of the public; walk, stand, kneel, climb, bend and reach while driving to/from field sites, inspecting sites and conducting various tests; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; intermittently write or use a keyboard to communicate; differentiate between colors used on charts and maps; and occasionally lift moderate weight.
  • Train, assign, review and assist in the evaluation of the work of subordinate staff.
  • Research and interpret relevant codes, regulations and the application of County policies and procedures. 
  • Plan and conduct multiple inspections; read and review blue print and plans; and maintain accurate records.
  • Obtain information through interviews; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruptions.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine proper course of action.
  • Use general office equipment and technology efficiently.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

CLASS: 14515; EST: 9/2/1995; REV: 3/28/2018;