Registered Dairy Inspector (#RA0500)
$35.17-$42.75 Hourly / $6,095.54-$7,409.17 Monthly / $73,146.54-$88,910.08 Yearly


Under general supervision, inspects milk processing plants and dairy farms to determine sanitary conditions and enforces related regulations; performs other related work as required; and does other or related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is a journey level class. Employees in this class work in conjunction with Registered Environmental Health Specialists, but duties are specialized in the area of milk products, processing and production.


  • Conducts inspections and investigations to determine environmental health problems; determines needs for corrective action and provides appropriate assistance; conducts surveys and collects data.
  • Enforces and obtains compliance with federal, state and local laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards in the area of environmental health.
  • Inspects food handling and processing establishments, land use applications, public swimming pools and spas, substandard housing, well systems, small public water systems, on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems, underground storage tank facilities, hazardous waste generator facilities, and other environmental health programs; performs emergency response services.
  • Reviews and approves plans for installation of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal systems, well systems, underground storage tanks, public swimming pools, food establishments, small public water systems and other related environmental health installations.
  • Investigates complaints of nuisances such as vector problems, waste disposal and other unsanitary conditions; gathers facts, collects samples and prescribes abatement and control measures.
  • Inspects chemical and hazardous waste storage facilities and investigates hazardous material spills.
  • Gathers, organizes and analyzes technical data and prepares appropriate reports utilizing computers and computer software programs; maintains specialized records; prepares correspondence.
  • Interprets environmental health laws and regulations to contractors, public and private officials and the general public; makes presentations to various interest groups.
  • Provides information for the preparation of billing statements, issues environmental health permits and collects fees.
  • May assist in training of Environmental Health Specialists and Environmental Health Specialist Trainees.


Education: Graduation from an accredited four-year college with specialization in studies related to dairy farming milk and milk products, foods science or a closely related field.

Registration: Possession of a certificate as a Registered Dairy Inspector issued by the State of California, Department of Food and Agriculture. 

License: Possession of a valid California class C driver’s license.


Principles, practices and equipment used in the production, handling and processing of milk and various dairy products; Federal, State and local laws and ordinances relating to the dairy industry; principles of biology, animal husbandry, chemistry, physics and entomology; basic laboratory and research principles and practices in evaluating dairy conditions and products; safety practices of the field; language mechanics; basic principles of public relations.


Make technical investigations and inspections and take appropriate corrective and enforcement actions; express self effectively orally and in writing; perform technical research and testing and evaluate and documents result; establish and maintain effective working relations with a wide variety of workers, business persons and governmental officials.


Mobility-Frequent standing, walking, bending/squatting, pushing/pulling, driving and climbing stairs and ladders; occasional sitting for long periods; operating computers; running and crawling; Lifting-Occasional lifting of 30 to 70 pounds; restraining, lifting, turning of heavy objects or people; Vision-Frequent; use of overall vision, color perception, hand/eye coordination, depth perception and peripheral vision; reading and close up work; Dexterity-Frequent holding, reaching, grasping, repetitive motion and writing; Hearing/Talking-Frequent necessity to hear normal speech; hearing and talking on the telephone and radio, talking in person; occasional necessity to hear faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent concentration; occasional exposure to emergency situations; decision making, working alone and working nights and weekends; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise, dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold and heat.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RA0500; EST: 6/13/1989; REV: 9/25/2002;