Registered Dairy Inspector (#RA0500)
$30.67-$37.29 Hourly / $5,316.13-$6,463.60 Monthly / $63,793.60-$77,563.20 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.

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