Registered Environmental Health Specialist (#RA0602)
$35.17-$42.75 Hourly / $6,095.54-$7,409.17 Monthly / $73,146.54-$88,910.08 Yearly


Under general supervision, performs investigations and enforces environmental health laws and regulations; performs related and other work as required in accordance with Civil Service Rule 3, Section 3.


This is the journey level class in the Registered Environmental Health Specialist series. Employees in this class conduct inspections and investigations and provide enforcement and consultation for a broad range of environmental health laws and regulations, and may assist in training staff.


  • 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: Possession of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with course work in sciences and mathematics as prescribed in Section 106600-106735, all inclusive, of the California Health and Safety Code.

Registration: Possession of a valid certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California Department of Health Services. 

License: Possession of a valid California Driver’s License.


Basic principles of biology, chemistry, microbiology and physics; principles and practices of environmental health; federal, state and local laws, regulations and standards relative to the duties; agencies, officials and resources involved in the environmental health field; principles and methods of conducting investigations and inspections, methods for resolving problems and enforcement procedures; safety practices; language mechanics; methods of data gathering, analysis and presentation, including statistical concepts; mathematics at the college algebra or calculus level; basic public relations principles.


Conduct inspections, investigations, and reporting procedures; enforce laws and develop satisfactory resolutions of problems and violations; interpret technical written information; communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing; present information in both written and verbal formats; operate a data entry device; establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of public and private business officials and the general public; follow written and oral instructions.


Mobility-Operation of a data entry device; repetitive motion; sitting, standing, walking for extended periods of time; driving; occasional pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, climbing; Lifting-Frequently 5 pounds or less; occasionally 5 to 30 pounds; Visual-Distinguishing between various items, including pests and health conditions; constant good overall vision and reading/close-up work; frequent color perception and use of eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision; Hearing/Talking-Frequent hearing of normal speech, hearing/talking on the telephone, talking in person; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making, concentration, and public contact; deal with emergency situations, exposure to trauma, grief, death; heights; working with hazardous materials; Special Requirements-Some assignments may require working weekends, nights, and/or occasional overtime; working alone; Environmental-Working in cold, heat, rain, snow (outside); poor ventilation.

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: RA0602; EST: 6/13/1989; REV: 3/10/2004;