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Environmental Health Specialist

Summary
Under general supervision, assists the business community and assures the health of the public by regulating designated activities and performing environmental health inspections; enforces federal, state, and local laws, regulations and legal codes.
FLSA: Non-Exempt
Essential Job Functions
Essential Job Functions: Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
Conducts studies and investigations to prevent or eliminate environmental and sanitation health hazards; may be assigned to regulate water and wastewater systems, land use and sewage or food facilities.
Inspects commercial businesses and residences for compliance to safety and sanitary regulations; enforces health and safety laws and regulations; investigates a variety of complaints.
Develops working relationship with the residential and business communities; provides customer service in compliance with departmental policies.
Prepares and maintains records of inspections, and analyzes statistical reports; gathers evidence for appropriate enforcement action by the department; recommends corrective actions, warnings, notices of violation and citations.
Updates and maintains a variety of files, records, charts and other documents; gathers, compiles and synthesizes data; maintains appropriate records and prepares reports as required.
Presents outreach programs; speaks to community groups regarding program services.
Reviews and inspects sewage systems for residential, commercial and agricultural projects; approves applications and permits for septic systems; researches soil samples and site location; performs site inspections; examines engineered designs for alternative systems.
Responds to public health complaints; determines code violations; contacts owner; initiates abatement procedures for violations; writes and issues letters and citations; appears in court and presents evidence.
Analyzes and approves well applications and permits; conducts site inspection for proper placement and construction of wells; collects samples and tests water from multi-user private wells.
Examines applications and plans for parcel maps, subdivisions, mergers, permits and zoning variance, monitors ground and public water systems.
Addresses concerns of citizens; provides consultation on environmental health issues; educates the general public, contractors and property owners on environmental health issues and code violations.
Inspects and monitors operations of alternative and large community sewage disposal and treatment systems; performs review of plans for permit approval; conducts regular site inspections.
Conducts food facility inspections to assure compliance to regulations; identifies and documents violations outlined by California Uniform Retail Food Facilities Law (CURFFL); prepares reports; conducts follow-up visits to assure compliance as required.
Conducts regular inspection of public and community pools and surrounding areas; analyzes and monitors chemical levels; performs follow up visits as necessary.
Performs onsite inspections of special events; contacts event organizers and meets with vendors; disseminates public health information, regulations and requirements to food handlers.
Conducts epidemiological investigations; responds to foodborne illness complaints; develops statistical data to determine causes of foodborne illness and prevent future outbreaks.
Assists in teaching food safety certification program; participates in food recalls and exchange information with other agencies to assist in tracking questionable food manufacturers and vendors.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor's degree in Biological Science, Chemistry, Public Health or related field.
One (1) year of experience as an Environmental Health Associate.
Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California State Department of Public Health.
Valid State of California driver's license is required.
Environmental Factors and Conditions/Physical Requirements
Work is performed in an office environment, and in internal and external environments with exposure to inclement weather, varying temperatures, and uneven footing.
May be exposed to hazardous chemicals


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