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Environmental Health Specialist III, Salinas, CA

Monterey County Health Department


Salinas, CA

November 6, 2018

Monterey County Health Department
Salinas, CA 93906

Environmental Health Specialist III
Salary: $5,777.72 - $7,887.19 Monthly
Final Filing Date: November 16, 2018
Exam #18/30J31/11LPC


The Environmental Health Bureau sits within the County of Monterey's Department of Health and consists of six major environmental health regulatory programs: Consumer Health Protection Services, Drinking Water Protection Services, Environmental Health Review (Land Use) Services, Hazardous Materials Management Services, Recycling and Resource Recovery Services, and Solid Waste Management Services. Also within the Bureau is Animal Services, which provides Animal Control, Rabies Surveillance and Pet Adoption services.

The Environmental Health Bureau is seeking to fill one full-time Environmental Health Specialist III (EHS III) for Environmental Health Review (Land Use) Services and two full-time EHS III for the Hazardous Materials Management Services, which will work with the new Environmental Health Cannabis Operations program.

The Environmental Health Review Services (Land Use) program is responsible for review of subdivisions and lot-line adjustments; planning projects; administrative, zoning and coastal permits; building permits; regional and long-term planning, and general plan update. Responsible for nuisance noise control, wastewater treatment facility and nitrate monitoring; standard and alternative onsite wastewater treatment systems; grey water disposal; and winery wastewater disposal program.

The Cannabis program is responsible for implementing environmental health related programs to permitted Cannabis Operations in the unincorporated and incorporated areas of Monterey County. This includes but is not limited to Hazardous Materials, Solid Waste, Water Quality, Land Use and Food Safety. The Cannabis program is also the primary point of contact within the Health Department to respond to unpermitted, illegal cannabis activities that involve violations related to the programs stated above. The Cannabis program includes elements of performing permit approvals, plan review, routine inspections, complaint response, public outreach and enforcement of applicable codes and regulations.

The EHS III provides leadership, analytical support and assistance in the promotion of environmental health laws and principles. This is the advanced journey/lead worker level and is responsible for conducting routine and complex filed inspections, investigations, staff training, surveys, and special studies to determine compliance with Federal, State, and local codes. Other important duties include reviewing permit applications; issuing health permits; providing technical program information and policy interpretation to the public and business community; serving as subject matter resource to other professional staff; and serving as a lead worker in the program.

A list of eligible candidates resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future full-time or temporary vacancies as they arise.

Examples of Duties


Will have a proven track record demonstrating the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, local laws, and regulations and procedures governing environmental health.
  • Some knowledge of basic principles and practices of personnel management to lead, train, provide technical guidance, plan and review work of staff as assigned.
  • Help monitor and coordinate the inspection, investigation, and enforcement activities of staff, ensuring standard practices are in place.
  • Developing, interpreting, and implementing policies, regulations, procedures and programs; identify operational problems and recommend solutions.
  • Collecting, analyzing, and evaluating technical data and develop recommendations and policy proposals as directed.
  • Detecting unsanitary conditions and potential public health risks.
  • Prepare complex written reports, record inspection/investigation findings and appropriate correspondence.
  • Communicate effectively with individuals from diverse social and cultural backgrounds

Characteristics of Ideal Candidate:

  • Strong leadership skills;
  • Effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders;
  • Exceptional analytical skills;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Problem-solving in high pressure situation;


Any combination of training, education and/or experience which provides the knowledge, skills and abilities and required conditions of employment listed above is qualifying. An example of a way these requirements might be acquired is:

Experience: Two years performing the duties in a class comparable to an Environmental Health Specialist II with Monterey County.


Education: Completion of all core courses leading to a Master's degree in Environmental Health, Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, or closely related field.


Experience: One year performing a full range of duties in general environmental health inspections and enforcement actions.

Condition of Employment:

As a condition of employment, the incumbent will be required to:

  • Pursuant to Section 514-534 of the California Health and Safety Code, incumbents must possess a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California, Department of Health Services.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Driver's license.
  • Be available to work a flexible schedule including on-call nights, evenings, weekends, holidays and during times of disaster or emergency.
  • The Health Department will conduct thorough background and reference checks which include a Department of Justice fingerprint check.

Desirable Qualification:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish skills

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Additional Information


TO APPLY: Submit the following to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906 by the Final Filing Date: Friday, November 16, 2018:

  • Monterey County Employment Application form
  • Responses to the Supplemental Questions
  • Copy of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) issued by the California State Department of Health Services

Or apply on-line at iii?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs

All application materials must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on a needed basis until the position is filled. Please be aware if the application form, responses to supplemental questions, and a copy of a valid Certificate of Registration as an EHS issued by the California State Department of Health Services is not submitted by the final filing date, the application will be removed from further consideration and not be considered further. The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made.

Resumes may be submitted, but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials.

Application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants who are determined to be most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the process. To further assess applicant's possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination.

For more information or to receive application materials, contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at 831 -755-4550.


If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodations, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at 831-755-4550.

Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the United States.

If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed below.


The County offers an excellent benefits package (H Bargaining Unit)

The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package. A summary of benefits for this position can be viewed on the County website. This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or "H" MOU prevails over this listing.

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