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Environmental Health Specialist I/II/III - Hazardous Materials/Certified Unified Prog Agency (CUPA)

Employer
County of Ventura
Location
Ventura County, California, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Sep 23, 2022

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Sector
Academic / Research
Field
Conservation science
Discipline
Other
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
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Description

NEW HIRE/RETENTION/REFERRAL INCENTIVES

Subject to the applicable section of the SEIU 721 MOA 2019-2022, Amendment #6 (Secs. 3801 - 3803):

* New hires may be eligible for a one-time New Hire Incentive up to 10% of the current annual base wage.
* In compliance with specific requirements, a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Referral Incentive of $500.
* Once hired upon meeting specific criteria a regular employee may be eligible for an Employee Retention Incentive of up to 10% of the current annual base wage.

THE POSITION

Under immediate supervision (Environmental Health Specialist I), general supervision (Environmental Health Specialist II), or direction (Environmental Health Specialist III), performs progressively complex professional environmental health activities involving investigation, inspection, data collection and analysis, enforcement action, report preparation and public contact; assists in environmental health program administration; and performs related duties as required.

Each level differs from the preceding level in that work is done more independently with less supervision. Each level has increasingly responsible public contact; interaction with public and private entities; conflict resolution; and a wider range of environmental health projects at a higher level of complexity (i.e., understanding concepts relating to environmental, biological, water, wastewater, etc.). Each succeeding step in the job series is expected to function at a higher level of individual initiative, creativity, self-direction, and independent judgment.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills; work efficiently and effectively under pressure; display initiative and be detail oriented and adaptable to shifting priorities. The candidate must be able to provide written reports that detail violations of state law and provide appropriate corrective actions for compliance. The candidate must be comfortable and have the confidence to provide education and enforcement in regulated businesses to ensure understanding and compliance.

APPROXIMATE SALARY:

Environmental Health Specialist I: $24.69 - $34.56 (hourly)

Environmental Health Specialist II: $2,182.39 - $3,046.88 (biweekly)

Environmental Health Specialist III: $2,421.68 - $3,397.42 (biweekly)

EDUCATIONAL/BILINGUAL INCENTIVE

Incumbents may be eligible for an educational incentive of 2.5%, 3.5%, or 5% based on completion of an Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree that is not required for the classification. Incumbents may also be eligible for bilingual incentive depending upon operational need and certification of skill.

Environmental Health Specialist I is represented by the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) and is eligible for overtime compensation.

Environmental Health Specialist II/III are represented by the Services Employees' International Union (SEIU) and are not eligible for overtime compensation. Examples Of Duties

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

* Performs inspections of various facilities and properties to determine conformance with applicable State laws and County Ordinance Code sections related to hazardous materials, hazardous waste, underground storage tanks, and above ground petroleum storage tanks.
* Researches, compiles, synthesizes, analyzes and interprets hazardous material information and data submitted through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS) in order to meet environmental health objectives.
* Conducts field investigations and complaint investigations of various sites in order to have first-hand knowledge of the location under study.
* Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, environmental health programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures related to the Hazardous Materials, Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA).
* Prepares written reports and makes recommendations for completion of environmental health projects.
* May participate in enforcement activities which include civil or criminal cases and may involve issuance of citations, report writing, collection of evidence and court appearances.
* Coordinates environmental health projects, defines problems and alternative solutions, and sets objectives.
* Coordinates and/or negotiates with other individuals, developers, groups, sections, divisions, departments and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of environmental programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive.
* Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify environmental health reports and recommendations.
* If assigned to the Hazardous Materials emergency response team, may be required to respond to emergency incidents involving hazardous materials.
* Performs other duties as required.

Typical Qualifications

These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.

EDUCATION,TRAINING,andEXPERIENCE

ENVIRONMENTALHEALTHSPECIALISTI:

Some experience in environmental health which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities can be obtained by four (4) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience or the completion of a bachelor's degree in environmental health science or a related field.

ENVIRONMENTALHEALTHSPECIALISTII:

Some experience in environmental health which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities also can be obtained by five (5) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience or completion of a bachelor's degree in environmental health science or a related field and one (1) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience.

Substitution: A Master's degree in environmental health science or a related field and/or registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) in California may each substitute for one (1) year of experience.

ENVIRONMENTALHEALTHSPECIALISTIII:

Considerable experience in environmental health which has led to the acquisition of the required knowledge and abilities. The required knowledge and abilities also can be obtained by seven (7) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience or the completion of a bachelor's degree in environmental health science or a related field and three (3) or more years of progressively responsible environmental health experience.

Substitution: A Master's degree in environmental health science or a related field and/or registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) in California may each substitute for one (1) year of experience.

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

* MustbeabletoobtainattimeofappointmentandmaintainavalidCaliforniadriverlicense.
* Dependingonassignment,abilitytoworkevenings,weekends,andholidays throughout VenturaCountymayberequired on occasion.
* California UST Inspector certification issued by International Code Council must be obtained within six (6) months of hire.
* Pass an Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Act course and exam approved by the California Office of State Fire Marshall within six (6) months of hire.

DESIRED

* Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) from the State of CaliforniaDepartmentofPublicHealth.
* Experience conducting audits or inspections to determine compliance with hazardous waste, hazardous materials, or underground storage tank laws and regulations.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

Work is performed in an office environment and in the field and may require occasional exposure to hazardous conditions and moderate physical demands while making inspections.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES

Some to comprehensive (depending on level in series) knowledge of:

* Chemistry, microbiology, and environmental health science.
* State, federal, local laws and regulations relating to environmental health programs, such as above ground and underground storage tanks.
* Federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to hazardous waste and hazardous materials.

Working to thorough (depending on level in series) knowledge of:

* Environmentalresearchandstatisticalmethods.
* Field tests and analytical procedures within hazardous material program areas.
* Interagency relationships.
* Investigative techniques.
* Sample collection.

Some to Working ability to:

* Establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and staff of other agencies.
* Perform inspections of various facilities and properties.
* Solve problems at increasingly complex levels.
* Speak and write clearly and concisely.
* Collect, analyze, and interpret data.
* Formulate recommendations.
* Prepare technical reports.
* Provide information and coordinate environmental health efforts.
* Coordinate projects and programs.
* Train staff.

Recruitment Process

FINAL FILING DATE:Continuous and may close at any time; therefore, apply as soon as possible if you are interested in it. Your application must be received by the County of Ventura Human Resources in Ventura, California, no later than 5:00 p.m. on theclosingdate.

FIRST REVIEW:A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around March 1, 2022, and subsequent reviews may be conducted until sufficient applications are received to meet business needs.

To apply on-line, please refer to our web site at www.ventura.org/jobs. If you prefer to fill out a paper application form, please call (805) 654-5129 for application materials and submit them to County of Ventura Human Resources, 800 South Victoria Avenue, L-1970, Ventura, CA 93009.

NOTE:If presently permanently employed in another "merit" or "civil service" public agency/entity in the same or substantively similar position as is advertised, and if appointed to that position by successful performance in a "merit" or "civil service" style examination, then appointment by "Lateral Transfer" may be possible. If interested, please clickhere for additional information.

Note to Applicants: It is essential that you complete all sections of your application and supplemental questionnaire thoroughly and accurately to demonstrate your qualifications. A resume and/or other related documents may be attached to supplement the information in your application and supplemental questionnaire; however, it/they may not be submitted in lieu of the application.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE - qualifying: All applicants are required to complete and submit the questionnaire for this examination AT THE TIME OF FILING. The supplemental questionnaire may be used throughout the examination process to assist in determining each applicant's qualifications and acceptability for the position. Failure to complete and submit the questionnaire may result in removal of the application from further consideration.

APPLICATION EVALUATION - qualifying: All applications will be reviewed to determine whether or not the stated requirements are met. Those individuals meeting the stated requirements will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.

TRAINING & EXPERIENCE EVALUATION - 100%:A Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E) is a structured evaluation of the job application materials submitted by a candidate, including the written responses to the supplemental questionnaire. The T&E is NOT a determination of whether the candidate meets the stated requirements; rather, the T&E is one method for determining who are the better qualified among those who have shown that they meet the stated requirements. In a T&E, applications are either scored or rank ordered according to criteria that most closely meet the business needs of the department. Candidates are typically scored/ranked in relation to one another; consequently, when the pool of candidates is exceptionally strong, many qualified candidates may receive a score or rank which is moderate or even low resulting in them not being advanced in the process.

The eligible list established will be created from the scores resulting from a Training and Experience Evaluation (T&E). In a typical T&E, your training and experience are evaluated in relation to the background, experience and factors identified for successful job performance during a job analysis. For this reason, it is recommended that your application materials clearly show your relevant background and specialized knowledge, skills, and abilities. It is also highly recommended that the supplemental questions within the application are completed with care and diligence. Response such as "See Resume" or "Refer to Resume" are not acceptable and may disqualify an applicant from further evaluation.Applicants must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for placement on the eligible list.

If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, a T&E will not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) will be assigned to each application, and each applicant will be placed on the eligible list.

Candidates successfully completing the examination process may be placed on an eligible list for up to a period of one (1) year.

The eligible list established from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future Regular (including Temporary, Fixed-Term), Intermittent, and Extra Help this and similar vacancies within the Resource Management Agency. There iscurrently one (1) Regular vacancy within the Environmental Health Division,Hazardous Materials/Certified Unified Program AgencySection.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:A thorough pre-employment, post offer background investigation which may include inquiry into past employment, education, criminal background information and driving record is required for this position.

For further information about this recruitment, please contact Magali Rodriguez by email at Magali.rodriguez@ventura.org or by telephone at (805) 654-3805.
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