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Registered Environmental Health Specialist

Alameda County
Alameda, California, US
Closing date
May 25, 2024

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Aquarium / Zoo / Botanical garden
Conservation science
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THIS IS A REOPENING OF AN EXISTING EXAMINATION. \n\n\nThe scores and dispositions of candidates for this examination will be merged with previous exam participants. If you previously submitted an application for the Registered Environmental Health Specialist #18-5665-01, and choose to reapply, you must contact the analyst at: to have your previous application released back to you. Your new score/disposition resulting from this exam will replace your current score/disposition. If you do not wish to change your score/disposition, you are not required to reapply to this examination. \n\nCandidates who receive a qualifying score cannot participate in the examination within six (6) months of their disposition notice. Candidates who did not qualify may reapply sixty (60) days from their disposition notice. \n\n\nApplications must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Applications will only be accepted on-line. \n \nSupplemental Questionnaire: A properly completed Supplemental Questionnaire must be submitted with each application. Applications and Supplemental Questionnaires must be in the possession of the Human Resource Services Department by 5:00 p.m. on the Last Day for Filing. Failure to submit the Supplemental Questionnaire will result in disqualification. \n\n


THE COUNTY \nAlameda County, located on the east side of San Francisco Bay, is California's seventh-largest county. The County employs 9,700 full-time employees and operates on an annual budget of $3.4 billion. Oakland, the County seat, is California's eighth largest city. One and a half million people call Alameda County home and live in a variety of incorporated cities, unincorporated communities and rural areas. As a major urban county, Alameda provides a full range of services to its citizens. The County is a blend of culturally and ethnically diverse communities, and its mixture of cosmopolitan and suburban areas provides the perfect environment for families and their active lifestyles. The County offers extensive cultural resources, countless recreational opportunities and an array of fine public and private colleges and universities. \n\nTHE HEALTH CARE SERVICES AGENCY \nAlameda County's Health Services Program is administered by the Health Care Services Agency and includes the following program areas: Behavioral Health, Public Health, Environmental Health, and Agency Administration/Indigent Health. The ultimate mission of the Health Care Services Agency is to provide fully integrated health care services through a comprehensive network of public and private partnerships that ensure optimal health and well-being and respect the diversity of all residents. Health Care Services Agency currentlyhasmultiple career opportunities for experiencedprofessionals to become part of a service delivery team dedicated to the optimal health and well-being of Alameda County residents. For more information about the Health Care Services Agency, please visit \n\nDEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH\nAlameda County Department of Environmental Health operates various programs to protect the public. For more information about the Department of Environmental Health, please visit \n\n\nFor more information about Alameda County Behavioral Health, please visit \n\nTHE POSITION \nUnder general supervision, conducts inspections and investigations to enforce applicable state health and safety codes, regulations and local ordinances; and to perform related work as required. \n\nProgram responsibilities include, but are not limited to retail food facilities, consumer protection, public swimming pools/spas, public water systems, on-site sewage disposal/treatment systems, housing, recreational areas, institutions, work sites, solid waste, medical waste, hazardous materials, vector control and public health nuisances. \n\nIncumbents in this class are typically assigned to a geographical area or a specific program, in which they are responsible for maintaining disciplinary surveillance for assigned program areas, conducting routine inspections of all facilities on inventory, investigating disease outbreaks and responding to complaints as they arise. \n\n\nUnder the supervision of the Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, the Section Chief, or the Director, incumbents submit all completed inspection reports, records, correspondence and daily activity reports for review. Additional responsibilities include consulting with supervisors concerning technical matters, policy interpretation and legal action. \n\n\nFor a detailed listing of the essential responsibilities and core competency requirements for this position, please click here for the job description.\n


The minimum professional requirements for admission to the competitive assessment process include:\n\n\n\nCERTIFICATION: \nPossession of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist Issued by the California State Department of Health Services. \n \nEDUCATION: \nGraduation from an accredited four-year college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major course work in environmental health science or a closely related field. \n \nLICENSE: \nPossession of a valid California driver's license. \n\n\nNOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination. \n


\nNOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification. \nThe most suitably qualified candidates will possess the following competencies: \n\nKnowledge of: \n\n• Principles and practices of environmental health, including water supply, sewage disposal and treatment, refuse disposal, housing, recreational and industrial sanitation, vector control and land use. \n• Principles and practices relating to sanitary food production, processing, and handling. \n• Principles of zoonoses and control of rodents and arthropod vectors. \n• Techniques of conducting environmental health inspection, preparing risk assessments and enforcing relevant laws. \n• Provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, other statutes and regulations pertaining to environmental health. \n\nAbility to: \n\n• Explain and interpret rules, regulations and laws. \n• Establish effective working relationships with others. \n• Write and communicate effectively. \n• Read and interpret structural plans and blue prints. \n\n


THE EXAMINATION WILL CONSIST OF THE FOLLOWING STEPS: 1) A review of candidates' applications to verify possession of minimum requirements. Those candidates who possess the minimum requirements for the class will move on to the next step in the examination process; 2) A screening of applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires to select the best qualified candidates. Those selected will move on to the final step in the examination process. 3) Those candidates who have passed the Supplemental Questionnaire screening for the class will be placed on the eligible list based on an evaluation of education, training, and expertise.\n\nCANDIDATES MUST ATTAIN A QUALIFYING RATING ON EACH PORTION OF THIS EXAMINATION. \n\nWe reserve the right to make changes to the announced examination components. \n\nAlameda County utilizes a Civil Service Selection System founded on merit. Such a system is competitive and based on broad recruitment efforts and equal opportunity for qualified applicants to test in an examination process designed to determine the qualifications, fitness and ability of competitors to perform duties of the vacant position. Many of our recruitments are targeted and specific to the needs of a current vacant position, in which case, the eligible list may be exclusively used for that current vacant position. Other recruitments may be more broadly used for both current and future vacancies, or for other alternate jobs with comparable scopes of work. \n\nTo learn more about our recruitment and selection process, please visit the "What You Need to Know" section of our website, \n

Selection Plan

Applicants will be informed via email with reasonable noticein advance of any examination process which will require their attendance. The following dates are tentative and subject to change based on the needs of the Agency: \n\nTENTATIVE SELECTION PLAN: \n\n\n \n \n \n Deadline for Filing \n \n \n 5:00pm, Thursday, March 2, 2022\n \n \n \n \n Review of Minimum Qualifications and Supplemental Questionnaire \n \n \n TBD\n \n \n \n \n Departmental Hiring Interview \n \n \n TBD\n \n \n \n\n\nThe combined oral examination/hiring interview, in addition to establishing an eligibility list, may serve as the final selection interview for vacancies in this classification.\n\n\nWE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO THE ANNOUNCED RECRUITMENT & SELECTION PLAN \n\nAlameda County and the Human Resource Services Department will make reasonable efforts in the examination and/or selection process to accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities and/or medical conditions in accordance/compliance with the State Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Alameda County's Reasonable Accommodation Policy and applicable statues. To request an accommodation due to a disability/medical condition during this or other phases of the examination/selection process, please contact the assigned Human Resources Representative listed on the job announcement before the last date of filing. Alameda County requires applicants to provide supporting documentation to substantiate a request for reasonable accommodation. In order to qualify for a reasonable accommodation, applicants must have a disability/medical condition pursuant to the ADA, FEHA and applicable statutes. \n\n\nFor more information regarding our Reasonable Accommodation procedures, please visit our website, \n


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being. These benefits include but are not limited to*:\nFor your Health & Well-Being\n\n Medical - HMO & PPO Plans \n Dental - HMO & PPO Plans \n Vision or Vision Reimbursement \n Share the Savings \n Basic Life Insurance \n Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) \n County Allowance Credit \n Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance \n Short-Term Disability Insurance \n Long-Term Disability Insurance \n Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services \n Employee Assistance Program \n\nFor your Financial Future\n\n Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan) \n Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan) \n\nFor your Work/Life Balance\n\n 11 paid holidays \n Floating Holidays \n Vacation and sick leave accrual \n Vacation purchase program \n Catastrophic Sick Leave \n Employee Mortgage Loan Program \n Group Auto/Home Insurance \n Pet Insurance \n Commuter Benefits Program \n Guaranteed Ride Home \n Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts) \n Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.) \n Child Care Resources \n 1st United Services Credit Union \n\n*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement. This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.\n\n


\nAll notices related to County recruitments for which you have applied will be sent/delivered via email. Please add, and as accepted addresses to any email blocking or spam filtering program you may use. If you do not do this, your email blocking or spam filtering program may block receipt of the notices regarding your application for recruitments. You are also strongly advised to regularly log into your County of Alameda online application account to check for notices that may have been sent to you. All email notices that will be sent to you will also be kept in your personal online application account. You will be able to view all of your notices in your online application account by clicking on the 'My applications' button on the Current Job Openings page. \n\n\n\nPlease take the steps recommended above to ensure you do not miss any notices about a recruitment for which you have applied. The County of Alameda is not responsible for notices that are not read, received or accessed by any applicant for a County recruitment. \n\n\n\nNOTE: All notices are generated through an automated email notification system. Replies to the email box are routed to an unmonitored mailbox. If you have questions, please go to our website at You may also contact the Human Resources Analyst listed on the job announcement for the recruitment for which you have applied.\n\n\n\nNicole Lewis-Bolton,Human Resources Analyst\nHuman Resource Services, County of Alameda \n(510) 272-6468 • \n\n\n\n\nDisaster Service Worker \nAll Alameda County employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law. Employment with the County requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to report to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.\n\n\n\nEqual Employment Opportunity \nAlameda County has a diverse workforce, that is representative of the communities we serve, and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance and business need. Alameda County does not discriminate in employment on the basis of: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors protected under federal, state and local law. Alameda County celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive, and welcoming workplace environment. \n\n

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