Environmental Health Specialist I

Logo of County of NevadaCompany:  County of Nevada 

Location: Nevada City, CA

Date Posted:  February 22, 2017

Application Deadline:  March 8, 2017

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: $4,407.87 per month

Environmental Health Specialist I 

About the Position


Under general supervision, interprets implements and enforces local, state and federal environmental health and hazardous materials laws; performs inspections and investigations; provides technical consultations and assistance; and performs related work as required.

This the entry and trainee level in the class. Initially, under close supervision and guidance from a registered Environmental Health Specialist, incumbents participate in an approved training program of field instruction and perform independent assignments providing County environmental health services.  Incumbents must pass the California examination for registration as an Environmental Health Specialist within three years of the date of employment.  This class is flexibly staffed with the Environmental Health Specialist II and Incumbents advance to the higher level after obtaining the experience necessary to achieve registration as Registered Environmental Health Specialist as required by the California Health and Safety Code. This class is distinguished from the II level in that the II level requires registration and works at a more independent level.



  • Conducts inspections and investigations of food establishments, sewage disposal systems, garbage and waste disposal sites, public schools, public and semipublic buildings, hazardous materials facilities, underground storage tank facilities and swimming pools.
  • Responds to environmental health or hazardous materials emergencies.
  • Interprets, administers and enforces laws and ordinances governing environmental health and hazardous materials.
  • Prepares necessary violation and other notices for correction of deficiencies and violations which outline proper repair and correction methods, time limits, permits and remedial work required to comply with laws, regulations and ordinances.
  • Inspects new land developments and subdivisions; reviews all varieties of construction and design plans; recommends suitable water and sewage installations.
  • Consults and works with other agencies and professionals for compliance with applicable laws, regulations and ordinances related to environmental health and hazardous materials •Provides information, advises and instructs individuals, businesses, institutions, and public officials environmental health and/or hazardous materials safety requirements both in the office and in the field.
  • Investigates complaints filed by the public involving environmental health and safety and/or hazardous materials issues.
  • Conducts inspections of water systems and private wells; conducts studies of the effects of hazardous solids, liquids and air contaminant waste management proposals on human health and the environment.
  • Collects samples of soil, liquid and air to evaluate the presence of hazardous contaminants and interpret their results; participates in infectious disease control and/or hazardous materials investigations.
  • Prepares correspondence, studies and reports; maintains records of investigations, inspections and enforcement actions.
  • Prepares and presents cases for hearings; appears in court and gives testimony and evidence in cases involving environmental health and hazardous materials violations.


  • May issue permits or licenses.
  • May speak to public groups regarding activities of the department.
  • May train and/or provide guidance to other Environmental Health Specialists



Knowledge of:

NOTE: Training requirements for this series are covered in the California Health and Safety Code Section 106600-106735.  Specific job assignments may require specialized training per various Federal, State and local codes.  The required level and scope of the following knowledge and skills related to the level of the position as defined in the class characteristics.

  • Principles and practices of environmental quality control, public health and sanitation.
  • Contemporary trends and practices of Environmental Health and/or Hazardous Materials operations.
  • Principles and practices of quality customer service.
  • Federal, State and local laws and regulations pertaining to environmental health and hazardous materials standards and enforcement.
  • Methods and procedures for inspecting and correcting unsanitary conditions.
  • Functions and operations of federal, state and local governmental agencies and community orga­niza­tions.
  • Provisions of the penal codes relating to public nuisances.
  • Principles of biology, chemistry and physics as applied to environmental health and/or hazardous materials

Skill in:  

  • Provisions of the penal codes relating to public nuisances
  • Performing sanitary inspections and detecting unsanitary conditions.
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of the work.
  • Effectively obtaining and evaluating information through interviewing and inspection.
  • Using computer technology and applications in the performance of daily activities.
  • Effectively interacting with individuals from various socio-economic, cultural, behavioral and environmental settings.
  • Exercising sound independent judgment within general policy guidelines.
  • Maintaining records and preparing clear, concise reports and correspondence pertaining to inspection and enforcement activities.
  • Conducting training in the methods and procedures of appropriate sanitary practices.



Level I:

Equivalent to 30 semester or 45 quarter units of college coursework  from an accredited college or university involving chemistry, biology, physics, calculus and algebra as approved by the State of California Department of Health and possession of a letter issued by the California Department of Health Services, verifying the incumbent's acceptability to participate in a training program.  Incumbents must participate in an approved training program of field instruction, and pass the California examination for registration as an Environmental Health Specialist within three years of the date of employment.  Completion of the required training within the mentioned time periods is a condition of continued employment.  (If you have the question about how to receive this approval letter from the State of California, it is very important that you read below).

Please note:  To be considered for this position, you must attach the letter issued by the California Department of Health Services to your application upon submission, verifying your acceptability to participate in a training program.  For information about the letter mentioned above, here is the contact information:

Department of Public Health

Environmental Health Specialist Registration Program P.O. Box 997377, MS7404 Sacramento, CA 95899-7377

Phone: (916) 449-5663; Fax: (916) 449-5665; Email:

Again, this letter must be attached to your application to be considered for the position.

Possession of a valid driver's license within 30 days of hire.

How to Apply


950 Maidu Avenue
Nevada City, CA 95959

(530) 265-7010