County Of Sonoma

Santa Rosa , CA
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Environmental Health Specialist I/II

County Of Sonoma
Santa Rosa, CA Full-time
Posted on October 14, 2018

Position Information


Sonoma County is a beautiful and vibrant place to live and work. Join our dynamic and innovative team of professionals. Help protect the health and safety of our community as an Environmental Health Specialist!

Starting salary up to $78,684
Plus, a cash allowance of approximately $600/Month*

This recruitment is being conducted to fill multiple positions in the Department of Health Services. These positions may be filled at either the Trainee, I, or II level. If you are interested in applying at the Trainee or II level, you will need to apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for these classifications.

What Sonoma County Employment Offers

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. Employees can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range
  • An Annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit Allowance of $850
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, plus 11 holidays per year
  • County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
  • Retirement plan fully integrated with Social Security
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits

When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll also have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

The Position

Environmental Health Specialists perform inspections, conduct investigations and surveys, review plans, prepare reports, process permits, provide information, and make recommendations in the enforcement of state/local laws and regulations regarding environmental health and safety. These positions may perform inspections of food establishments, public and private sewage systems, water wells, land developments, correctional institutions, public swimming pools, and all other establishments and situations subject to environmental health controls.

The ideal candidates will possess the written and oral communication skills necessary to effectively respond to citizen complaints and prepare reports. Teamwork, professionalism, and a positive outlook are highly desired for these positions. Interpersonal skills, coupled with the ability to analyze regulations and lab results, adjust to a variety of business conditions, and to communicate professionally with the public are essential.

Please Note: The Environmental Health Specialist I level requires possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist as required by the State of California's Health and Safety Code. For more information on the requirements and process to obtain a Registered Environmental Health Specialist certificate in California, please visit the CA Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program website.

The employment list established from this recruitment may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of this list.



Minimum Qualifications


Education and Experience: Any combination of education, training, and experience that would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities stated herein. Normally, this would include graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in environmental health science, biology, chemistry, physics, microbiology, or related subjects, as required by state law, and one year of trainee level experience in the field of environmental health and safety regulation and enforcement, OR graduation from an accredited California university program that meets the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code, Section 106635 (V).

License: Possession of a valid certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist as required by the State of California's Health and Safety Code.

Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required, depending upon assignment, to perform the essential job functions of the position.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Working knowledge of: sanitation science, requirements and procedures and the methods and procedures used in inspecting, investigating and correcting unsanitary conditions; federal, state and local laws and regulations governing environmental health and safety; principles and practices of public health; environmental research and statistical methods; methods of gathering and analyzing data; basic building construction materials and principles relating to environmental health requirements; principles of general chemistry, physics, microbiology and biology.

Ability to: plan, organize and carry out research, analyze, and evaluate data and make recommendations based on findings; detect unsanitary conditions and public health hazards and secure correction through education, voluntary compliance, or legal enforcement; prepare comprehensive reports; communicate verbal and written ideas clearly and logically; establish and maintain effective relationships with staff, other governmental officials and the general public.


Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying


  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.
A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.