Under direction 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. Incumbents in this position may receive an educational incentive of either 2.5% for an Associate Degree, 3.5% for a Bachelor degree or 5% for a post graduate degree that is not required to work in the classification. The incumbent may also be eligible for bilingual incentive, depending upon operational necessity and certification of skill.
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.
PAYROLL TITLE: Environmental Health Specialist III
Environmental Health Specialist IIIs are represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and are not eligible for overtime compensation.
NOTE: This classification is within a bargaining unit that is subject to an agency shop arrangement which mandates a regular employee to either join Local 721 of the SEIU and pay dues as a member, OR either pay a service fee to Local 721 or direct that an amount equivalent to the service fee be distributed to a qualified charitable organization.
This posting is for the Ventura County Resource Management Agency; vacancy location is Ventura and/or Simi Valley and may require travel throughout Ventura County.
Examples Of Duties
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.
Review, analyze and compare hazardous material information submitted through the California Environmental Reporting System (CERS).
Provides general information to the public in response to questions about projects, environmental health programs, applicable ordinances, policies and procedures.
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, collection of evidence and court appearances.
Coordinates and/or negotiates with other individuals, developers, groups, sections, division, departments and agencies on various technical or legal aspects of environmental programs, some of which may be controversial or politically sensitive.
If assigned to the Hazardous Materials emergency response team, may be required to respond to emergency incidents involving hazardous materials.
Makes oral presentations to public groups and governmental bodies to explain and clarify environmental health reports and recommendations.
These are entrance requirements to the examination process and assure neither continuance in the process nor placement on an eligible list.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Comprehensive working knowledge of chemistry, microbiology and environmental health science; state, federal, and local laws related to above ground and underground storage tanks; federal, state, and local laws and regulations relating to hazardous waste and hazardous materials; Microsoft Office and other database software products; environmental research and statistical methods; interagency relationships; field tests and analytical procedures; investigative techniques; sample collection.
Working ability to perform inspections; collect, analyze, and interpret data; formulate recommendations; solve problems at increasingly complex levels; speak and write clearly and concisely; prepare technical reports; establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and staff of other agencies; provide information and coordinate environmental health efforts; coordinate projects and programs; train staff.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, and EXPERIENCE:
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 completion of a Bachelor 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 E.H.S. (Environmental Health Specialist) in California may each substitute for one (1) year of experience.
Necessary Special Requirements:
Must possess at the time of appointment, and maintain thereafter, a valid California driver license.
Pass required physicals and respirator fittings to maintain certification.
Work is performed in an office environment and in the field and may require occasional exposure to hazardous conditions and moderate physical demands while conducting inspections.
Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist from the State of California, Department of Public Health.
Experience conducting audits or inspections to determine compliance with hazardous waste, hazardous materials, above ground petroleum tanks, and/or underground storage tank laws and regulations.
California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector certification issued by International Code Council. Certification must be obtained within six (6) months of hire.
Passed an Above Ground Petroleum Storage Tank Act course and exam approved by the California Office of State Fire Marshall. This is required within six (6) months of hire.
Current Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training certificate.
Hazardous Material Technician Level Training, Modules A-D, offered or approved by the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI).
Registration as a Professional Geologist or Professional Engineering Geologists, issued by the California Department of Consumer Affairs.
FINAL FILING DATE: This recruitment is accepting applications on a continuous basis until sufficient applications to meet business needs are received, and may close at any time; therefore, it is to your advantage to apply as soon as possible. A first review of applications is anticipated to occur on or around June 1, 2017, 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.
Applicants must provide sufficient information under the Education/Work Experience portion of the application and supplemental questionnaire, if applicable, in order to determine eligibility. A resume may be attached to supplement your responses in the above-referenced sections; however, it 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 will result in the application being removed from consideration.
APPLICATION SCREENING - qualifying: Candidates' applications, resumes, or other required documentation will be evaluated on a comparative basis against the pre-established criterion. Those individuals whose materials best indicate possession of the stated requirements, will be invited to continue to the next step in the screening and selection process.
NOTE: If there is a high number of applicants who appear to meet minimum requirements, additional comparative screening will be conducted to determine which of the applicants will be selected for invitation to the oral/practical examination. Applications will be evaluated and ranked according to criteria that most closely meets the needs of the department, so it is essential that applicants provide as much detail as possible and answer all parts of the application and supplemental questions.
ORAL EXAMINATION - 100%: A job-related oral examination will be conducted to evaluate and compare participating candidates' knowledge, skills, and abilities in relation to those factors which job analysis has determined to be essential for successful performance of the job. Candidates must earn a score of seventy percent (70%) or higher to qualify for the placement on the eligible list.
If there are three (3) or fewer qualified applicants, an oral/practical examination may not be conducted. Instead, a score of seventy percent (70%) is assigned to each application, and each applicant is 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 will be used to fill these positions only, within the Resource Management Agency, Environmental Health Division.
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.