Environmental Health Specialist I - Trainee

Company: County of Monterey

Location:  Salinas, CA 

Date Posted:  October 25, 2017

Application Deadline:  November 6, 2017

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: $3,863.00 - $5,277.00 Monthly

Environmental Health Specialist I - Trainee

About the Position

Monterey County Health Department
Salinas, CA 93906

Environmental Health Specialist I -Trainee
Salary: $3,863.00 - $5,277.00 Monthly
Final Filing Date: November 6, 2017
Exam #17/30J11/10MD

Summary of Position
The County of Monterey's Environmental Health Bureau is seeking individuals to join our dynamic team of professionals to conduct inspections, outreach, investigations, and surveys in support of Federal, State and local environmental health laws and regulations in an assigned district or specialty area.

The Established Eligible List will be used to fill current vacancies in our Drinking Water Protection Services and Solid Waste Management Services and may also be used to fill future vacancies in our other services: Consumer Health Protection Services, Hazard Materials Management Services, Recycling and Resource Recovery Services, and Environmental Health Review (Land Use) as the need arises.

For information regarding responsibility for each of the sections listed above, please see the Additional Information section of this flyer.

Examples of Duties

Will demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Conduct inspections, complaint investigations, surveys, and special studies
  • Provide technical program information and policy interpretations for the public, businesses, contractors, and community.
  • Prepare written reports and correspondence.
  • Prepare and present education programs.
  • Collect and analyze technical data; collect evidence for cases.
  • React calmly and effectively to diffuse potentially stressful or difficult situations.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

  • Critical Thinker
  • Team-Oriented
  • Adaptable
  • Systems Thinker
  • Organized
  • Effective Communicator
  • Responsible
  • Goal-Oriented

For complete information see the class specification/job description on our website at: 

To apply, submit the following to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906:

  • Monterey County Employment Application
  • Response to the Supplemental Questions
  • Current evaluation letter from the State of California, Department of Public Health

Or apply on-line at

Final Filing Date: Monday, November 6, 2017. All application materials must be received by the final filing date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will not be considered. Resumes, cover letters, letters of interest and other correspondence will not be accepted as a substitute for the required application materials as noted above. The selection process is tentative and applicants will be notified if changes are made.

Application materials will be competitively evaluated. Those applicants that are determined to be the most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the selection process. To assess applicants' possession of required qualifications, the process may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercises, performance exam, and/or written examination. For more information, or to receive application materials, please contact the Health Department, Human Resources Division at 831-755-4550.

NOTE:  If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at (831) 755-4550. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity and authorization for employment in the U. S. If you are hired into this classification, as a condition of your employment you will have thirty (30) days to join the union and authorize a union dues deduction or salary deduction of appropriate fees. If you are hired into this classification in a temporary position, your salary will be hourly and you will not be eligible for the benefits listed above.

The County offers an excellent benefits package (H Bargaining Unit)
The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package that includes 22 days of annual leave; educational leave; 11 holidays per year; health, dental, vision insurance coverage; life insurance; and CALPERS retirement. For more benefits information please contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at 831-755-4550.

An Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace


Required Qualifications

  • Possession of a current evaluation letter from the State of California, Department of Public Health, pursuant to Section 106625 California Health and Safety Code, stating that the education qualifications specified in Section 106660 have been met.
  • The appointee must obtain a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist issued by the State of California, Department of Health Services, no later than 36 months from date of hire.
  • An appointee assigned to the Hazardous Materials Management Services must pass fitness testing for the use of respirators.

Examples of Experience/Education/Training
An example of a way the requirements might be acquired is:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major work in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Environmental Health, Toxicology, or closely related field and possession of a valid Environmental Health Specialist Trainee letter issued by the California Department of Health Services.

Required Conditions of Employment:

  • The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which include a Department of Justice fingerprint check.
  • Possess and maintain a valid California Class C driver's license.
  • Tolerate rodents and insects; such as, rats, mice, and cockroaches; tolerate unsanitary or hazardous conditions; such as, septic failures, accumulated garbage or animal waste.
  • Work with potentially hostile individuals in volatile situations.
  • Enter and perform work in establishments which may expose the incumbent to what may be considered offensive or repugnant sights, sounds, or smells.
  • Work with or around equipment that, if misused, has the potential to present a radiological hazard.
  • Work some nights, weekends and/or holidays, and respond to emergency incidents or disasters outside normal work hours, as needed.
  • An appointee assigned to the Hazardous Materials Management Services may be required to respond to incidents involving spills of unknown chemically hazardous materials or potentially hazardous unidentified substances; may be required to maintain contact with the worksite or co-workers outside of normal work hours by carrying a communications device; and will be required to respond, as a member of the Emergency Response Team, to incidents that occur outside normal work hours.

How to Apply 

Apply on-line at