Company: Monterey County Health Department

Location: Salinas, CA

Date Posted: November 19, 2021

Application Deadline: December 17, 2021

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary:  $27.24 - 37.20 Hourly


About the Position

Exam #: 21/30J11/11MG

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 Consumer Health Protection Services, Land Use Services, Hazardous Materials Management Services, and Solid Waste Management Services and may also be used to fill future vacancies in our other services: Drinking Water Protection Services, Cannabis Management Services, as the need arises.

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

A list of eligible candidates resulting from this recruitment may be used to fill current and future full-time or temporary vacancies as they arise.


A combination of experience, education, and/or training which substantially demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to:

• Understand, interpret and apply laws and regulations.

• Learn to conduct investigations.

• Communicate visual observations and ideas by writing concise, complete and technically accurate reports, records, correspondence, surveys and studies.

• Speak effectively to individuals and groups from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.

• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with business and community groups, department staff, other departments and the public.

• Perform independently all skills required of an Environmental Health Specialist I in assigned area.

• Some knowledge of chemistry, biology, microbiology and environmental science.


• Collect, analyze and interpret data with appropriate recommendations based on findings.

• React calmly and effectively to diffuse any potentially stressful or difficult situations.

• Some knowledge of methods and procedures used to conduct research, inspections or investigations.

• Ability to communicate in English and Spanish required for some positions.   Bilingual (English/Spanish) candidates must complete and receive a passing score on the bilingual oral examination prior to receiving bilingual pay.

Characteristics of the Ideal Candidate:

• Critical Thinker

• Team-Oriented

• Adaptable

• Systems Thinker

• Organized

• Effective Communicator

• Responsible

• Goal-Oriented

Required Conditions of Employment

• Pursuant to Section 106660 California Health and Safety Code, at the time of application, all applicants must present a current evaluation letter from the State of California, Department of Public Health which states that the applicant is eligible to begin training in an approved environmental health program.

• Pursuant to Section 106615(d) California Health and Safety Code, the appointee must possess the education requirement necessary to qualify for State of California registration as an Environmental Health Specialist Trainee.

• The Environmental Health Specialist I must complete all required education, experience and training for and 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.

• Possession of 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; must pass fitness testing for the use of respirators.

• The Health Department will conduct a thorough background and reference check process which include a Department of Justice fingerprint check.


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



Additional Information


To apply, submit the following to the Monterey County Health Department, Human Resources Division, 1270 Natividad Road, Salinas, CA 93906 by the final filing date: December 17, 2021.


All application material must be received by the priority screening date for a guaranteed review. Applications received after this date will be considered on an as needed basis until the position is filled.


• 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 https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/montereycounty/jobs/3307891/environmental-health-specialist-i-trainee?page=2&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


Please be aware if the application form, responses to supplemental questions, and copies of Certificates are not submitted timely with other required application materials, the application will be removed from further consideration and not be considered further.

Resumes may be submitted but will not be accepted in lieu of required application materials.

Application materials will be competitively evaluated.  Those applicants who are determined to be most appropriately qualified will be invited to participate further in the process.   To further assess applicant’s possession of required qualifications, this examination may include an oral examination, pre-exam exercise, performance exercise, performance exam, and/or written examination.   

For more information or to receive application materials, contact the Health Department Human Resources Division at (831) 755-4519.


If you believe you possess a disability that would require test accommodation, please call the Health Department Human Resources Office at (831) 755-4519. Employment is contingent upon acceptable documentation verifying identity an authorization for employment in the U.S. 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.


On July 30, 2021 the County of Monterey Board of Supervisors took action to mandate COVID-19 vaccination for all employees to include new hires.  The vaccination requirement is in accordance with Section 25 of the County of Monterey Emergency Response Manual and COVID-19 Prevention Program Link.  Applicants who accept employment with the County of Monterey, will be required to be fully vaccinated.  However, individuals may request medical or religious exemptions and will be required to complete the appropriate request and certification forms for review and approval no later than their start date.  Medical /Religion.


The County offers an excellent benefits package (H Bargaining Unit)

The County of Monterey offers a premium benefit package. A summary of benefits for this position can be viewed on the County website. This information is intended to provide you with a general summary of benefits available and is not legally binding. The benefits listed in the Monterey County Personnel Policies & Practices Resolution or "H" MOU prevails over this listing.

An Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug-Free Workplace