ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST II

  • LOS ANGELES COUNTY
  • Los Angeles, California
  • Nov 01, 2020
Full Time Environmental Services Public Health
  • Salary: $65,751.36 - $81,680.88 Annually USD

Job Description

EXAM NUMBER:
PH5671C

FIRST DAY OF FILING:

Friday, September 18, 2020 at 12:30 p.m., Pacific Time (PT)
This examination will remain open until the needs of the service are met and is subject to closure without prior notice.

This announcement is being reposted to reopen the filing period, update additional information, update eligibility information, update transfer of score information, and to clarify the certificate requirements.

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT
Open Competitive Job Opportunity
No out of class experience will be accepted

DEFINITION

Enforces environmental health and consumer protection laws by making inspections, conducting investigations, and taking appropriate enforcement action.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS

Positions allocable to this class work independently in either a general or a specialized Environmental Management Program under the administrative and technical direction of higher-level environmental health staff. Incumbents plan and implement the more complex as well as routine investigations and inspections of food serving establishments, food markets, school cafeterias, school buildings, mobile home parks, recreational facilities, public assembly areas, and dwellings in order to detect unhealthy conditions; incumbents also conduct investigations of potential consumer fraud relating to misrepresentation of food. These positions function independently in the field and have legal authority to initiate emergency action when the public health or safety is endangered or to issue citations which are reviewed after issuance.

Essential Job Functions
Conducts periodic inspections of food establishments and restaurants to ensure legal compliance and to promote environment health by making observations to see that food is unadulterated, properly labeled, refrigerated, stored, handled, and protected from contaminants.

Reviews and observes utensil washing and sanitizing procedures by testing water temperatures and cleaning agents and facilities to ensure that these meet Federal, State, and local legal requirements.

Ensures that food equipment such as stoves, refrigerators, and other cooking equipment and appliances are clean and in good repair and takes appropriate enforcement action; completes reports of areas in violation.

Investigates complaints concerning the infestation of rodents and insects by looking for evidence of infestation such as telltale signs and avenues of entry, placing poisons, recommending corrective measures, and taking appropriate enforcement action.

Conducts periodic inspections and investigates complaints concerning the improper disposal of garbage, rubbish, and sewage and other unsanitary conditions in building, multiple and single family dwellings, and retail food or other establishments by conducting inspections of premises for adequate disposal facilities, such as covered bins to prevent insect and rodent infestation; recommends corrective measures and takes appropriate enforcement action.

Conducts specialized technical inspections and investigations to prevent and control consumer fraud in the retail marketing and sale of food under public health laws and regulations concerned with adulteration, mislabeling, and false advertising of food; meets with concerned parties to discuss correction of deficiencies and to obtain compliance through appropriate enforcement action.

Initiates and participates in prosecution of environmental health cases of non-compliance with public health laws and regulations by completing investigation reports, securing evidence, taking and collecting photographs, and preparing cases for prosecution, initiating and attending office hearings, and conferring with city or the District Attorney.

Participates in communicable disease investigations related to environmental health.

Ensures that establishments being inspected have obtained a current public health license or permit: ensures that establishments receive and post a grade/score card.

Maintains rapport with community organizations and may serve as a member of the organization's formal structure to provide guidance on environmental health related problems.

Testifies in court as the investigating officer for the Department of Health Services, as needed.
Requirements
SELECTION REQUIREMENTS
Certificate* as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California Department of Public Health.

*CERTIFICATE INFORMATION
You MUST submit a legible, valid and current copy of the required certificate or pocket license as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist issued by the California Department of Public Health with your application or within 15 calendar days of application submission to HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov.

For information on how to obtain the certificate as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist from the California Department of Public Health, click on the link below or call (916) 449-5662:
https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CEH/DRSEM/Pages/EMB/REHS/REHS.aspx

LICENSE INFORMATION
A valid California Class C Driver License is required to carry out job-related essential functions.
You MUST submit a copy of your valid California Class C Driver License with your application at the time of filing or within 15 calendar days of filing to HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov.
Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of his/her driving record from the California Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. License must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.

PHYSICAL CLASS
3 - Moderate.
Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
Additional Information
EXAMINATION CONTENT:
This examination will consist of two (2) parts:

Part 1: The EHS-2010 Written Test to evaluate Customer Service, Written Expression, Data Analysis & Interpretation (including Mathematical Ability) and Reading Comprehension weighted 35%.

THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

Only those candidates who achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written test will be eligible for the interview portion of the examination.

Part 2: An interview (oral examination) to evaluate Interpersonal/Oral Communication/Customer Service Skills, Analytical & Decision Making Ability, Work Skills and Adaptability & Dependability, and Field Trainer Capacity weighted 65%.

Candidate must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on each weighted part of the examination in order to be added to the eligible register.

Applicants with disabilities who require special arrangements must provide the Examination Unit with written notification at the time of filing.

TRANSFER OF SCORES:
Applicants that have taken identical test part(s) for this or any other exam within the last 6 months will have their test responses for the identical test part(s) automatically transferred to this examination. This examination contains test parts that may be used in the future for new examinations. Upon acceptance of your application, your test responses may be transferred to the new examination and you may not be allowed to retake any identical test part(s) for at least (6) months. Depending on the new examination content, your transferred test responses may not result in the same score. Unsuccessful candidates MAY REAPPLY AND COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION ONCE EVERY SIX (6) MONTHS.

TEST PREPARATION:
Study guides and other test preparation resources are available to help candidates prepare for the employment tests. An interactive, Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources website at: http://hr.lacounty.gov/job-search-toolkit
While these practice materials will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review ALL related materials that you deem necessary.

ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:
The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of promulgation AND MAY NOT REAPPLY DURING THIS PERIOD. After this period of eligibility, candidates may file a new application and extend their WRITTEN TEST AND INTERVIEW SCORES once for an additional twelve (12) months by advising the exam unit staff at the time of filing, if the examination is open. Candidates also have the option of retaking the written test and interview; however, THE LAST TEST SCORE WILL APPLY.

Applications will be processed on an as-received basis and promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services, as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT: Any

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications must be filed online only. Applications submitted by U.S. mail, fax, or in person will not be accepted. Any required documents or additional information must be submitted within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov.

Apply online by clicking on the "Apply" tab for this posting, You can also track the status of your application using this website.

Applicants must submit their completed applications by 5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on the last day of filing.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you clearly show that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS. Please fill out the application completely and correctly so that you will receive full credit for related certification.

Failure to provide complete information may impact assessment of your qualifications and acceptance into the examination process.

IMPORTANT NOTES
  • Please note that ALL information included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT .


COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:
For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.

NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD;
All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member or friend's user ID and password may erase a candidate's original application record.

Fair Chance Employer: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.

ADA Coordinator: (323) 914-8488
Teletype Phone:
(800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077
California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922

Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact Email: HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov


Closing Date/Time:

Job Address

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