Environmental Health Specialist Trainee

  • San Bernardino, California
  • Mar 08, 2024
Full Time Environmental Services Public Health
  • Salary: $56,846.40 - $68,993.60 Annually USD

Job Description

The Job

Learn How to Become Registered As An Environmental Health Specialist

The Public Health Department is recruiting for Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) Trainees who, under training conditions, perform health inspections in a specialized program such as Food Protection, Recreational Health, and Insect and Rodent Vector Control. Duties include: inspecting properties and establishments for compliance with environmental health laws and regulations; investigating citizens' compliance; issuing correction notices; monitoring corrective or cleanup activities; assisting in preparation of legal actions and prosecuting offenders of environmental health laws; and assisting with community disease and environmental control programs. Positions may be assigned to district offices located in San Bernardino, Hesperia, or Rancho Cucamonga.

For more detailed information, refer to the Environmental Health Specialist Trainee job description.

Human Resources is also accepting applications for EHS I and EHS II , which all require a separate application. It is to your advantage to review the requirements of all levels, and apply as appropriate.

As an alternative to the traditional benefits package, you may also be eligible to elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO) that provides an increased base rate of pay ( $1.75 per hour above the base rate of pay ) with modified benefits. For more detailed information on the MBO for Professional Unit, refer to the MBO - Professional BbOU - Benefits Summary Guide .


Work Schedule: May be required to work some evenings, weekends, and on-call.

Physical: May be required to bend, stoop, kneel, crawl, or hike when necessary during the investigation process.

Travel/License: Travel throughout the County is required to perform duties in the community. Employees will be required to make provision for transportation and may be required to use personal vehicles (mileage reimbursement is available). At the time of hire, a valid California Class C driver license and proof of automobile liability insurance must be produced and maintained for the individual providing the transportation.
Pre-Employment Process: Prior to appointment, applicants must pass a background investigation which includes verification of employment history and education, fingerprinting, physical exam, and drug screening.
Sponsorship: Please note San Bernardino County is not able to consider candidates who will require visa sponsorship at the time of application or in the future.
Promotion: Trainees must obtain a valid registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) within 36 months of hire or employment will be terminated. Trainees are eligible to promote to EHS I after completion of the training program, receipt of a satisfactory work progress report, and obtaining certification as an REHS from the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH)*.

Trainee period: Trainees must obtain a valid registration as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) within 36 months of hire or employment will be terminated. The 36 month period allotted to obtain a registration as an REHS includes any time employed as an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) trainee in other jurisdictions. Applicants who have previously worked as a EHS trainee and have been unsuccessful in obtaining registration as an REHS from the State of California Department of Public Health within 36 moths of original hire are not eligible to work under trainee conditions and must successfully pass examination prior to employment as an EHS I. EHS Trainee applicants who are nearing or have been unsuccessful in obtaining registration as an REHS within a 36 months training period with another jurisdiction may have their application denied and will not move forward in the recruitment process.

Minimum Requirements

Applicants must meet both the education and letter of eligibility requirements:

Education: A Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Ecology, Entomology, Geology, Hydrology, Climatology, Environmental Science (i.e., Food Science, Water Quality/Hydrology, etc.), or other related natural sciences.


Letter of Eligibility: Must possess a valid "Letter of Eligibility" issued from the CDPH, which affirms the applicant's eligibility to work as an EHS Trainee. A legible copy of the "Letter of Eligibility" from the CDPH affirming eligibility MUST be submitted with the application by the filing deadline. You may attach an electronic copy to your online application -OR- email an electronic copy to employment@hr.sbcounty.gov with the Subject Line: EHS Trainee/Letter of Eligibility Attachment.

For more information on how to obtain the "Letter of Eligibility", visit the California Department of Public Health, Registered Environmental Health Specialist Program website.

For inquiries about the REHS Program contact:
Department of Public Health
Environmental Health Specialist Registration Program
MS7404, IMS K-2
P.O. Box 997377
Sacramento, CA 95899-7377
Phone: (916) 449-5662; Email: REHSprog@cdph.ca.gov

Selection Process

There will be a competitive evaluation of qualifications based on a review of the application and supplemental questionnaire. It is to your advantage to be explicit in your responses on the application and supplemental questionnaire.

Application Procedure : Applications will be accepted continuously and reviewed periodically. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as this recruitment may close at any time. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the application and/or supplemental questionnaire.

To ensure timely and successful submission of your online application, please allow ample time to complete and submit your application before the posted filing deadline. Applicants will be automatically logged-out if they have not submitted the application and all required materials prior to the posted deadline. Once your application has been successfully submitted you will receive an onscreen confirmation and an email. We recommend that you save and/or print these for your records. Please note, if you do not receive an onscreen confirmation and an email acknowledging our receipt of your application we have not received your application.

If you require technical assistance, please click HERE to review the Government Jobs online application guide , or contact their Toll-Free Applicant Support line at (855) 524-5627. Please note that Human Resources is not responsible for any issues or delays caused by the internet connection, computer or browser used to submit the application.

EEO/ADA: San Bernardino County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant employer, committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants.

ADA Accommodation: If you have a disability and require accommodations in the testing process, submit the Special Testing Accommodations Request Form within one week of a recruitment filing deadline.

Veterans’ Preference: Eligible veterans and their spouse or widow(er) who are not current County employees may be awarded additional Veterans’ Preference points. Click here for information and instructions to request Veteran's Preference points.

Please click HERE for important Applicant Information and the County Employment Process .

Professional Unit

The County of San Bernardino offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include health, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits. Programs and benefit amounts vary and are based on bargaining unit, family size, hire date, plan selection, and number of hours worked.

For a summary of benefits,* please click here .

Refer to the appropriate MOU, contact the County's Employee Benefits and Services Division at (909) 387-5787 or visit the Benefits website for more detailed information at hr.sbcounty.gov/employee-benefits/ .

*Retirement benefits subject to change.

Job Address

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