Assistant Environmental Health Specialist/Environmental Health Specialist I

  • Orange County, CA
  • Orange County, California
  • Nov 29, 2023
Full Time Accounting and Finance Environmental Services Other Public Health

Job Description


Assistant Environmental Health Specialist / Environmental Health Specialist I

In addition to performance-based merit increases, this position is scheduled to receive salary range increases on the following dates:

Effective June 28, 2024 - 4.25% increase
Effective June 27, 2025 - 4.00% increase

Assistant Environmental Health Specialist $27.19 - $36.65 Hourly
Environmental Health Specialist I $32.00 - $43.14 Hourly

Salary may be negotiable within the range listed above, based on position requirements and successful candidate's qualifications, subject to appropriate authorization.

Premium Pay

In addition to the hourly salary, eligible applicants may receive premium pay for the item listed below:
  • Bilingual pay: Qualified employees who meet the criteria found ( page 18 ) shall receive an additional forty $0.40 cents per hour for all hours paid.

This recruitment is open to the public for a minimum of five (5) business days and will remain open on a continuous basis until 11:59p.m. (PST) on the day the County's needs are met. Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately.

The eligible list established through this recruitment will be used to fill current and future Assistant Environmental Health Specialist/Environmental Health Specialist I positions. This eligible list may also be used to fill positions in similar and/or lower classifications throughout the County of Orange.

The County of Orange , Health Care Agency (HCA) is a dynamic organization dedicated to creating and supporting an environment that promotes the achievement of optimal individual, family and community health. Under the leadership of the Agency Director, a dynamic executive team with an organizational structure comprised of five (5) service areas - Strategy and Special Projects, Mental Health and Recovery Services, Correctional Health Services, Medical Health Services and Public Health Services - is committed to meeting the health needs of the diverse Orange County community.


The Environmental Health Division is comprised of various programs aimed toward protecting the health and safety of Orange County residents and visitors from harmful conditions in the environment. Staff enforce laws and regulations and emphasize education to assist businesses with providing healthy and safe communities. Services include retail and wholesale food protection, foodborne illness investigations, public pool inspections, childhood lead exposure prevention, water quality, ocean water protection, solid waste facility oversight, hazardous materials surveillance and mitigation oversight, underground and aboveground storage tank oversight, body art facility and practitioner oversight, medical waste management inspections and a used oil recycling education program.

Assistant Environmental Health Specialist (AEHS)
The AEHS will learn to perform inspections and investigations in the enforcement of environmental health laws and regulations. Upon satisfactory performance at this level and receipt of certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), incumbents may be promoted to the class of Environmental Health Specialist I.

All applications submitted to Human Resource Services for the AEHS position will not be processed without the required certification letter issued by the California Department of Public Health.

Environmental Health Specialist I (EHS I)
The Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) will perform inspections and investigations in the enforcement of environmental health laws and regulations.

All applications submitted to Human Resource Services for the EHS I position will not be processed without the required REHS certification.

Information on the REHS Program can be found by visiting the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website.

The ideal candidate must possess extensive experience in the following core competencies:

Technical Knowledge
  • Understanding of food safety training concepts and regulations, such as the California Retail Food Code, Oral Culture Learning, Active Managerial Control, as well as the Food and Drug Administration Voluntary Program Standards
  • Understanding of applied sciences, such as health sciences, microbiology, chemistry, and physics
  • Collaborating with supervision and co-workers to explore new opportunities, and implement new techniques, and approaches pertinent to environmental health, such as active learning and listening, using education to modify behaviors, and improve overall safety
  • Analyzing data and facts relevant to environmental health and inspections
  • Utilizing and implementing Microsoft Office and data tracking systems

Oral | Written Communication Skills
  • Providing verbal feedback to others and clearly articulating public health issues to operators
  • Gathering and reporting data consistently from inspections, writing reports and entering into the database

Collaboration | Organizational Skills
  • Managing numerous projects simultaneously and working collaboratively with a committee or team
  • Collaborating to independently solve problems or issues with industry or other regulatory entities
  • Collaborating with Division staff and external partners, including local, state, and federal agencies

Click here to view the minimum qualifications for an Assistant Environmental Health Specialist as well as the physical, mental, environmental, and working conditions.

Click here to view the minimum qualifications as an Environmental Health Specialist I as well as the physical, mental, environmental, and working conditions.

Human Resource Services (HRS) will screen all application materials to identify qualified candidates. After screening, qualified candidates will be referred to the next step and notified of all further procedures applicable to their status in the competition.

Veterans Employment Preference
The County is committed to providing a mechanism to give preferential consideration in the employment process to veterans and their eligible spouses and will provide eligible participants the opportunity to receive interviews in the selection process for employment and paid internship openings. Please click here to review the policy.

Application Screening| (Refer/Non-Refer): Applications and supplemental responses will be screened for qualifications that are highly desirable and most needed to successfully perform the duties of this job. Only those candidates that meet the qualifications as listed in the job bulletin will be referred to the next step.

Online Assessment|(Refer/Non-Refer): Applicants who meet minimum qualifications will be invited to participate in one or more job-related assessments. Applicants will be notified of their test date and access code, if applicable. Only the most qualified applicants will move forward to the next step in the recruitment process.

Based on the Department's needs, the selection procedures listed above may be modified. All candidates will be notified of any changes in the selection procedure.

Eligible List | Score Groups: Once all assessments have been completed, HRS will establish an eligible list of candidates. Candidates placed on the eligible list may be referred to a selection interview to be considered for present and future vacancies.


Please see below for important information regarding COVID-19 related requirements.

Effective April 3, 2023, it is strongly recommended that County employees working in health care settings and correctional facilities follow vaccination and booster guidelines provided by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please click here to see the latest guidance for more details.

Email Notification
Email is the primary form of notification during the recruitment process. Please ensure your correct email address is included in our application and use only one email account.

NOTE: User accounts are established for one person only and should not be shared with another person. Multiple applications with multiple users may jeopardize your status in the recruitment process for any positions for which you apply.

Candidates will be notified regarding their status as the recruitment proceeds via email through the site. Please check your email folders, including spam/junk folders, and/or accept emails ending with "" and "" If your email address should change, please update your profile at

Frequently Asked Questions

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For specific information pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Liza Butler at (714) 834-2069 or .


Orange County, as an equal employment opportunity employer,

encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply.

Non-Management Benefits
In addition to the County's standard suite of benefits, such as a variety of health plan options, annual leave and paid holidays--we also offer an excellent array of benefits such as a Health Care Reimbursement Account, 457 Defined Contribution Plan and Annual Education and Professional Reimbursement. Employees are provided a Retirement Plan through the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS).

Please go to the following link to find out more about Defined Benefit Pensions and OCERS Plan Types/Benefits.

Click here for information about benefits offered to County of Orange employees.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

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