Registered Environmental Health Specialist

  • Alameda County
  • Oakland, California
  • Dec 07, 2023
Full Time Environmental Services Public Health
  • Salary: $47.83 - $57.27/hour; $99,486.40 - $119,121.60/year USD

Job Description


This is a reinstatement, transfer or voluntary demotion opportunity for current and former regularly appointed employees of Alameda County.

Pursuant to Civil Service Rule 1744: On the request of a department head and approval of the Commission, a regularly appointed employee who resigned in good standing may, within three years after the effective date of his/her resignation, be reinstated in a position in the class from which he/she resigned or in a position in another class for which he/she may be eligible as determined by the Commission. Appointments by reinstatement following resignation are subject to the probationary period established for the class. You must have been a classified County employee in the same job code or in a job code at the same salary maximum and left the County in good standing. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

You must be a current County classified employee in the same job code or in a job code with the same salary maximum for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.

Voluntary Demotion:
You must be a current County classified employee in a job code which is at a higher salary maximum than the vacancy for which you are applying. In addition, you must meet the minimum and special qualifications of the specific position.



The Alameda County Community Development Agency's mission is to enhance the quality of life of Alameda County residents and plan for the future well-being of the County's diverse communities; to balance the physical, economic and social needs of County residents through land use planning, environmental management, neighborhood improvement, and community development, and to promote and protect agriculture, the environment, economic vitality and human health.

For more detailed information about the agency, please visit: Alameda County Community Development Agency .


Under general supervision, conducts inspections and investigations to enforce applicable state health and safety codes, regulations and local ordinances; and to perform related work as required.

Program responsibilities include, but are not limited to retail food facilities, consumer protection, public swimming pools/spas, public water systems, on-site sewage disposal/treatment systems, housing, recreational areas, institutions, work sites, solid waste, medical waste, hazardous materials, vector control and public health nuisances.

Incumbents in this class are typically assigned to a geographical area or a specific program, in which they are responsible for maintaining disciplinary surveillance for assigned program areas, conducting routine inspections of all facilities on inventory, investigating disease outbreaks and responding to complaints as they arise.

Under the supervision of the Supervising Environmental Health Specialist, the Section Chief, or the Director, incumbents submit all completed inspection reports, records, correspondence and daily activity reports for review. Additional responsibilities include consulting with supervisors concerning technical matters, policy interpretation and legal action.



Possession of a valid Certificate of Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist Issued by the California State Department of Health Services,



Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (180 quarter units or 120 semester units) with major course work in environmental health science or a closely related field.


Possession of a valid California driver’s license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.


NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the “Examples of Duties” section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Principles and practices of environmental health, including water supply, sewage disposal and treatment, refuse disposal, housing, recreational and industrial sanitation, vector control and land use.
• Principles and practices relating to sanitary food production, processing, and handling.
• Principles of zoonoses and control of rodents and arthropod vectors.
• Techniques of conducting environmental health inspection, preparing risk assessments and enforcing relevant laws.
• Provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, other statutes and regulations pertaining to environmental health.

Ability to:

• Explain and interpret rules, regulations and laws.
• Establish effective working relationships with others.
• Write and communicate effectively.
• Read and interpret structural plans and blue prints.


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being. These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being
  • Medical - HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental - HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees)
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future
  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance
  • 12 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1 st United Services Credit Union

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement. This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.



Please submit a PDF of your updated Alameda County application to Lidice de la Fuente, at . Please be in contact if you have any questions.

You are encouraged to apply immediately as this posting is open until filled and may close at anytime.

Alameda County is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

Oakland, California United States View Map