Careers

Careers

Careers with Environmental Health

Have you ever wondered who makes sure the food and beverages you buy in your community are safe to eat? Did you ever think about what laws protect your health and safety at an apartment pool or the spa at a fitness center? What about at festivals, farmer’s markets, outdoor concerts and summer camps? How about used oil and trash? Hazardous Materials emergencies? Water well monitoring? All of these public concerns are regularly inspected by the Tulare County Division of Environmental Health. We are Environmental Health Specialists (EHS) and the job we do is tremendously important.

As an EHS, we work hard to protect the public in Tulare County and to provide a safe place to work, live and play. Being an EHS in Tulare County is a fun and rewarding career.

The Division of Environmental Health offers career opportunities for those individuals interested in the pursuit of protecting the public's health. The Division is always looking for individuals to fill positions as an Environmental Health Aide or Environmental Health Specialist.

 

Environmental Health Aide I/II

This class of employee is responsible for  the collecting of information on environmental health problems under the supervision of a registered Environmental Health Specialist; inspect sanitation units provided for labor crews at construction and field work sites; conduct routine inspections and test public swimming pools for clarity, proper pH chlorine levels, and safety equipment; collect water samples from public water systems for bacteriological and turbidity laboratory analysis; investigate complaints of garbage, illegal dumps, littering, and other public health nuisances; conduct follow up inspections; assist in rabies control; prepare necessary reports on inspection activities; keep records of work activities and maintain food, water, and well files; verify accuracy of information through computer; distribute public health information and material.

 

Environmental Health Specialist I/II

This class of employee may have responsibilities that include, but are not necessarily limited to: Conduct inspections of food handling and industrial establishments, water supply systems, sewage disposal systems, solid waste disposal sites, housing units, schools and public buildings, recreational and bathing facilities, underground storage tank systems, biomedical waste management, and air pollution sources to ensure compliance with state and local laws and regulations governing environmental quality control; recommend changes and give instructions for correction of deficiencies; note violations and secure voluntary compliance; issue written notices of violation or take steps to initiate legal action to enforce compliance; collect food, water, air, soil, and effluent samples for laboratory analysis; investigate violations and complaints regarding insect, rodent, animal and other public health nuisances; check for violations of agricultural and open burning regulations; instruct and make recommendations to individuals and groups in methods of control; collect evidence and appear as a witness in court; review and approve permits, building plans, and specifications of water, sewage, pool, underground tank control systems, emergency response plans and procedures, and waste handling systems; prepare reports and correspondence; maintain files on inspections and investigations; use and maintain a variety of scientific precision measuring instruments; interpret laws and regulations and act as a resource person for private and public agencies; keep records, prepare reports, and participate in special studies and surveys; attend meetings and training classes and make presentations regarding situations and programs. 

Perform related duties as assigned. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within this classification. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)

 

Environmental Specialist III

This class of employee may have responsibilities that  include, but are not necessarily limited to: Conduct inspections of water supply systems, hazardous material storage, solid waste disposal sites, sewage disposal systems, hazardous waste disposal sites, underground storage tanks, swimming pools and other land uses to determine compliance with regulations; recommend changes and give instructions for corrections of deficiencies and violations; review proposals and projects to identify potential health and environmental impacts and appropriate mitigation measures; review percolation reports; check and approve building plans and specifications of water and sewage systems and issues permits when in compliance; conduct special investigations, studies and reports of areas with air, water quality, solid waste, and other problems; prepare and present cases for hearings by formal and ad hoc commissions, hearing boards, and committees; work in a consultative and training capacity in an area of specialization with members of the staff, other departments, agencies and the public; identify community resources and provide leadership and technical support to established programs; conduct environmental quality surveys of communities; evaluate the effects of leaking underground storage tanks; prepare hazardous waste, solid waste, and air quality plans as specified by Federal and State law; perform field chemical tests; confer with local officials on sanitation and environmental quality problems; instruct and train subordinates in the enforcement of applicable state, County and local codes and regulations; assign and coordinate specific activities of subordinate staff members; assist with the more difficult inspections; review daily work reports of subordinate staff; develop and maintain effective record keeping methods and data retrieval systems. 

Perform related duties as assigned. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within this classification. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)

Dairy Inspector I

This is the trainee level for those who possess a bachelor's degree, but do not possess the experience or additional educational requirements necessary for registration. Incumbents will assist registered Dairy Inspectors and perform increasingly independent work of a routine nature. Incumbents must become registered with the State of California within one year. 
Supervision is provided by an Environmental Health Specialist IV or higher level division staff. Functional or lead supervision may be provided by a Dairy Inspector III.
 

Duties may include, but are not necessarily limited to: Inspect dairies and dairy farms to determine conformance with sanitary regulations; inspect sanitary conditions of buildings, equipment and personnel in milk handling and processing facilities and determine compliance with appropriate laws and regulations; observe general health of dairy animals; instruct personnel in general sanitation and care and maintenance of dairy equipment; instruct dairy personnel concerning milk regulations and methods of maintaining a safe milk supply; collect samples of milk and milk by-products for analysis; conduct appropriate tests; enforce regulations and gather information and evidence for possible legal action and appear as a witness in court; inspect dairy installations for rodent and insect infestation and instruct in methods of control; maintain records of investigations, inspections and research results; prepare reports and correspondence; interpret laws and regulations. 

Perform related duties as assigned. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within this classification. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)

Dairy Inspector II

This class of employee may have responsibilities that include, but are not necessarily limited to: Inspect dairies and dairy farms to determine conformance with sanitary regulations; inspect sanitary conditions of buildings, equipment and personnel in milk handling and processing facilities and determine compliance with appropriate laws and regulations; observe general health of dairy animals; instruct personnel in general sanitation and care and maintenance of dairy equipment; instruct dairy personnel concerning milk regulations and methods of maintaining a safe milk supply; collect samples of milk and milk by-products for analysis; conduct appropriate tests; enforce regulations and gather information and evidence for possible legal action and appear as a witness in court; inspect dairy installations for rodent and insect infestation and instruct in methods of control; maintain records of investigations, inspections and research results; prepare reports and correspondence; interpret laws and regulations. 

Perform related duties as assigned. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within this classification. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)

 

Dairy Inspector III

This class of employee may have responsibilities that include, but are not necessarily limited to: Inspect dairies and dairy farms to determine conformance with sanitary regulations; inspect sanitary conditions of buildings, equipment and personnel in milk processing plants and determine compliance with appropriate laws and regulations; observe general health of dairy animals; instruct personnel in general sanitation and care and maintenance of dairy equipment; instruct dairy personnel concerning milk regulations and methods of maintaining a safe milk supply; collect samples of milk and milk by-products for analysis; conduct appropriate tests; enforce regulations and gather information and evidence for possible legal action and appear as a witness in court; inspect dairy installations for rodent and insect infestation and instruct in methods of control; maintain records of investigations, inspections and research results; prepare reports and correspondence; interpret laws and regulations; work in a consultative and training capacity in an area of specialization with members of the staff, other departments, agencies and the public; identify community resources and provide leadership and technical support to established programs; supervise, instruct, and train subordinates in the enforcement of applicable state, county and local codes and regulations; assign and coordinate specific activities of subordinate staff members; assist with the more difficult inspections; review daily work reports of subordinate staff; develop and maintain effective record keeping methods and data retrieval systems. 

Perform related duties as assigned. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within this classification. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)

 

Environmental Health Supervisor

This class of employee may have responsibilities that include, but are not necessarily limited to: Plan, supervise and evaluate the work of environmental health staff assigned to an area of environmental quality control programs; advise on the interpretation and application of laws, ordinances, regulations and policies; develop and implement programs and procedures; instruct field staff in uniform methods of inspection and enforcement procedures; advise and assist district Environmental Health Specialists and Dairy Inspectors in dealing with and solving difficult problems; coordinate program activities, including inspections and investigations, with other state and local agencies; supervise the review and approval of emergency response, site assessment and remediation, and construction plans for conformance to laws, regulations and ordinances; confer with and advise other agencies and groups on environmental quality control matters; assist staff in planning and conducting public education programs; make presentations to the public concerning division activities; provide administrative assistance in compiling work load data and distribution of information; prepare reports and correspondence; develop effective data retrieval systems; assist in the development of policies. 

Perform related duties as assigned. (Essential duties may vary from position to position within this classification. Reasonable accommodation will be made when requested and determined by the County to be appropriate under applicable law.)