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Environmental Health Technician I

Recruitment #2013-11721-01

Salary:$20.20 - $24.55/hour. There will be a 2% General Wage Increase effective December 14, 2013.
Department:Health and Human Services
Job Type: Open
Date Opened:11/14/2013 9:00:00 AM
Filing Deadline:12/4/2013 5:00:00 PM
Employment Type: Permanent/Full Time (40 hrs/week)
Permanent/Part Time (less than 40 hrs/week)
Temporary/Extra Help
Work Location: Auburn Area (Applegate, Auburn, Colfax, Foresthill, Meadow Vista, Penryn)
South Placer (Granite Bay, Loomis, Lincoln, Rocklin, Roseville)
HR Analyst: Jon Harned

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Placer County is recruiting for the position of Environmental Health Technician I. This is an entry level position in the Environmental Health Technician series and at least one year of experience in an Environmental Health setting, emphasizing public contact, is desirable. Applicants are encouraged to include in their application materials and responses to the supplemental questionnaire all relevant education and experience in the area of Environmental Health science. 

The current vacancy is a permanent benefited position but this list maybe used to fill future vacancies or Temporary / Extra Help assignments.

·        Appointments made from this eligible list may be eligible for transition to permanent status.

·        Temporary/Extra Help assignments are limited to 1000 or 960 hours for CalPERS retired annuitants in a fiscal year and are not eligible for benefits.


The current permanent vacancy will be located in beautiful Auburn, California.  The position requires the ability to provide excellent customer service to clients at a front counter, over the telephone, or through email.  Duties include reviewing, issuing permits, and processing permit fees.


Applicants are encouraged to include in their application materials any prior knowledge of the methods of filing and tracking information with industry environmental health related computer systems and/or applications.




To assist in ensuring compliance with various environmental health regulations as required by Federal, State and local statutes and ordinances; conduct routine field inspections to ensure compliance; and perform a variety of research related to environmental health compliance.


Environmental Health Technician I
This is the first working level in the Environmental Health Technician series. This class is distinguished from the II level by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series that do not require an in-depth and comprehensive knowledge of processes, regulations, and requirements. Employees at this level may not be expected to perform with the same independence of direction and judgment on matters allocated to higher level classifications.  


Environmental Health Technician I
Receives supervision from a Supervising Environmental Health Specialist or other professional, supervisory, or management classification. May receive technical or functional supervision from a Senior Environmental Health Technician or other technical or professional personnel. 


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Conducts field inspections to assure regulatory compliance. 
  • May process Environmental Health applications and review for compliance with standards and regulations. 
  • Performs plan review and basic research. 
  • Reviews commercial and home occupation business licenses for compliance with environmental health and/or land use standards and regulations. 
  • Prepares correspondence and notifications providing and requesting information. 
  • Receives and logs complaints pertaining to environmental health related issues. 
  • Logs and maintains various data and records and prepare reports; prepares routine notices; researches permit and code enforcement issues as necessary. 
  • Builds and maintains positive working relationships with coworkers, other County employees, and the public using principles of good customer service. 
  • Interacts with other County departments and/or outside agencies as needed. 
  • Prepares and distributes a variety of self-help related materials pertaining to environmental issues. 
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Environmental Health Technician I 

Experience and Training
Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:

One year experience in an Environmental Health setting, emphasizing public contact is desirable.

Equivalent to the completion of the twelfth grade supplemented by at least 12 semester units of college level courses in chemistry, biology, physics, toxicology or a related field.

License or Certificate:
May need to possess a valid driver's license as required by the position.  Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.


Environmental Health Technician I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and practices of customer service and public contact.
  • Basic arithmetic and mathematical calculations.
  • Clear, effective, and correct use of oral and written English including spelling, grammar, vocabulary and punctuation and letter composition.
  • Advanced operation of varied office equipment including computers and associated word processing, spreadsheets, and specialized applications.
  • Methods of filing and tracking information.
  • Basic sciences.
  • Principles and practices of work safety.

Ability to:

  • On a continuous basis, sit at desk and/or stand at counter for long periods of time; know and understand assigned aspects of job.  Identify and interpret technical and numerical permit processing activities.  Explain County and Department policies and procedures.
  • On a continuous basis, know and understand assigned aspects of the job; identify and interpret technical activities related to job; explain environmental procedures and County regulations and requirements to the public.
  • Intermittently, walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel and twist when performing field inspections; perform simple and power grasping, pushing, pulling and fine manipulation; and lift light weight.
  • Obtain information through interviews and dialogue; work fairly and courteously with the public; and work effectively with interruption.
  • Use a variety of modern office equipment, including but not limited to, computer, calculator, typewriter, telephone, facsimile machine, microfilm reader/printer, and photocopy machine.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Clearly and concisely explain permit and compliance requirements and procedures to those less knowledgeable.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner.
  • Analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.
  • Effectively use automated permit systems.


Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula.  Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.


Prior to the date of hire, applicants for regular full and part-time positions must pass a medical examination which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation. Applicants for extra help positions may be subject to a drug screening. All applicants must sign a constitutional oath, submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. and be fingerprinted. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, be bonded or undergo a background check.


All new permanent employees, with the exception of sworn law enforcement and management, shall be required to join the employee organization or pay an 'Agency Fee' as a condition of employment.


The eligible list(s) resulting from this recruitment may be certified as a substitute list for a substantially similar classification.  For this purpose, a substantially similar classification is one at a lower level in the same classification (example: entry level vs. journey) and/or a similar classification (similar work performed, similar training and experience qualifications required). If you are contacted for an interview by a County department, you will be informed of the classification and other relevant information. If you choose not to interview for a substantially similar classification, you will remain on the eligible list for which you originally applied.


Placer County now offers an expedited process for qualifying certain applicants for interviews. Candidates currently employed, or employed within the last year, by a public agency operating under a personnel civil service or merit system may be eligible to be placed on a Public Agency Eligible List and certified as eligible for appointment to a similar job assignment without going through the examination process. For more information on the Public Agency Eligible List, to download forms, or to apply, please visit our website at:


Thank you for your interest in employment with Placer County. Placer County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to an active nondiscrimination program. It is the stated policy of Placer County that harassment and retaliation is prohibited and that all employees and applicants shall receive equal consideration and treatment. All recruitment, hiring, transfer and promotion will be based on the qualifications of the individual for the positions being filled regardless of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, ancestry, religious creed, national origin, physical disability (Including HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition (cancer or genetic characteristics/information), age (40 or over), marital status, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other classification protected by federal, state or local laws or ordinance. Please contact the Personnel Department at least 5 working days before a scheduled examination if you require accommodation in the examination process. Medical disability verification may be required prior to accommodation.


The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change.  It is advisable that applicants inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Personnel Department.

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