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6120 Environmental Health Inspector

Recruitment #CBT-6120-059768


6120 Environmental Health Inspector


General Description: 

Under direction, the Environmental Health Inspector is responsible for the enforcment of various environmental health regulatory programs and services such as: consumer protection, cross connection control, food safety & sanitation, environmental housing inspection, ground water monitoring, hazardous material/waste management, institutional inspections, inspecting special events, noise abatement, plan checking, radon monitoring, solid waste management, and water quality control. Essential functions include conducting inspections and surveillances by monitoring food and drink establishments, industrial plants & facilities, and hazardous material/waste storage areas; investigating complaints of environmental health violations; conducts field tests and acquires samples for laboratory analysis; facilitating and monitoring the removal of hazardous waste; prepares technical, specialized reports and program plans by gathering & compiling statistical and other supporting data obtained from investigations; performs administrative and clerical environmental health tasks; issues citations and warrants; provides information and education to the public; and travels to and from environmental health inspection sites. The Environmental Health Inspector also performs other related duties as assigned/required.


Special Working Conditions: May require sustained physical effort involving continuous walking with some bending, stooping and climbing while conducting inspections, with occasional exposure to health & safety hazards and other unpleasant conditions. Shift work may be required which includes weekends, nights and holidays.



Minimum Qualifications

1.  Possession of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with the completion of at least thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units in environmental health, engineering, mathematics, physical, natural and/or biological sciences; AND

2.  Two (2) years’ of technician-level experience in an environmental health agency, a related regulatory/service agency or as a professional consultant in the environmental health industry.



1.    Possession of valid Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) certificate by the California Department of Public Health, may substitute for the two (2) years’ experience required. This is required for positions in specific programs such as Food, Water, Solid Waste, etc. per the California Health and Safety Code.

2.    Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university in environmental health, engineering, mathematics, physical, natural and/or biological sciences, may substitute for one (1) year of the required experience.


Condition of Employment: Employees may need to successfully complete and maintain the following for continued employment as an Environmental Health Inspector:

1) successful completion of the vector control exam series given by the State of California within two years of the start date of employment;

2) obtain Lead Inspector/Assessor’s Certification issued by the State of California within one year of the start date of employment;

3) obtain Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Certification (HAZWOPER) as defined by California Code of Regulations Title 8 Section 5192 within one year of the start date of employment;

4) obtain International Code Council certification as an Underground Storage Tank Inspector within one year of the start date of employment;

5) possession of a valid REHS certificate on the start date of employment. 


Failure to demonstrate/show proof of possession or completion of the job requirement(s) and maintain throughout the length of employment may result in dismissal and/or termination of employment.

How To Apply

Applications for City and County of San Francisco jobs are being accepted through an online process. Visit www.jobaps.com/sf to register an account (if you have not already done so) and begin the application process.

  • Select the desired job announcement (CBT-6120-059768)
  • Select “Apply” and read and acknowledge the information
  • Select either “I am a New User” if you have not previously registered, or “I have Registered Previously”
  • Follow instructions on the screen

Computers are available for the public (from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) to file online applications in the lobby of the Dept. of Human Resources at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor, San Francisco.

Applicants may be contacted by email about this announcement and, therefore, it is their responsibility to ensure that their registered email address is accurate and kept up-to-date.  Also, applicants must ensure that email from CCSF is not blocked on their computer by a spam filter.  To prevent blocking, applicants should set up their email to accept CCSF mail from the following addresses (@sfgov.org, @sfdpw.org, @sfport.com, @flysfo.com, @sfwater.org, @sfdph.org, @asianart.org, @sfmta.com, @sfpl.org).

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file.  Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records.  Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received.

All work experience, education, training and other information substantiating how you meet the minimum qualifications must be included on your application by the filing deadline.  Information submitted after the filing deadline will not be considered in determining whether you meet the minimum qualifications.

Applications completed improperly may be cause for ineligibility, disqualification or may lead to lower scores.

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Elaine Lee, by telephone at 415-206-5033, or by email at Elaine.Lee@sfdph.org.

Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point in the application, examination and/or departmental selection process. 

Note: Falsifying one’s education, training, or work experience or attempted deception on the application may result in disqualification for this and future job opportunities with the City and County of San Francisco.

Selection Procedures

Training and Experience Evaluation:                                            Weight:  100%

The information provided by candidates on the job application, requested verification, if required, and a Supplemental Questionnaire will be evaluated in relations to the knowledge, skills and abilities required for positions in class 6120 Environmental Health Inspector.


Candidates will be placed on the eligible list in rank order according to their final score.

The department may utilize additional selection procedures to make a final hiring decision.

Note: Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed to advance through all of the steps in the selection process.

The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be Rule of Three Scores.  Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions.

Eligible List:
The eligible list resulting from this examination is subject to change after adoption (e.g., as a result of appeals), as directed by the Human Resources Director or the Civil Service Commission.

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 12 months, and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director.


Applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum eligibility requirements for this job announcement can find information on requesting a reasonable ADA Accommodation at:

Information regarding requests for Veterans Preference can be found at:

Requests for an alternate test date may be considered in limited circumstances and must be submitted to the analyst listed in this announcement within five (5) calendar days of the announcement of the test date.   

General Information concerning City and County of San Francisco Employment Policies and Procedures:
Important Employment Information for the City and County of San Francisco can be obtained at http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=20 or hard copy at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, 4th Floor.



Copies of Application Documents:
Applicants should keep copies of all documents submitted, as these will not be returned.

Right to Work:
All persons entering the City and County of San Francisco workforce are required to provide verification of authorization to work in the United States.

Special Condition - Bilingual Proficiency:
Some positions may require bilingual fluency in a variety of languages depending upon the department's bilingual needs. Only those eligible candidates who pass the bilingual proficiency test will be considered for bilingual positions. Applicants must indicate on the application form the language(s) in which they claim proficiency.

Medical Examination:
Prior to appointment, at the Department's expense, applicants may be required to take a TB screening and a medical examination. 


Exam Type:  E
Issued:  September 27, 2013
Micki  Callahan
Human Resources Director
Department of Human Resources
Recruitment ID Number: CBT-6120-059768

Conviction History

As part of the selection process an image of your fingerprints will be captured and sent to the California Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The resulting report of your conviction history (if any) will be used to determine whether the nature of your conviction (or arrest, in limited circumstances) history will disqualify you as a candidate based on the specific requirements of the position to which you are applying. If selected for fingerprinting, the hiring department will contact you to schedule an appointment.

Candidates applying for positions with the Unified School District and the Community College District may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under the California Education Code.

Candidates applying for positions with the Recreation and Park Department may be disqualified from consideration should their conviction history not meet the standards established under California Public Resources Code 5164.

Disaster Service Workers

All City and County of San Francisco employees are designated Disaster Service Workers through state and local law (California Government Code Section 3100-3109). Employment with the City requires the affirmation of a loyalty oath to this effect. Employees are required to complete all Disaster Service Worker-related training as assigned, and to return to work as ordered in the event of an emergency.



All employees hired on or after January 10, 2009 will be required (pursuant to San Francisco Charter Section A8.432) to contribute 2% of pre-tax compensation to fund retiree healthcare. In addition, most employees are required to make a member contribution towards retirement, typically 7.5% of compensation. For more information on these provisions, please contact the personnel office of the hiring agency.

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