Position Information: As a trainee, learns techniques for conducting environmental health inspections and investigations.
Classification Standards: Under close administrative and technical supervision, positions allocable to this class receive a maximum of two years of extensive formal and on-the-job training in techniques and procedures for conducting environmental health inspections, investigations, and enforcement, as well as application of these techniques and procedures in the field, in compliance with Federal, State, and County public health laws, and with policies and procedures governing the environmental health program.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Attends formal training sessions to receive instruction in environmental management principles, methods, and techniques and orientation to the organization, departmental policies, and procedures of the Environmental Health Program.
Learns to conduct periodic inspections of food establishments and restaurants for proper sanitary conditions by reviewing and observing to ensure that food is unspoiled, properly labeled, stored, handled, and protected from contaminants.
Reviews and observes utensil washing and sanitizing procedures by testing water temperatures and cleaning agents and facilities to ensure that these meet Federal, State, and local legal requirements.
Ensures that food equipment, such as stoves, and refrigerators, and other cooking equipment and appliances are clean and in good repair.
Learns to conduct investigations of complaints concerning the infestation of rodents, and inspects by examining premises for evidence of infestation such as telltale signs and avenues of entry and placing poisons.
Learns to conduct investigations of complaints regarding improper disposal of garbage, rubbish and sewage, and other unsanitary conditions in buildings, dwellings and retail food or other establishments by conducting inspections of premises for adequate disposal facilities.
Learns to conduct investigations concerning the disposal of garbage, rubbish and sewage under public health laws by inspecting the collection trucks, sanitary landfills, recycle sites, and refuse transfer stations used by private residential refuse collectors operating in unincorporated areas and contract cities to ensure that collection trucks are in good repair, properly covered and no spillage, and that landfills, recycle sites, and refuse transfer stations do not provide insect or rodent harborage or emit excessive odors or dust.
Meets with community groups within an assigned area and attempts to establish rapport for the purpose of solving problems related to environmental health.
Learns to participate in prosecution of environmental sanitation cases of non-compliance with public health laws and regulations by preparing evidence such as meat samples and the findings of laboratory technicians who conducted the tests, completing inspection forms, attending office hearings, conferring with city or the district attorney, and testifying in court as a representative of the Department of Public Health.
Maintains records of work performed.
Selection Requirements: Meet the following requirements at the time of filing in order to move forward in the exam process.
A Bachelor's degree* from an accredited college, university, or educational institution approved by the California State Department of Public Health (CSDPH)or an educational institution of collegiate grade approved by the American Council on Education
A letter** from the California State Department of Public Health verifying eligibility to work as an Environmental Health Specialist Trainee, dated no earlier than 30 months from the date of application.
A valid California Class C Driver License.***
Physical Class: 3 - Moderate. Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.
Special Requirement Information:
*In order to receive credit for any type of college or university degree, such as a Bachelor's Degree or higher, you must attach a legible copy of the Official Diploma, Official Transcript(s), or Official Letter from the accredited institution, which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded, with Registrar's signature and school seal, to the application.
**A legible photocopy of the required letter from the CSDPH, dated no earlier than 30 months from the date of the application, verifying eligibility to work as an Environmental Health Specialist Trainee must be attached to the application at the time of filing. If you are unable to attach the photocopy of the letter to the application you may e-mail the document to HRExams@ph.lacounty.govwithin 15 calendar days of filing. If submitted after the time frame your application will be considered incomplete and not accepted.
***A legible photocopy of the required valid California Class C Driver License must be attached to the application at the time of filing. If you are unable to attach the photocopy of the license to the application you may e-mail it to HRExams@ph.lacounty.govwithin 15 calendar days of filing. If submitted after the time frame your application will be considered incomplete and not accepted.
Successful applicants for positions that require driving must obtain and present a copy of their driving record from the California State Department of Motor Vehicles before final appointment. Applicants should not present a copy of their driving history until asked to do so by the hiring department. The County will make an individualized assessment of whether an applicant's driving history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job. Driver license must not be currently suspended, restricted, or revoked.
Desirable Qualifications: Credit will be given to applicants who possess the following desirable qualifications.
Experience using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Access, or PowerPoint.
Experience preparing or assisting in gathering and preparing information for various reports, correspondence or presentations.
Master's degree from an accredited college or university.
Examination Content: Our examination will consist of an evaluation of the requirements and evaluation of experience based on desirable qualifications and supplemental questionnaire at the time of filing weighted 100%.
Applicants must meet the requirements listed aboveand achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the examination content in order to be added to the hiring list (Eligible Register) for consideration of employment.
Passing this examination and being added to the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.
NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.
Vacancy Information: The eligible register resulting from this examination will be used to fill temporary vacancies in the Department of Public Health, Environmental Health Services as they occur.
The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the requirements stated above.
Complete applications will be processed on an "as-received" basis and those qualified candidates with a passing score on the assessment will be promulgated to the eligible register accordingly.
The names of the qualified candidates with a passing score in the examination will be placed on the eligible register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of promulgation.
Fair Chance Employer: The County of Los Angeles is a Fair Chance employer. Except for a very limited number of positions, you will not be asked to provide information about a conviction history unless you receive a contingent offer of employment. The County will make an individual assessment of whether your conviction history has a direct or adverse relationship with the specific duties of the job, and consider potential mitigating factors, including, but not limited to, evidence and extent of rehabilitation, recency of offense(s), and age at the time of the offense(s). If asked to provide information about a conviction history, any convictions or court records which are exempted by a valid court order do not have to be disclosed.
Have any questions about anything? Please contact us using the following information:
Available Shift: Any California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922 Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099 Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077 Exam Number: PH5670G Department Contact Name: Exam Analyst Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488 Department Contact Email: HRExams@ph.lacounty.gov
Additional Salary Information: $50,877.84 - $58,272.00 Annually.
TO COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE, AND FOR ADDITIONAL EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION, SALARY AND BENEFIT INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT THE JOB POSTING AT https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/lacounty/jobs/2892557/environmental-health-specialist-i-temporary.
Internal Number: PH5670G
About LOS ANGELES COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (DPH) is the largest County health department in the United States, and we were recently recognized by the National Association of County and City Health Officials as 2019 Local Health Department of the Year. With a rich history of protecting and promoting the public's health for over 100 years, we operate with a budget of over $1.3 billion to meet our mission and mandate. We successfully advance health equity through health promotion and disease prevention for all County residents. Our 4,600 employees are engaged in efforts to lead delivery of children’s medical services, chronic and communicable disease control, home visiting, community health services, emergency preparedness and response, environmental health, HIV and STD programs, and substance abuse prevention and control.