Under basic supervision, this generalist classification conducts inspections and investigations involving the enforcement and interpretation of environmental health laws and regulations in a variety of program areas to protect the health and safety of City residents, businesses, and the general public; provides consultation and educational services; and performs related work as assigned.
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. This is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class; employees may be assigned duties which are not listed below; reasonable accommodations will be made as required. The job flyer does not constitute an employment agreement and is subject to change at any time by the employer. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
Conducts field inspections and investigations to enforce environmental and public health laws and regulations in a variety of program areas including Certified Unified Program Agency (CUPA) hazardous materials, food safety, stormwater management, solid waste and recycling, water/waste water systems, animal & vector control, and general environmental public health.
Reviews and approves plans for development, construction, and/or renovation of industrial and commercial facilities for compliance with health, safety, and environmental control regulations.
Responds to public health, public sanitation, and environmental health complaints; identifies, investigates and resolves technical issues and code violations, contacts owner, and recommends abatement procedures for violations; drafts letters regarding violations and corrective actions and abatement; conducts follow-up investigations to ensure compliance.
Prepares inspection reports, oral briefings and correspondence based on field inspections and investigations.
Reviews environmental reports.
Updates and maintains a variety of records and databases; gathers, compiles, and analyzes data; maintains technical records and prepares reports as required.
Responds to emergency incidents involving hazardous materials and disease vectors; assists with investigations of environmental health hazards and emergencies.
Supports the relationship between the City of Vernon and the general public by demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with visitors and City staff; maintains confidentiality of work-related issues and City information; performs other duties as required or assigned.
Education, Training and Experience Guidelines: Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, Environmental Health, Biological Science, Chemistry, or related science field; AND two years experience in a regulatory, public health or environmental service environment.
Federal and state laws, codes, rules, and regulations related to public/environmental health.
Techniques of investigating and resolving complex environmental health problems and conditions.
Physical and biological science standards and guidelines used in environmental quality controls.
Techniques of investigating, inspecting, and resolving public health issues.
Customer service and public relations methods and practices.
Record keeping and file maintenance principles and procedures.
Applying environmental health and safety principles and practices in a regulatory environment.
Interpreting technical instructions and analyzing complex variables.
Following and applying scientific principles and procedures for public/environmental health investigations.
Collecting and analyzing data, and making appropriate recommendations.
Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.
LICENSE & CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A valid California State Driver's License is required. Certificate of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist from the California State Department of Health is required. OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification, and International Code Council – ICC certification as a California Underground Storage Tank (UST) Inspector are required within six (6) months of appointment; additional specific technical certifications may be required for some assignments.
SELECTION PROCESS: Following the final deadline, all applications will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to meet or exceed the requirements of the position on the basis of experience, training, and education, as submitted, will be invited to participate further in the selection process. Candidates must be specific and complete in describing their qualifications for the position. Failure to state all pertinent information may lead to elimination from consideration. Applications must be submitted online. If you submit multiple applications, only the most recent application will be considered. Stating "See Resume" is not an acceptable substitution for a completed application. To view the complete job description, please visit our website at www.cityofvernon.org. The City of Vernon is an equal opportunity employer.
It is the applicant's responsibility to notify the Human Resources Department of any changes to their contact information.
To apply for this position, please visit our website at: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/vernon If you have any questions, please contact: City of Vernon Human Resources Department Lisette Grizzelle, Senior Human Resources Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org (323) 583-8811, ext. 166