Environmental Health Technician

County of Santa Barbara
Full Time 24 per week $59,940 - $71,671 Per year CA 300 N San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara, CA 93110, United States Apply before 6/4/2024 5:00


Notice of Change: This recruitment will now close on 06/04/24

$59,940.00 - $71,671.70 Annually

The Public Health Department is accepting applications to fill one (1) full-time, Environmental Health Technician to join our Environmental Health Services (EHS) team. The vacancy will be based in Santa Maria.    
We are also accepting applications to establish an employment list for future Full-Time, Part-Time, Extra Help and 1414* vacancies for Environmental Health Technician in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara.  
*Civil Service Rule 1414. Appointment to Fill Vacancy During Leave of Absence. 1414 vacancies may occur as a result of a leave of absence and the duration of the appointment shall be subject to the return of the individual who is on leave. A person who is appointed to a position under Civil Service Rule 1414 may be able to transition into a regular position in the classification without re-application or re-testing, depending on the performance of the appointee and the needs of the department.  
Please select the location(s) you would like to be considered for current and future vacancies. If you qualify for this position, pass the required selection steps and are in the area of selection, then your name may be sent to the hiring manager(s) of the vacancy location(s) where you have expressed that you are willing to work.
BENEFITS: The County of Santa Barbara offers generous benefits. Click on the Benefits Tab above or  to view more information.  
In addition, applicants from other public sector employers may qualify for: 
  • Retirement reciprocity 
  • Time and service credit towards for an advanced vacation accrual rate 
POSITION: Under general supervision, provides technical field and office support to Environmental Health Services' staff; assists the general public with permits, processes, and inspection services, and performs related duties as required.
Distinguishing Characteristics:  The Environmental Health Technician is an entry-level technician class with both field and administrative assignments.  Incumbents possess an awareness of basic scientific principles and are encouraged to obtain additional scientific knowledge in order to advance to the professional-level Environmental Health Specialist or Hazardous Materials Specialist series.  This class is distinguished from the Office Professional classification series by the requirement of basic technical/scientific knowledge necessary to provide the needed assistance to the public and the assignment of field duties.  It is distinguished from the Environmental Health/Hazardous Materials Specialist classifications by those classifications' greater complexity of technical work performed and the requirement for additional professional registration and/or certification. 

The IDEAL CANDIDATE will possess: 
  • Scientific Knowledge: Understanding of basic biology and chemistry, as well as general scientific terminology, to assist in various environmental health tasks.
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency in word processing and database software to manage records, conduct research, and prepare reports.
  • Communication Abilities: Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with the public, colleagues, and other stakeholders both verbally and in writing. Bilingual in Spanish/English desirable.
  • Independence and Adaptability: Capability to work independently and learn environmental health codes, regulations, and policies, as well as to adapt to changing work conditions and schedules. 
About the Program:
The mission of the Santa Barbara County Environmental Health Services (EHS) program is to protect public health and the environment by providing services that ensure observance of State and local regulations in programs that pertain to retail food facilities, body art, solid waste, onsite wastewater treatment systems, water quality, land use, ocean water quality monitoring, recreational health, and hazardous materials.  Join our esteemed team committed to excellence and innovation.  Explore the opportunities with us and contribute to a healthier, safer future for all. To learn more, please visit our website:  
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Examples of Duties

  1. Provides the public with routine, general and technical information related to environmental health and/or hazardous materials codes, regulations, permit applications and inspection services in person, via telephone, web, and/or written correspondence.
  2. Conducts initial permit application reviews for private water systems, on-site sewage disposal systems, food facilities, temporary food events, and public swimming pools. 
  3. Performs initial screening of complaints, including alleged food borne illnesses; collects water samples for laboratory analysis; handles and transports samples according to established protocols; and completes chain-of-custody and other appropriate laboratory documentation.
  4. Performs basic statistical data evaluations for sites and produces written reports with supporting documentation.
  5. Performs initial investigation of nuisance complaints; completes follow up surveys or inspections to ensure compliance with issued notices to correct; and maintains written records of investigation.
  6. Drives to and surveys, samples, and monitors recreational water areas, watercourses, and other areas of public health concern as directed; and writes reports, or keeps records of observations.
  7. Tracks proposed and pending environmental health-related legislation; and advises administration of legislation likely to impact local environmental health programs and services.
  8. Conducts research of and reviews relevant materials to gather information requested by professional staff and the public; communicates information or results of research in writing or verbally; and assists in the preparation of environmental studies, comprehensive field reports, and public presentations. 
  9. Organizes files; updates and maintains computer databases and the departmental website; maintains records and prepares written reports of work accomplished; and provides vacation and temporary back-up to other staff as required.

Employment Standards

  1. Satisfactory completion of high school or college coursework in basic biology and chemistry and proficiency using word processing and database software; OR,
  2. A combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.
Knowledge of:  basic biology and chemistry; general scientific terminology; basic mathematics; general office procedures and record keeping practices; standard letter and report formats; English grammar and usage, word processing and database management software programs.
Ability to:  work independently and without immediate supervision; read, learn, explain, and apply various environmental health codes, regulations, and policies; learn and apply proper sampling and processing techniques; keep accurate and legible records; write clearly and legibly; clearly and effectively communicate with a wide variety of people; interact tactfully and courteously with the public; drive safely in a variety of conditions; follow topographic and street maps; and use a computer and various software applications.

Special Requirements:  
  • A valid California Class C Driver's License is required at the time of appointment.  Independent travel is required. 
  • Position may require lifting up to 25 pounds; bending, kneeling, stooping or crawling during surveys or when collecting samples;
  • Requires the ability to use respiratory protection devices such as Air Purifying Respirators; requires the ability to carry 10-15 pounds of equipment or supplies for up to two miles during creek surveys and the ability to hike in creek beds and rough terrain for up to two miles under a variety of weather and lighting conditions. 
  • Incumbents must obtain a legally required Occupational Health & Safety Administration certification in Hazardous Waste Site Operations (HazWoper) as a condition of successfully passing probation. 
  • May require non-traditional work hours such as evenings, weekends and holidays and after-hours response to sewage spills or similar situations.

Desirable Qualifications:  College-level coursework, including statistics, physics, microbiology, and additional biology and chemistry classes that would qualify for entrance into the Registered Environmental Health Specialist exam; Experience working with complex databases, knowledge of site assessment methods and remediation processes for contaminated sites, and the ability to speak and understand Spanish.