Environmental Health Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety 18096

San Francisco
May 04, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Environmental Health Specialist (7146U), Environment, Health & Safety 18096 About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 17, 2021

Departmental Overview

The Office of Environment, Health & Safety's (EH&S) mission is to provide guidance and services to the campus community that promote health, safety, and environmental stewardship.

EH&S is a highly dynamic, fast paced, committed organization focused on promoting workplace safety and environmental protection for the campus community. We are comprised of many scientific, technical, and administrative professionals, working in an evolving, learning, and sometimes challenging environment with a unified goal of supporting the University's mission of teaching, research and public service. EH&S strives to be an inclusive, service oriented, and operationally excellent organization and is seeking highly motivated individuals who want to learn, be creative, seek continuous competency development, and contribute to our mission.

The Environmental Health Specialist serves as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) for the UC Berkeley Campus providing primary sanitation services to campus food service establishments, special events, potable water systems, swimming pools, and campus housing. Additionally, the Environmental Health Specialist will provide broad safety services to the field research community.

For more information, visit http://ehs.berkeley.edu

  • Develops, implements, and monitors campus environmental and safety programs, systems, procedures, and training in Sanitation. Inspects, investigates incidents and complaints, and invokes corrective action as needed.
  • Sanitation: Retail Food Facility Program and Special Events
    • Investigates and identifies environmental health and safety hazards. Establishes and coordinates corrective measures with appropriate departments.
    • Routinely inspects all campus food facilities and special events for compliance with sanitation regulations. Includes events hosted by student organizations, Intercollegiate Athletics events with food concessions, and entertainment venues operated by Cal Performances.
    • Reviews and approves requests for special event permits related to food distribution.
    • Conducts plan reviews for new and remodeled food facilities.
    • Conducts epidemiological investigations, as required, of communicable and food borne illnesses. Develops effective methods for gathering information on epidemiological issues.
    • Monitors compliance and issues permits for operation; recognized authority equivalent to Department of Public Health - City of Berkeley.
    • Provides support and training to campus food facilities in proper procedures and methods for sanitation and hygiene.
    • Organizes and works efficiently to maintain the targeted rechargeable hours. Assists in resolving recharge questions and issues associated with the program.
  • Drafts reports and other documentation, including use of relevant scientific data, including:
    • Writes epidemiological reports analyzing the gathered data from epidemiological investigations of communicable and food borne illnesses.
  • Performs technical work related to: Field Station Safety
    • Promotes the prevention of injuries or illnesses while faculty, staff, students, and visitors are conducting research outdoors at, but not limited to, field stations, natural reserves, and remote research sites, both domestically and abroad.
    • Provides technical guidance in the development and implementation of the campus Field Research Safety Program, site-specific Field Safety Plans, and task-specific Job Safety Analysis.
    • Assists research personnel with hazard recognition and development of control and mitigation strategies for hazards in the field.
    • Assists with coordination of online and in-person training. Supports field equipment loaner program, including satellite communication devices and first aid kits.
    • Assists field station managers with regulatory reporting and compliance.
    • Occasional travel within California to UC Berkeley-managed field stations will be required. Drives vehicles in fulfillment of job responsibilities.
  • Conducts sampling and/or monitoring related to field(s) of responsibility:
    • Provides consultation, investigation, sampling and analysis of the campus water system. Evaluates and reports findings and implements any necessary procedures to ensure that campus water meets all regulatory drinking water standards.
    • Inspects campus swimming pools on a routine basis.
    • Conducts complaint investigations. Issues permits to operate.
    • Assesses community noise exposure concerns from the campus community and city residents.
  • Within specific field maintains knowledge/expertise on existing/proposed changes in all regulations; interprets and applies relevant laws, regulations, codes and standards, including making recommendations for work environment changes based on interpretations and principles of professional practices.
  • Designs new and/or recommends improvements to existing processes and procedures.
  • Creates and adjusts methodologies to meet changing regulatory and scientific environment. **See “Governing Laws and Regulations” below.
  • Staff development: Works on professional committees and assignments, participates in professional training and attends relevant conferences, and/or is mentored or coached on a formal or informal basis.
  • Member of Designated Urgent Response Team (Regular rotation, 24/7, every 4th week or more frequently as needed.)
    • Provide technical support to the Dedicated Urgent Response Team (DURT) program by serving as a “Designated Responder”. Must be accessible via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during business hours. Will perform directly or coordinate any necessary field activities to evaluate and mitigate a hazard.
    • Provide technical support to the DURT program by serving as the “Lead Off-Hours Responder”. Must be accessible by UCPD via telephone or pager and readily available to respond on-scene to emergencies (e.g., a chemical spill) during non-business hours. Must be within one hour of campus and may not engage in activity that will affect the ability to respond.
    • To serve as a designated responder, incumbent must meet the specific requirements of the DURT program as outlined in the EH&S DURT Program Guidelines. These include occupational physical qualifications.
    • Medical baseline is required.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, including but not limited to,
    • Industrial Hygienist On-Call: On a rotational basis, during business hours, provide industrial hygiene services for emergency indoor air quality calls and industrial hygiene support for large, highly hazardous, or unfamiliar chemical spills.
    • At the request of campus management (EH&S Director, VC Research, UCPD Chief, or designated alternate), must be available in a campus disaster or campus hazardous material release/threatened release, to serve in the appropriate emergency response role based upon expertise and, where applicable, designated departmental role.

Required Qualifications
  • Thorough knowledge/understanding of specific EH&S field(s) including related laws and regulations; and general knowledge/understanding of all EH&S fields.
  • Thorough knowledge and skill in applying and interpreting applicable local, state, and federal regulations and related standards and guidelines.
  • Interdisciplinary understanding of the physiochemical, biological and medical sciences and their practical application to sanitation issues and public health programs.
  • Knowledge about public health interventions that protect community or workplace populations from unhealthful exposures to hazardous materials, infectious disease, physical and general safety hazards.
  • Knowledge and ability to interpret technical regulations and guidelines governing sanitation.
  • Thorough written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills, including political acumen and skill to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills to organize, prioritize and manage the successful completion of projects within time and budget constraints.
  • Skill to appropriately use technology and relevant scientific equipment as required.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently and effectively in a team structure with other professionals.

  • Bachelors degree in Microbiology or similar, and three years of professional experience in sanitation and/or biosafety programs and/or equivalent experience/training.

Licenses or certifications:
  • Professional Certification Required: Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) by the California State Department of Health Services
  • Valid CA Driver's License with initial and periodic review of DMV driving record.

Governing Laws and Regulations

Incumbent's responsibilities are guided by a significant number of federal, state, and local laws and regulations and campus safety policies and procedures/guidelines. These include the California Labor Code, California Occupational Safety and Health Act (Cal/OSHA), California Administrative Code, California Pool Code, and California Retail Food Code.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Licenses or certifications: First aid, CPR/AED, and epinephrine auto-injector certification, training to be supported on the job

Salary & Benefits

This is an exempt, monthly paid position. The annual salary range of the position is $67,500.00-$98,900.00, commensurate with experience.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:


How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Driving Required

A valid driver's license and DMV check for driving record is required.

Physical Exam

Employment is contingent upon passing a physical exam.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

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