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EH&S Specialist 3 at University of California

EH&S Specialist 3

University of California Davis, CA (Onsite) Full-Time
This position reports to the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) in the Department of Public Health Sciences. The core activities of COEH are to educate future leaders in occupational and environmental health, develop new knowledge, and bring the resources of the University of California to people affected by health hazards in their workplaces or communities. The Department of Public Health Sciences is a large, complex teaching, research, and clinical department in the UC Davis School of Medicine. The mission of the Department of Public Health Sciences is to improve the health of people using approaches based in epidemiology, biostatistics, economics, and behavioral science through research, educational programs, clinical programs, public service, and policy development. The mission of the Emergency Preparedness contract is to develop and support statewide preparations and response to public health emergencies in partnership with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH).

Job Summary

Final Filing Date


Salary Range

$2,552.00 - $4,820.00

Salary Frequency


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Number of Positions


Percentage of Time


Shift Hour

08 Hours





Union Representation


Benefits Eligible


We offer exceptional employment benefits including medical, dental, and vision plans, generous paid vacations and holidays, excellent retirement savings and investment plans, continuing education, and reduced fee and scholarship programs.



This position serves as an Environmental Health Specialist for state and local environmental health emergency preparedness programs in a liaison role between the CDPH Center for Environmental Health and local health and environmental health departments. This position works directly with staff in the CDPH Center for Environmental Health and the California Conference of Directors of Environmental Health (CCDEH) to develop and deliver environmental health-focused emergency preparedness plans, procedures, and training statewide. The incumbent uses an All-Hazards approach for improving preparedness and response capabilities for CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear) incidents impacting health and safety. The incumbent serves as a resource for CCDEH leading efforts to develop the statewide Emergency Support Function (ESF 8) Public Health and Medical system and related mutual aid plans and processes. The incumbent works independently or under general guidance, to assist state and local agencies develop/update disaster plans, health and safety guidance, prepares/reviews plans and reports related to emergency preparedness programs, conducts outreach, trainings, delivers presentations, and provides other essential support to local environmental health programs, as needed.


Required Qualifications

* Certified as Trainer for Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response Operations (EHTER Ops) by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Center for Domestic Preparedness. Completion of EHTER Ops and eligibility for trainer certification is acceptable.

* Certification in Incident Command System (ICS) at 100, 200, 700 and 800 levels is required.

* Bachelor's level or higher in environmental health or related health science field with a minimum of five (5) years of experience at state or local environmental health program. Additionally, experience spanning a minimum of two years of emergency management including one or more of the following: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.

* Experience with emergency planning, exercises and conducting outreach.

* Public Speaking and experience developing and delivering technical training to diverse audiences.

* Strong project management experience including organizational skills to work effectively to achieve timely progress on multiple projects and meet deadlines.

* Broad knowledge of emergency management processes, protocols and procedures for Emergency Support Function 8 (ESF 8) in California critical.

* Broad knowledge of environmental health programs at local-state-federal levels and experience working with senior leadership in cross-sector environmental health work.

* Excellent written communication skills to prepare presentations, guidance documentation, and reports for a variety of audiences.

* Excellent interpersonal and communications skills to effectively express ideas assertively, clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing.

* Knowledge of general state/local government processes and policies related to Public Health, Environmental Health and Emergency Management.

* Ability to work independently or under general guidance. Self-learner and ability to multitask and balance heavy workloads. Must have willingness, flexibility and adaptability to shift priorities in rapidly changing situations if needed.

* Proficiency with internet and software tools including Microsoft Office applications (including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access)

* Ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with others to secure necessary information and cooperation from a variety of people.

* Ability to employ sound judgment to solve complex, sensitive environmental public health problems.

Preferred Qualifications

* Certification in ICS 300, 400 and Standardized Emergency Management Systems (SEMS) is strongly preferred.

* Master's or higher degree in Environmental Health and / or Registered Environmental Health Specialist credential is highly desired.

Special Requirements

* CA Drivers License. Must participate in the DMV Pull Notification program.

* Position located at the CDPH offices in Sacramento

* In the case of a declared public health emergency and the activation of the MHCC (Medical Health Coordination Center and/or State Operations Center), the incumbent may work extended hours and on weekends / holidays in support of the CDPH emergency operations and response

* Occasional travel throughout California may be required. This may require driving and/or overnight stays.

* This position may be subject to a criminal background investigation, drug screen, Live Scan fingerprinting, medical evaluation clearance, and functional capacity assessment

* The University of California has implemented a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Policy ( covering all employees. To be compliant with the policy, employees must submit proof of vaccination or a University-approved exception or deferral.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

At UC Davis, we're solving life's most urgent challenges to bring a fuller, healthier, and more resilient world within reach. We grow from every challenge we take on and we don't just maintain - we improve.

We recognize that creating an inclusive and intellectually vibrant organization means understanding and valuing both our individual differences and our common ground. The most comprehensive solutions come from the most diverse minds and you belong here.

As you consider joining UC Davis, please explore our Principles of Community, our Clinical Strategic Plan and strategic vision for research and education, and our latest efforts to outgrow the expected.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

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