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Environmental Health Program Manager

Environmental Health Program Manager
$8,261 - $10,042/Monthly*

Are you an experienced, innovative leader who is passionate about improving community health?

Join the Department of Health Services as an Environmental Health Program Manager!

Starting Salary up to $120,510/year plus a cash allowance of approximately $600/month*

Working at the County of Sonoma offers expansive opportunities for growth and development, the ability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing you're working to better our communities. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $1,500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a salary increase for good performance every year thereafter, until reaching the top of the salary range


When you join the County of Sonoma, you'll also have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities.

Reporting to the Director of Environmental Health, the Environmental Health Program Manager is part of the Environmental Health and Safety Section's program development team and works to support continuous quality improvement, accountability, fiscal responsibility, and the enhancement of innovative and proficient consumer and environmental protection programs.

The position is responsible for working with three Supervising Environmental Health Specialists to develop programs, establish performance standards, and facilitate opportunities for staff training and advancement which furthers the mission of the Department and the strategic direction of the County. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Development of the annual budget, analysis of fees for service, and contract/grant management
  • Coordinating program activities with other government agencies, county departments, and the private sector
  • Performing analysis of complex problems affecting program efficiency
  • Acting for the Director of Environmental Health in their absence


The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking, progressive, responsive, and confident manager with demonstrated problem solving, customer service, and leadership skills to advance the Section's goals and services. Additionally, they will possess:

  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to easily relate to audiences of all levels and adjust to a variety of situations
  • Familiarity with environmental health practices, statutes, regulations, and monitoring methods
  • Supervisory skills with the ability to coach and support staff in development of both technical and interpersonal skills
  • Experience developing, presenting, and monitoring budgets, contracts, fees for service studies, and other fiscal matters


*Salary is negotiable and benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. This recruitment is open continuously and may close at any time without notice. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted. 

Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience: Any combination of education and training which would provide the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed. Normally, this would include graduation from an accredited college or university with major work in health science, public health, natural science, physical science, environmental science, or a related field, and three years of advanced working level professional experience in the field of environmental health and safety regulation and enforcement (e.g. working as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist, a Registered Sanitarian, an Environmental Sanitarian, a Public Health Sanitarian, a Certified Environmental Health Professional, or as an equivalently recognized professional). A Master's degree in Public Health, Health Science, or Public Administration is highly desirable.

Special Requirements

Professional License: Possession of a valid certification of registration as an Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the sanitation provisions of the California Health and Safety Code, California Administrative Code, and related legal provisions; principles of environmental health compliance assurance; principles of environmental ecology; effects of waste material on water quality and land quality and the interactions of waste with the environment; environmental practices with special reference to their general effect on human health and the quality of the environment; principles and practices of environmental sanitation and sanitary science, and of the principles and practices of public health; and the methods and procedures used in inspecting, investigating and correcting of unsanitary practices.

Knowledge of: principles of chemistry and chemical reactions; statistical methods and analysis; principles and practices of scientific and technical problem solving; laws, codes, regulations, and policies affecting the programs, services, and operations of the department; principles and methods of program development, project management, and program/project analysis and evaluation; principles of public administration and public sector budget development and administration; team dynamics and team building; principles and practices of organization, management, and supervision.

Ability to: Plan, organize, administer, and evaluate the operations and services of division programs, or units within the department; develop and administer program budgets within a division; work with subordinate supervisors in program budget development and administration; establish, monitor and control projects and schedules to meet goals and objectives; manage, supervise, train, and coach supervisors and senior level professional staff; maintain responsibility for staff evaluations; oversee and direct staff development and employee training; and respond to and adjust grievances; manage, direct, and organize the collection of environmental data and information; recognize problems, analyze and evaluate complex environmental data; develop recommendations or solutions and take appropriate actions; review and interpret impact of legislative changes; manage the development and presentation of scientific studies and reports; develop innovative solutions for difficult and complex environmental management problems; establish and maintain cooperative working relationships; effectively represent the department in contacts and relationships with the public, local business community and other government agencies and media.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. Be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

Responses to supplemental questions will be used in assessing minimum qualifications. Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application & Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (Weight 100%). Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that relate to this position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be placed on an employment list and referred to the department for selection interviews.

A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation.  Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy.  Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

Applications are accepted on-line using the "Apply for this Job" link on this page.
Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: AC