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Environmental Health Technician II (6110) – Department of Public Health

Recruitment: RTF0130788-00801038X

Published: March 05, 2024


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Department: Public Health
Job class: 6110-Environmental Health Technician II
Salary range: $93,366.00 - $113,490.00
Role type: Permanent Civil Service What does this mean?
Hours: Full-time
Exam type: Contact us for more information
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The Mission of the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) is to protect and promote the health of all San Franciscans. SFDPH strives to achieve its mission through the work of two main Divisions - the San Francisco Health Network and Population Health. The San Francisco Health Network is the City’s only complete system of care and has locations throughout the City, including Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, Laguna Honda Hospital and Rehabilitation Center, and over 15 primary care health centers.  

The Department of Public Health prioritizes equitable and inclusive access to quality healthcare for its community and values the importance of diversity in its workforce. All employees at the Department of Public Health work to advance equity, inclusion, and diversity with a specific lens and focus on race, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, disability, and immigration status.  

  • Application Opening – February 16, 2024 
  • Application Deadline – The application filing will be open continuously at least through March 3, 2024 and will close any time thereafter. 
  • Salary: $93,366 – 113,490 Annually  
  • Appointment Type: Permanent Civil Service 
  • Recruitment ID: 139899 

The eligible list resulting from this recruitment may be utilized to fill future and current vacancies in this class at other locations within the DPH for the duration of the eligible list. 

To apply please complete these two steps, 

  1. Complete this Minimum Qualifications Supplemental Questionnaire 
  2. Submit an online application by clicking the “Apply Now” button and filling one out 

Role description

Under general supervision, supervises Environmental Health Technicians in the investigation of complaints involving vector related and other general unsanitary conditions; enforces policies and implements methods to effectively control Health Code violations; issues notices and citations; recommends corrective action; explains sanitation and public health requirements related to code enforcement to the public, business community and government agencies; prepares various reports; and performs related duties as required. 

  • Selects, trains, supervises and evaluates the work of Environmental Health Technicians in conducting investigations related to vector breeding sources and other general unsanitary conditions. 
  • Conducts complex investigations, routine inspections, re-inspections to ensure ordered corrections have been made and responds to complaints involving vector related issues, hazardous materials, solid waste, and other general unsanitary conditions 
  • Enforces provisions of health and safety codes which create a health or safety hazard or constitute a public nuisance through issuing inspection reports, notices of violation and citations and recommending corrective action; may issue a municipal citation (a summon to appear at administrative hearings) 
  • Explains and presents sanitation and/or hazardous materials and public health requirements related to code enforcement to the public, business community, and government agencies Advises public on the elimination of unsanitary conditions causing vector infestations 
  • Places traps and poisons and obtains specimens for laboratory analysis and identification of insects 
  • Prepares and updates records, reports, 311 complaint referrals and other documents 
  • Prepares and oversees review of program staff’s Director hearing cases  
  • Supports staff in identifying, referring and supporting with reinspection to ensure ordered corrections have been made related to unsanitary and unsafe conditions observed during investigation such as structural defects, fire hazards, inadequate plumbing, and broken sewer pipes 
  • Works closely with, attends meetings with and may refer complaints and code violations to other applicable City and state agencies (incl. the Department of Building Inspection, the Department of Public Works, Fire Department and Police Departments 
  • May appear as witness in court hearings when required 
  • Attends meetings and educational conferences related to vector control and hazardous materials/waste 
  • Evaluates documentation and/or reports submitted by businesses and property owners/managers for completeness 
  • Provides assistance in completing documentation forms and/or reports required for submission 
  • Assists in updating/revising standard operating procedures 
  • Respond to inquiries from residential property owners related to billing 

The Environmental Health Technician II performs other related duties as required.   

How to qualify

Minimum Qualifications 

  1. Education: Completion of twenty-four (24) semester units from an accredited college or university in engineering, mathematics, physical, natural and/or biological sciences; AND      
  2. Experience: Eighteen (18) months of experience equivalent to the duties of an Environmental Technician I (6108)  


  • Two (2) additional years of experience as described above may be substituted for the required education. 

Special Conditions 

Position specific special conditions may apply to the following programs, 

  • Healthy Housing Program - Vector Control Technician certification issued by the CDPH     
  • Childhood Lead Program - California Lead-Related Construction (LRC) - Inspector/Assessor (I/A) Certificate issued by the CDPH 

The above minimum qualifications reflect special conditions associated with the position(s) to be filled. They may differ from the standard minimum qualifications associated with this classification. 

Applicants must meet the minimum qualification requirement by the final filing date unless otherwise noted.  

One-year fulltime employment is equivalent to 2,000 hours (2,000 hours of qualifying work experience is based on a 40-hour work week). Any overtime hours that you work above 40 hours per week are not included in the calculation to determine fulltime employment. 

Important Note: Please make sure it is absolutely clear in your application exactly how you meet the minimum qualifications. Applicants may be required to submit verification of qualifying education and experience at any point during the recruitment and selection process. Please be aware that any misrepresentation of this information may disqualify you from this recruitment or future job opportunities.  

What else should I know?

Selection Procedures: 

After application submission, candidates deemed qualified must complete all subsequent steps to advance in this selection process, which includes the following. 

Minimum Qualification Supplemental Questionnaire (MQSQ): 

Candidates will be required to complete an MQSQ as part of the employment application. This MQSQ is designed to obtain specific information regarding an applicant's experience in relation to the Minimum Qualifications (MQ) for this position. The MQSQ will be used to evaluate if the applicant possesses the required minimum qualifications. 

Written Examination: (Weight: 100%)  

Candidates will be administered a test to determine their relative knowledge, skills and ability level for job-related areas as appropriate.

Additional selection processes may be conducted by the hiring department prior to making final hiring decisions. 


The certification rule for the eligible list resulting from this examination will be the Rule of Ten Scores. 

Eligible List/Score Report: 

Once you pass the exam, you will be placed onto an eligible list and given a score and a rank. For more information, visit 

The duration of the eligible list resulting from this examination process will be 6 months and may be extended with the approval of the Human Resources Director. 

To find Departments which use this classification, please see  

Application Info:

Our e-mail communications may come from more than one department so please make sure your email is set to accept messages from all of us at this link.  

Applicants may be contacted by email about this recruitment therefore, it is their responsibility to contact the Analyst if they update their email address.  

Applicants will receive a confirmation email that their online application has been received in response to every announcement for which they file. Applicants should retain this confirmation email for their records. Failure to receive this email means that the online application was not submitted or received. 

Terms of Announcement and Appeal Rights: 

This is a Position Based Test (PBT) administered in accordance with Civil Service Rule 111A. 

Applicants must be guided solely by the provisions of this announcement, including requirements, time periods and other particulars, except when superseded by federal, state or local laws, rules or regulations. Clerical errors may be corrected by the posting the correction on the Department of Human Resources website at The terms of this announcement may be appealed under Civil Service Rule 111A.35.1. The standard for the review of such appeals is ‘abuse of discretion’ or ‘no rational basis’ for establishing the position description, the minimum qualifications and/or the certification rule. Appeals must include a written statement of the item(s) being contested and the specific reason(s) why the cited item(s) constitute(s) abuse of discretion by the Human Resources Director. Appeals must be submitted directly to the Executive Officer of the Civil Service Commission within five business days of the announcement issuance date.  

DPH Health Critical Requirements and Information: Please review the following policies regarding DPH employment requirements that safeguard yourself and others.  

Additional information regarding Employment with the City and County of San Francisco:  

If you have any questions regarding this recruitment or application process, please contact the exam analyst, Stephen Lee at or (628) 271-6838. 

We may use text messaging to communicate with you on the phone number provided in your application. The first message will ask you to opt in to text messaging. 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  All City and County of San Francisco employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Someone is fully vaccinated when 14 days have passed since they received the final dose of a two-shot vaccine or a dose of a one-shot vaccine. Any new hire must present proof of full vaccination status to be appointed. Any new hire who will be routinely assigned or occasionally enter High-Risk Settings, must provide proof of having received a COVID-19 booster vaccine by March 1, 2022, or once eligible. 

The City and County of San Francisco encourages women, minorities and persons with disabilities to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition (associated with cancer, a history of cancer, or genetic characteristics), HIV/AIDS status, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category under the law.