Land Use Environmental Health Specialist

January 5, 2022
Santa Rosa, California

Grow your environmental health specialist career with the County of Sonoma. Become a Land Use Environmental Health Specialist with Permit Sonoma.

Starting salary up to $47.79/hour ($99,743/year) depending upon position level, a cash allowance of $600/month, and a competitive total compensation package!*
$5,894 - $8,311/Monthly*

Land Use Environmental Health Specialist I, II & Senior
Currently Permit Sonoma is recruiting to fill their position at either the I, II, and/or Senior level. If you are interested in applying at the other levels of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitments being conducted for those levels.

Join Permit Sonoma
Sonoma County contains numerous soil types and is at the forefront of innovative and experimental septic systems. Currently, across the county, approximately 4,000 permitted, non-standard systems are being monitored. As a Land Use Environmental Health Specialist in Permit Sonoma, you will provide a unique level of expertise in the evaluation and permitting of septic systems and water well construction. You will also work with the public to encourage sound sanitary practices; assess and approve permits for land development, private sewage systems, and water wells; and provide consultation, information, and educational services regarding soils and groundwater concerns. Additionally, Land Use Environmental Health Specialists’ conduct plan check and inspections of assigned geographic areas. Please visit Permit Sonoma’s website to learn more about the valuable services they provide the community we serve - our community!

Please note that qualified candidates for this position must be certified by the State of California as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), per California Health and Safety Code Sections 106600-106735. Additionally, the ideal candidate will also possess:

  • Land-use development experience, particularly with wells and/or septic systems

  • A high-level of professionalism, and excellent customer service skills

  • Good judgment and the ability to make sound decisions, particularly in compliance situations

  • The ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment

  • A desire to work in a fast-paced work environment, and the ability to effectively address competing priorities

Since the State of California Department of Public Health oversees the REHS process for this position, applicants without current REHS certification will not be considered as qualified for this position. For additional information about how to meet CA requirements, and how out-of-state equivalency determinations are made by the State, please visit

What We Offer
When you join Permit Sonoma's challenging and rewarding work environment, you become a valuable team member and gain the satisfaction of knowing you're working together to better your community. You can also look forward to excellent benefits* including:

  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $850 and ongoing education/training opportunities

  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year

  • A 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

  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security

  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment

  • 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

*Salary is negotiable within the established salary range. 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.

For more information, including minimum qualifications, & to apply use the Apply Now link on this posting or call 707-565-2331.

The County of Sonoma is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and we are committed to having a workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. 

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Company Name:

County of Sonoma


$70,732 - $99,743 Per Year

Job Category:

EHS Multi-site, Environmental Multi-site, Environmental Single-site, EHS - West Coast region

Position Type:

Full Time


2 - 5 years


Associate Degree

Industry Segments

Government / Public Sector