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Environment & Public Health:

What is a NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)?

A NJ Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is an individual who has an active NJ REHS license issued by the NJ Department of Health (NJDOH).

Licensed Registered Environmental Health Specialists are New Jersey’s front-line investigators for public and environmental health issues; they assess and prevent health threats and enforce many state and local regulations.


What is an REHS?
Learn more about the job of a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.


REHS Job Description

The work of Registered Environmental Health Specialists may include:

  • Food protection and safety
  • Water protection
  • Air quality
  • Noise pollution
  • Industrial and land pollution
  • Sewage disposal
  • Hazardous and toxic substances control
  • Solid waste management
  • Institutional health and safety
  • Other areas related to public and environmental health

Find out if you qualify for the EPH Program and begin preparing for your career as a REHS!

Job Opportunities for Licensed REHSs

In general, an REHS is employed by a local health agency (e.g. an individual municipal local health agency, a regional health commission, or a county health department).

Alternatively, some individuals are employed by federal agencies (e.g. the Food and Drug Administration, the US Department of Agriculture) or private sector organizations (e.g. non-profit environmental groups, environmental consulting firms, and grocery stores).

Job titles for REHS-related positions may include: health inspector; sanitary inspector; environmental compliance manager; environmental consultant; and many more.

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Average Salaries for a Licensed REHS in New Jersey

If you’re working in the public sector (at a local, county, or state health department), salary ranges vary depending on the municipality and your level of experience.

On the low end, municipalities with limited budgets may have starting salary ranges of $32,000 to $40,000, while those with larger budgets may have starting salaries in the range of $45,000 to $60,000.

REHS Career Advancement Opportunities

There are plenty of advancement opportunities for licensed REHSs working in the public sector; many health departments employ sanitary inspector trainees (those without REHS licenses yet), entry level REHSs, Senior REHSs, and Chief REHSs. Additional experience and education can help an REHS move up through the ranks or move into related careers like planning, epidemiology, or becoming a NJ Health Officer.

2014 Dates

» In the Classroom:
June 2 - July 18, 2014

» In the Field:
200 hour internship at a local health department