This class is responsible for the daily implementation of environmental health projects.
Nature and Scope
An incumbent in this class reports to a technical superior and is responsible for conducting complex on-site inspections to identify, assess and control actual and potential environmental health hazards. Work in this class includes consulting with public and establishment staff, and the general public concerning rules and regulations, procedures, results and methods of abatement for specific health hazards and providing technical assistance to other staff. Additional duties include assisting in the planning and reviewing of new construction and renovations of eating establishments and enforcing compliance of facilities requiring corrective action. A significant aspect of this class is the supervision of Environmental Health Specialist I.
Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
Performs complex health risk assessment in one or more health project areas, using appropriate testing instruments and equipment. Performs routine and emergency sampling and testing of water and food.
Provides consultation for owners of business or industry concerning applicable environmental regulations and assists in developing plans for abatement and compliance.
Promotes a variety of environmental health issues to consumers, community organizations, State and Federal agencies and industry. May speak at public meetings.
Trains co-workers and subordinates in area of specialty. Provides technical assistance as needed.
Reviews past reports and submitted plans for alteration or construction of eating establishments to ensure completeness of application before it goes through entire plan review process.
Enforces compliance of facilities requiring corrective action by reinspecting, writing violation letters and initiating legal action.
Investigates consumer complaints and accidents involving hazardous substances. Initiates enforcement of laws and regulations.
Writes routine reports. Keeps accurate logs and records.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
Knowledge of environmental health regulations, principles, and practices and their application.
Knowledge of epidemiology as it relates to a specific environmental health area.
Knowledge of State laws, rules, regulations, principles and practices pertaining to State Health.
Knowledge of data collection and analyzing techniques.
Knowledge of biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
Skill in the use of testing instruments and equipment.
Skill in performance of health risk assessments, surveys, investigations and initial enforcement activities.
Skill in statistical analysis, interpretation and evaluation of information.
Ability to apply principles and practices of environmental health to project procedures.
Ability to communicate orally and in writing with others.
Ability to interpret laws, rules and regulations governing environmental health programs and to apply agency policies and procedures.
Ability to keep accurate records and prepare statistical and other reports.
Ability to train, direct and evaluate subordinates.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
JOB REQUIREMENTS for Environmental Health Specialist II Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher in Life, Physical, or Health Science or related field.
Six months experience in conducting on-site inspections to identify, assess and control actual or potential environmental health risks.
Six months experience in enforcing compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
Six months experience in narrative report writing.
Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).