Environmental Health Specialist
SALARY: Grade 68 Starting Salary: $16.50 Hourly / $34,323.12 Annually
OPENING DATE: September 17, 2021 “OPEN UNTIL FILLED”
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES
The primary purpose of this position is the enforcement of state and local laws, rules and regulations which have been created and designed to prevent disease and protect the environment to insure the health and safety of all citizens.
SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
This list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such function is a logical assignment to the position.
- Enforces state laws and regulations through routine inspections of food service establishments, lodging establishments, residential care facilities, institutional facilities (nursing/rest homes, hospitals), local confinement facilities, school buildings, adult day care service facilities, child care facilities, residential care facilities, summer and primitive camps, and migrant labor camps.
- Reviews policies, regulations, and inspection sheets with the owner and/or manager of the facility.
- Accepts applications and provides plan review for new establishments or transitionally permitted establishments. Issues permits for approved establishments and takes permit action when violations are an extreme threat to public health.
- Maintains and updates information in the county and state computer based programs in addition to hard copy file management.
- Investigates complaints based on consumer and citizen public health concerns including illegal food sales, improper sewage disposal, mosquito and rodent control, methamphetamine production, and other nuisances of various kinds.
- Participates in investigations of water, milk and food borne disease outbreaks.
- Obtains training in preparedness and response as appropriate to respond to chemical, radiological and biological events whether they are caused by nature, accident or man’s intent including bioterrorism threats. Works closely with town and county water supply officials and individuals on private water supplies to assist with vulnerability assessments.
- Enforces state and local laws and regulations regarding disposal of sewage from permitted establishments.
- Permits temporary food service establishments operating at fairs, festivals, carnivals, and other special events.
- Evaluates well sites and issues local well construction permits according to the local well rule developed by the Duplin County Board of Health.
- Provides consultation regarding proper construction and maintenance of non-community and private water supplies and sewage disposal systems.
- Maintains knowledge of the hydraulics of pumping and the design of sewage systems that require pumps and other non-conventional means of distribution of effluent.
- Collects water samples to be tested by the state for bacteriological contaminants, chemical contaminants, volatile organic compounds and other substances. Monitors subsequent positive contamination results.
- Provides education to the public through pamphlets, presentations, visits, phone contact and other various means.
- Attends at least 15 hours of continuing education offered by the state and other agencies to maintain Registered Sanitarian status. Interns are required to attend Centralized Intern Training courses and perform other additional requirements as deemed necessary by the state to obtain intern status and authorizations.
- Travels to sites and establishments to perform inspections and evaluations.
- Receives phone calls and provides customer service as needed in office.
While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.
5% Other Duties
- Serves as team member during disasters for staffing of emergency shelters.
- Performs other related duties as directed by supervisor.
MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE
Graduation from a four-year college or university with 30 semesters of course work in the physical or biological sciences and two years of exposure in environmental health; or a four-year or Master’s degree in environmental health from a program which is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula of the National Environmental Health Association and one year of experience in environmental health.
NECESSARY SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS
Approval for registration as a Sanitarian or registration as a Sanitarian by the North Carolina Board of Sanitarian Examiners prior to employment.
ADMINISTERING THE TRAINEE APPOINTMENT
Appointees must be eligible for registration and apply for registration as a Sanitarian Intern within 60 days of employment. Employees may remain registered as a Sanitarian Intern until registration as a Sanitarian or up to three years, whichever comes first.
- Valid NC driver’s license
- Clear criminal background check.
Data Utilization: Requires ability to review, classify, categories, prioritize, and /or analyze data and /or information. Includes the ability to perform subsequent actions in relation to this information and use discretion in determining data indications and interactions. Ability to interpret and maintain accurate records, maintain client confidentiality, complete all information necessary to evaluate and plan care.
Human Interaction: Requires the ability to provide guidance, assistance, and /or interpretation to others on how to apply procedures and standards to specific situations. Includes the ability to maintain credibility in the community, to deal tactfully and courteously with the general public and fellow employees and to be culturally sensitive. Employee in this position must be extremely flexible and must be prepared to adjust to sudden changes that might require complex decision making and response. Work activities are varied, complex, and subject to periodic changes. The employee has considerable contact with health professionals, community leaders, groups, and citizens and must be able to adapt to all types of personalities in relating to each situation. Frequent changes in regulatory requirements, staff and community needs, funding and mandated program services impact on the work of the employee who is responsible for interpretation and drafting policies and procedure for implementing these changes.
Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Administrative duties will include the use of a variety of personal computer hardware and software to run programs that produce electronic mail, documents, graphs, statistical data, reports and spreadsheets. Sophisticated surveillance systems may be in place and must be mastered to meet demands of this position.
Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of descriptive data and information such as programmatic guidelines, record documentation, etc. Requires thorough knowledge of techniques of interviewing and relevant history taking as they relate to area of work.
Mathematical Aptitude: Requires ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division in completing required time and expense reports.
Functional Reasoning: Requires ability to apply principles to rational systems. Ability to interpret instructions furnished in written, oral, diagrammatic or schedule form. Ability to exercise independent judgment to adopt or modify methods and standards to meet variations in assigned objectives. Must be highly organized, possess problem-solving skills, and able to work independently.
Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity required in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable. Ability to teach and counsel individuals, families and groups in the area of exposure to bioterrorism agents and other communicable diseases. Requires a thorough knowledge and ability to plan a regime of care based on assessment and findings. Requires knowledge of available resources and appropriate referral methods.
Physical Ability: Tasks involve the ability to exert light physical effort to light work while in the office setting, but may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-20 pounds) for such tasks as moving supplies and equipment. Tasks may involve extended periods of time standing, stooping and stretching. During times of disaster response longer work hours, possible uncomfortable accommodations, irregular schedules, and high stress situations can be expected. Operation of a motor vehicle. Some travel within the state may be required to attend workshops and professional meetings.
Manipulative Skills: Work may require extended periods of repetitive motions that include lifting, fingering, grasping, flipping, handing records, papers and supplies for such tasks as common environmental health equipment and operating standard office equipment. Must be able to climb steps and balance oneself in narrow spaces.
Sensory Requirements: Requires visual perception and discrimination for reading computer screen and records. Must be able to observe the environment for problems. All tasks require oral communications skills.
Mental Skills: Shall be able to work with minimal supervision. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions and explain instructions to public. Must be able to problem solve. Must be able to develop long-range and short-term goals for development of environmental health programs.
Environmental Factors: Subject to inside environment, protected from weather, but not necessarily from temperature changes. Exposed to adverse environmental conditions in relation to disaster shelters, bioterrorism event. Potential for biohazard exists, especially from communicable disease. Shall use extreme caution and follow written procedures when performing duties that could lead to injury or exposure. Will report and or follow–up reports of unsafe work practices. Must be aware of safety hazards in environment and report unsafe conditions to health director.
The work performance of non-supervisory personnel of Duplin County is routinely evaluated according to the performance criteria outlined herein: