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Environmental Health Specialist I

Min Hourly Max Hourly Min Monthly Max Monthly Min Salary Max Salary
$19.74 $27.64 $3,421.53 $4,790.84 $41,064.00 $57,490.00

Description

Provides environmental health inspections and investigations of public and private establishments and other environmental situations to ensure compliance with local and state health and safety codes. Serves as environmental and public health educators who provide information and perform specialized environmental health work in areas such as water, air quality control, food, solid and hazardous waste, institutions, recreation facilities, epidemiology, insect and rodent control, and other environmental problems.

Duties

The following statements are illustrative of the duties and responsibilities of the job. The organization retains the right to modify or change the duties and responsibilities of the job at any time.  

  • Receives immediate supervision from a professional level supervisor.
  • Exercises no supervision.
  • Inspect and investigate the sanitary conditions of water supply, garbage, sewage, and other waste disposal systems, of streams, swimming pools, industrial and miscellaneous areas, of food and drink establishments, and of any other facility affecting the environmental health of the community.
  • Recommend changes, give proper instructions, and issue compliance orders when applicable for correction of deficiencies and violations.
  • Investigate and make recommendations for the abatement of mosquitoes, flies, and other insects.
  • Recommend the issuance or denial of related permits; issue permits as appropriate.
  • Conduct environmental surveys; collect required samples.
  • Assist in the control of animals with rabies and other diseases that can be transmitted to man.
  • Assist in coordinating environmental health activities with federal, state, and local governmental agencies.
  • Recommend changes or revisions to departmental policies for compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Provide general and technical information and advice to answer questions and solve problems of the general public.
  • Develop and conduct educational presentations on a variety of public health and environmental issues.
  • Conduct technical reviews of blueprints, floor plans, and facility plans for compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Prepare reports and records.
  • May participate in various committees and boards related to program activities and responsibilities.
  • May participate in various committees and boards related to program activities and responsibilities.
  • Perform other duties as appropriate or necessary for performance of the job.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
  • Purpose and role of County government in enforcing environmental health.
  • Local and state laws and regulations governing public environmental health.
  • Routine software and business applications including, but not limited to, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, and databases.
  • Detect unsanitary conditions and secure their correction.
  • Operate environmental health equipment.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.
  • Learn to plan and carry out an effective environmental health program and interpret public health needs to others.
  • Learn about the scope and application of laws and regulations pertaining to the environmental health program.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with other County employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations, and members of the community.
Qualifications:
  • No experience required.
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in Environmental Health, or a related field, with a minimum of one 3-credit hour course in microbiology.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills preferred.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, a valid Colorado Driver's License.
  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, certification in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP).

Physical Requirements: Water Program

STRENGTH:
Heavy:

  • Exert up to 100 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.

MOVEMENT: Frequently 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours/day

  • CLIMBING - Ascending or descending using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • BALANCING - Maintaining body equilibrium to prevent falling on narrow, slippery, or erratically moving surfaces; or maintaining body equilibrium when performing feats of agility.
  • STOOPING - Bending body downward and forward. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • KNEELING - Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
  • CROUCHING - Bending body downward and for-ward by bending legs and spine.
  • CRAWLING - Moving about on hands and knees or hands and feet.
  • REACHING - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • HANDLING - Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand.
  • FINGERING - Picking, pinching, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

AUDITORY: Not Limited

  • TALKING - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the public, and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • HEARING - perceiving the nature of sounds. Used for those activities which require ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sounds, such as when making fine adjustments on running engines.

VISION: Required

  • NEAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Use this factor when special and minute accuracy is demanded.
  • FAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more. Use this factor when visual efficiency in terms of far acuity is required in day and night/dark conditions.
  • DEPTH PERCEPTION - Three-dimensional vision. Ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are.
  • ACCOMMODATION - Adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus. Use this factor when requiring near point work at varying distances.
  • COLOR VISION - Ability to identify and distinguish colors

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL SURROUNDINGS - EXPOSURE Occasionally 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • WET AND/OR HUMID - Contact with water or other liquids; or exposure to non weather-related humid conditions.
  • ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS - Exposure to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or, the skin.
  • PLATFORM FOR MOVEMENT - Work requires walking on uneven surfaces, climbing or working on ladders, scaffolds or heavy equipment.

Constantly 5 to 8 hours/day

  • EXPOSURE TO WEATHER - Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by the weather.

EQUIPMENT UTILIZED:

  • Office equipment such as computer, projector, copier, fax etc.
  • Basic hand tools (e.g., shovel, crow bars soil probe)
  • Vehicles (e.g., automobile, truck)

HAZARDS Occasionally 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • Proximity to moving, mechanical parts.
  • Exposure to electric shock.
  • Exposure to radiant energy
  • Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • Exposure to dust, fumes, gases, or airborne particles.
  • Exposure to blood born pathogens (work in clinics)

Frequently 2 to 5 hours/day

  • Working in road ways or constructions zones.

DRIVING

  • Up to 2 1/2 hours at a time or up to frequently during an 8 hour day.

Physical Requirements: Food/Institution Program

  • Must be physically aware of environmental conditions such as heat/cold, construction, busy kitchens and be able to complete inspections.

STRENGTH: Medium:

  • Exert up to 50 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 lbs. of force frequently, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force constantly to move objects.

MOVEMENT: Occasionally 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • CLIMBING - Ascending or descending using feet and legs and/or hands and arms. Body agility is emphasized.
  • STOOPING - Bending body downward and forward. This factor is important if it occurs to a considerable degree and requires full use of the lower extremities and back muscles.
  • KNEELING - Bending legs at knees to come to rest on knee or knees.
  • CROUCHING - Bending body downward and for-ward by bending legs and spine.

Frequently 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours/day

  • REACHING - Extending hand(s) and arm(s) in any direction.
  • HANDLING - Seizing, holding, grasping, turning, or otherwise working with hand or hands. Fingers are involved only to the extent that they are an extension of the hand.
  • FINGERING - Picking, pinching, or otherwise working primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand or arm as in handling.

AUDITORY: Not Limited

  • TALKING - Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word. Talking is important for those activities in which workers must impart oral information to clients or to the public, and in those activities in which they must convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately, loudly, or quickly.
  • HEARING - perceiving the nature of sounds. Used for those activities which require ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make fine discriminations in sounds, such as when making fine adjustments on running engines.

VISION: Required

  • NEAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less. Use this factor when special and minute accuracy is demanded.
  • FAR ACUITY - Clarity of vision at 20 feet or more. Use this factor when visual efficiency in terms of far acuity is required in day and night/dark conditions.
  • DEPTH PERCEPTION - Three-dimensional vision. Ability to judge distances and spatial relationships so as to see objects where and as they actually are.
  • ACCOMMODATION - Adjustment of lens of eye to bring an object into sharp focus. Use this factor when requiring near point work at varying distances.
  • COLOR VISION - Ability to identify and distinguish colors.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL SURROUNDINGS - EXPOSURE Occasionally 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • EXTREME COLD -  Exposure to non weather-related cold temperatures. (Coolers < 41 degrees)
  • EXTREME HEAT - Exposure to non weather-related hot temperatures. (Kitchen > 100 degrees)
  • ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS -  Exposure to conditions such as fumes, noxious odors, dusts, mists, gases, and poor ventilation that affect the respiratory system, eyes or, the skin.
  • CONFINED/RESTRICTED WORKING ENVIRONMENT - Work is performed in a closed or locked facility providing safety and security for clients, inmates, or fellow workers.

Frequently 2 1/2 to 5 1/2 hours/day

  • EXPOSURE TO WEATHER - Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by the weather.

EQUIPMENT UTILIZED:

  • Office equipment such as computer, projector, copier, fax etc.
  • Basic hand tools (e.g. screwdriver)
  • Vehicles (e.g., automobile, truck)

HAZARDS Occasionally 1/4 to 2 1/2 hours/day

  • Proximity to moving, mechanical parts.
  • Exposure to electric shock.
  • Exposure to radiant energy
  • Exposure to toxic or caustic chemicals.
  • Exposure to dust, fumes, gases, or airborne particles.
  • Exposure to blood born pathogens (work in clinics).
  • Working in road ways or construction zones.

DRIVING

  • Up to 2 1/2 hours at a time or up to frequently during an 8 hour day.

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