Environmental Health Specialist

City of Plano logoCompany: City of Plano 

Location:  Plano, TX

Date Posted:  May 29, 2018

Application Deadline:  Open until filled

Employment Type: Full time

Salary: $46,317 - $67,133

Environmental Health Specialist

About the Position

Under basic supervision, the Environmental Health Specialist is responsible for inspecting residential, commercial and industrial property for compliance with all City health ordinances. Responds to emergency situation when fulfilling on-call duties.  This is the journey-level classification in the Environmental Health Specialist series that follows diversified procedures and implements processes to accomplish end results, within guidelines. Immediate supervision is available upon request. This class is distinguished from Environmental Health Specialist, Senior in that the latter is a higher-level class in the series that performs more complex technical, and investigative, duties requiring a higher level of knowledge and skill.



  • Investigates and inspects food service establishments, including  temporary food establishments, schools, daycare centers, hospitals, nursing homes, swimming pools, public places, and other residential, commercial or industrial property for compliance with health regulations.
  • Reviews construction plans and specifications for various types of licensed or public establishments for compliance to environmental health regulations.
  • Collects field samples for analysis; conducts investigations of health and disease concern and general environmental health surveys; analyses information gathered, interprets analysis, and submits recommendations based on findings.
  • Makes recommendations to both public and private industry representatives on methods/techniques to modify daily operations in accordance with current health codes.
  • Works cooperatively with other Federal, State or local agencies, as required.
  • Maintains environmental surveys, records of inspections and action taken; issues Notices to Appear, as required.
  • Prepares documentation and affidavits; represents the City in court cases and hearings, when necessary.
  • May train food handlers and be involved with various educational programs. Conducts field and office training and instruction sessions as needed.
  • Responds to emergency situations when working on-call including but not limited to, fire suppression/discharge systems, hazardous spills, extensive power outages, and sewer overflow.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, which could include:
    • Conducts inspections of liquid waste generators, haulers/trucks; performs Certificate of Occupancy inspections; investigates complaints for illicit waste water discharge; processes written permit/stickers and applies them to vehicles; collects annual permit fees; maintains documentation of liquid waste transported and generated in Plano.
    • Participates in the vector/rodent control program for the City of Plano; investigates all mosquito and rodent complaints; sets-up surveillance traps; administers larvacide in standing bodies of stagnant water, including residential swimming pools.
    • Seeks compliance with various ordinances including but not limited to Noise, Outdoor Lighting, and Smoking ordinances; investigates complaints and conducts related tests; performs public outreach and education to prevent further ordinance violations.
  • Manages the contents stored in the department Haz-Mat building; supervises the removal of both household hazardous and non-hazardous waste reclamation by a licensed Remediation and Reclamation vendors.


Knowledge of: Official environmental health records and preparation, filing, release, and reporting methods; principles, practices, and techniques of environmental health inspections, education, compliance, and enforcement. Federal, State and local regulations pertaining to environmental health.  Skill in: Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing; securing facts, documenting information, evaluating data, and drawing valid conclusions; diplomatic resolution of code violations; applying established testing procedures for extracting food and water samples, as well as the use of sampling and testing equipment; establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with clientele, the general public, and other departments and agencies. Education: Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health (preferred), Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Physical Science, Food Science, Environmental Engineering or other related science.


Experience: One (1) year of environmental health related experience.

Any work related experience resulting in acceptable proficiency levels in the above Minimum Qualifications is an acceptable substitute for the above specified experience requirements


Licenses: Texas Class C driver's license; must register and pass the Professional Registered Sanitarians exam through Texas Department of Health within one (1) year of employment.  Registration as Environmental Health Specialist through National Environmental Health Association preferred.

Certifications: None.

How to Apply 

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