Environmental Health Specialist

Linn County Public Health LogoCompany: Linn County Public Health 

Location:  Cedar Rapids, IA

Date Posted:  June 8, 2018

Application Deadline:  June 20, 2018

Employment Type: Full time

Salary:  $27.75/hour - Effective 7/1/2018 

Environmental Health Specialist

About the Position

Performs field work with professional responsibilities relating to enforcement of laws, regulations and standards concerning food safety, safe drinking water, private sewage disposal systems, solid waste, toxic substances, rabies investigations, and general sanitation. Work is performed under general supervision. Inspects food service and retail food establishments, vending machines, temporary food stands, as well as lodging establishments within the contract area for compliance with state laws.

Educates the public on food safety, protection, quality and storage. Inspects public swimming pools and spas. Conducts investigations and inspections regarding possible food-borne illness outbreaks and collects available samples and transports to lab for analysis. Assists in Food and Drug Administration food recalls. Conducts training programs for food handlers and managers of food establishments. Assists animal control agencies investigating animal bites. Inspects tattoo and tanning establishments as assigned. Writes letters, reports, documents, notices, condemnations, hold orders, and detentions. Testifies in court and administrative hearings.

Participates in continuing education classes and conferences including food safety updates, swimming pool and spa regulations, pest control, epidemiology, incident command system training, radiation monitoring, and hazardous materials. Responds to and advises on hazardous and potentially hazardous materials spills, collects samples when necessary and recommends mitigation procedures to restore a safe environment. Maintains a working knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances. Performs all other related duties as assigned.


Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in environmental health or related field required that includes an algebra course or higher level math and thirty (30) semester hours/forty-five (45) quarter hours in basic sciences.

Six (6) months to one (1) year of experience in dealing with the public, preferably in positions related to public health and sanitation work required; or an equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities. Working knowledge of modern methods, principles, techniques and practices of environmental health sanitation. Considerable knowledge of chemistry, microbiology and physics.

Working knowledge of the Iowa Food Code, Iowa Private Sewage Disposal Systems Code, Iowa Swimming Pool and Spa Rules, and other related laws. Ability to apply this knowledge to the abatement of specific unsanitary conditions and problems. Ability to communicate and deal effectively with the general public. Ability to work with a computer and have knowledge of basic word processing, spread sheet programs and development of presentations and reports. Position requires indoor and outdoor work, with potentially ongoing exposure to elements, including undesirable conditions which may include heat, cold, construction equipment, exposure to noise from kitchen equipment, live and dead animals, human and animal waste, odors and smells, filthy environments, chemical solvents from cleaning solvents, and construction environments etc. Occasional lifting up to 25 pounds. Ability to walk on uneven ground in all kinds of weather. Valid State of Iowa Driver’s License required. Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment. Ability to obtain Pesticide Application Certification from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Completion of FDA Level One Food Service Inspection and other related certifications within two (2) years of hire. Ability to obtain Certified Swimming Pool Operator within one (1) year of hire. Regular work attendance required.

How to Apply 

Apply at (Current Openings)

Deadline: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (CDT)