Health and Environmental Investigator I and II

Public Health Seattle and King County LogoCompany:   Seattle King County Public Health

Location:   Seattle, WA

Date Posted:   May 10, 2019

Application Deadline:   June 20, 2019

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:   $31.23/hr - HEI-I, $36.86/hr HEI II

Health and Environmental Investigator I and II

About the Position

The Food and Facilities Section, Environmental Health Services Division, is currently seeking to fill multiple career service positions and Term Limited Temporary (TLT) positions for Health & Environmental Investigator (HEI) Level I and Level II. Placement into HEI Level I or Level II depends upon the qualifications of successful candidates prior to the hire date (described further in the Qualifications section below). The HEI I-II TLT positions are expected to be filled for durations up to two years.
The HEI-I-II positions provide education, inspection, and compliance services to a broad variety of food establishments, schools, and water recreation facilities to minimize risks of injury and disease. The HEI-II will enable businesses and schools to protect public health and comply with the Codes of the King County Board of Health by conducting routine inspections, educational visits and other investigations at food establishments, schools, pools, and spas in King County. Additionally the HEI-II will implement program activities and priorities outlined by the King County Equity and Social Justice Ordinance and the King County Strategic.
Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender or economic status. The Division's core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve.
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
SALARY INFORMATION (depending on qualifications): 
$31.23 - $39.58 Hourly: Health and Environmental Investigator I
$36.86 - $46.73 Hourly: Health and Environmental Investigator II


  • Bilingual in one of most common non-English language groups in King County (such as Spanish, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Chinese, Korean, Ukrainian, Amharic, Punjabi). 
  • Knowledge of, and experience applying, the King County Food Code and the Washington State Water Recreation Facilities Code. 
  • Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and abilities for the position. 
  • An HEI Level II hire requires, at the time of hire, possession of a valid certificate as Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or as a Registered Sanitarian (RS) from the Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians (WSBRS). 
  • An HEI Level I hire requires obtaining a valid REHS certificate from NEHA or an RS from WSBRS within one year of the hire date as a condition of continuing employment. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver License. 
  • All required licenses and certifications must be maintained in active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment.
For your convenience below if information from NEHA that allow you to take the exam online at any time. Exam Scheduling and Location: Candidates can choose to schedule REHS/RS examination in several different ways.
  1. The REHS/RS exam is offered annually at the NEHA Annual Education Conference (AEC) & Exhibition.
  2. State Affiliate and Regional Meeting periodically offer the REHS/RS exam at their meeting/conferences. An up to date listing of these meeting/conference offerings can be found at the NEHA website.
  3. Candidates can choose to take the exam on computer through Pearson VUE. By choosing this option candidates can schedule the examination at their convenience at one of Pearson VUE's testing locations nationwide. To find a Pearson VUE testing center near you please visit: Taking the exam at Pearson VUE not only offers the candidate flexibility in scheduling the exam, but also allows the candidate to receive his/her unofficial scores immediately following the conclusion of the exam

How to Apply


WHO MAY APPLY: These positions are open to King County Employees and the general public.
WORK SCHEDULE: This position typically works 8 hours per day, 40 hours per week anytime between 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Schedule requires flexibility for weekend and evening work. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible. The normal workweek is 40 hours, Monday – Friday. Evening and weekend work may be required,
CONTACT: If you have additional questions regarding this recruitment, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resource Analyst at or 206-263-8736.
The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:
  1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application.
  2. Responses to the supplemental questions.
  3. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. A cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.