Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor

Maricopa County LogoCompany:   Maricopa County

Location:   Phoenix, AZ

Date Posted:   May 13, 2019

Application Deadline:   May 20, 2019

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:   $65,520.00 - $89,128.00 Annually

Environmental Health Specialist Supervisor - Onsite Plan Review and Inspection

About the Position

The Environmental Specialist Supervisor leads a team of Environmental Health Specialists in the field. Employees of this title are generally assigned to one of the following specialized areas: retail food establishments, aquatic health and safety, onsite wastewater, storm water management, waste transport, enforcement program, environmental related illness program or drinking water quality. Positions in the Environmental Specialist Supervisor series perform the full scope of supervisory work over programs concerned with present and future environmental issues related to safeguarding the public interest and ensuring the high quality standards necessary to protect both public health and the environment. Demonstrates a high degree of judgment, expertise and coordination.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • The science, principles, practices, rules, and regulations pertaining to public sanitation health, environmental engineering, and air pollution inspection, enforcement, and control 
  • The principles of management, business, and public affairs.
Skill in:
  • Program management including organizing and coordinating work assignments 
  • Applying analytical, mathematical, and scientific processes 
  • The use of computers and the Microsoft Office Suite 
  • Applying supervisory and management practices 
  • Developing, organizing, and presenting technical presentations to various stakeholder groups
Ability to:
  • Foster effective working relationships with management, staff, and stakeholders 
  • Provide leadership and expertise to others 
  • Effectively communicate both orally and in writing
Essential Job Tasks 
  • Manages daily operations of the assigned staff while in the field handling special issues or complex permits. 
  • Oversees environmental health program activities related to environmental health and public health sanitation. Program activities include field inspection, enforcement, plan review, special programs, water and waste system reviews, quality assurance or similar activity toward determining compliance with the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code (MCEHC) and the Maricopa County Storm water Quality Management & Discharge Control Regulation. 
  • Establishes, interprets, evaluates, and revises area or program policies, procedures, and output measures. 
  • Plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates program services to maximize accomplishment of goals and objectives and improve operational efficiency 
  • Supervises staff of Environmental Specialists in the field. Acts as an on the spot resource for staff members in the field. 
  • Supervises, counsels, interviews and evaluates staff members and recommends candidates for hire. 
  • Plans, assigns, prioritizes, evaluates and reviews work of staff. Implements progressive discipline and corrective action. 
  • Oversees maintenance of records and preparation of inspection reports. 
  • Provides guidance and interpretation related to complex regulatory situations and/or inspections. 
  • Makes recommendations to the appropriate level of management regarding new policies, procedures, programs, trends, regulations, and guidelines related to environmental and public inspections, enforcement, compliance, and scientific studies. 
  • Manages complex and high profile projects, assignments, and research. 
  • Administers program budget and coordinates budget with division and department-wide fiscal administration. 
  • Ensures appropriate resources, including staffing and equipment levels, are sufficient for program operations. 
  • Oversees program activities with various governmental agencies, associations, organizations, restaurants, builders, and contractors that are concerned with environmental regulation. 
  • Develops and maintains working relationships with community agencies and organizations that share similar goals, and the general public. 
  • Coordinates with other health departments and community programs to promote delivery of comprehensive services to the public. 
  • Fosters and maintains communication and coordination with all program areas within division and department. Attends and participates in division meetings. 
  • Provides feedback, develops drafts and recommendations, and submits information and reports as requested. 
  • Attends Board meetings to address program and environmental issues; may testify in court and before administrative bodies. 
  • Meets with industry representatives to discuss problems and develop solutions to issues of mutual concern. 
  • Advises and educates the public on environmental issues, regulations, safety, policies, and compliance matters. 
  • Communicates, interprets, and keeps current on changes in environmental regulations and legislation. 
  • Serves as a representative to federal, state, regional, and local municipalities and groups to coordinate environmental activities. 
  • May assume duties of regional Environmental Services Managing Supervisor in their absence.
Working conditions:
May be subject to bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and stooping. May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing or data entry. Frequent computer use involving the need to see details at close range. May be subject to working after hours, weekends, and holidays. Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary in some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 lbs.; must also be able to carry up to 30 lbs. for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and/or pull up to 30 lbs. for a distance of 50 feet.


Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health, Microbiology, Entomology, Chemistry, Food Science or related field, with thirty (30) semester hours of Natural, Physical, or Applied Science coursework (as specified on the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website) and four (4) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in environmental program management, environmental planning, environmental compliance, or a directly related field.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must have or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona Driver's license at time of hire; Registration as a Sanitarian in good standing with the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Supervisory experience. Experience in environmental health, storm water, waste water, or water treatment management.

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