Environmental Health Specialist

Carson City Helath & Human Services LogoCompany:  Carson City Health and Human Services

Location:  Carson City, NV

Date Posted:  July 10, 2019

Application Deadline:  August 9, 2019

Employment Type:  Full time

Salary:  $52,173.26 - $78,259.17 Annually

Environmental Health Specialist

About the Position

This is a full-time, FLSA non-exempt position with Carson City Health & Human Services. Under general supervision, conduct routine inspections of public facilities in order to ensure compliance with City and Nevada state laws and regulations governing Environmental Health and Safety; to protect the public against disease, sickness, illness and/or injury; to investigate environmental health related epidemiological complaints.This class specification lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

Examples of Duties:

  • Perform routine compliance inspections of facilities including but not limited to the following: retail, wholesale, mobile and non-profit food establishments and vendors; public, private and charter schools; private, public and institutional child-care facilities; hotels, motels, septic tank systems, vector/ animal disease surveillance, collection and abatement, recreational vehicle parks and mobile home parks; correctional institutions; body art parlors; public swimming pools; and other environmental health issues.
  • Document all violations, issue notices of corrective action and ensure future adherence through periodic follow up visits.
  • Issue Notices of Violation and/or Cease and Desist orders to illegal food vendors or facilities that require permits and/or illegal dumping suspects; issue Nuisance Abatement orders to persons causing or maintaining conditions that are a public health hazard or environment health nuisance.
  • Investigate complaints of health safety violations including bio-terrorism and communicable disease; provide general policy compliance information to architects, owners/operators, contractors, consultants and other independent entities.
  • Respond to walk-in and telephone complaints and requests for information on regulations, procedures, systems and precedents relating to assigned program.
  • Collect random samples of water, soil, waste, food and animals suspected of contamination; deliver samples to the laboratory for processing and assessment.
  • Review construction application documents and plans for food establishments, public swimming pools, Child Care facilities, schools, public accommodations, individual sewage disposal facilities, mobile home and RV parks and solid waste facilities; approve or deny applications based on factual evidence; issue permits as appropriate.
  • Investigate and compile data for special projects; collect and assemble data and background materials for reports and/or presentations. 
  • Prepare reports and recommendations for all inspections; maintain records on all inspection sites; update files and continuously monitor sites for health safety compliance and remediation.
  • Perform mosquito abatement duties as required.
  • Provide and explain educational materials, regulations, policies and other compliance information to contractors, permit holders, consultants and the general public.
  • Conduct educational presentations on food-safety and other regulated topics.
  • Testify in judicial and semi judicial proceedings and hearings
  • Contributes to the overall quality of the department's service provision by developing and coordinating work teams and by reviewing, recommending and implementing improved policies and procedures.
  • Uses standard office equipment, including a computer, in the course of the work.
  • Demonstrates courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with patients, family members, visitors, and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental health, epidemiology, public health, geology, sanitary engineering or environmental engineering, from an institution of higher education approved by the Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialists (BoREHS); OR an equivalent combination of education, training and experience as determined by Human Resources.


  • A valid Driver's License.
  • Must file with the Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialists an application for a certificate of registration as an environmental health specialist trainee not later than 90 days after the date on which the person initially becomes employed as a part of the training program.
  • Continued employment is contingent upon passing the written examination and been issued a certificate of registration as an environmental health specialist by the BoREHS within one (1) year of date of employment.

Required Knowledge and Skills

Knowledge of:

  • Health Department health and safety policies and procedures.
  • Computer applications that relate to the job including but not exclusive to Microsoft Windows, Word, Office, Excel, Internet and E-Mail applications, and other modern office procedures.
  • General principles of biological, physical and chemical sciences used in environmental health and safety.
  • General principles and application of microbiology as it relates to food-safety and disease transmission.
  • General principles and application of chemistry as it relates to hazardous materials.
  • Techniques for dealing with a variety of individuals, at all levels of responsibility, in person and over the telephone, often where relations may be confrontational or strained.
  • Communicating effectively in oral and written forms. 

Skill in:

  • Interpreting, applying and explaining environmental health inspection, investigation and enforcement principles and procedures.
  • Interpreting, applying and explaining Federal, State and Local laws, codes and regulations as they relate to the administration of public health.
  • Analyzing situations accurately and take or recommend effective action.
  • Responding to requests and inquiries from the general public.
  • Understanding and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Preparing clear and concise reports.
  • Obtaining public cooperation in the establishment and maintenance of reasonable public and environmental health standards.
  • Applying computer applications related to the job including but not exclusive to Microsoft Word, Office, Excel; Internet and E-Mail applications.
  • Safe handling and storage techniques of pesticides, chemicals and formulated or naturally occurring hazardous materials or items.
  • Collection and correct labeling of laboratory samples.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Using initiative and independent judgment within established procedural guidelines.
  • Contributing effectively to the accomplishment of team or work unit goals, objectives and activities.
  • Demonstrating courteous and cooperative behavior when interacting with business owners, public, and staff; acts in a manner that promotes a harmonious and effective workplace environment.

How to Apply

Please go to the following link to apply for this position:  https://carson.org/government/departments-g-z/human-resources/employment

Apply by: Fri. 08/09/19 5:00 PM Pacific Time