Environmental Health Specialist I

Eau Claire City-County Health Department LogoCompany:   Eau Claire City-County Health Department

Location:   Eau Claire, WI

Date Posted:   August 30, 2019

Application Deadline:   September 12, 2019

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:   $23.74-$27.92/hour

Environmental Health Specialist I

About the Position

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department has an exciting full-time opportunity for an Environmental Health Specialist I with our Housing and Wastewater programs! With a wide variety of programs and a collaborative dynamic, every member of our team plays a critical role in protecting the health and safety of the people in our community. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/eauclairehealth. 

The beautiful and historic city of Eau Claire is nestled in the heart of the Chippewa River valley and offers miles upon miles of bike trails and endless recreation activities that span all four seasons! Life here moves at a family friendly pace but still manages to embrace the culture and energy of a progressive college town thanks to a very active theatre, art and music scene inspired by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Feel free to visit www.eauclairewi.gov to learn even more about this great area! 

With your supervisor’s support and coordination, your primary duties will be: 

  • Working independently to inspect housing units in the City of Eau Claire and Eau Claire County. 
  • Generating electronic inspection reports for each housing unit visited. 
  • Collaborating with community partners and others to research baseline community housing data, program evaluation metrics and targeting outreach materials. 
  • Reviewing plans, issuing permits, and conducting inspections for the private onsite wastewater treatment systems (POWTS) program. 
  • Building programs and services that will benefit our community! 

Our Housing program ensures that the places we live are safe and sanitary. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with energy and a passion for public service to make a difference in the community! 

In the spirit of public service, our environmental health team has committed to ensure: 

  • The general public is provided with prompt and courteous technical expertise and accurate information during inspection, investigations and consultations; 
  • Records are accurate, organized and kept appropriately; 
  • Local codes are enforced and properly applied to individual situations; and
  • Best practice by keeping up to date on science and policy. 

Other experiences we offer include: 

  • Conducting investigations and providing consultation for environmental injury or illness complaints emerging from a number of environmental health concerns and human health hazards; 
  • Assisting in public health preparedness planning and response to emergency events; 
  • Performing data collection, research, analysis and interpretation related to environmental health and adverse exposures within the community; 
  • Participating in improving agency performance, processes, programs and interventions through continuous quality improvement; and 
  • Performing other duties needed by your community. 


Your minimum qualifications must include: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental/public health, bacteriology, biology or related field. 
  • A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation. 
  • A passion about both public service and a work-life balance. 

Desired qualifications include: 

  • Two years of supervised employment in the Environmental Health field is desired (internships may qualify) 
  • State of Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian’s or National Environmental Health Specialist credential is desired. 

Essential Knowledge and Abilities Include: 

  1. Knowledge of basic principles and practices of environmental health. 
  2. Knowledge of applicable laws and codes. 
  3. Knowledge of testing equipment used in the evaluation of air, water, soil, milk and other environmental factors.
  4. Ability to secure facts through investigations. 
  5. Ability to write accurate reports. 
  6. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public health officials, professional and lay groups, and the general public. 
  7. Ability to use independent judgment, initiative and discretion in performing the duties without direct, immediate supervision. 
  8. Ability to establish priorities and maintain current knowledge over a broad range of subject matters. 
  9. Knowledge of public health preparedness. 
  10. Communication Skills: Requires the ability to communicate with individuals to exchange basic information and situation status, to consult on technical issues, and to address concerns and issues involving environmental and public health issues. Requires the skills  and abilities of conflict resolution and effective listening with handling irate people and stressful situations. Requires the ability to effectively communicate the level of risk, in a given situation, based on the scientific and technical expertise. 
  11. Confidentiality: Ability to professionally handle confidential information. Public sensitivity for working with citizens and businesses affected by controversial environmental issues. Investigates confidential complaints and may assist with enforcement cases.

How to Apply

Please apply at http://eauclairewi.gov/jobs.