Environmental Health Services Supervisor

Black Hawk County Health Department LogoCompany:  Black Hawk County Health Department 

Location:   Waterloo, IA

Date Posted:  November 21, 2019

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Employment Type:  Full time

Salary:  $51,000 - $71,000

Environmental Health Services Supervisor

About the Position

This position requires knowledge of local, state, and federal environmental control laws and regulations to assist with supervision of environmental public health activities throughout Black Hawk County and surrounding areas. Responsibilities include overseeing and participating in the assessment, inspection, enforcement, and compliance tasks of one or more services including water quality, private sewage disposal systems, food safety regulation, healthy homes assessment, public education, and other emerging areas of environmental health. In the absence of the Environmental Health Program Manager, this position is responsible for carrying out all supervisory duties.


  • Must be capable of regular and predictable attendance at a specified location in order to perform assigned tasks.
  • Assists with supervision of an environmental health control program including implementation and compliance with grants, contracts, applicable federal and state laws, professional standards of practice; and public health emergency preparedness activities; assists with the development of environmental health policies and procedures.
  • Assists environmental health inspectors to resolve complex assessments and investigations, e.g. non-compliance follow-up inspections and/or response to complaints, to ensure compliance with applicable rules, standards, and regulations.
  • Monitors and reports on the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental health activities to promote best practices, flexibility, high morale and productivity.
  • Responds to requests for information or technical assistance to resolve environmental health issues/complaints; develops, maintains, and oversees a system of communication that explains and clarifies rules, regulations and policies; develops and communicates improvement plans in response to non-compliance with applicable rules, regulations and policies.
  • Collaborates with the program manager and agency epidemiologist to investigate food borne illnesses and other public sanitation problems, including data analysis, source determination, and measures to stop or prevent outbreaks, follow-up investigations, client interviews and collection of samples for analysis.
  • Prepares electronic reports, using approved software applications, to communicate/summarize environmental regulatory activity.
  • Leads environmental health program effort to create and maintain applications in geographic information systems.
  • Supervises employees within assigned division in accordance with county policies and applicable laws and collective bargaining agreements. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and employee development; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; enforcing work rules; issuing discipline; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Supervision is received from the Environmental Health Program Manager.


  • Administrative supervision is exercised over Environmental Health support staff.

The work environment and physical demand characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Refer to the “Essential and Marginal Function Analysis” statement for a complete description of essential functions and functional requirements.

  • Position requires the occasional exposure to undesirable conditions which may include heat, cold, live or dead animals, human or animal waste, odors, filthy environments, insects and un-level terrain.
  • Occasional lifting or moving up to 30 lbs.
  • Work is performed primarily in an indoor office setting and requires frequent use of office equipment such as computers, copies, fax machines, telephones.
  • Position requires frequent use of hand, fingers, arms and near vision
  • Position requires substantial interaction/communication with other employees as well as the general public and department affiliates.
  • Position requires occasional exposure to stressful situations.


  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and major course work in the natural or physical sciences.
  • Must be certified or eligible for certification as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) and attain certification within six months of hire.
  • Minimum of 1-3 years of related work experience required; supervisory experience preferred.
  • Requires a valid Iowa Driver’s License and be insurable under the County’s guidelines. The position may require the occasional use of private vehicle for official business.
  • Knowledge of geographic information systems to organize, display and evaluate information on a relational basis required.
  • Knowledgeable of state, federal, and local environmental control laws, rules, and regulations, and their application to environmental health programs.
  • Must maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Proficiency with computers and software applications required.
  • Requires excellent verbal and written communication skills and a professional demeanor.
  • Ability to read, interpret and analyze plans and blueprints.
  • Ability to make sound decisions under moderate stressful situations.
  • Must be available for off-hour and/or weekend activities as indicated.


  • Must obtain incident command system training upon hire.
  • May require approved training and certification in bloodborne pathogens upon hire.
  • May require other environmental health certification within first year of hire.
  • Maintains required continuing education credits necessary to perform essential job functions as well as required certifications.

How to Apply

To apply, please visit Black Hawk County's employment page at http://www.co.black-hawk.ia.us/316/Job-Openings and submit an online application.

Black Hawk County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO/AA).