Health and Environmental Inspector

Public Health Seattle and King County logoCompany:  Public Health Seattle and King County

Location:   Seattle, WA

Date Posted:  December 6, 2019

Application Deadline:   January 15, 2020 

Employment Type:  Full time

Salary:  $73,132.80/Annually

Health and Environmental Inspector - Solid Waste, Rodent and Zoonotic Disease Program

About the Position

We are seeking a skilled, enthusiastic, and dedicated Health and Environmental Inspector-Rodent Specialist in the Solid Waste, Rodent and Zoonotic Disease Program. The incumbent will join our rodent program staff to enable residents, business, and property owners to protect public health and comply with the Codes of the King County Board of Health: Rodent Control through education, outreach, investigating complaints rodent and illegal dumping complaints on public and private properties, and performing sewer baiting activities.

The successful candidate will have a passion for educating the public about rodent control and prevention and creating healthier lives for all people in King County, passion to work with diverse communities and vulnerable populations, and possess strong customer service skills.

This position will be located within the Environmental Health Division of Public Health Seattle & King County.

Sewer Baiting

  • Perform sewer manhole baiting up to 6 hours per day in 20-50 manholes. This activity involves heavy lifting (manhole covers), standing, and bending for extended periods of time. 
  • Prepare and apply rodenticides (rodent baits) 
  • Use of traffic cones, lights and traffic control equipment.

Rodent and Illegal Dumping Investigations

  • Respond to and investigate public complaints and inquiries about rodent infestations and unlawful dumping of solid waste. 
  • Perform investigations and coordinate activities with senior level investigators to initiate progressive enforcement actions. 
  • Provide culturally competent and respectful education, technical assistance, outreach, and regulatory compliance advice regarding rodent control and prevention, and appropriate disposal of solid wastes to the general public. 
  • Use of computerized systems that include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Envision Connect, and hand-held data entry applications. 
  • Support implementation of the King County Equity and Social Justice and Environmental Health Division Strategic plans.


  • Physically able to bend and lift/drag sewer manhole covers weighing 80-150 pounds up to 20-50 times per day. This involves heavy lifting (manhole covers), standing, and bending for intermittent periods of time.
  • Read, understand, and follow instructions on pesticide labels.
  • Knowledge of rodent behavior and rodent control/prevention practices.
  • Ability to interpret environmental and health protection programs, laws, regulations, and regulations that apply to pesticide applications.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to communicate to the public in writing.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Ability to maintain accurate field records (written or photographic) in computer database systems.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Effective collaboration and conflict management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team
  • Ability to work independently and balance workload in a fast-paced environment.
  • Previous experience in the pest control field that includes applying pesticides or as a pesticide consultant.
  • Previous experience in code enforcement or regulatory compliance.
  • Demonstrated successful experience in customer service with broadly diverse populations, including but not limited to limited English-speaking populations.
  • Experience in working effectively as both an individual and as a member of a team; make sound, reasonable, and objective determinations based on fact; handle and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating and securing correction of unsatisfactory conditions, situations and practices; investigate and report on compliance with environmental standards, laws, rules and regulations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Certified in traffic control safety (a.k.a flagger training)
  • Timeliness, reliability, and punctuality.
  • Skill in balancing regulations with individual situations.
  • Bilingual in one of the top tier population languages in King County: Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese (Mandarin), Somali, Russian, Ukranian, Korean, Amharic, Punjabi
  • State of Washington Pesticide Applicator's License, or ability to pass license exam within 90 days of hiring.
  • Valid Washington State Driver License.

How to Apply


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.

You may attach multiple documents if you wish:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.

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.

Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to for other options. If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or Public Health's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.