Environmental Health Specialist Senior

Company: Southwest District Health 

Location: Caldwell, ID

Date Posted: October 9, 2020

Application Deadline: October 14, 2020

Position Type: Full Time

Salary: $25.06-$31.32 Hourly

Environmental Health Specialist Senior

About the Position

Southwest District Health is recruiting for an Environmental Health Specialist Sr. for their Caldwell office. This position will require registration with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) as a registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitation (REHS/RS) as a condition of employment.
This position serves as the technical lead for the subsurface sewage disposal program, mortgage surveys, accessory use permitting process, nutrient pathogen process, and subdivision engineering report processes.
Southwest District Health is located in southwest Idaho in the county of Canyon and 30 minutes from the capital city of Boise. The Treasure Valley offers a mixture of rural and urban living and has a strong agricultural economy. Caldwell is minutes from the Snake River Valley which is home to one of the fastest growing, award winning wine regions in the country. Our mild seasonal climate makes it a great place for outdoor activities. Hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, bicycling, camping, golfing, horseback riding, skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiliing activities are all easily accessible from Caldwell. Canyon County is home to the College of Idaho, a private liberal arts college; and two community colleges, the College of Western Idaho and Treasure Valley Community College. A variety of public, private, and charter K-12 schools can also be found in Canyon County. Every summer two large premier professional rodeos are held in Canyon County; The Snake River Stampede is recognized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) as one of the top 12 professional rodeos and the Caldwell Night Rodeo is recognized by the PRCA as one of the Top 5 large outdoor rodeos in the nation.
Example of Duties
  • Monitors the tracking of extended treatment packages and large soil absorption systems ensuring compliance.
  • Verifies Nutrient Pathogen Studies are conducted per policy.
  • Reviews land development proposals; conducts mortgage surveys; conducts inspections of proposed subsurface wastewater systems and property inspections for installation of septic systems.
  • Investigates complaints concerning wastewater or potential code violations.
  • Inspects wastewater pumper trucks; RV and manufactured home parks annually.
  • Attends conferences and meetings connected with subsurface wastewater systems or lifting of sanitary restrictions on property plats.
  • Facilitates training opportunities for onsite wastewater installers and operators to help them maintain their educational requirements.
  • May provide health district guidance to staff, engineers, drinking water operators, architects, food establishment owners, and others involved in pubic water and food safety activities.
  • May provide lead work for planning, organizing, coordinating, and evaluating the Food Protection Program; conduct inspections of multiple types of food establishments including, but not limited to restaurants, schools, and mobile food trucks.
  • May conduct Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Inspections of food processing, warehouse, storage, and shipping facilities as a credentialed FDA inspector.
  • May assist in developing and conducting food safety training for health district employees and conducting Certified Food Protection Manager training for restaurant employees.
  • May assist in answering questions from the public about both private and public drinking water concerns.
  • May promote public awareness; participate in public education; and respond to requests for technical assistance regarding the interpretation and/or implementation of environmental, public drinking water, and food safety rules, laws, and standards.
  • May support and assist the Environmental Health supervisor and division director in promoting and managing the districts public drinking water, food protection, and daycare programs.
  • May be assigned to assist during public health emergencies and will be required to participate in preparedness exercises and training.


  • Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences or successful completion of a college level algebra or higher math course and 30 semester/45 quarter hours in the basic sciences, i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, or other physical sciences as well as sanitary engineering or environmental engineering.
  • At least two years of public health experience with an agency to include inspecting facilities and enforcing ordinances, rules, and statutes in at least one of the following programs; food, on-site sewage, day care, swimming pools, nuisance complaints, solid waste, home loan surveys, public drinking water, or vector control.
  • Valid Idaho Driver's License

Preferred candidates will meet the qualifications to be:

  • Licensed through the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)

How to Apply