Company: Jackson County, Oregon
Location: Medford, OR
Date Posted: October 6, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: $26.93-$35.53 Per Hour
Environmental Health Specialist II
About the Position
The following duties represent the principal job duties, however, they are not all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned:
- Conduct inspections, investigations and enforcement actions related to environmental health regulations, laws and programs including communicable and non-communicable diseases, animal control, drinking water safety, sewage disposal, air quality, etc.
- Participate in planning, training and exercises and developing reports on bioterrorism, large outbreaks and other terrorism preparedness.
- Inspect and investigate a variety of establishments, including permanent and temporary restaurants, mobile units, commissaries, warehouses, public swimming pools and spas, RV parks, camps, public water supplies, sewage systems, schools, day cares, group-use facilities, travelers accommodations, etc., for compliance with regulatory and/or state construction standards.
- Work with a community team from other disciplines in developing regional plans and response system.
- Assist with organizing and coordinating training sessions for other environmental health professionals and facility operators; research material for the development of public information.
- Investigate complaints and violations regarding a variety of environmental health hazards.
- Collect samples of water, food, sewage, etc., for laboratory analysis.
- Evaluate and/or design private water and sewage disposal systems for parties involved in real estate transactions; issue various related permits.
- Evaluate animal bites and recommend animal disposition and human treatment as appropriate.
- Respond to emergencies when expertise is needed concerning toxic spills, radiation accidents, forest fires and natural disasters; may act as a member of the Emergency Management Team.
- Assist in promoting public understanding of environmental health through consultative services, environmental education classes for businesses and the general public and preparation and distribution of informative publications.
- Prepare accurate and complete records of inspection and test results; prepares various reports, recommendations and diagrams;
- Collect, evaluate and use data for implementing programs.
- Conduct special studies, prepare reports, provide statistical analysis of findings based on data collected from special projects.
- May provide instruction and limited supervision to entry level personnel.
- Interact and communicate with physicians, attorneys, business and property owners, engineers, contractors, food service workers, school personnel, news media, government officials and agencies, etc. in the course of daily activities.
- Operate a computer and various specialized equipment and instruments including diagnostic and measuring devices.
- Attend workshops and training programs to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of environmental health.
Benefits: Jackson County provides an excellent, generous and comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees and their dependents, as applicable. In addition to health insurance, certain primary care medical services, lab services, and prescription medications are offered at no out-of-pocket cost for the employee and their eligible dependents at the wellness center.
Any combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelors degree in environmental science from an accredited college or university with two years of experience in environmental sanitation work of which one year was in a specific area of environmental health and/or a subsurface sewage program. Eligible to be registered as an Oregon Registered Environmental Health Specialist, or Wastewater Specialist, depending on program, at time of appointment.
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