Environmental Health Specialist Senior - Drinking Water

Company: Maricopa County Environmental Services

Location: Phoenix, AZ

Date Posted: November 19, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: $27.70 - $39.50 Hourly

Environmental Health Specialist Senior - Drinking Water

About the Position

Do you consider yourself a technical expert in National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWR) and feel confident in your water treatment and public water system plan review ability? Come use your skills to safeguard the public interest as an Environmental Specialist Senior! This position provides technical review and inspection of public water system (PWS) infrastructure (ex. Sanitary Surveys), infrastructure designs/plans, and sampling plans to ensure compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. This role serves to mentor junior staff in conducting the above duties and in particular consults with municipalities to ensure proper application of the Surface Water and Lead and Copper (LCR) Rules. If this excites you, apply now! 

About the Department of Environmental Services 

For more than 60 years, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has been working with our community to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Maintaining a healthy environment improves the quality of life and seeks to prevent exposure to mosquito-borne diseases and hazardous substances in food, water, and soil. We are using education and innovative methods to protect more than 4 million residents of Maricopa County and its visitors. 


We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.


Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health, Microbiology, Entomology, Chemistry, Food Science, or related field, with 30 semester hours of natural, physical, or applied science coursework (as specified on the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website) 


Three years of professional environmental experience that may include environmental program management, environmental planning, environmental compliance, or a directly related field 
Three years of professional experience with the application of Safe Drinking Water Act rules and regulations to include Surface Water Treatment Rules, the Groundwater Rule, Lead and Copper Rule, Disinfection By-Products Rule, and Arsenic Rule
Three years of professional experience conducting sanitary surveys of public water systems to include those having surface water and groundwater sources and treatment facilities

An equivalent combination of post-secondary education and/or job-related experience may substitute for the required minimum qualifications on a year-for-year basis.
Other Requirements 

Registered Sanitarian in good standing by the Arizona Department of Health Services at time of hire, or must have passed the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Environmental Health professional exam with a score of 650 or greater and obtain reciprocity from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) within six months of hire date
Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver's license and have an acceptable driving record by the time of hire 

Our Preferred Candidate has 

Experience developing and delivering technical training material 
Experience with Water Treatment Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems 
Successful completion of 40 hours of Backflow Prevention/Cross Connection Training 
Water Treatment and Water Distribution Operator Certifications

Essential Job Tasks

The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position. 

  • Assumes Drinking Water Program lead in coordinating complex projects requiring input and evaluation by the compliance and engineering (Subdivision and/or Treatment Programs) groups. An example of a project requiring involvement by multiple Programs would be one proposing the combined utilization of surface water and groundwater sources for public water system (PWS) distribution and with a required Lead and Copper Rule assessment 
  • Assumes responsibility for the sanitary survey of Maricopa County’s most complex public water systems (PWS) 
  • Serves as the Program’s technical expert for Lead and Copper Rule, Backflow Prevention/Cross Connections, Surface Water Rule, and complex water treatment technologies. Provides technical guidance to staff to ensure Program standards, policies, Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, Arizona Revised Statutes, and Arizona Administrative Codes are followed 
  • Performs public water system operation and compliance plan reviews 
  • Ensures that all final approval documentation has been received, reviewed, and processed in accordance with the Arizona Administrative Code and state delegated responsibilities 
  • Trains Environmental Health Specialists to understand public water system operation and plan review procedures needed to ensure public water system compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Regulations 
  • Drafts operation compliance and plan review guidelines, standard operating procedures, and proposed modifications to the Maricopa County Environmental Health Code and Arizona Administrative Code during periods when rules are under review 
  • Drafts website, database, Program applications/forms, and customer communications based on Program needs and supervisory requests. Ensure electronic media stays current with Program, regulatory, and current events 
  • Gathers, organizes, and records data for reports or based on the need of Program operations 
  • Attends and participates in professional meetings, board meetings, conferences, and other environmental program-related functions. Drives a personal or county vehicle or provides for appropriate transportation to various work-related sites 
  • Provides general customer service to both internal and external customers in person, by phone, and by e-mail 
  • Provides backup support for individual duties assigned to each Environmental Health Specialist. Coordinates and responds to internal and external inquiries related to unavailable staff 

Working Conditions

May be subject to bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and stooping. Must be able to walk over unpaved and uneven surfaces such as may exist at construction sites. May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing or data entry. Frequent computer use, involving the need to see details at close range. Must be able to manage frequent interruptions, time pressures, high work volumes, multiple and complicated tasks, Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary in some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 pounds; must also be able to carry up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and or pull up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet.

How to Apply

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.


Maricopa County


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