Environmental Health Specialist - Food & Living Environment Program

Company:  Kitsap Public Health District

Location:  Bremerton, WA 

Date Posted: April 20, 2022

Application Deadline: May 8, 2022

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: $4,235.00 - $6,897.00 Monthly

Environmental Health Specialist - Food & Living Environment Program

About the Position

Hours: 40 hours per week – 100% FTE, requires evening and weekend hours.
Status: Regular - full-time. Includes generous benefit package and participation in the Washington State Retirement System.
Our Role
Want to do meaningful work that has a real impact in our community? Please come join our team-oriented, family-friendly organization of over 130 talented public health professionals. We work hard every day to keep Kitsap County safe and healthy. Keeping you and your family safe from foodborne illness is our job. It could be your job too!
The Program
The Food and Living Environment Program consists of two programs. The Food Program is mandated under federal, state, and local regulations governing food safety. The specific functions of this position are to promote and protect the health, safety, and well-being of the public and to prevent the spread of disease through proper storage, handling, preparation, and service in food establishments or in food for public consumption.

The Living Environment Program is a partially-mandated program that covers public pools, spas, schools, camps, as well as other areas where the health and well-being of those involved may be affected by environmental concerns. Failure to perform tasks essential to the position could result in the impairment of human health or degradation of the environment.

The Position
Under the direction of the Food and Living Environment Program Manager, the incumbent will perform associated environmental health duties as assigned.  The incumbent will be assigned to work a varying and flexible 40-hour a week schedule which includes evenings, weekends, and holidays on a rotating basis.

This position is considered an in-office assignment and requires in-person interactions with staff and members of the public. Per District policy, employees are required to complete one of the recommended COVID-19 vaccination series (including the 2-week post vaccine waiting period) before starting this assignment. It is the District’s expectation that all employees who provide in-person services, both internally and externally, have completed their vaccination series to safely offer excellent public services to the community we serve.
If offered employment, the candidates must provide acceptable proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. If requesting an exemption for a medical disability or a sincerely held religious belief, a request for exemption will need to be completed and reviewed prior to completion of the hiring process. Appropriate forms will be provided during the hiring process.  

This opportunity is also open to all current Kitsap Public Health District staff. The internal candidate would be classified as appropriate.
This position is scheduled to close on May 8, 2021. Candidates will be reviewed for consideration for interview upon receipt of application. Interviews will be conducted the week of May 9, 2022.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts routine and follow-up inspections at food service establishments in assigned area at set performance standards per month.
  • Conducts temporary food service establishment inspections when required.
  • Conducts interviews and investigations of foodborne illness complaints.
  • Responds to general food service establishment complaints and makes inspections as necessary.
  • Keeps current on food service and disease prevention issues, technology and regulations.
  • Maintains database and file records.
  • Conducts plan reviews and pre-operational inspections for new and remodeled food service establishments.
  • Schedules and conducts office conferences and administrative hearings with food service establishment operators to provide and explain terms for continued operation. 
  • Conducts Smoking in Public Places (SIPP) inspections during routine food service establishment inspections.
  • Develops educational materials.
  • Conducts water recreation facility inspections in assigned areas and conducts follow-up inspections as needed.
  • Conducts interviews and investigations of disease, injury, near drowning, and drowning.
  • Assists with the investigations of disease, injury, and general complaints.
  • Respond to general water recreational facility complaints and makes inspections as necessary.
  • Assists with standard calibration and maintenance service for program and field equipment and keeps maintenance logs.
  • Provides technical assistance to and corresponds with, the general public, other governmental agencies, and Health District staff on program related activities.
  • With the Program Manager and colleagues, works to develop, encourage and sustain a team-oriented work environment.
  • Attends meetings with federal, State, and local agencies.
  • Accurately completes and submits electronic timecard on a weekly basis as required.
  • Models a Lean Six Sigma organizational culture that promotes the practice of respect for people, openness, trust, safety, transparency, collaborative problem solving, managing with data, the pursuit of incremental continuous quality improvement and assurance.  
  • Responds to public health emergencies as required by the District.
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative, effective working relationships with coworkers, other District employees, and the general public using principles of good customer service.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and embeds equity into all aspects of assigned work and interactions. 
  • Reports for work with regular, reliable, and punctual attendance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Physical Demands & Working Conditions

  • Work is performed both indoors in an office environment and in the field, conducting inspections in food establishments, temporary food events, swimming pools and spas, etc. 
  • Requires the ability to communicate with others orally, face to face and by telephone. Requires manual and finger dexterity and hand-eye-arm coordination to write and to operate computers and a variety of general office equipment. Requires mobility to accomplish other desktop work, retrieve files, and to move to various District locations. Requires visual acuity to read computer screens, printed materials, and detailed information. Essential duties may involve occasional kneeling, squatting, crouching, stooping, crawling, standing, bending, climbing (to stack, store or retrieve supplies or various office equipment).
  • While performing field work, the incumbent is regularly required to work outdoors in a variety of weather conditions and walk on rough, uneven or rocky surfaces. Required to use hand to eye coordination, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls. The incumbent is frequently required to stand and/or walk for extended periods of time; walk on uneven surfaces; sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell in the performance of field and office duties. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Duties require the incumbent to carry supplies and/or equipment up and down stairs as well as into and out of a vehicle on a daily basis.
  • Occasionally required to work a varying schedule which may include evenings and weekends on a rotating basis as practical.
  • Duties require carrying a cell phone or other electronic device as well as being available to work as needed to meet District needs, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays.
  • Off-site visits require the incumbent to carry supplies and/or equipment up and down stairs as well as into and out of a vehicle on a daily basis.
  • The nature of the work also requires occasionally working in environments which may include exposure to toxic or hazardous gasses, chemicals, or bio-substances and wearing protective clothing or apparatus.
  • Exposure to individuals from the public who are upset, angry, agitated and sometimes hostile, requiring the use of conflict management and coping skills.
  • Frequently required to perform work in confidence and under pressure for deadlines, and to maintain professional composure and tact, patience and courtesy at all times.
  • The environment is dynamic and constantly changing, resulting in continually re-evaluating and shifting priorities.


Bachelor’s degree in environmental health or environmental science, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 45 quarter hours (30 semester hours) in physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, geology, microbiology, epidemiology biostatistics, and college level algebra or higher mathematics. 

Environmental Health Specialist 2-RS
Bachelor’s degree in environmental health or environmental science, or a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 45 quarter hours (30 semester hours) in physics, chemistry, organic chemistry, geology, microbiology, epidemiology biostatistics, and college level algebra or higher mathematics; and
Two or more years of experience as an Environmental Health Specialist in a public health agency or in the armed forces. 

Please note: Placement on the salary schedule as either an EHS 1 or an EHS 2-RS depends on experience and Registered Sanitarian (RS) certification.

How to Apply

To view the job announcement and submit the required electronic application, please visit the Careers section of our website at https://kitsappublichealth.org/careers/current_job_opportunities.php.