Environmental Health Specialist

Company: Mecklenburg County Government

Location: Mecklenburg, NC

Date Posted: May 31, 2022

Application Deadline: June 10, 2022

Employment Type: Full time, exempt

Salary: $53,504 - $70,224

Environmental Health Specialist

About the Position

Performs technical, investigative and regulatory work to protect and promote the public’s health by the enforcement of multiple codes and regulations. This position, under minimal supervision, evaluates onsite wastewater systems, water wells, and regulated food services, institutions, and public swimming pools to determine the degree of compliance with state and county laws, rules, and regulations. Determines the public health risk factors based on field and laboratory findings and decides what level of immediate and/or legal remediation is appropriate for the situation.

Essential Functions

  • Work cooperatively with operators of systems and establishments to improve operational processes to reduce risk of illness and diagnose problems related to operations impacting public health and safety.
  • Conduct field test, sampling and investigations to assess potential biological, physical and/or chemical contamination of food, groundwater and the physical environment to determine sources of and methods for control of hazards.
  • Review inspection reports and monitor follow-up corrective and enforcement actions and plan to achieve long-term as well as short-term resolutions to violations that are critical due to lack of compliance with state and local regulations.
  • Investigate complaints from the public, medical referrals and community illness reports concerning suspected violations of environmental laws, rules and regulations.
  • Coordinate and participate in enforcement actions with external agencies such as Fire and Police.
  • Prepare reports, correspondence, and other documents concerning complaints and enforcement activities.
  • Consult with management, other state and local governmental agencies and industry representatives on food and water safety and environmental concerns.
  • Utilize data processing applications involving databases and spreadsheets to compile, inventory, and manage field testing, sampling and investigations data.
  • Provide field training for new employees and other public health personnel.
  • Serve as an educational resource to the public, property owners, establishment operators and their staff about environmental water and food safety practices designed to prevent the spread of disease.
  • Review and approve/disapprove plans for construction, repair, and/or safe abandonment of onsite wastewater systems and wells; construction or remodeling of food service establishments, public swimming pools and institutions.
  • Issue or modify operational permits when work is completed and in compliance with local and state requirements.

Minimum Qualifications

Experience: Two years of experience or equivalent education and experience in the field of environmental health practice.

Education: Educational requirements are mandated by NC General Statute 90A 53(3): graduate from a baccalaureate or postgraduate degree program that is accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC); or graduate from a baccalaureate or postgraduate degree program that is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the United States Department of Education, Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) having earned a minimum of 30 semester hours or its equivalent in the physical or biological sciences.

Combination of relevant education and relevant experience accepted?: Yes

Licenses and Certifications

Chapter 90A of the NC General Statutes requires that an Environmental Health Specialist be registered with the NC State Board of Environmental Health Specialists Examiners as a “Registered Environmental Health Specialist”

All requirements for registration, including successfully passing a comprehensive exam must be met within three years from date of registration or the incumbent cannot practice in this field.

Requirements to be completed above the educational standard include: Successful completion of Centralized Intern Training provided by the NCDHHS (NC Department of Health and Human Services); Completion of 15 contact hours of Board approved continuing education annually; Completion of Environmental Health Law course within five years or initial registration.

State authorization or licensure in one or more of the following fields: Food, Lodging and Institutions (FLI), Child-Care and School Sanitation (CCSS); Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention (CLPP); Public Swimming Pools (PSP); On-Site Wastewater (OSWW); Tattoo Sanitation (TATT); Private Wells (Wells); Public Pest Control Operator from NC Department of Agriculture

Valid North Carolina or South Carolina Driver's License

Must obtain and maintain a Mecklenburg County Operator's Permit

Annual Motor Vehicle Record (MVR) check required

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to a competitive salary, Mecklenburg County offers a generous benefits package which greatly increases your total compensation. Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short term disability, long term disability, accident, cancer, critical illness, medical bridge, and pet insurance; dependent care, healthcare, and commuter flexible spending accounts; health savings account; paid holiday, vacation, and sick days; near-site clinics for preventive care and illnesses; an employee discount program which provides discounts for retail, dining, shopping, travel, tickets and more; an employee assistance program including financial and legal counseling; access to Mecklenburg County fitness and aquatic facilities; paid family leave; tuition reimbursement; a 5% employer match on retirement savings plan contributions and a defined benefit plan for retirement.

How to Apply

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