Environmental Health Specialist I / II / III, Grade 20 / 23 / 24

Company: Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, Energy, Climate and Compliance Division

Location: Wheaton, MD

Date Posted: August 3, 2022

Application Deadline: August 22, 2022

Employment Type: Full Time

Salary: $54,930 - $107,934


Environmental Health Specialist I / II / III, Grade 20 / 23 / 24

About the Position

DEP is seeking to fill an Environmental Health Specialist position with an individual that possess a broad range of technical, investigative and regulatory work experience related to the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations. The individual will perform inspections and investigations of air, water, noise, hazardous waste, and dry weather and suspicious stormwater discharges or other environmental incidents or complaints, and as appropriate enforce environmental laws and regulations, including the issuance of violation notices and citations to individuals and businesses. 

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigate environmental related complaints regarding water quality, air quality, indoor air quality, noise, and hazardous materials. 
  • Communicate with individuals and businesses to investigate and resolve complaints and provide advice on methods of correcting deficiencies; negotiate and prepare timetable for compliance as well as conduct follow up investigations to monitor compliance.
  • Conduct field surveys of storm drain outfalls checking for dry weather and suspicious discharges as part of the Department’s illicit discharge detection and elimination efforts required under the County’s Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) Permit. 
  • Perform field analyses of dry weather flows and suspect water samples and conduct field surveys of commercial and industrial areas checking for potential pollution runoff issues.
  • Write comprehensive reports documenting inspections, investigations, and enforcement actions.
  • Prepare documentation for court hearings or other legal action and testify in hearings and/or court proceedings.

Qualifications

The successful candidate must have the ability to think analytically, communicate effectively and handle communications and negotiations with tact, resourcefulness, and good judgement, even in confrontational or challenging situations, and work well with a broad range of individuals in an honest and respectful, professional manner. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of local, state and federal laws, standards, and regulations governing environmental health standards as well as knowledge and experience in applying methods and techniques in fact finding, analysis, and resolution of complex technical and environmental issues.  The candidate must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and as a team member.

Proficient experience in Microsoft Office Professional, including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint is required.  Database proficiency and experience using geographic information systems (GIS) is a plus.  

The work requires the employee to visit sites and attend meetings or perform work at locations outside of the office.  The field environment of the work involves recurring exposure to dirt, grease, various chemicals, cold, heat and adverse weather conditions which may require the occasional use of special or protective clothing or equipment. 

The work requires long periods of standing and/or walking, sometimes over rough or uneven surfaces; repeated bending, stooping or crouching; and some lifting of objects up to 50 pounds.

Required Registration at time of application; must be maintained during employment:

  • At the Environmental Health Specialist I level (Grade 20), the candidate must possess a Certificate of Eligibility or a Health Specialist In-Training Certificate issued by the State of Maryland.  
  • At the Environmental Health Specialist II level (Grade 23), the candidate must possess a registered Environmental Health Specialist License or be registered to practice as an environmental health specialist or its equivalent in another state; or is credentialed as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
  • At the Environmental Health Specialist III level (Grade 24), the candidate must possess a registration as a Licensed Environmental Health Specialist (LEHS) in the State of Maryland; or is licensed or registered to practice as an environmental health specialist or its equivalent in another state; or is credentialed as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

Minimum Qualifications

If Position is Filled at the Environmental Health Specialist I, Grade 20 Level:

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in one of the physical, environmental health or biological sciences, engineering, or agriculture. 

Experience: One (1) year of experience in environmental health investigatory work.

Substitution: Registration as a Professional Environmental Health Specialist in the State of Maryland may be substituted for the Education requirement.

If Position is Filled at the Environmental Health Specialist II, Grade 23 Level:

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in one of the physical, environmental health or biological sciences, engineering, or agriculture. 

Experience: Two (2) years of experience performing duties comparable to the class of Environmental Health Specialist I with Montgomery County including a full range of investigative and enforcement duties or an equivalent position with broad responsibility in appropriate specialized area.

Substitution: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Must possess and maintain a registered Environmental Health Specialist License Health Specialist In-Training Certificate, or Certificate of Eligibility issued by the Maryland State Board of Environmental Health Specialists, and in conjunction with the State law. Incumbent must maintain a current registration, which may include continuing education requirements.

If Position is Filled at the Environmental Health Specialist III, Grade 24 Level:

Education: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in one of the physical, environmental health or biological sciences, engineering, or agriculture.

Experience: Three (3) years of professional level experience in environmental health investigatory/enforcement work equivalent to performing duties comparable to the class of Environmental Health Specialist II with Montgomery County including a full range of investigative and enforcement duties or an equivalent position with broad responsibility in appropriate specialized area.

Substitution: Registration as a Professional Environmental Health Specialist in the State of Maryland may be substituted for the Education requirement.

Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Must possess and maintain a registered Environmental Health Specialist License issued by the Maryland State Board of Environmental Health Specialists, and in conjunction with the State law. Incumbent must maintain a current registration, which may include continuing education requirements.

All Levels:

License: Possession and maintenance at all times of a valid Class "C" (or equivalent) driver's license from the applicant's state of residence is required.

Medical Exam: Core II Exam

Preferred Criteria

The applications of those individuals meeting the minimum qualifications will be reviewed to determine the extent, relevancy of training, and experience in the following areas:

  • Experience in communicating effectively and professionally both orally and in writing.
  • Experience in fact finding, analysis and resolution of complex technical and environmental issues, including collection of evidence, field samples and measurements, and preparation of trial documents necessary to defend enforcement actions in court.
  • Experience with environmental sampling, monitoring equipment and environmental assessment techniques, such as water sample collection, sound measuring equipment and visible emissions evaluation. 
  • Knowledge of local, state and federal environmental laws, standards and regulations, and experience in applying that knowledge to determine compliance.

How to Apply