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Career Posting: Environmental Health Specialist

Anoka County - Anoka, MN is seeking qualified candidates to fill the position of Environmental Health Specialist

Are you looking for a rewarding career in the northern Twin Cities metropolitan area where you can make a meaningful difference in others' lives and enjoy a positive work-life balance?

Our diverse Anoka County team brings next-level talents, personalities and experiences together in ways that make us both
effective and efficient. Our team of nearly 2,000 employees is united by a common mission to preserve the public's trust. We do this by bringing our very best to work every day and serving Anoka County's 345,000 citizens in a respectful, innovative and fiscally responsible manner.

If your career aspirations resonate with our mission, we invite you to Find Your Path at Anoka County! Apply today to join our team.

Environmental Health Specialist
Our commitment to the community shines in the Public Health and Environmental Services Department.  Every day our environmental health professionals strive to protect the health and safety of our community through education, inspection, and other business and public outreach activities. Join Anoka County to be a part of our great team protecting our community from
environmental factors that may adversely impact health or the ecological balances essential to health and environmental quality.

This position performs investigative, consultative, educational and enforcement activities in a variety of environmental areas such as food, pools, lodging, solid waste, hazardous waste, water supply, sewage disposal, body art, vermin control and public health nuisances.

 This is a full-time, benefit eligible position in Anoka, MN.  We are looking for an energetic environmental health professional with a passion for customer service and experience with Environmental Health regulatory programs.


Duties and Responsibilities

These examples are not all inclusive and are intended to be illustrative of primary responsibilities of an Anoka County Environmental Health Specialist.

  • Functions as a lead environmental health professional within a specific program or geographical area.
  • Performs inspections of licensed businesses such as restaurants or hazardous waste generators to determine compliance with the provisions of applicable ordinances and regulations.
  • Performs investigations of unlicensed activities such as unsafe food sources or waste spills and abandonments to ensure conformance with regulations or recommended public health practices.
  • Prepares inspection and investigation reports documenting deficiencies and outlining corrective action needed.
  • Provides consultative and technical assistance services to operators, government partners, and the public.
  • Obtains evidence of environmental code violations.
  • Collects, identifies and preserves biological, physical and/or chemical samples and/or data for use in enforcement actions.
  • Assists in the preparation of cases for action by the County Attorney and testifies at hearings and trials.
  • Participates in emergency preparedness and response activity.
  • Provides education and consultation to the community related to current, new or emerging Environmental Health

Position Requirements: 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher with emphasis in Public Health, physical sciences, or degree closely related to Environmental Health.
  • One year of full-time paid experience as an Environmental Health Specialist or equivalent.
  • State of Minnesota Registered Environmental Health Specialist or ability to obtain this credential within two years.
  • Valid driver’s license and vehicle available for work use.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a paid employee of a regulatory agency
  • Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (40-hour) training.
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager.
  • Certified Pool Operator or Certified Aquatic Facilities Operator.
  • Subsurface Sewage Treatment Systems
  • Water System Operator Certification

Must successfully complete criminal background.

Knowledge of: Approved methods and equipment used in environmental health, including sampling techniques and
procedures; federal, state, county and local laws and regulations governing environmental health and the legal system; the principles and practices as related to the recognition, elimination and control of environmental health hazards; and the nature and scope of environmental health.

Skill in: Effective oral and written communication; and conflict management and resolution.

Ability to: Understand oral and written instructions; conduct service programs with uniformity, impartiality and personal responsibility; analyze potential environmental health hazards; prepare reports or other documents which clearly state the conditions that exist and the improvements or corrective actions that are needed; explain regulatory provisions with firmness, tact and courtesy; direct activities of subordinates using supervision and guidance; analyze problems and alternatives and assist clients in effective problem resolution and/or remedial actions; organize work tasks and use time effectively to function with limited supervision; work infrequent weekends and evenings in support of special events and incident management.

Work environment: Work is from an Anoka County building but routinely includes travel and interaction with clients away from coworkers and the office. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to temperature measuring devices, telephone, computer, printer, calculator, copier and scanner.

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