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Environmental Specialist/ Senior Environmental Specialist

Public Health & Environment
Still Water – Washington County – MN

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, Sanitary Sciences, the physical, or biological sciences or a related environmental health or natural resources field, including at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical, chemical or biological sciences.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will inspect licensed food, beverage, lodging, pool, manufactured home park, campground, and youth camp establishments. They will conduct recycling outreach including food waste recovery, composting, and sustainability practices with local businesses and institutions. The candidate will also conduct plan review, assist with licensing, respond to complaints, and participate on various work groups. They may conduct sanitary surveys and collect well samples for licensed non-community public water supplies. They will provide consultation and technical assistance and enforce the applicable state rules and county ordinances. The position will also be responsible for responding to public health nuisances. Depending on qualifications this position could be filled as either the Environmental Specialist or Senior Environmental Specialist level.

Previous paid experience working with or for the public sector (federal, state, county, city, township, etc)
Previous paid experience inspecting licensed food, lodging, and swimming pool establishments
Previous paid experience providing information or outreach services to businesses, institutions, or non-profits to connect them with resources or programs on recycling efforts; examples include food waste recovery, composting, other waste management, sustainability, or public health efforts
Registered as an Environmental Health Specialist or Sanitarian with the State of Minnesota

HOURS / DAYS: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.

ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE: Environmental Specialist $25.74-$30.50 / Environmental Specialist, Senior $27.34-$32.39 (This position may be hired at the Environmental Specialist, Senior level depending on qualifications.)
The Environmental Specialist is an entry-level professional position involving work of a varied nature to promote and protect public health and the environment. The position includes a basic range of duties relating to environmental health, including ensuring compliance with applicable laws and providing assistance and education within the community. The position may also assist senior staff and management with developing and evaluating programs. Areas of assignment can include subsurface sewage treatment systems; solid waste management; hazardous waste management; food, beverage and lodging establishments; pools; recreational camping areas; manufactured home parks; public health nuisance; complaints; public water supplies; or other environmental health programs. Work involves collaborating with cities, townships, businesses, citizens and government and private agencies.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Health, Sanitary Sciences, the physical, or biological sciences, or a related environmental health or natural resources field, including at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical, chemical or biological sciences. The position may require obtaining certification as a Hazardous Material Manager or Advanced SSTS Inspector. Current licensure as a State of Minnesota Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) is required for the environmental health and drinking water protection programs delegated by the Minnesota Department of Health. A background check is required. Must have means of reliable transportation for business purposes; individuals operating a motor vehicle for county business must possess a valid driver’s license.
A driver’s license is required.


Core Competencies outline essential business and professional traits necessary to perform this job.

• Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace;
• Knowledge of environmental problems that affect public health;
• General knowledge of federal state and local laws, rules and regulations;
• Knowledge of investigation methods including basic epidemiological methods;
• General knowledge of basic public and environmental health sciences;
• Ability to prepare written reports;
• Ability to build effective relationships with fellow employees;
• Ability to attend inter-agency meetings;
• Ability to understand complex technical information;
• Ability to use program specific equipment or instruments such as GPS, temperature probe, pool titration test kit, test strips, thermometer, and thermocouple.

Performs regulatory compliance activities:
• Conducts routine and follow up inspections of regulated entities to ensure compliance with environmental health laws and regulations;
• Prepares inspection reports and corrective action orders, documents compliance, and maintains facility or establishment records;
• Assists with investigating public health nuisances and environmental health complaints in the community and with regulated entities;
• Communicates state and local rules and regulations, policies, and procedures to community representatives, regulated entities and citizens;
• Assists with review of proposed facility plans, management plans, menus, technical and scientific data, test results, chemical analyses, license applications, and other submittals;
• Determines compliance with requirements and standards in assigned programs;
• Provides technical assistance to regulated entities;
Performs community environmental health activities:
• Assists in responding to disease outbreak investigations in coordination with department staff and other health agencies;
• Prepares for and responds to public health emergencies and disasters;
• Responds to community requests for information and technical assistance;
• Assists citizens in understanding environmental health issues or problems;

Provides program support:
• Assists in implementing performance measurements and quality improvement process within environmental programs;
• Assists in planning developing and evaluating assigned programs and new initiatives;
• Assists with training sessions for public and private entities on requirements, regulations and methods of compliance;
• Assists with developing various forms of education and outreach for environmental and public health programs;

Perform other duties as assigned.

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