Anoka County, MN - Anoka, MN

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The Anoka County Community Health and Environmental Services Department is establishing a register to fill an immediate full time opening for an Environmental Health Specialist. The EHS performs investigative, consultative, educational and enforcement activities in a variety of environmental areas such as food, lodging, solid waste, public pools, hazardous waste, water supply, sewage disposal, vermin control, nuisances, etc.

Functions as a lead person within a specific program or geographical area; performs investigations of licensed facilities such as food, beverage, lodging and public pools to determine compliance with the provisions of applicable ordinances and regulations; performs investigations of such unlicensed activities as hazardous waste spills and dumpings, water supply and sewage disposal systems, public pools, animals, rodents, etc. to ensure conformance with recommended public health practices or local codes; Prepares investigation reports outlining deficiencies and/or corrective action needed; Performs plan reviews for all new or reconstructed facilities subject to county ordinances to assure compliance with the code before construction commences; Performs construction inspections of new construction or reconstruction to ensure that the approved plans and construction schedules are being followed, the construction is in compliance with the appropriate code, and to assist the contractor, owner, operator and/or building inspector; Provides consultative and technical assistance services; 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 or trials.

Bachelor's degree from an accredited four year college with a major/minor in Physical and/or Biological Sciences, Environmental Health or closely related field to environmental health (no substitutions for education); one year of full-time paid experience as an EHS or equivalent with a regulatory agency (experience substitutions may be considered by the Department including advanced education or minilatry experience).

Registration by State of Minnesota as an EHS or 3 to 5 years of directly related experience is preferred. Registration must be obtained within two years of hire for continued employment.

In addition, a special technical competency in one of the following is preferred: Standardized Food Inspection Officer (Minnesota Department of Health) or Certified Pool Operator; Background in biology, microbiology and/or food services preferred;

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 nature and scope of environmental health; the principles and practices as related to the recognition, elimination and control of environmental health hazards; technical environmental health programs.

Ability to : Understand oral and written instructions; conduct inspection programs with uniformity, impartiality and personal responsibility; analyze potential environmental health hazards; prepare written reports or other written communications which clearly state the conditions that exist and necessary 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 a minimum of supervision.

Skill in : Written and oral communications.

Must possess a valid driver's license, have an automobile available for business use (mileage reimbursement). Must successfully complete criminal and driver's license check.

Anoka County complies with the Americans With Disabilities Act. (TDD – for hearing impaired 763-323-5544). If you need an accommodation because of a disability, or have further questions regarding the application process, please call Human Resources at 763-323-5525.

Grade: 12
Normal hiring range $47,468 - $58,228 annualized depending on qualifications.
2012 Salary range $47,468 - $68,987 annualized.