Environmental Specialist (or Sr. Environ...
Washington County, MN - Stillwater, MN

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS :
Bachelor's degree in public health; environmental health; physical, chemical or biological science; or related field. Ability to complete registration or certification in a field particular to assignment within two years of hire is required, if applicable; assignment to the community sanitation program requires State Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist within two years of employment.

Must have own means of reliable transportation for business purposes. Individuals operating a motor vehicle for County business must possess a valid driver's license. DESIRABLE EXPERIENCE : Experience working with or for public sector (federal, state, county, city, township, school, etc.). Experience inspecting licensed FBL establishments. Registration as an Environmental Specialist or Sanitarian with the State of Minnesota. SELECTION TECHNIQUE : Your training and experience will be rated based on the required application material submitted and the top scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

RESPONSIBILITIES : This position inspects licensed food, beverage, lodging, pool, manufactured home park, campground, and youth camp establishments. They provide consultation and technical assistance and enforce the applicable state rules and county ordinances. This position also is involved with responding to public health nuisances. Depending on qualifications this position could be filled at either the Environmental Specialist or Senior Environmental Specialist level.

HOURS / DAYS : 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs. ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE : $22.69 - $28.49 (This position may be hired at the Sr. Environmental Specialist level, depending on qualifications.)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
This is professional work of a varied nature. Work involves the implementation and provision of environmental health programs and education to the community. Work assignments are specific and detailed with consultation and direction provided by other staff as well as the supervisor. Work is in the areas of solid waste, hazardous waste, food and lodging protection, public health nuisance, water quality, individual sewage treatment systems or other related environmental programs; while the employee will normally have an area of primary assignment, ability and willingness to work in cross-functional assignments is expected. Work involves the administration and enforcement of state and local government rules and regulations. This position is periodically required to work evenings and weekends. Work is performed under general supervision from a Program Manager within limitations provided by County policies and procedures. Work is closely reviewed through conferences and reports.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in public health; environmental health; physical, chemical or biological science; or related field. Ability to complete registration or certification in a field particular to assignment within two years of hire is required, if applicable; assignment to the community sanitation program requires State Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist within two years of employment.

Must have own means of reliable transportation for business purposes. Individuals operating a motor vehicle for County business must possess a valid driver's license.

Knowledge of: Public health, environmental health and pollution control laws, standards and regulations; working knowledge of environmental health programs.

Ability to: Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to interpret laboratory results and explain to others; ability to observe physical conditions and relate to established guidelines, rules and ordinances; ability to prepare complete and accurate reports relating to inspections; ability to effectively represent the department in the community; ability to explain program requirements and regulations with tact and courtesy; ability to work with potentially hostile persons; ability to understand oral and written instructions; ability to work with others as a member of a team; ability to accept and use supervision; ability to use a personal computer; ability to report to work on a regular and timely basis.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:
1. Conducts routine inspections of groups of establishments, businesses or facilities affected by various environmental programs.

2. Explains state and local rules, regulations, policies and/or procedures to businesses, licensees and individuals; conducts research as appropriate and provides consultation and technical assistance.

3. Assists in developing and conducting environmental health education classes, programs, and public information materials for community, school, commercial/industrial facilities and other groups.

4. Completes investigations; responds to complaints; gathers and documents evidence of violations of any local or state regulation; initiates enforcement action within established departmental policies/procedures or refers to supervisor for further decision-making.

5. Reviews license applications, test results, and other routine documents to determine compliance with applicable requirements or established standards.

6. Obtains environmental samples for further analysis; receives laboratory results and prepares reports interpreting results.

7. Gathers and maintains data for reports and projects; prepares reports and documentation as requested.

8. Participates in program evaluation and the development of new programs; works with other program staff to assure programs meet goals.

9. Performs other related duties as assigned.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: The essential functions for this classification are 1, 2, 4, 5, and 7 as listed above.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work involves office (40-50%) and outside field work (50-60%). Lifting, pushing and pulling requirement up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Frequent position changes including stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching are routine in performing inspection functions. Work may be done in external or internal environments and may include exposures not limited to heat, noise, wet conditions, dirty or filthy conditions, dust or disagreeable odors, and hazardous materials. Use of the senses of sight and smell are necessary in this work. Equipment used included, but not limited to, general office equipment including telephone, personal computer, and calculator as well as field equipment such as a camera, GPS equipment, lap top computer, temperature probe, etc. Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.

TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR - Program Manager

This description is intended to describe the kinds of tasks and levels of work difficulty being performed by persons in this classification. The list of responsibilities is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

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