Conducts complex inspections and assesments in environmental health, food & food borne health assesments and epidemilogy inspections of sewage systems and septic tank construction to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations governing environmental health and pollution control; conducts routine and complex inspections at food establishments for compliance to the same; serves a lead worker and training officer to Sanitarians; conducts field inspections of food establishments; assumes additional supervisory responsibilities in the absence of the Environmental Health Services Division Chief.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of principles and practices of environmental sanitation, environmental health, food borne diease epidemilogy and prevention.
Knowledge of state and federal laws pertaining to sanitation, public health, structure, and functions of public health organizations.
Knowledge of community inter-relationships and current social and economic problems pertaining to public health, food borne illnesses and complex sanitation.
Ability to execute public health sanitation and follow health and safety code.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with the public.
Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, address groups effectively, and exercise balanced judgment in evaluating situations and making decisions.
Ability to serve as a lead worker to other sanitarians conducting field inspections.
Ability to prepare and maintain accurate inspection reports and records.
Ability to recognize potentially hazardous situations and to determine the corrective course of action necessary.
Ability to maintain planning and organizational skills and take and follow directions from supervisor.
Ability to give directions to and gain compliance from assigned staff.
Ability to perform strenuous and routine work.
Ability to maintain a valid Texas Driver License and a good driving record.
Ability to maintain harmonious and effective working relationships with other employees and respond to general public complaints.
Ability to project a positive and professional image of the City of Laredo.
Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in the English language and orally in the Spanish language.
Ability to comply with all City of Laredo's policies and procedures.
Ability to maintain good health and physical condition sufficient to permit the full performance of the duties of the position.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
Work is performed inside and outside and exposed to heat, and dry atmosphere. Capable of working closely with others or alone, working long or irregular working hours, working shift work and/or weekends, and travel by car 60% of the time. Ability to operate motor vehicles, office equipment, light to moderate carrying (up to 44 pounds), light to occasional lifting (up to 50 pounds), simple grasping, repeated bending, sitting, standing, pushing, crouching, twisting, kneeling, stooping, climbing stairs and ladders, walking, and reaching above shoulders. Ability to see, write, read, count, identify shade of color, perceive depth, and hearing is needed to perform the essential functions of this job.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Conducts complex food borne disease control and enviromental health prevention.
Conducts complex food borne and envirionmental health assesments of disease investigation.
Conducts complex inspections of septic tanks; confers with the engineer, contractor, or individual on the proposed system; explains system rules and conducts inspections of physical site and prepares an evaluation of the same; reviews and approves the septic system and issues a permit for construction; inspects the construction site and compares the actual construction with the septic design; conducts final inspection of septic tank construction; verifies the drain-field elevations to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal rules and regulations.
Inspects food establishments, tourist and trailer camps, institutions, schools, individual home water and sewerage systems, dairies, milk and milk product plants, slaughter houses, and meat processing plants.
Plans and schedules Sanitarians work; instructs and trains employees in proper methods and procedures; makes recommendations regarding employee job performance; ensures that subordinate receive proper and complete training.
Prepares written reports on inspection findings; outlines any violation of regulations, and makes recommendations for corrective measures to be taken or possible court action.
Consults with engineers and land owners in the development of land; discusses proposed intention to develop land; discusses sewer/water proposals; reviews site data regarding the same; investigates for potential hazards of pollution problems; enforces ordinances, rules and regulations governing the same.
Inspects public water supplies, private water wells, foster homes, and swimming pools; surveys houses and sub-divisions; ensures compliance with environmental rules and regulations.
Responds to public complaints regarding sanitation problems; attempts to resolve the same in a tactful, courteous, and timely manner.
Conducts water sampling of the Rio Grande Water Quality Program in accordance with program policies and procedures.
Verifies or supervises the destruction of contaminated food products as needed.
Performs work in compliance with established policies and procedures; ensures the accuracy, completeness and timeliness of work.
Conducts regulatory inspections or evaluations of retail food establishments, retail grocery stores, food warehousing facilities, food manufacturing facilities, food service at special events, mobile food service vehicles and facilities, producer dairy farms, dairy product manufacturing facilities, frozen dessert manufacturing facilities, onsite sewage facilities, asbestos abatement processes, mass gathering events, industrial pretreatment processes (sewage), municipal sewage facilities and wastewater plants, public and semi-public swimming pools, child care facilities, long term care facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, public and private schools, youth camps, recreational areas for children, radiation hazards including lasers and microwaves, and private and public water systems.
Conducts site evaluations and reviews designs of on-site sewage system facilities as specified in Texas Commission on Environmental Quality rules.
Works with Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems or processes.
Conducts investigations of food borne illnesses, water borne illnesses, vector borne illnesses, zoonotic illnesses, food product contamination or adulteration, the environmental conditions surrounding reported elevated blood lead in children and adults, consumer, governmental agency or industry complaints, and animal bites.
Oversees performance of vector control activities related to mosquitoes, flies and rodents, environmental assessments, code enforcement activities, and food handler or certified food service manager training.
Acts as first responder to hazardous material spills and incidents and natural and man-made disasters.
Reviews plans and specifications for food establishments, plans and specifications for public, semi-public and private swimming pools, and plans and specifications for on-site sewage systems facilities.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with thirty (30) semester hours in basic or natural Science.
At least two (2) years of work experience in environmental sanitation, public health, health science, biology, chemistry, industiral hygiene, zoology, math, nutrition, bio-statistics, environmental health, ecology, entomology, animal science, natural science, or consumer health.
Master's degree from an accredited college or university with a concentration in basic or natural Science.
At least one (1) year of work experience in environmental sanitation, public health, health science, biology, chemistry, industiral hygiene, zoology, math, nutrition, bio-statistics, environmental health, ecology, entomology, animal science, natural science, or consumer health.
Valid Licenses and Certifications:
Valid Professional Sanitarian certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services must be obtained within six (6) months of employment.**
State of Texas Food Inspection Certification must be obtained within 24 months of employment**
State of Texas On-Site Wastewater License must be obtained within 12 months of employment**
**Continued employment is contingent on successfully obtaining required certification(s) and/or license(s) within the specified period of time indicated above from time of hire.
Valid Texas Driver License*
- If applicant holds an out-of-state license, a State of Texas Driver's License must be obtained
As part of the minimum requirements for all positions with the City of Laredo, a thorough background check and certified school transcripts will be required from all applicants who are offered employment.
Effective February 24, 1997, all selected applicants are required to undergo a drug and alcohol test prior to employment.
Effective January 7, 2008, all persons in safety-sensitive functions/positions, as per City of Laredo Drug and Alcohol Policy definition, shall be subject to random drug and alcohol testing.
A person with a disability who needs a reasonable accommodation related to a selection process is requested to contact the Human Resources Department at (956) 727-6460 two days prior to the scheduled test or interview.
"AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER, THE CITY COMPLIES WITH THE AMERICAN WITH DISABILITIES ACT."
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