Environmental Health Specialist
Maricopa County, AZ - Maricopa County, AZ

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(REVISED 10/3/13)

THIS RECRUITMENT IS TO ESTABLISH A REGISTER OF QUALIFIED CANDIDATES.
As vacancies occur, a list will be pulled from the register to send to the hiring department.

Under general supervision, independently performs professional field inspection and enforcement functions in compliance and relating to environmental health and public health sanitation codes under the Arizona Revised Statutes, Codes 36 and 49, Maricopa County Health Code, Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.), and delegation agreements with the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Employees of this title are generally assigned to one of the following specialized areas: sewage disposal, retail food establishments, waste water management, solid and hazardous waste, or water quality. Leads and program coordinators have a broader scope of responsibility and more independence of action to oversee and coordinate the assigned programs and associated personnel such as: food borne illness, mobile foods, special programs, etc.

Position Qualifications:

Minimum education and/or experience:
Bachelor's degree in environmental health, microbiology, entomology, chemistry, food science or related field, with 30 semester hours of natural, physical, or applied science coursework. Registered Sanitarian in good standing with the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Preferred education and/or experience:
Preference will be given to candidates who have up to six (6) months or more of work experience conducting inspections particularly in food service establishments.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of the science, principles, practices, rules and regulations pertaining to the environmental and public health area(s) of specialization. Ability to inspect, analyze, and make determinations regarding environmental/public health conditions and data; ability to effectively interact and communicate with customers, regulated businesses and the public. Ability to operate a motor vehicle to travel to inspection sites and access areas that require testing; ability to operate testing, sampling, and monitoring equipment. Ability to work independently with limited supervision. Skill in preparing documentation, writing reports, working with technical information, and preparing correspondence.

Specialized training, certifications, or other special requirements:
A valid Arizona Driver's License; Registered Sanitarian by the Arizona Department of Health Service is required. Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary in some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist a minimum of 30 lbs; must also be able to carry a minimum of 30 lbs for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and or pull a minimum of 30 lbs for a distance of 50 feet.

NOTE: Degrees/credits must be from an academically accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education (CHEA).

Essential Job Tasks:

Inspects and investigates environmental health aspects of businesses, factories, food handling facilities, food preparation and processing areas, hazardous material handling, sewage, refuse disposal, water systems, swimming pools, lodging, recreation, and public facilities for compliance with environmental/public health rules and regulations.

Sewage disposal – gathers scientific information and determines if site is suitable for septic tank; operates auger to drill test holes, obtains soil samples, determines if soil, slope, surface water and potential ground water sources meet current standards.

Retail food – Investigates and inspects for food-borne illnesses in restaurants, food processing plants, meat packing plants, mobile peddlers, and special events such as the State Fair and festivals where food is served. Obtains clinical specimens, interviews affected individuals, collects food samples; provides answers to questions regarding new food establishments; gives educational information regarding proper food handling techniques.

Solid and hazardous waste – inspects landfills to monitor ground water, surface water and methane gas; determines pH levels and temperatures; comments on hydrogeologic, operating and closure plans for waste facilities.

Water quality – inspects public water systems; collects samples and submits to laboratory for analysis; inspects potable water wells for compliance.

Performs routine, unscheduled, and complaint based investigations. Makes determinations and recommendations regarding compliance. Reviews and comments on plans, specifications, and construction regarding compliance with environmental codes and regulations. Documents and evaluates inspection data to determine compliance, permit fees, violations, and citations. Uses a personal or portable computer, documents and prepares status reports, paperwork and logs on inspections. Prepares Daily Activity Reports. May work with medical personnel regarding disease outbreaks. Refers non-compliance issues to enforcement personnel as necessary. Travels to inspection sites and performs environmental testing, sampling, and monitoring activities using a variety of equipment. Advises, explains, and educates public about environmental/public health issues, regulations, safety, policy and compliance. May oversee the work of other staff including providing workflow, assignments, training and guidance to less senior staff. Assists in performing environmental studies and surveys. May present information in court.

Selection Procedure:

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the exam process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be scored based on evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a pool provided by Human Resources.