Douglas County Health & Social Services
Community Health Division
This position is responsible for identifying, documenting and resolving environmental health risks to the people of Douglas County at public licensed or regulated facilities. These duties may also include working with communities to mitigate the effects of environmental issues of public health concerns. Essential Functions: Inspect and approve licensure and evaluate facilities compliance with state laws and rules in licensed and unlicensed facilities within assigned work area. Conduct public water system surveys, investigations on alerts and significant non-complier and collect water samples. Conduct and/or assist with communicable disease investigations, sanitary surveys, stream surveys, vector surveys, public health complaints and animal bites. Provide information to the public concerning environmental health issues. Provide client education using approved methods documenting activities and work schedule coordination. Requires familiarity with emergency response protocol. Requires regular and consistent attendance.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in public or environmental health, bacteriology, chemistry, biology, entomology, or zoology, OR a minimum of four years directly related and progressive work experience, OR an equivalent combination of education, related experience and training.
Must possess current Oregon Registered Sanitarian License to qualify for the Environmental Health Specialist 2 position.
In addition to the above requirements, applications will receive further evaluation based on thorough knowledge of current methods, principles, techniques and practices as applied to environment health areas; through knowledge of Oregon Revised Statutes, Oregon Administrative Rules that govern environmental health programs and the follow-up of disease investigations/outbreaks; considerable knowledge of equipment and procedures used by businesses and facilities within program area; considerable knowledge of laboratory testing procedures; reasonable knowledge of first aid and food handling procedures; reasonable knowledge of commercial shellfish and public health hazards associated with them. Skill in writing clear and concise correspondence, newsletters, records, reports and statistical data; use of related sampling and lab equipment used in biological and chemical testing; interviewing techniques; using computers for word processing and data analysis, documentation of licensing inspections utilizing specialized software, Microsoft Outlook for scheduling of inspections and calendaring of schedules. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; conduct investigations, document findings, determine corrective measures and implement compliance schedules; establish and maintain records, reports, and statistical data; make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, establish new policies when applicable, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; work independently and manage time efficiently; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, business owners, committees and advisory boards, state and federal agencies and the public.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The work duties are divided between the office and the field locations. Field inspection requires physical abilities in bending, color identification, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing alarms and voice conversation, keyboarding, kneeling, occasional lifting up to 60 pounds, operating passenger vehicles, reaching, sitting, standing long periods, and walking. Work performed in the field is in an environment which involves everyday risks or discomforts, and sometimes adverse weather conditions, requiring safety precautions. A considerable amount of driving is required.
PHYSICAL EXAMINATION: Offer of employment is contingent upon final candidate successfully completing pre-employment chemical detection screen. To determine if physically qualified to perform the essential functions, employment offer is conditional upon satisfactory results of a post-offer medical and audiological exam; conducted at county expense.
Finalist must be willing to submit to a thorough background investigation, including a criminal history check through the Law Enforcement Data Systems (LEDS).
DRIVING RECORD: Applicants selected for interview will be required to bring to the interview a Court Print Driving history obtained from the DMV. Please allow 5-7 days for delivery; longer for out-of-state.
Note: Some positions may require a credit check. If this position qualifies for a credit check, you will be notified separately.