Health & Environmental Investigator III
Public Health - Seattle & King County - Bellevue, WA

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The Environmental Health Services Division focuses on prevention of disease through sanitation, safe food and water, proper disposal of wastes and toxics, and promoting safe and healthy environmental conditions throughout King County for the benefit of all residents and visitors.

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This Health and Environmental Investigator III (H & EI III)
position located in Bellevue works in the Community Environmental Health Section, in the On-Site Septic (OSS) systems Program, advises the staff and public on On-Site Septic systems and Drinking Water issues for Public Health and provides technical assistance, training, plan review, in field site assessments/surveys, and policy development.

Who May Apply: This position is opened to all qualified applicants . Preference will be given to King County Public Health non probationary career service employees who are members of IFPTE Union - Local 17.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday; 8:00 AM-5:00 PM. This position is subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act and is overtime eligible.

Union: This position is represented by IFPTE Union Local #17. Union membership is required within 30 days of employment.

Required Documents
1. Completed on-line job application with responses to the supplemental questions
2. Resume and cover letter

You can attach multiple documents as required, such as resume and cover letter to your application. Your options are:
• Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
• Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.
Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the on line application and include the information only on the cover letter. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted. Cover letters and/or optional resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application.
Contact: Rosemarie Grzetic, Human Resources Analyst at (206)477-4211 or

Examples of Duties:

Direct Technical Service
Conduct Septic System plan reviews for compliance with Board of Health code requirements, and conduct related field inspections
• Respond to complaints regarding On-Site Septic systems and operating violations.
• Assess appropriate responsibility level and responds to issues in operations and regulations regarding private wells and Group B water systems, including: work with the Water System purveyor for necessary follow-up with additional testing; trouble shoot issues on the water system; disinfecting and user notification requirements.
Technical Assessment and Document Development for Policy and Planning
Participate on interagency planning committees and work groups regarding OSS system issues, and long term planning for the identification of all OSS systems in King County; and participate on the King County Utility Review Committee for evaluation of OSS systems and public water availability and appeals for conditions of service, and other actions by the committee.
• Assist with the preparation and submittal of OSS systems rules and regulations to the King County Board of Health (BOH) for approval.
• Support the Supervisor with attending and actively participating with public-health centered technical advice in the UTRC & Westside Onsite State Director's meetings
• Support the Supervisor with attending and actively participating in meetings with DOH's drinking water staff, proctor industry exams, administer the Sewage Review Committee hearings, conducting some field work during periods of high volume, and to backup filed staff with second opinions. The individual should also be able to testify in court with regards to the board of health code for both onsite wastewater and the drinking water programs.
• Assist in the preparation of technical reports, project proposals and other documents for existing contracts with WA State agencies and development of new initiatives for the improvement and expansion of the On-Site Septic program.
• Provide technical analysis on proposed (WA State Legislature, King County Council, Suburban cities and other) legislative initiatives on impacts for the OSS program and draft agency responses.
• Draft and complete reviews of proposed OSS program policies in response to changes in industry regulations, departmental policies, incorporation of staff and other agencies, and feedback from the general public. Also responds to changes in the Washington Administrative Code (WAC) regarding OSS and drinking water, WAC 246-272A ( wastewater) and WAC 246-291 ( Group B water systems)
Technical and Lead Support for Program Operations
Act as lead technical support for staff in the OSS program and train assigned staff.
• Assist supervisor with the development of the direction and scope of OSS program projects, and assume lead responsibility for special projects and teams.
• This position will also carry out inspections and all regular duties of an HEI 2 position within the OSS program
• Perform other duties as assigned by the OSS Program Supervisor.
Five or more years of professional experience in regulatory review and oversight of On-Site Septic systems as defined in jurisdictional codes, including experience with: reviewing proposed new system applications, from initial inception through the final installation inspection; and drafting related OSS program procedures and policies to implement in the OSS program.
Five or more years of professional experience OSS systems; conducting comprehensive plan reviews of new OSS systems for compliance with various OSS regulations.
Demonstrated knowledge of well seals and decommissioning for conducting inspections under contract with the WA State Department of Ecology. Demonstrated training through the Department of Ecology for this type of work.
Demonstrated working knowledge and ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local environmental regulations, integrate them and implement them within the daily work of Public Health goals in the On-Site program and Drinking Water issues.
Strong customer service skills and working relationships with industry professionals; On-Site System designers, maintainers, and pumpers and their employees and representatives.
The ability to conduct field work and guide field staff in their field work it will be absolutely necessary for the person to have passed the state Department of Licensing (DOL) Wastewater Designer's exam and hold current license.
The ability to understand, implement, enforce the King County Board of Health wastewater code and drinking water code, in all their length and complexity and be completely fluent and be the County's technical expert on both of these documents.
The ability to properly conduct the Master Installer's quarterly exams and be able to answer applicant's technical questions.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with other government agencies and participate on committees and work groups to collaboratively discuss OSS, public drinking water issues, and long term planning and negotiate resolutions.
Must be able to assist and work with OSS field staff and other EH staff, the Washington Department of Health and other stakeholders in implementing the Marine Recovery Act (MRA) for the state of Washington for areas designated as MRA within King county.
Demonstrated ability to assist with position statements and propose legislation regarding OSS systems; provide technical analysis on proposed initiatives, and draft agency response.
Conduct field work and guiding field staff in their field work will be absolutely necessary for the person to have passed the state Department of Licensing (DOL) Wastewater Designer's exam and hold current license.
The individual should possess the ability to develop policy & procedures to govern how we interpret and regulate the technical aspects of the on-site program and concerns regarding the safety of drinking water.
Demonstrated experience writing, preparing and presenting analytical and technical reports.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with staff and customers from diverse backgrounds and cultures, and implement changes in practices that reduce barriers to quality service and improve equity.
Must have a current and valid Registered Sanitarian Certificate or be a current Registered Environmental Health Specialist.
Must have and maintain a valid State of Washington Driver's License
Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.

Experience in developing policy & procedures that govern how we interpret and regulate the technical aspects of on-site programs and drinking water safety issues.

Working knowledge and technical fluency in the integration of Washington Administrative Code, King County Codes, and Seattle-King County Board of Health Codes that relate to wastewater, drinking water, and intersection with groundwater and environmental regulations.

Demonstrated working knowledge and ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local environmental regulations.

Demonstrated proficiency with the Envision database, and use of the OSS section of this system.

Demonstrated proficiency with the PHSKC On-site septic system Operation and Maintenance report database.

Demonstrated proficiency with the PHSKC On-site Septic System As-built database and King County Assessor's Parcel Viewer.

Supplemental Information:

Your application materials must validate your answers to the supplemental questions. If your answers cannot be validated, you will not proceed to the next steps of the process.

This selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, testing and interviewing. Please call the contact on the job posting if you have inquiries regarding an accommodation. For more information on our selection process, please refer to

Staff may be required to play a role as a first responder in the event of a Public Health

Necessary Special Requirements:

The selected candidate will be required to pass a thorough background investigation.

Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law

Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.mergency.

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