Now Hiring: Environmental Health Specialist

The Christian County Health Department is seeking candidates for a full-time Environmental Public Health Specialist (EPHS).


Starting pay: $19.11/hour

Job Summary:

The EPHS reports to the Environmental Division Supervisor and is responsible for inspections relating to environmental public health programs including:

  • on-site wastewater treatment systems

  • food safety inspection

  • child care facility sanitation and safety

  • commercial lodging sanitation and safety

  • environmental public health factors related to disaster response and/or food transportation accidents

  • response to food recalls and/or other duties as assigned.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with course work (30 semester hours minimum) in environmental health, biology, bacteriology, or sanitary science or in combination of these areas.

  • One year of environmental health experience is preferred.

  • Possession of Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) or Missouri Certified Environmental Health Specialist (CEHS).


To apply, send your resume to Dr. Karen Peak at karen.peak@lpha.mo.gov.



Full Job Description


ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:


I. Inspection Related Activities 97% of Time

A. Conducts inspections in accordance with the EPHS schedule to determine compliance with safety, environmental or sanitary regulations including construction related codes, zoning regulations, or contract terms on a scheduled basis or on receipt of a complaint. Inspections need to be completed in the order and times that is on the schedule. Any variation to the schedule must be communicated to immediate supervisor prior to the event.


B. Maintains an awareness of the different municipal, county, state and federal Food Codes, Lodging Codes, and Day Care Guidelines that may affect public health assuring that knowledge base is current.


C. Conduct routine inspections in a professional manner and assuring for consistency, thoroughness, and compliance with the relevant code. Communicate with coworkers, clients, customers and general public in a professional capacity.


D. As violations are noted, documents violations. Lists standards required by the relevant code. Provides feedback to the Supervisor. Provides dates for corrective action to be completed. Assures for professionalism.


E. Re-inspects for compliance assuring for professionalism and the completion of the plan of corrective action. Assures that documentation is current.


F. Collects water samples for bacteriological testing and accurately record and read the results assuring for accuracy and timeliness.


G. Maintains familiarity with codes, ordinances and laws as they pertain to health, sanitation and safety.


H. Lab Responsibility: Receive water samples or sample private wells upon request for bacteriological testing and accurately record and/or read the results assuring for accuracy and timeliness and document results. If Environmental Health Assistant is unavailable, call clients whose water samples are positive and mail, fax or email all results to clients.


I. Other Activities 3% of Time


A. If not inspecting, continue education on food safety, wastewater and/or environmental topics that has to do with current position that provide certificates for verification of time.


B. Cover Environmental desk when needed, which includes but not limited to: answering phone, providing assistance to public upon request from front desk.


C. Answer phone calls related to public health in a professional and respectful manner and provide information or refer to other agencies if requested.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying the position. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other Health Department related duties requested by their supervisor; subject to reasonable accommodations.

BUSINESS EXPECTATIONS:

  • Follows applicable rules, regulations, and policies.

  • Attends work regularly and is punctual.

  • Behaves professionally and presents a professional business appearance.

  • Conducts self in such a way as it reflects positively on the Health Department.

  • Fosters positive working relationships and accepts new responsibilities.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

  • Above average accessibility of all work sites required for the position.

  • Above average exposure to weather and temperature extremes.

  • Above average exposure to chemicals and fumes.

  • Average exposure to heights.

  • Average exposure to work safety hazards.

  • Above average amount of overtime/extended work hours required.

  • Average exposure to dust.

  • Average exposure to loud noises.

  • Average exposure to darkness.

  • Average exposure to cramped spaces.


PHYSICAL EFFORT:

  • Normal physical mobility: movement from place to place on the job, considering distance and speed.

  • Normal physical agility: ability to maneuver body while in place.

  • Normal physical strength to handle routine office materials and tools.

  • Normal physical strength to handle 40 lb. objects, considering frequency.

  • Normal dexterity of hands and fingers.

  • Normal physical balance: ability to maintain balance and physical control.

  • Normal coordination, including eye/hand, hand/foot, etc.

  • Normal endurance.

KNOWLEDGE REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelors Degree with 30 hours of Sciences.

  • One or more years experience in a related field.

  • Completed Missouri Board Certification.

  • Computer literacy.


MENTAL EFFORT:

  • Average concentration/intensity: prolonged mental effort with limited opportunity for breaks.

  • Average memory, considering the amount and type of information.

  • Average complexity of decision making.

  • Average time pressure of decision making.

  • Average analytical thinking.

  • Average conceptual thinking.


COMMUNICATIONS:

  • Above average verbal communication.

  • Above average written communication.

  • Above average non-verbal communication.

  • Communicate professionally and respectfully.


SENSORY ABILITIES:

  • Normal ability to see.

  • Normal ability to distinguish colors.

  • Normal ability to hear.

  • Normal ability to smell.

  • Normal sense of touch.


QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

Three years of professional experience in environmental health, in one or more of the areas of special qualifying experience described below, of which at least one year must have involved significant diversification; or graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with substantial course work (a minimum of 30 semester hours credit) in biology, chemistry, bacteriology or sanitary science or in closely related physical or natural sciences, or in a combination of these areas.


Special Qualifying Experience:

Responsible technical experience in the following environmental sanitation programs:

  1. Retail and/or wholesale food establishment sanitation.

  2. Food processing plant sanitation.

  3. Milk sanitation.

  4. Beverage manufacturer licensing.

  5. Solid waste disposal.

  6. Lodging sanitation.

  7. Institutional sanitation.

  8. Community environmental sanitation.

  9. Water supply and sewage disposal.

  10. General vector control.

  11. Occupational health.

  12. Food and drug savage.

  13. Consumer product safety.

  14. Fire safety.


REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of environmental health. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms and climb or balance. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, sit, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and / or move up to 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions; fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals, outside weather conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat and risk of electrical shock. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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