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Environmental Health Specialist II - Thurston County Tumwater, WA

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Full-time position
Closing Date: October 9, 2017
Job #11825
Posted: September 22, 2017

There is one (1) full-time Environmental Health Specialist II position available in the Public Health and Social Services Water Quality/On-Site Sewage Operations & Maintenance Section.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Conducts sanitary surveys and dye tests on-site sewage systems.  Reviews, manages records, and evaluates on-site sewage systems for compliance with operation and maintenance requirements.  Documents inspection results and prepares documentation needed for enforcement action for failing septic systems. Offers technical support and education to the public.
  • Provides technical assistance in person and over the phone, includes review of septic system permit applications, designs, and inspection reports; interprets laws and policies; receives and investigates complaints.
  • Assists with program development, drafts policies and makes recommendations for consideration by department management and the Thurston County Board of Health.
  • Conducts water quality monitoring in lakes, streams, groundwater, and marine waters.  Investigates, samples, evaluates, and acts upon public complaints of conditions involving pollution, disease, illness or contamination.  Conducts environmental studies by gathering, evaluating and reporting on data.
  • Manages and analyzes water quality data.
  • Writes technical reports.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an office and outdoors. Employees in this classification will be exposed to a variety of weather conditions, walking in rough terrain, and boating in rough waters. Physical hazard may result from working in proximity of heavy equipment and inspecting excavations subject to cave-in. May be exposed to pathogenic bacteria. Heavy lifting in excess of 50 lbs. may be required.

  • Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, biology, bacteriology, or a related field.
  • Three years of professional environmental health work experience requiring extensive public contact. Experience must include three of the following program areas: sewage, food, water, vector control, epidemiology, solid waste, and hazardous waste; demonstrated ability to perform as a lead special projects manager within a single program area.
  • Current Washington State Driver’s License or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation.
  • May be required to posses a professional certification applicable to area of assignment (eg, Hydrogeologist, Waste Water Treatment System Inspection Certificate of Competency, Qualified Sanitary Surveyor, etc.).
  • Must be recognized by the Washington State Sanitarian Registration Board as Registered Sanitarian within eighteen months of the date of hire.
  • Ability to utilize a personal computer and related software packages to perform word processing, analysis, information retrieval and tracking.
  • Knowledge of theory, principles, and practices of environmental health science, biology, epidemiology, hydrology, and soils science.
  • Experience with onsite sewage system regulations, permitting, and evaluation.
  • Ability to compile and maintain complete and accurate records.
  • Versed in water quality monitoring techniques, sanitary survey methods, data analysis and data presentation.
  • Knowledge of designing and conducting water quality investigations and studies.
  • Ability to exercise skill and judgement in dealing tactfully with the public while educating and maintaining good public relations.
  • Knowledge of the Health Code, and related federal and state laws and regulations.
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