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Environmental Health Specialist I/II (Food Safety) - Snohomish Health District

Location: Everett, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #12297
Posted: February 20, 2018

NOTE: This position is for the Food Program only.  Posting is open until filled, with first review date being March 5, 2018.

Under the direction of an Environmental Health Supervisor, or designee, will conduct routine inspections in one or more division-wide environmental health programs such as food, sewage, water quality, solid waste/chemical and physical hazards, or water recreations facilities.  Additionally, the individual will provide education, technical assistance and regulatory information to members of the public.

Individuals assigned to this position are expected to apply a thorough understanding of food, water and waste-borne communicable diseases, potential public health risks associated with solid and hazardous waste and their means of transmission and control to work situations that are varied as well as routine. May require some weekend work and adjustments to normal working hours as required to conduct inspections.

Examples of Work Performed


  • Maintain a professional working relationship with the regulated community, staff of other public agencies concerning District regulatory responsibilities as well as public and private individuals who utilize the department’s services.
  • Travels to various sites throughout the county conducting inspections and investigations to ensure compliance with current regulations.
  • Provides education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to the facility, the public and the media, translating technical and regulatory information to a variety of audiences.
  • Completes reports of areas in violation.
  • Recommends corrective measures and takes appropriate enforcement action.
  • Meets with responsible parties to discuss correction of deficiencies and to obtain compliance through education and appropriate enforcement action.
  • Reviews plans for establishments/facilities and inspects construction and remodeling.
  • Investigates complaints and incidents of suspected illness at establishments/facilities.
  • Maintains accurate field records, write reports, makes recommendations for follow-up actions based upon findings of investigations.
  • Updates and uses computerized data management systems.
  • Perform other related duties as requested.
  • Perform sanitarian duties in other Environmental Sections as necessary to cover absences, to equalize peak work periods or to balance the work load.

Qualifications Education and Experience Required:

  • Education:       Requires a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution involving major study in environmental health, sanitary science, microbiology or public health or other closely related science.
  • Experience:     Incumbent will be considered an Environmental Health Specialist 1 without work experience (traineeships or other experience associated with college courses will not be considered work experience).  Incumbent will be considered an Environmental Health Specialist 2 with a minimum of 2 years in a local public health department, if such employment has been within the past 5 years, and if the duties performed were related to the specific environmental health duties to which the incumbent is assigned.  Additionally, appointment as an Environmental Health Specialist 2 requires current registration as a Sanitarian (RS) with either the Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians or the National Environmental Health Association. 

Or: In place of the above requirement, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.

Licenses, Certifications and Other:

  • Fluency in a foreign language, preferred
  • Requires eligibility for registration as a Sanitarian with either the Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians or the National Environmental Health Association. 
  • Valid Washington State Driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire and a driving record which meets the requirements of Snohomish Health District’s insurance carrier
  • Background Check pursuant to RCW 43.43.830

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