University of Washington School of Public Health
Environmental Health Specialist I/II - Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department
Closing Date: open until filled
Posted: October 3, 2018
Are you looking for a place to apply your background in environmental science with your working knowledge of on-site sewage and wells? The On-site Sewage and Well Permitting Program, within the Environmental Health Division, is recruiting to fill a Regular, Full-time (1.0 FTE ) position. Experience with on-site sewage, septic system operation and maintenance, and well siting and construction are desirable. Work will be performed at Pierce County Development Center on a rotating basis.
Some of what you’ll do:
- Review and inspection of all types of septic system proposal applications submitted to the Health Department and Pierce County Planning and Public Works.
- Review, interpretation and follow-up of septic system inspections to ensure that septic systems in Pierce County are operating properly.
- Efficient use of Envision Connect for data entry and creating reports for notification and assessment of work load.
- Utilize PALS+ system for data entry.
- Assisting customers at the front counter and lobby of both the Heath Department and the Pierce County DC.
- Review of public water availability letters for accuracy and validity
- Review of applications for individual wells to include well siting, construction and final approval.
- Conduct field evaluation for soil and site characteristics and office reviews for plans/proposals for new on-site sewage system (OSS) proposals, repairs of existing OSS, the modification of existing residences that may or may not affect the OSS.
- Assist in drafting and implementing codes and ordinances.
- Conduct Report of System Status (RSS) field inspections and office review for property sales. Conduct individual well siting, construction and decommissioning inspections.
- Conduct final installation inspections.
- Review public water availability letters.
What you bring to the table:
- Knowledge of environmental health principles and practices.
- Knowledge of and the ability to apply math and science applications to environmental health work.
- Skill in analyzing, compiling, recording, and assessing data.
- Skill in planning and organizing work activities to meet established objectives.
- Skill in communicating effectively within a sometimes stressful environment.
- Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
- Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with tact, diplomacy, and sensitivity
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
- Knowledge of code requirements and work flow for the program
- Skill in using envision connect to process applications
- Ability to use onlineRME to look up reports, process fee waivers and unlocks
Who should apply:
A Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science with a minimum of 45 credit hours or 30 semester hours in the basic natural or physical sciences; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience. Possession of a Certificate of Registration as a Sanitarian within one year of appointment is highly desirable.
- The Environmental Health Specialist I requires zero to two years experience.
- The Environmental Health Specialist II requires a minimum of two years experience in an EHS I position or equivalent at time of hire and possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Sanitarian (RS) or a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is required within six months of hire.
- Ability to successfully pass a background investigation.
- Possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driver’s abstract is required prior to employment.
- Positions assigned to On-site Sewage System Design and Inspection requires the possession of a current State of Washington Wastewater Treatment System Inspector license within in two years of hire.
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
- Control over environmental conditions (inside vs. outside exposed to rain, snow, wind, heat, and humidity) can be exercised by employee dependent upon the location of the position.
- Exposure to hazardous materials, chemicals, or waste which if not handled or disposed of appropriately could cause significant repercussions to the safety and health of the public.
- Strength enough to lift, push, or pull field equipment weighing between 20-40 pounds.
- Physical agility is required due to the rigorous nature of some of the fieldwork, i.e., walking continuously throughout the day on uneven ground and through wooded and brushy areas; climbing up and down stairs and hills; and crouching, stooping or bending repeatedly throughout the day in the course of conducting field investigations.
- Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) including hard hat, protective clothing, high visibility vests, safety glasses, steel toed work boots, gloves.
- Extensive local travel is required to conduct field investigations, attend meetings, conferences, and seminars.
- As a condition of employment, employees may be required to utilize their private vehicles in the performance of their duties but will be reimbursed for mileage.
- This is a non-exempt, overtime eligible position, which may require some overtime or adjustments to normal working hours as required to conduct field investigations.
When public health responds to an emergency you may be assigned duties that are outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the department.