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Job Title: Environmental Health Specialist I/II
Job Number: 19276
Organization: El Paso County
Posted: 6/10/2019
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Environmental Health
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Colorado Springs,  CO    USA
Compensation: $45,333.60 annually / depends on qualifications
Position Description: ***Bilingual Fluency in English and Spanish Preferred***

Provides environmental health inspections and investigations of public and private establishments and other environmental health related situations to ensure compliance with local and state health and safety codes. Serves as an environmental educator; provides information and performs specialized environmental health work.

Conducts inspections of industrial, commercial, public or private facilities to assure continued compliance with public health standards. Notifies owners or operators of deficiencies or violations; maintains records of contacts made and conditions encountered. Performs data entry of inspection results and reports findings and conditions to Program Manager. Educates owners, operators, students and the general public on environmental health issues and regulations. Prepares written and verbal reports. Enters findings, including daily activities, into electronic database. Conducts and coordinates plan reviews and pre-operational inspections for regulated facilities. Investigates routine and non-routine complaints. Provides follow-up action. Obtains compliance with public health laws and regulations through administrative enforcement procedures. Works with Program Manager to expedite enforcement action. Participates in special team assignments, such as food borne illness investigations. Participates in committees related to program activities and responsibilities. Participates in departmental emergency planning and response activities. Promotes public health within the community. Takes personal responsibility to provide exceptional customer service in order to promote and maintain a positive Public Health image, constructive working environment, and foster pride and professionalism in the workplace and community. Performs other duties as required. Additional Level II Functions: Monitors environmental interfaces of animal to human diseases. Presents educational material regarding environmental health to schools, civic groups and various audiences. Participates in community outreach activities to promote understanding and support of environmental health programs. Reviews design plans for the construction of on-site wastewater treatment systems and inspects sites throughout installation process as assigned; reviews soil and site soil classifications and approves/disapproves results submitted. Assists in the preparation of legal documents for administrative hearings and further legal action against repeat violators. Provides support to program manager for projects, grant opportunities and other matters pertaining to the Division. Engages in specialized programs, projects, and research in environmental health science.

Qualifications: Bachelor's of Science degree with a minimum of 30 credits of basic science required. Knowledge of principles, techniques, practices and procedures as related to environmental health. Ability to learn environmental rules and regulations. Ability to communicate, motivate, and organize projects among a broad spectrum of personnel, frequently under deadline pressure. Skill in demonstrating a cooperative, professional attitude to cultivate relationships both within and outside the organization. Skill in prioritizing and organizing multiple tasks and the ability to complete projects in a timely manner. Skilled in the coordination and delegation of work functions; promotes an organizational shared vision. Ability to respond in a flexible manner and reprioritize work as situations change. Ability to demonstrate sound judgment by taking appropriate actions regarding questionable findings or concerns. Ability to identify problems and work creatively to resolve them, considering the impact of actions on Public Health. Knowledge and understanding of company policies and procedures. Ability to write clearly and concisely and maintain accurate records and reports to meet management objectives. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Skilled in training and presentation. Ability to perform under stress and when confronted with persons acting under stress. Ability to travel using own transportation on a daily basis. Ability to identify results of efforts and identified/potential problems and to develop and recommend corrective actions to supervisor. Ability to maintain the security of sensitive and confidential information. Skill in using a computer and various software packages, including Microsoft Office, and performing data entry. Maintain regular and punctual attendance. Must pass conditional post offer background investigation, drug screen and motor vehicle check. Additional requirements to qualify as Environmental Health Specialist II: Minimum two (2) years experience in governmental environmental health, including conducting inspections and investigations required. Knowledge of environmental health rules and regulations. Skill in working with federal, state, and/or local authorities. Licenses/Certificates Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver's License and appropriate level of personal vehicle insurance. Additional requirement for Environmental Health Specialist II: Must possess and maintain Standardization Certificate for Retail Food Establishment. Work Conditions Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in varying weather conditions and terrain. Some travel may be required; work may be assigned in various locations. May be required to climb ladders and climb into and out of trenches and other excavations. Work environment may contain potential exposure to hazardous conditions including but not limited to electrical, chemical and biological. Public Health employees are responsible for providing proof of vaccinations and/or tuberculosis testing as applicable to the specific position and must provide proof of completion of required vaccinations/testing or proof of initiation within sixty (60) days of hire date.

Organization Description: Our Mission: El Paso County is a regional leader providing valued and necessary community services in the most cost- effective manner.

El Paso County lies in east central Colorado and encompasses more than 2,158 square miles – slightly more than twice the area of the state of Rhode Island (excluding Narragansett Bay). While the western portion of El Paso County is extremely mountainous, the eastern part is prairie land where dairy cows and beef cattle are the main source of ranchers’ income. The altitude ranges from about 5,095 feet (1569 m) on the southern border at Black Squirrel Creek to 14,110 feet (4301 m) on the summit of Pikes Peak, near the western boundary. The county seat is located in Colorado Springs.

El Paso County became a territorial county in 1861 before Colorado became a state in 1876.

The natural physical beauty of the area, situated at the base of Pikes Peak and with an uninterrupted view of the Front Range, can be enjoyed by all. The magnificent scenery inspired Katharine Lee Bates to write the poem “America the Beautiful” after her visit here. The mild climate, on average, supplies 285 days of sunshine, 15 inches of rain, 35 inches of snow, and very low levels of humidity.

Closing Date: 9/10/2019
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Johanna Seeling,  Environmental Health Specialist I/II
Contact Location: 2880 International Circle, Ste. N060

Colorado Springs   CO  80910
United States
Contact Location: 2880 International Circle, Ste. N060
 
  Colorado Springs   CO  80910
  United States
Contact Phone: 7195207486 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email: employment@elpasoco.com
Web Address: 2880 International Circle, Ste. N060
How to Apply: Visit El Paso County's website to complete online application.

Additional Information:

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