Environmental Technician Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$45,204.64 - $75,341.14 Annually
Jul 30, 2022
Aug 13, 2022
Specialty Trades
Full Time
Job Announcement

The Fairfax County Health Department is the largest public health department in Virginia, serving 1.2 million residents from diverse ethnic, cultural, and economic backgrounds throughout Fairfax County, as well as the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church and the towns of Herndon, Vienna, and Clifton. With more than 100 years of leadership in the field, we are committed to protecting, promoting, and improving the health and quality of life for all in our community.

Works as part of the Division of Environmental Health (DEH.) Conducts inspections, complaint investigations and surveys of establishments that are determined to be of low risk to public health and safety to determine compliance with state and local codes and regulations related to water wells, swimming pools, tattoo shops, massage establishments, hotels and motels, campgrounds, summer camps, religiously exempt child care facilities, and special events. Conducts surveillance of disease carrying insects and ticks. Participates in environmental program education and related community outreach activities. Documents inspections and investigation findings; records coded entries in designated database. Attends training courses, educational conferences and seminars to enhance job proficiency. Attends regular staff meetings as scheduled; performs other duties as assigned. Duties are performed under the supervision of an Administrative Assistant V, Environmental Health Supervisor or Environmental Health Specialist III.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of hazardous waste materials and chemicals, their packaging and disposal;
  • Knowledge of EPA Subtitle D and C regulations for collection and disposal of waste as well as Virginia Regulation 9 VAC 20-60-10 et seq. regarding hazardous waste collection, storage, treatment, and transportation;
  • Knowledge of hazardous waste testing methodologies;
  • Knowledge of safety regulations relating to the handling of hazardous waste chemicals;
  • Knowledge of guidelines related to temporary food establishment operations;
  • Knowledge of ordinances related to water recreation facilities;
  • Knowledge of health regulations for licensed facilities to include lodging establishments, child daycare centers, marinas, massage establishments, tattoo operations, and campgrounds;
  • Knowledge of health regulations for private water supplies and sewage handling and disposal;
  • Ability to wear required personal protective equipment including respirators and protective clothing;
  • Ability to collect samples for laboratory and quality control analysis;
  • Ability to identify organic compounds and toxic chemicals using established identification techniques;
  • Ability to operate a forklift;
  • Ability to prepare accurate and complete documentation required by regulatory agencies;
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions;
  • Ability to work independently.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:

(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to") Graduation from high school or GED. issued by a state department of education, with coursework in chemistry or other physical or biological sciences; plus three years’ experience in environmental work, such as conducting regulatory inspections, processing chemicals and/or household hazardous waste, or acceptable laboratory experience.


Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver’s license

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation - CPR (Required within 60 days)

AED (Required within 60 days)


  • Health Department experience and knowledge of specific policies, guidelines, and procedures.
  • Experience in the field of Environmental Health and inspection programs.
  • Experience applying regulations, working knowledge of personal computers including laptops, word processing and database management programs.
  • Experience and knowledge of automated field inspection and/or surveillance equipment.
  • Strong oral and written communication and customer service skills; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; and the ability to exercise a high degree of independent decision making.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a child protective services registry, and sanction screenings to the satisfaction of the employer.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs may be subject to a weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

Some interstate travel may be required to attend training courses and meetings. Evening and weekend work may be required.


Ability to walk, negotiate/traverse sites with unleveled terrain and/or narrow passages; crouch, stoop, kneel, bend, reach, stretch, climb ladders, use test equipment, lift and carry instruments and other objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Wear personal protective equipment. Visual acuity is required to operate keyboard driven equipment and computer. Uses hands to grasp, handle or feel. Ability to conduct inspections/investigations in extreme temperature environments. Ability to operate motor vehicle in adverse weather conditions. Must be able to communicate with others verbally and in writing. Adequate color perception is necessary to identify chemical changes. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview and may include practical exercise.

The population of Fairfax County is very diverse where 39.8% of residents speak a language other than English at home (Spanish, Asian/Pacific Islander, Indo-European, and others) and we encourage candidates bilingual in English and a foreign language to apply to this opportunity.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or military status in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.