Environmental Health Specialist Ii

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Posted
Dec 03, 2022
Closes
Dec 17, 2022
Ref
22-03355
Industry
Healthcare
Hours
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. With more than 100 years of leadership in the public health field, we are committed to protecting, promoting, and improving the health and quality of life for all in our community.

Provides administrative assistance and an advanced level of expertise and technical training. Under limited supervision of an Environmental Health Supervisor or Environmental Health Specialist III, this position conducts inspections, complaint investigations, and surveys to determine compliance with state and local codes and regulations related to campgrounds, food facilities, hotels and motels, massage establishments, on site wastewater treatment systems, religiously exempt childcare facilities, special events, summer camps, swimming pools, tattoo shops, and water wells. 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.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
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 an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Health or a bachelor's degree with at least thirty (30) semester hours of course work in the physical or biological sciences; plus, one year of experience in environmental health investigations.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to the position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and driving record check 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.

CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES REQUIRED: Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
AED - Required within 60 days
CPR - Required within 60 days

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Health department experience and knowledge working in a regulatory environment interpreting and/or enforcing codes or regulations.
  • Experience in the field of environmental health and inspection programs.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers including laptops, word processing and database management programs.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently with minimal supervision; ability to exercise a high degree of independent decision making.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Possession of one or more of the following: Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator License, Conventional Onsite Soil Evaluator License, Standardized Food Environmental Health Specialist, or Certified Commercial Pesticide Applicator License

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Ability to walk, negotiate/traverse sites with unleveled terrain and/or narrow passages; crouch, 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, and operate personal computer. Ability to conduct inspections/investigations in extreme temperature environments. Ability to operate motor vehicle in adverse weather conditions. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview.

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.

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