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Environmental Health Outreach Specialist

City Of Alexandria Virginia
Alexandria, VA
$52,080.08 - $57,417.36 Annually
Closing date
Feb 20, 2023

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Environmental Health Outreach Specialist

The City of Alexandria is located in northern Virginia and is bordered by the District of Columbia (Potomac River), Arlington and Fairfax counties. With a population of approximately 150,000 and a land area of 15.75 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Alexandria has a charming waterfront and is a unique and historic place to live and work. About one-quarter of the City’s square miles have been designated as a national or local historic district. We proudly embrace our rich history and seize the endless opportunities that lie ahead. If you are interested in working for the vibrant City of Alexandria, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Environmental Health Outreach Specialist position.

An Overview
Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is seeking an experienced, self-motivated candidate to join our Environmental Health Outreach Specialist position. This position will inspect pools, respond to pool complaints, investigate bite reports to prevent the spread of rabies within our community, manage mosquito complaints, and be responsible for championing Environmental Health outreach efforts within the City.

The Opportunity - Examples of Work
  • Conducts aquatic health inspections, including complaint response, confirming permit paperwork is in order; testing water pH level and ensuring proper filtration system is in operation.
  • Partners with the Alexandria Animal Welfare League to support rabies prevention through outreach activities.
  • Investigates bite reports.
  • Assists in the preparation of reports, correspondence and other administrative tasks
  • Provides education and outreach to the community on environmental health issues.
  • Works with City partners and community partners to identify outreach opportunities across the agency.
  • Creates content for dissemination via website and various City social media platforms.
  • Researches, creates and makes presentations.
  • Provides initial response to mosquito complaints.
  • Performs related work as required.
About the Department
Alexandria Health Department (AHD) is one of 35 health districts in Virginia. As part of the Virginia Department of Health, AHD serves the residents, businesses, and visitors of Alexandria and works closely with the City of Alexandria and community partners to achieve its mission and vision. Alexandria, comprised of 15.75 square miles and a population of approximately 150,000, is the most densely populated city in Virginia and is rich in diversity and community engagement. AHD’s mission is “Protecting and Promoting Health and Well-Being in Our Communities” and our vision is “Healthy People, Healthier Communities.” We view “health” in the broadest sense and this drives our path towards continuous health improvement with a focus on equity of the social determinants of health.

The Environmental Health Division prides itself on its commitment to ensuring public health and safety, working together as a team, and our dedication to continuing education as well as cross training our staff in all areas of environmental health. We always strive to provide excellent customer service to the citizens that we assist, and the people that we work with. Furthermore, we believe that education is the key to ensuring compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. These values of the Environmental Health Division at AHD make it ideal for those wishing to obtain training and experience in the environmental and public health fields.

Minimum & Additional Requirements

In order to qualify for the position you must possess a Two Year Associate Degree in a relevant science such as Environmental Health, Biology, Public Health Education or equivalent experience and training. At least one year of experience working with the general public delivering public health messaging. Experience teaching or educating members of the public or peers. At least one year of experience working with the public, taking complaint information and problem solving. Required to maintain a valid driver's license and adhere to Virginia Department of Health's driver safety policy. Reliable means of transportation to travel within the city for inspections and outreach events.

Preferred Qualifications

To be considered as an ideal candidate, one should possess Bachelor's Degree in a relevant science such as Environmental Health, Biology, Public Health Education or comparable experience. Significant experience presenting public health information to large community groups. Experience creating and developing training materials and outreach opportunities. Experience with rabies response, including investigating bite reports, submitting specimens for testing and liaising with animal owners and victims. Experience investigating mosquito complaints. Previous pool inspection experience. Bilingual in English/Spanish.


This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks including but not limited to driving record check, previous education and employment verification, and criminal background check.

Work is conducted in various environments, including outdoors. This position is required to work on weekend days and evenings on a regular basis.


The City of Alexandria is an award-winning, innovative, and progressive local government that brings together elected leaders, residents, businesses, and staff to foster a thriving community.  We are an independent, full-service city, providing the services typically operated by both counties and cities in areas such as public safety, transportation, human services, parks and recreation, planning, and administration. We offer a wide range of exciting career opportunities in a variety of fields, with the resources and expertise to succeed.  In Alexandria, employees are our most important asset, and we work hard to create and support a culture that delivers excellence through the shared values of respect, integrity, teamwork and continuous improvement.

Our employees have access to excellent medical, dental, vision, life insurance and other benefits.  Alexandria provides a defined-benefit pension and offers six weeks of paid parental leave to employees who become parents through birth, adoption or foster care.

We offer a robust wellness program, interdepartmental rotation program, tuition assistance funding and professional development program that helps employees obtain the knowledge, skills, qualifications and experience to enhance their professional and personal growth.

With a population of approximately 160,000 and a land area of 16 square miles, Alexandria is the seventh largest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Located on the Potomac River across from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its beautifully preserved 18th- and 19th-century architecture, charming waterfront, high-tech economy, vibrant retail and restaurant corridors and diverse neighborhoods. We are a unique and historic community, and we continue to innovate for the 21st century.

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