Environmental Health Spec Ii

Fairfax, Virginia
$59,685.39 - $99,475.38 Annually
Mar 18, 2023
Apr 01, 2023
Full Time
Job Announcement

Are you looking for a position that offers you…..
Supportive team environment
Dynamic orientation
Opportunity to make a difference by serving those most in need
Work collaboratively with community partners to address public health priorities. Focus on health education, health promotion and disease prevention.
A Learning culture
Work life balance.

Then don’t look further and join our amazing team of professionals!

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.

The Division of Environmental Health is seeking an Environmental Health Specialist II to provide and maintain various types of sanitation inspection services. 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.

Note: Health Department positions are designated as emergency responders in the event of a public health crisis. As a public health emergency responder, this position may be reassigned to provide support based on the emergency response service needs. The temporary reassignment may require employees to function in a role outside of the typical job duties. The emergency response may also require employees to work alternative work schedules to include weekend and evenings.

Note: Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, 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 30 semester hours of course work in the physical or biological sciences; plus, one year of experience in environmental health investigations.

(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")

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.


Possession of a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
AED - Required within 60 days
CPR - Required within 60 days


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; and the 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, Certified Pool Operator Certification, or Commercial Pesticide Certified Applicator License.


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.

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. DHREmployment@fairfaxcounty.gov EEO/AA/TTY.