ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM SPECIALIST – 40007625
Date: Apr 24, 2024
Location: Durham, NC, US
Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees, and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit www.dconc.gov.

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DEPARTMENT: Public Health Services
DATE POSTED: April 25, 2024
CLOSING DATE: Open Until Filled
HIRING RANGE: $61,041.00 – $82,369.00
POSITION NUMBER: 40007625
JOB TYPE: Full-Time
**This posting is subject to close without prior notification.**

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
The primary responsibility of this position is to perform the administrative and field duties of the on-site wastewater program. The position serves as an advanced specialist for evaluation, troubleshooting, diagnostics, and repair option determinations for malfunctioning on-site wastewater systems.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this position. Management may assign additional functions related to the type of work of the position as necessary.
• Responsibilities include enforcement of state rules and statutes related to on-site wastewater systems including site evaluations, permit issuance, monitoring of existing systems, system installation inspections, and maintaining appropriate documentation and records of activities as required by all applicable laws, rules, and policies.
• Performs related work as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
• Working knowledge of environmental health laws, rules, and procedures, as well as a complete understanding of the concepts of public health law.
• Practical knowledge of microbiology, biology, chemistry, soil science, soil science, and basic engineering technology as applied to environmental health practices.
• General knowledge of community resources.
• Working knowledge of the responsibilities of other agencies involved in environmental health work.
• Advanced knowledge of the design of on-site wastewater treatment systems and protection of water supplies.
• Advanced knowledge of inspection methods and investigation techniques as applied in environmental health.
• Ability to analyze and comprehend a wide variety of technical and administrative regulations, records, and reports.
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and deal tactfully with a wide range of public contracts while enforcing public health laws and regulations.
• Ability to motivate and educate business and property owners and the public in matters related to protecting and promoting public health.
• Ability to present formal environmental health training programs.
• Ability to develop and express ideas and opinions concisely, comprehensively, and clearly in oral and written form.
• Ability to independently plan and schedule work activities.
• Ability to apply environmental health knowledge and techniques in the investigation of environmental health problems.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
• Two years of experience at the Environmental Health Specialist level in a health department.

SPECIAL CERTIFICATIONS AND LICENSES REQUIREMENTS:
• Must be a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in North Carolina
• Possess a valid North Carolina driver’s license with a three-year acceptable driving record.
• Current State authorization in onsite wastewater

PREFFERED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Registered Environmental Health Specialist candidates with current State authorizations in wells and pools.
• ArcGIS skills desired.
• Bilingual skills (Spanish) desired.
• Registration as a Licensed Soil Scientist in North Carolina desired.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT COMPLIANCE:
Durham County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires Durham County to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified persons with disabilities. Prospective and current employees are encouraged to discuss ADA accommodations with management.

To further the mission of the Durham County Department of Public Health (DCoDPH) to partner with our community to advance health equity, protect the environment, and promote health and wellness for all, DCoDPH is implementing the employee vaccination and tuberculosis screening policies. All DCoDPH employees are considered healthcare personnel (HCP) working in a health care setting with the potential for exposure to patients and/or infectious materials and, therefore, are required to comply and provide documented proof of the following:

• Measles, Mumps & Rubella (MMR) vaccination/immunity
• Varicella-Zoster Virus (Chicken Pox) vaccination/immunity
• Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
• Tuberculosis (TB) baseline screening within the last twelve (12) months prior to employment
• Hepatitis B vaccination/immunity – only required for DCoDPH employees with potential Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) exposures.

Identified DCoDPH HCP with potential Bloodborne Pathogen (BBP) exposure have an additional requirement for the Hepatitis B vaccination. Required vaccination, serological testing to determine immunity, and baseline tuberculosis screening are available for all Public Health employees who elect to become DCoDPH patients upon request and at no cost. Proof of vaccination and tuberculosis screening must be provided to Human Resources within seven (7) business days prior to the date of employment.

Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer