Environmental Public Health Specialist

  • General Information
    • Job Title:
      Environmental Public Health Specialist
    • Location:
      • 5 Health Department Dr
      • Troy, MO, 63379
      • United States
    • Description
      • Reports to:
        Wage Band:
        Administrative Staff

    • The Environmental Public Health Specialist (EPHS) promotes community environmental health and monitors
      adherence to public health laws and regulations. This person participates in field inspections and evaluations
      concerning the application of public health practices designed to prevent disease and promote environmental
      health, life safety and consumer protection. The EPHS establishes and develops community relationships and
      provides technical advice in matters of environmental health and the implementation of environmental public health
      programs. The EPHS is responsible for the accurate performance of technical duties and compliance with
      established policies and procedures, including providing regulatory oversight to community service providers.
      This position has a high degree of accountability, participates in strategic program planning and program
      evaluation, represents the agency within the community, may supervise other staff, and works with considerable
      independence under the general supervision of the Administrative Staff. 

Essential Functions/Responsibilities

Program-Specific Duties

  • Performs enforcement of local, state, and federal laws, rules, and regulations, including local ordinances
  • Conducts field investigations and epidemiological studies of food and waterborne disease outbreaks or
    environmental health hazards, in coordination with other applicable regulatory agencies
  • In accordance with state and local guidelines, inspects construction and maintenance of individual sewage
    treatment systems and temporary and permanent food establishments; this involves extensive travel
    within the county, especially during seasonal busy times
  • Oversees certification and permitting of on-site sewage treatment system installers
  • Oversees certification and permitting of temporary and permanent food handlers and establishments
  • Collects samples of food, water or wastewater for bacteriological or chemical analysis; collects other
    samples (e.g. asbestos) for analysis as needed
  • Inspects food service establishments, retail food stores, commercial lodging establishments, and other
    entities as required to determine compliance with environmental public health laws, rules and regulations
    pertaining to their operation
  • Investigates complaints involving possible environmental public health law violations; prepares reports
    with recommendations for corrective measures, conducts follow-up investigations, coordinates with
    agency legal counsel, and as acts as an expert witness as required
  • Inspects public and private facilities, such as child care facilities and commercial lodging facilities, with
    respect to the following: food protection; water supply; sewage treatment; waste disposal; vector control;
    life safety; hazards in electrical; venting or plumbing installations; and other related environmental hazards
  • Collaborates with other staff to perform environmental-related epidemiology and surveillance activities
    including vector control, zoonotic diseases, toxic and hazardous chemicals and risk assessment
  • Coordinates, in collaboration with the Emergency Planner, disaster response related to environmental
    public health concerns
  • Coordinates and cooperates with other regulatory agencies regarding environmental health issues
  • Responds to and provides regulatory guidance for food-related transportation accidents
  • Provides guidance, information, training, and education to other agencies and the community regarding
    environmental health concerns; may conduct public meetings
  • Maintains currency in applicable certifications for Environmental Public Health Specialist and information
    contained in the state Environmental Health Operational Guidelines (EHOG) manual
  • Communicates with local, state, and federal officials as needed to determine the status of environmental
    public health programs and identify problems
  • Prepares reports, records and correspondence in an accurate, timely and legible manner
  • Required flexibility in work schedule to be available for after hours inspection of on-site septic, temporary food events and response to transportation accidents and other events related to public health
    to transportation accidents and other disasters related to Environmental Public Health is a requirement for
    this position 

General Duties

  • Develops and manages program activities and timelines
  • Ensures quality and accuracy of program activities
  • Ensures timely completion of contract deliverables, if applicable
  • Assists with program contract and budget preparation
  • Monitors program budget(s)
  • Oversees and manages work of certain program staff
  • Prepares for and participates in regular meetings with staff and others as required
  • Collaborates in the development of and contributes to individual, team, and agency quality improvement and evaluation activities
  • Adheres to agency policies and guidelines
  • Helps ensure compliance with applicable regulations
  • Represents agency to external partners, groups, and the general public
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with external partners
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with fellow staff members and promotes a positive working environment
  • Demonstrates and promotes a culture of respect and cultural sensitivity in their interactions with the public and with agency staff
  • Identifies partnership and funding opportunities; promotes relationship-building with other organizations, agencies, or individuals
  • Provides support for and/or participates in agency community outreach activities, as directed
  • Protects and safeguards confidential agency and client information; exercises sound judgment and caution in communication and transmission of information
  • All employees of the agency are considered first responders and may be expected to respond in the event of a public health threat or emergency
  • Other duties as required/assigned

Minimum and Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with specialization in one or a
       combination of the following: biology, chemistry, bacteriology, food science, soil science, sanitary science,
       environmental health or in closely related physical or natural sciences AND at least two years professional
       experience; OR Master’s or other graduate degree from an accredited college or university with
       specialization in the aforementioned subjects; in lieu of this, a combination of relevant prior work
       experience, training, and/or certifications may qualify
  • Experience in the following areas is a plus: (1) food sanitation and protection; (2) milk sanitation; (3)
       sewage disposal; (4) solid waste disposal; (5) lodging sanitation; (6) institutional sanitation; (7) community
       environmental sanitation; (8) water supply; (9) general vector control; (10) occupational health; (11)
       consumer product safety; (12) fire safety; (13) risk assessment; (14) recreational waters; and (15) buildingrelated illnesses
  • Possession of valid CDL or Missouri Driver’s license and reliable personal transportation
  • Strong understanding of core public health functions, competencies, and essential service
  • Working knowledge of bacteriology, chemistry, physics and other sciences as applied to environmental
  • Working knowledge of the principles, practices and terminology of environmental health as related to
       public health
  • Working knowledge of relationships of environmental conditions to the general level of public and
       occupational health
  • Working knowledge of laws, regulations and policies relating to public health powers and duties, local
       government organizations and community resources and their functions as related to environmental
       public health
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, co-workers and other
       governmental agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, including aptitude for public speaking
  • Demonstrated personal demeanor and composure to build confidence and consensus under stress or
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and/or with limited supervision
  • Prior supervisory, management, or leadership experience
  • Basic to advanced understanding of grants, contracts, and budgets
  • Excellent documentation and records maintenance skills
  • Outstanding verbal and written communication skills
  • Technological aptitude and proficiency
  • Proficiency with computer software and applications, including Microsoft Office
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to the agency’s mission
  • Willingness to engage in personal development, continuous learning, and ongoing training
  • Must be able to attend job-related events and meetings

Physical working environment includes

  • Indoor office setting with occasional travel to meetings and presentations
  • Regular on-site work requiring movement over a variety of terrain including uneven, loose, rocky, and/or muddy
  • Exposure to heavy machinery with high noise levels; work outside for long periods of time
  • Work outside in a variety of environmental and weather conditions
  • Ability to view conditions within deep trenches
  • Potential contact with environmental contaminants and pathogens, including sewage
  • Occasional lifting or moving of heavy (50+ pounds) objects

This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of the job and the general nature and level of work performed by job holders within this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of qualifications, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

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