Environmental Specialist I

  • Florida Department of Health
  • Key Largo, FL, United States
  • Apr 12, 2017
Full time Biology/Ecology Communication/Public Outreach Environmental Science/Engineering EHS - Environmental, Health & Safety

Job Description

Under the direct supervision of an Environmental Manager, is responsible for conducting environemntal health inspections and investigations of regulated establishments for compliance with public health statutes and rules.This position is able to confer with engineers, public officials, and community leaders. When a violation of Administrative Code or threats to public health is identified, this position initiates and then uses progressive legal enforcement to seek corrections. Appropriate documentation of the investigations and case work performed is essential. 

Conducts inspections of institutional food establishments and maintains certification in this program. Investigates food-borne outbreaks and environmental sanitation complaints.  Conducts interviews, takes statements, collects evidence, and prepares investigative reports for serious violations.  Confers with and educates owner and civic groups about significance of disease control, sanitation, and health regulations.  Maintains inspection activity data and prepares administrative reports. 

Inspects public swimming pools and maintains either a CPO (Certified Pool Operator) or AFO (Aquatic Facility Operator) certification in this program. Investigates water-borne outbreaks and environmental sanitation complaints.  Conducts interviews, takes statements, collects evidence, and prepares investigative reports for serious violations.  Confers with and educates owner and civic groups about significance of disease control, sanitation, and health regulations.  Maintains inspection activity data and prepares administrative reports. 

Inspects on-site sewage treatment and disposal systems and maintains certification in this program.  Monitors permitted wastewater systems for compliance with environmental and sanitation regualtions.  Investigates environmental nuisance complaints and initiates enforcement action where indicated.  Inspects aerobic treatment units and collects samples for laboratory evaluation.  Maintains records and files of inspections and applications/plans. 

Collects beach water samples and maintains files of beach sample results. Coordinates sampling with the Department of Environmental Protection. 

Inspects biomedical waste generators, mobile home parks, group care facilities, tanning facilities and body piercing facilities assigned to this position.  Enforces applicable regualtions and initiates legal action as required.  Maintains records and files of inspections.  

Maintains and improves professional knowledge and skills through continuing education, review of environmental publications, internet, participation in monthly staff meetings and staff development activities. 

Performs related duties as required. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES 

  • Knowledge of GPs plotting, photography
  • Knowledge of management skills
  • Ability to work independently
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office, and other basic-intermediate computer skills
  • Ability to read and correctly interpret data accurately and completely
  • Ability to communicate effectively and professionally with clients, co-workers, other professionals and in groups
  • Knowledge of infection control, health care services, principles and methods of infectious disease prevention and control
  • Ability to develop methods for monitoring and evaluating quality of service and compliance with rules, policies, and statues
  • Ability to demonstrate personal integrity, responsibility, and accountability
  • Knowledge of data collection
  • Ability to adapt to change
  • Ability to determine work priorities and ensure proper completion of the work
  • Ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds
  • Knowledge of community resources and organizations
  • Ability to demonstrate cognitive thinking and problem solving
  • Ability to assume leadership roles in emergency response situations 

LICENSURE 

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the physical or natural sciences, environmental health, public health, or engineering or four years of related professional experience 

OTHER REQUIREMENTS 

  • Emergency Duty – Incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency.  Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or to perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.
  • Driver’s License Required
  • Incumbent maintains current certification in OSTDs and food safety inspections 

VETERANS PREFERENCE

Posting Closing Date: 04/26/2017

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Sector

Government- State/Provincial

Salary

$36,363.86