Environmental Health Specialist: On-Site Wastewater/Wells

Website Buncombe County Government

To Apply: https://buncombecounty.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/Buncombe_County_Careers/job/Environmental-Health-Specialist_R01989

Buncombe County is a caring community in harmony with its environment where citizens succeed, thrive, and realize their potential. Our mission is to promote a healthy, safe, well-educated, and thriving community with a sustainable quality of life; to provide effective and efficient government our citizens can trust; and to deliver needed service through a responsive work force committed to excellence, integrity, and teamwork.

Purpose of the position: This position conducts state mandated inspections of facilities under the jurisdiction of BCHHS Environmental Health division to ensure compliance with public health laws and rules.

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience (required at time of hire): Bachelor’s degree with at least 30 semester hours of course work in the physical or biological sciences or a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from a program which is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula of the National Environmental Health Association and be eligible to be registered as a Environmental Health Specialist Intern by the NC State Board of Environmental Health Specialist Examiners within 60 days of employment.

Additional Training and Experience: Required to attend and pass the centralized training provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and must pass the state authorization evaluation and test to perform duties.

Preference will be given to candidates that are currently registered as a Sanitarian Intern and received a delegation of authority in one or more of the following areas from the NCDHHS-Environmental Health Section: child-care & school sanitation, childhood lead poisoning prevention, food, lodging & institutions, migrant housing, on-site wastewater, public swimming pools, tattoos, and/or private wells.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: Must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a safe driving record. Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist by the NC State Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialist Examiners under the provisions of Chapter 90A of the General Statues of North Carolina is required within three years of employment; Educational requirements in accordance with Chapter 90A must be obtained each calendar year to renew registration to maintain Registered Environmental Health Specialist status.

Essential Functions of the position:

  • Enforce applicable state laws, and rules ordinances governing well installations and construction, private water supplies and on-site wastewater disposal systems promulgated by the state.
  • Perform inspections and related activities for all new well installations, well repairs, on-site wastewater systems and system repairs as mandated by state laws and rules.
  • Evaluate soil and/or sites to determine suitability for sewage disposal systems and/or well location and make recommendations to property owners, realtors, developers and builders concerning soil/site suitability for an onsite wastewater system or well to serve the intended project.
    Provide assistance with inspections of engineered septic tank systems under the jurisdiction of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, on-site water protection branch.
  • Inspect private water supply systems, collects water samples and other materials for laboratory test, interprets test results, informs the applicant and takes appropriate action.
  • Keep accurate and detailed inspection records as mandated by the state.
    Serve as a consultant to assist applicants with proper maintenance and protection of water supplies and assure that recommended standards regarding such supplies are being maintained.
  • Investigate a broad spectrum of environmental complaints and health related nuisances, provide recommendations and enforcement procedures are implemented to abate applicable situations.
  • Serve as a primary contact and consultant for well drillers, on-site wastewater installers, homeowners, contractors, realtors and other members of the public on wells, on-site wastewater systems and related groundwater issues.
  • Design wastewater disposal systems that comply with applicable rules and laws and issue necessary permits, conducts final inspections then authorize use of the system.
  • Provide assistance in investigating outbreaks of illness associated with water supplies and assist with corrective actions to protect public health.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of environmental health laws, rules, and procedures, as well as a complete understanding of the concepts of public health law.
  • Working knowledge of the design of on-site waste water treatment systems, food sanitation, food borne diseases, communicable diseases, vector control, protection of water supplies, solid waste management, and institutional sanitation as applicable to area of assignment.
  • Working knowledge of inspection methods and investigation techniques as applied in environmental health.
  • Working knowledge of the responsibilities of other agencies involved in environmental health work.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and enforce state and local laws, rules and ordinances.
  • Ability to understand and use engineering, technical, and specialized information.
  • Ability to analyze and comprehend a variety of technical and administrative regulation, records, and reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate potential concerns and corrective measures to business and property owners and the consuming public in matters related to protecting and promoting public health.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and deal tactfully with a wide range of the public while communicating potential concerns and corrective measures and enforcing public health laws and rules.

Department:Public Health Administration

Location: Asheville, NC

Job Posting End Date: July 26, 2022

Salary Range: $24.96 – $29.13

Buncombe County Government realizes the importance of a diverse professional workforce and the need to foster a responsive and innovative organizational culture, one that fully engages all of our employees, honoring and building on each employee’s unique experiences, opinions, and perspective.

It is the policy of Buncombe County to provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, physical or mental disability, age, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other legally protected class under federal or NC State law. In addition the Agency expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment or discrimination.

Applicants for employment are invited to participate in the affirmative action program by reporting their status as a protected veteran or other minority. In extending this invitation, we advise you that: (a) workers (applicants) are under no obligation to respond but may do so in the future if they choose; (b) responses will remain confidential within the human resource department; and (c) responses will be used only for the necessary information to include in our affirmative action program. We are a company that values diversity. We actively encourage women, minorities, veterans and disabled employees to apply. Refusal to provide this information will have no bearing on your application and will not subject you to any adverse treatment.

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