POSITION: Registered Sanitarian (Environmental Health Specialist)
ACCOUNTABLE TO: County Commissioners, Lead Sanitarian, City/County Board of Health, and County Health Officer
SUMMARY OF WORK:
This position performs routine and follow-up inspections of retail and wholesale food service establishments, public accommodations, trailer courts, schools, daycare centers, group homes, swimming pools, and tattoo and body piercing establishments for compliance with State regulations. Assists with review of new construction or remodel plans of licensed establishments. Participates in communicable disease investigations. Teaches food safety and disease prevention classes to food service personnel and daycare providers. Prepares educational newsletters. May be assigned additional duties and require training as an element of an environmental/public health response to an emergency. Investigates complaints related to environmental health issues. Performs other related duties as required; which may include soil and site evaluations of building lots, regulation of the installation and design of subsurface wastewater treatment systems and training and certification of septic installers. May review subdivisions for sanitation requirements and work closely with planning department.
Nature of Work: This position performs administrative and technical duties associated with health inspections of public licensed establishments. This position may involve working when an emergency arises, traveling, working in adverse weather or rough terrain conditions, and dealing with stressful, controversial and sensitive issues with the general public and business owners. Position may also include sanitation review in subdivisions and septic system regulation.
Personal Contacts: Daily contact with State and Local officials, operators of licensed establishments, septic installers, professional consultants, and customer service to the general public that includes telephone, email and written complaints, questions, referrals, and written correspondence. Coordination of duties with the County Commissioners, Lead Sanitarian, City/County Health Officer, Public Health Director, City of Dillon officials, and State officials.
Supervision Received: Lead Sanitarian, Beaverhead City/County Health Board, City/County Health Officer, and County Commissioners.
Essential Functions/Physical Requirements: Position involves sitting, standing, and walking. Must be able to use writing instruments, basic testing and monitoring tools and instruments, computers, read reports and other written material; use telephone and communicate orally with the public. Must be able to stoop, bend, kneel, reach, and lift up to 30 pounds. Inspections require ability to enter and exit buildings, use stairs, traverse rough terrain, and climb a ladder. Ability to travel and enter/exit vehicles.
AREAS OF JOB ACCOUNTABILITY AND PERFORMANCE:
Performs health inspections of public licensed establishments in Beaverhead County, in restaurants, bars, hotels, motels, trailer courts, and other public establishments such as pools, schools, daycares, hospitals, and jails. Performs inspections according to established procedures to ensure compliance with laws and regulations; educates the operators of these establishments as to health codes; responds to and investigates public health related complaints; prepares, processes, manages, and submits inspection reports of licensed public establishments, licenses new public establishment, investigates and coordinates food-borne illness complaints and incidents with the Public Health Department, Food and Consumer Safety and the State epidemiologist and other local and State public health related reports requested by the State; performs other related duties as requested by the State and County. Technical advisor to the Beaverhead City/County Health Board. Works closely with local public health officials regarding disease response and recovery.
OTHER DUTIES MAY INCLUDE:
Inspects and permits the installation of septic systems for individual residences and public facilities, performs on-site inspections, reviews subdivisions for compliance with sanitary restrictions and removal requirements, assists the general public in meeting State requirements in regard to subdivisions, reviews and approves septic system permit applications, responds to and investigates water and sewer problems and other sanitary environmental health issues and compliance, reviews and approves plats and Certificates of Surveys for compliance with Local and State sanitary restriction regulations; is zoning compliance officer.
Knowledge: This position requires a knowledge of appropriate Federal, State and County laws and regulations; such as Food Code, principles and practices of environmental health sanitation; public health and environmental science.
Skills: This position requires skills in operating office machines and equipment, testing equipment for food safety, good communication skills and computer skills. Supervises support staff and employees in sanitation office.
Abilities: This position requires the ability: to effectively enforce rules and regulations, to interpret Federal, State, and County laws, to thoroughly investigate problems and complaints, to apply established methods and procedures used in inspecting and correcting unsanitary conditions, to maintain confidentiality, to use good judgment, to handle stress and deal with different personality types, to communicate effectively orally and in writing, to follow verbal and written instructions, work unsupervised, and to establish effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors, and the public and business owners.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The above knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a bachelor’s degree in physical or biological sciences, natural sciences, environmental engineering, environmental sciences, or environmental health from an accredited university.
An applicant must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in environmental health or its equivalent from an accredited University or College. Graduation from an accredited College or University with a Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 45 quarter or 30 semester hours in the physical and biological sciences, including courses in chemistry, biology, and at least one general microbiology course as an equivalent qualification of a bachelor’s degree in environmental health.
Must have current certification from the State of Montana as a Registered Sanitarian (RS) or REHS/RS Certification from the National Environmental Health Association, or the qualifications for the State Sanitarian-in-Training (SIT) program. Application for the SIT license must be done within 1 week of start date if hired applicant is not an RS or REHS.
Must possess a valid State of Montana driver’s license.
JOB PERFORMANCE STANDARDS:
Evaluation of this position will be based primarily upon performance of the preceding requirements and duties. Examples of job performance criteria include, but are not limited to, the following:
–Performs assigned duties.
–Makes complete and accurate health inspections.
–Keeps complete and accurate files on establishments.
–Knows and understands Federal, State and County regulations regarding sanitary inspections, air and water quality.
–Accurately applies methods and procedures used in sanitary inspections.
–Assists and provides information on all health code rules and regulations.
–Conducts thorough investigations when needed.
–Operates office equipment and testing/monitoring equipment properly.
–Demonstrates ability to work in adverse weather conditions.
–Is able to travel, as required, for the position.
–Maintains accurate and timely records
–Prepares and submits accurate and timely reports.
–Makes appropriate decisions based on the information given.
–Coordinates activities with lead Sanitarian, County Commissioners, Health Nurse, City/County Health Board, City/County Health Officer, and other State officials.
–Deals tactfully with the public.
–Observes work hours.
–Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with fellow employees, supervisors and the public.
–Investigates and responds to complaints involving any environmental health or public licensing issues.
This is a full-time position and has an excellent benefit package valued at $9.97 per hour. Wage begins at $22.52 per hour and after a successful completion of 6-month probationary period, raises to $23.77.
Contact the Butte-Silver Bow Job Service at 406-494-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for complete job description and application packet. Job applications may also be found on www.beaverheadcounty.org . Applications must be received at the Job Service Office by 5 pm on August 31, 2021. Please contact Tom Wagenknecht at 683-3771 with questions.
Beaverhead County is an EEO/AA employer and encourages applications from all interested persons.