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Environmental Program Health Specialist

Lenoir, NC (Caldwell County)

Posted 12/29/2020






General Statement of Duties


The primary purpose of the Environmental Health Department is to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare by enforcement of state laws, rules, regulations and local ordinances pertaining to Environmental Health and Sanitation.


The Environmental Health Program Coordinator is responsible for coordinating multiple Environmental Health program areas as assigned by the EH Supervisor.  This is advanced professional environmental health work promoting public health through developing, implementing, and coordinating programs of education, surveillance, consultation, inspection and enforcement in the assigned programmatic areas in accordance with State and local Environmental Health laws and regulations.  The employee provides expertise in the assigned program areas, is responsible for quality assurance in those areas, and is responsible for seeing that the assigned programs meet all standards required by the State.  The employee spends a majority of their time in direct service provision.


Public Health is a first responder agency for natural disasters (e.g. hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, winter storms), naturally occurring infectious disease outbreaks (e.g. influenza, SARS), technological hazards (hazardous materials releases, critical infrastructure disruptions), and terrorist incidents.  This position, like all other positions within the Department, may be required to participate in any emergency response activities as deemed necessary by the Health Director or his/her designee.  Availability during emergencies and exercises is required.  Appropriate ICS courses will be completed as assigned for position.


Other tasks may be assigned by the Environmental Health Supervisor, Health Director, and other appropriate administrators based on the needs of the department.


Examples of Duties Performed


  • Has primary responsibility for training new employees in the program areas that they are assigned to coordinate


  • This employee spends the majority of their time providing mandated Environmental Health services in the assigned EH program areas and providing quality assurance in those areas.


  • Works closely with county attorney on all legal matters pertaining to Environmental Health. 


  • Uses appropriate guidelines and resources as well as all state and local public health laws and county ordinances.  Must be duly authorized to practice as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist to enforce state and local sanitation laws, regulations and ordinances.


  • Collaborates with other federal, state and local agencies that need the assistance of the Health Department in meeting their objectives.  Works in cooperation with the County Board of Health, Board of Commissioners, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, all county agencies and departments, the public school system, civic organizations, industry and the general public. 


  • Performs other duties as assigned by the EH Supervisor, Health Director, or other appropriate administrators.


Recruitment Standards


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


Comprehensive knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of a registered Environmental Health specialist.  Considerable knowledge of Environmental Health laws, rules and regulations as well as a complete understanding of the concepts of public health law.  General knowledge of community resources and of the responsibilities of other agencies relating to Environmental Health.  Considerable knowledge of all environmental health program areas including the design of on-site wastewater treatment systems, protection of water supplies, food sanitation, public pools, tattoos, child care centers, food-borne diseases, communicable diseases, vector control, solid waste management and institutional sanitation.  Considerable knowledge of inspection methods and investigation techniques as applied to Environmental Health.  Basic knowledge of office administration and management including personnel policies, procedures, and the budget process.    Ability to function independently and to exercise sound judgment.  Good communication and public speaking skills.  Ability to motivate and educate business and property owners as well as consumers.  Good physical health and a valid NC state driver’s license.


Minimum Education and Experience


Bachelor of Science degree with 30 hours of science and satisfactory completion of the North Carolina Centralized Intern Training (CIT) program with two years experience working at the environmental health specialist level.   Registered Environmental Health Specialist with state certification.  Fifteen hours of continuing education per year required to maintain certification and practice as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist.