Environmental Health Specialist I

Overview

Date Posted:
6/21/2022
Job Code:
SpecP3em
Location:
Vector Control
Address:
2242 Carroll Rd
City:
Fort Wayne
Department:
Health Department - Vector Control
Base Pay:
$22.85/hour
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Category:
Professional/Administrative

This position is offered a comprehensive and competitive benefits package, which includes:

  • Medical, dental, vision and more
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Retirement plan with up to 5% matching

This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm with the ability to be on-call and to work as needed; 37.5 hours/week; overtime as required

Under the direction of the Vector Control and Healthy Homes Program Coordinator, the Environmental Health Specialist I ensures compliance with the all applicable Indiana Codes and Indiana Administrative codes relative to public health nuisances, healthy homes activities, rodent and mosquito control, and general protection of public health.  This position engages in inspections/testing as needed relative to the enforcement of the Allen County Lodging Establishment Ordinance and Allen County Public Health Hazards Ordinance.  This involves inspecting lodging establishments, properties, and other applicable facilities to address environmental and nuisance complaints as well as licensure and inspection.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Investigates complaints about rodents, trash and debris, bed bugs, cockroaches, unfit living conditions, and un-maintained swimming pools.
  • Seeks compliance with the Allen County Public Health Hazards Ordinance by educating, issuing legal notices, and participating in hearings.
  • Conducts inspections of lodging establishments, ensuring compliance with the Allen County Lodging Establishment Ordinance.
  • Investigates public complaints about lodging establishments.
  • Assists with lead risk assessments.
  • Posts meth-contaminated structures as uninhabitable during and after work hours.
  • Assists with mosquito surveillance and control programs.
  • Ability to be on-call and respond to public health emergencies after business hours.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor Degree in Biology, Chemistry, Public Health, Public Affairs, Environmental Health/Affairs, Education, or related field
  • One year of experience in inspection, environment, pesticide application or related field preferred
  • Strong writing skills with the ability to document work performed, actions taken, or results
  • Strong problem solving skills to aid in assessing situations and applying an appropriate solutions
  • Strong speaking skills to interview and discuss detailed information with citizen problems and complaints
  • Working knowledge of Public Health Laws and Regulations
  • Ability to use truck mounted ultra-low volume chemical sprayer, gas powered granular back pack chemical spreader, handheld ultra-low volume chemical sprayer, rodent bait stations, and adult mosquito gravid traps
  • Strong computer skills with the ability to use Microsoft Office and other work related computer software
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification upon employment as required for all public health staff
  • Ability to obtain Indiana Pesticide Applicator Certification 7a and 8 and Indiana Pesticide Applicator License number 7a and 8
  • Ability to obtain Indiana Lead Risk Assessor License
  • Valid Driver’s License to conduct inspections and enforcement

WORKING CONDITIONS:

The Environmental Health Specialist (Vector Control) works in the field with insect and animal control including mosquito spraying and surveillance, with exposure to physical and health hazards normally associated with vector control operations.  Ability to lift up to 40 pounds, frequently bend, reach over head, and kneel and will be exposed to temperature extremes, dangerous equipment, chemicals, noxious odors/fumes and exposure to biting insects and animals, disease and poisonous plants.


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO). Accordingly, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, age, disability or medical condition, national origin, and veteran status, and all other categories protected by federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. Reasonable accommodations for persons with a known disabling condition will be considered in accordance with State and Federal Law.