Environmental Health Specialist

Orange County Government Hillsborough, NC
Description Benefits Supplemental Questions

The Orange County Health Department has an opening for an Environmental Health Specialist. This position performs professional environmental health work in the promotion of public health through education, surveillance, consultation, inspection, and enforcement of State, local, and Federal environmental health laws and regulations.

This position is primarily in the Well and Septic Program.

Examples of Duties:

A position may not include all the work examples given, nor does the list include all that may be assigned.

Evaluate soil and site conditions for issuance or denial of Improvement Permit. Determine soil and site condition by taking soil samples and making field judgment by classifications as prescribed by law. Issuance or denial of Authorization for Wastewater System Construction as determined by the Improvement Permit and site inspection. Issuance or denial of Wastewater System Operation Permit after site inspection of installed wastewater system. Record as built site plan of installation with system information. Collect bacteriological, organic, and inorganic water sample at requested well sample point. Analyzes results from North Carolina State Lab. Make treatment or well repair recommendation to applicant/owner. Investigate complaints from the public regarding sewage disposal and/or potable well water. Resolution of complaint may include issuance of Improvement Permit, Construction Authorization or Well Permit; collection of water samples and legal action if warranted. Issuance or denial of Well Permit as determined by site inspection. Approval of construction of well by site visits. Record individual well information.

Conduct Environmental Health surveys as determined by EH Director and/or Supervisor. Evaluate and disseminate results. Evaluate existing sewage disposal and well system prior to issuance of the building permit and/or lot recordation in conjunction with Orange County Building Inspection and Orange County Planning.


Assignments are provided by defining objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Additional assistance is provided for unusual situations that do not have clear precedents. This classification typically does not supervise.

Typical Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Knowledge of environmental health theories, principles, and practices.

Knowledge of well and septic system design and legal requirements.

Knowledge of state and federal environmental laws and regulations.

Knowledge of food safety principles and practices, food microbiology, food science, sanitary design practices, and hazard analysis critical control point measures.

Knowledge of County ordinances and department policies and procedures.

Knowledge of wastewater and well construction standards and processes.

Knowledge of water chemistry, hydrology, microbiology, and water treatment systems and capabilities.

Skill in planning and prioritizing work.

Skill in decision making and problem solving.

Skill in conducting interviews and investigations.

Skill in analyzing soil and water samples.

Skill in using a computer and associated software applications.

Skill in using surveying and measurement tools, instruments, gauges, and meters.

Skill in public and interpersonal relations.

Skill in oral and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a Bachelor's degree with major course work in biology, environmental health or a related field including a minimum of 30 semester hours (or as stated in NC GS 90A-53) in physical or biological sciences and two years of experience in environmental health; or a Bachelor's degree in environmental health from a program accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula of the National Environmental Health Association and one year of environmental health experience.

Must possess or be able to obtain Registered Sanitarian certification by the North Carolina Board of Sanitarian Examiners.

Requires delegation of authority by NC Department of Health & Human Services to administer state rules and laws in the appropriate program area(s).

May be required to possess additional certification(s) as deemed necessary by the County.

Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

Supplemental Information:


Never; Rarely (Less than 25%); Often (25% - 75%);Always (More than 75%)

Rarely: Crawling, Kneeling, Repetitive motions of feet,

Often: Bending, Climbing, Grasping, Repetitive motions of hands/wrists, Sitting, Standing, Stooping, Typing, and Walking.

Always: Handing, Hearing, Reaching, Talking

Average of 50 pounds pushed and pulled over an average of 2 feet during a normal day.

Average of 15 pounds lifted over an average of 2 feet during a normal day

Average of 10 pounds carried over an average of 100 feet during a normal day

Examples of physical activities required in this position:

Driving to work site

Sitting at a computer for many hours per day

Filing papers

Walking to work station

Possible Hazards (chemicals, dangerous machinery, etc.)

Exposure to inclement weather and difficult terrain

Exposure to moving machinery, hot grease, communicable diseases, etc.

Contact with antagonistic and/or uncooperative members of the general public

Exposure to dangerous animals and insects

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer/Women/Minorities/Veterans/Disabilities

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