Environmental Health Specialist - $48,089-$60,111

Gila County Government | Payson, AZ

Posted Date 7/20/2022

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Environmental Health Specialist - Health and Emergency Services - $48,089-$60,111 Annually DOE

Payson, AZ - Full Time

  • The purpose of this job is to protect that health of Gila County citizens, their families and visitors to the County by conducting compliance and complaint inspections of food establishments, new/revised onsite wastewater systems, swimming pools, hotel/motels, children's camps, day care centers, schools as well as investigating public health nuisance complaints to ensure compliance with State and Local health code and ordinances.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Inspects restaurants, hotels/motels, food stores, food manufacturing and storage facilities, food vending machines and other permitted facilities for appropriate refrigeration temperature, signs of pest infestation, cleanliness, and proper food protection; reviews and instructs employees on proper hygiene and food handling/processing techniques; inspects food service operations at schools, daycare centers, mobile food vendors, and temporary food operators.  Reviews the design of the new septic system and conducts progress and final inspections for conventional and alternative septic systems; conducts new well approval inspections.  Reviews soil evaluations and PERC tests for each new septic system.
  • Responds to complaints to the public regarding garbage, debris, sanitary problems, vermin, and related issues; makes on-sites visits to validate the nature of the complaint; follows-up with enforcement activities as required; issues notices of violation as required.
  • Inspects dwellings, mobile home parks, schools, day-care centers, organized camps, public/semi-public swimming pools, family care centers and public buildings for conformance with public health codes; issues citations as required and provides information for mitigation or improvement; conducts inspections and/or responds to environmental complaints regarding homes, wells, water tankers, stores, and pet shops. Inspects septic hauling pumper trucks.
  • Provides education and information to food establishment owners, operators and food workers relating to food handling processes and health codes.
  • Monitors and investigates potential/actual food borne illness complaints and outbreaks; and ensures compliance with environmental regulations, ordinances, laws and standards.
  • Identifies hazardous foods and environments; examines biological specimens.
  • Issues permits for operation of food establishments, bars, cafes, food processing operations, butchers, mobile vendors, temporary booths for special events, stores, pet shops, hotels/motels, onsite wastewater systems, and swimming pools; and provides information to enforcement personnel regarding environmental standards; advises government, industrial and individual owners regarding community health and vector control.
  • Conducts vector borne disease surveillance activities including mosquito trapping and monitoring for West Nile virus.
  • Prepares and maintains environmental documentation, records, and files; submits required reports; maintains accurate records and files related to area(s) of assignment.

Minimum Education Required 

  • Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health or Public Health Administration or related field.
  • Incumbents in this position are required by State Law to have a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree, however, the incumbent in this position is also required to become a Registered Sanitarian. The Incumbent cannot test for Registered Sanitation Licensure without at least one year experience working as a Sanitarian in a Health Department.

Minimum Years of Directly Related Experience Required

  • Two years directly related experience; or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Professional Credentials Required

  • Must possess and maintain a valid Driver's License.
  • Arizona Licensure as a Registered Sanitaria, National Incident Management System/Incident Command System 300 certification and Pest Control Applicator License.

Gila County Employment:


Salary48089.00 - 60111.00 Annual

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