Environmental Health Specialist

Work Type


Closing Date
February 11, 2020
Posted January 29, 2020

Agency Name
Buncombe County Health & Human Services

Work County

Job Contact
Human Resources (828)250-4166 www.buncombecounty.org/jobs hr@buncombecounty.org

Job Description

Essential Functions of the position:

  • Enforce compliance with state, local, and federal environmental and public health laws and regulations.
  • Investigate environmental related complaints, health related nuisances, and reports of food borne illness and contaminated food in order to prevent the spread of communicable disease.
  • Perform routine inspections and ensure that food and lodging facilities, swimming pools, institutions, child care centers, tattoo artists and lead investigations are meeting standards as mandated by state laws and rules in order to reduce the incidences and threat of food borne illness and other communicable disease.

Minimum Education, Training and/or Experience: Graduation from a four-year college or university with 30 semester of course work in the physical or biological sciences and two years of exposure in environmental health; or a four-year or Master’s degree in environmental health from a program which is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula of the National Environmental Health Association and one year of experience in environmental health.

Additional Training and Experience: Educational requirements in accordance with Chapter 90A must be obtained each calendar year to renew registration in order to maintain Registered Environmental Health Specialist status.

License or Certification Required by Statute or Regulation: Registration is required by the North Carolina Board of Sanitarian Examiners under the provisions of Chapter 90A of the General Statues of North Carolina.

Duties, Responsibilities, and Other Functions:

  • Inspect permanent and temporary food facilities for compliance with health regulations and standards.
  • Seek corrective actions where needed and educate managers, operators and staff of various facilities and establishments on safe handling processes and sanitation procedures.
  • Perform critical violation visits within 10 days of observing the priority or priority foundation violation.
  • Keep accurate and detailed inspection records as mandated by the state that include the violation observed, food code citation, and method of correction.
  • Review previous history of establishments prior to scheduled inspection.
  • Provide assistance to members of the EPI team and other Health Center staff in the event of a food borne outbreak.
  • Respond to public requests for assistance, complaints or inquiries in areas of responsibility.
  • Seek legal remedies under the advice of the program supervisor and division director to abate health nuisances or prosecute individuals for failure to comply with public health laws and rules.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Abilities:

  • Working knowledge of environmental health laws, rules, and procedures, as well as a complete understanding of the concepts of public health law.
  • Working knowledge of the design of on-site waste water treatment systems, food sanitation, food borne diseases, communicable diseases, vector control, protection of water supplies, solid waste management, and institutional sanitation as applicable to area of assignment.
  • Working knowledge of inspection methods and investigation techniques as applied in environmental health.
  • Working knowledge of the responsibilities of other agencies involved in environmental health work.
  • Ability to accurately interpret and enforce state and local laws, rules and ordinances.
  • Ability to analyze and comprehend a variety of technical and administrative regulation, records, and reports.
  • Ability to effectively communicate potential concerns and corrective measures to business and property owners and the consuming public in matters related to protecting and promoting public health.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and deal tactfully with a wide range of the public while enforcing public health laws and regulations.
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