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Environmental Health Practitioner

Company: DuPage County Health Department
Location: Winfield
Posted on: April 2, 2024

Job Description:

Our Environmental Health Services Plan Review Unit has an opening on our team for a Environmental Health Specialist II. In this role, you will be responsible for providing a wide range of services for multiple environmental health programs. You will also have the responsibility of training and mentoring subordinate staff engaged in similar responsibilities.

This is full-time position located at our Central Public Health Center in Wheaton, with work out in the field. We offer a generous leave package, health insurance, tuition reimbursement and an IMRF retirement account. For a full list of our benefits, click on the benefit tab.

  • Reviews construction application documents and plans, conducts consultations and performs inspections of new and existing food establishments, child-care facilities, private water supplies, and private sewage disposal systems.
  • Performs routine and complex compliance inspections of facilities, including but not limited to, the following: retail, mobile and non-profit food establishments and vendors; public and private schools.
  • Public, private and institutional child-care facilities; groundwater sourced private water systems; private sewage disposal systems.
  • Vector/animal disease surveillance, collection and abatement.
  • Public swimming pools; and other environmental health issues.
  • Prepares inspection reports, documents all violations, issues notices of corrective action and ensures future adherence through periodic follow-up visits.
  • Responds to citizens' complaints as they relate to environmental health issues.
  • Conducts investigations related to food-borne illness or environmentally acquired diseases referred from the Disease Control and Epidemiology program.
  • Reviews construction application documents and plans for food establishments, child-care facilities, private sewage disposal systems and private water supplies as needed.
  • Meets established productivity standards; approves or denies application based on factual evidence and issues permits as appropriate.
  • Selects, prepares and submits, under prescribed methods, environmental samples as required.
  • Performs environmental tests as required.
  • Conducts educational presentations on food safety and other general health or sanitary related topics.
  • Provides and explains educational materials, regulations, policies and other compliance to the general public.
  • Consults with industry professionals on a regular basis.
  • Mentors and trains subordinate staff; maintains records and files.
  • Testifies in judicial proceedings and hearings as needed.
  • Demonstrates independent judgment and discretion in making position related decisions.
  • Participates in emergency response activities as assigned.
  • Maintains required training, licensure and/or certification.
  • Maintains confidentiality of privileged information and adheres to client privacy laws.
  • Demonstrates sensitivity and understanding of other ethnic groups and cultures.
  • Adheres to department guidelines for attendance and punctuality.May act as lead worker; may need to be available to respond to afterhours emergency calls on a rotating basis.
    Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health or a related field which required a minimum of thirty semester hours or forty-five quarter hours in the physical and/or biological sciences, and three (3) years of related experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS :
    Current Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner (LEHP) in the State of Illinois.

    The position performs essential on-site functions and is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement.
    KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS :
    Considerable knowledge of practices and procedures of environmental health; considerable knowledge of at least three specialty areas within environmental health including, but not limited to, food sanitation, private water supplies, private sewage disposal, nuisance control, and housing and recreation; considerable knowledge of state law, local ordinances and the rules and regulations pertaining to environmental health practices; good knowledge of environmental health resources; good knowledge of training principles.

    Considerable skill in analyzing facts and data in order to make recommendations; considerable skill in interpreting and applying policies in a consistent manner; considerable skill in organizing one's work to meet deadlines; considerable skill developing and maintaining positive and professional relationships with internal and external customers; working skill in verbal and written communication; working skill in preparing written documentation that is consistent with laws and regulations; working skill in developing and delivering training and education to internal and external customers; working skill in developing and maintaining positive and professional relationships with internal and external customers; working skill in maintaining records and files; working skill in operating a personal computer, applicable software and peripheral equipment. Associated topics: agriculture, agrosciences, air, bioassay, biodiversity, ecological, environmental, farm, ocean, water monitoring

Keywords: DuPage County Health Department, Chicago , Environmental Health Practitioner, Other , Winfield, Illinois

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