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Environmental Investigator II

City Of Houston
Houston, Missouri, US
Closing date
Oct 19, 2021

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Conservation science
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Full time
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Applications Accepted From: ALL PERSONS INTERESTED

Environmental Health
Section: Consumer Health
Workdays & Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM*
*Subject to Change


The Houston Health Department is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of an Environmental Investigator II to perform daily duties in the field including the following:
  • Review list of dwellings needing inspections for daily planning and consult with Supervisor/designee for scheduling and prioritization.
  • Conduct healthy home inspections/lead risk assessments and/or Elevated Blood Lead Level investigations using an XRF analyzer and other scientific tools to determine possible sources of lead exposure and prepare report per provided format/guideline.
  • Perform routine environmental sampling (dust /soil /water), properly document each sample taken, and prepare samples for submission to laboratory as appropriate or SOPs.
  • Investigate complaints concerning pollutant and contaminant sources; conduct on-site inspections; collect samples of the suspected pollutant; and reports investigative findings.
  • Prepare construction proposals for abatement contractors and perform field monitoring of abatement projects in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
  • Conduct clearance Inspections, collect necessary samples and prepare reports.
  • Prepare and maintain various department records (e.g., reports, correspondence, mileage reports, time sheets, etc.).
  • Attend various training courses, seminars and conferences to maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in job-related skills and techniques.
  • Report to work at assigned location with regular and predictable attendance.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle when required to travel on County business.
  • Promote environmental awareness concerning the effects and hazards associated with lead and healthy housing related environmental pollutants/ hazards.
  • Perform other duties as directed or assigned.

This position routinely requires lifting of moderately heavy items (up to 40 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking on rough surfaces on a routine basis. There are occasional exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution.

Job Requirements:
Requires a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health Engineering or a closely related degree.

One (1) year of experience in pollution/environmental control is required.

**Preference shall be given to eligible veteran applicants provided such persons possess the qualifications necessary for competent discharge of the duties involved in the position applied for, such persons are among the most qualified candidates for the position, and all other factors in accordance with Executive Order 1-6.**

One (1) year experience in field work performing testing, preferably in environmental testing for the lead or other regulated toxins or contaminants
Two (2) years' experience using MSOffice Software .
Registration as a Lead Risk Assessor in the State of Texas required within 3 months of hire and maintained throughout employment.
Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian by the National Environmental Health Association within 6 months of hire and maintained throughout employment.
Experienced lead inspectors and risk assessor with valid certification issued by the state of Texas will be preferred.
  • Knowledge of scientific processes including sampling and analysis.
  • Knowledge or the ability to learn, the specific Lead Program procedures, protocols and related regulations.
  • Completion of a pre-employment criminal records check, and drug screen required
  • Basic knowledge of medical terminologies
  • Ability to work with limited supervision and make decisions within the scope of established policies
  • Ability to learn and use specialized software
  • Ability to work independently with others
  • Ability to interpret, analyze and manage information, data, and policies
  • Ability to manage and maintain confidential information
  • Ability to prioritize work and carry out assigned projects to completion
  • Ability to accurately prepare and maintain program-related and the departmental documents.
  • Ability to work under pressure and/or frequent interruptions
  • Ability to understand and follow verbal and written instructions
  • Ability to communicate effectively, in English, both verbally and in writing
However, the department may administer a skills assessment evaluation.

If yes, this position is subject to random drug testing and if a promotional position, candidate must pass an assignment drug test.

Grants and Special funded positions are dependent upon continued available funds. If funding is no longer available, employee may be laid off or transferred. Factors used in determining the salary offered include the candidate's qualifications as well as the pay rates of other employees in this classification. The salary range for this position is

Pay Grade 16

Only online applications will be accepted for this City of Houston job and must be received by the Human Resources Department during active posting period. Applications must be submitted online at:

To view your detailed application status, please log-in to your online profile by visiting: or call (832.393.4897).

If you need special services or accommodations, call 832.393.4897. (TTY 7-1-1)

If you need login assistance or technical support call 855-524-5627.

Due to the high volume of applications received, the Hiring Department will contact you directly, should you be selected to advance in our recruitment process.

All new and rehires must pass a pre-employment drug test and are subject to a physical examination and verification of information provided.

EEO Equal Employment Opportunity
The City of Houston is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and providing a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based upon any legally protected status or protected characteristic, including but not limited to an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity, or pregnancy.
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