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Environmental Health Specialist 1 TEMPORARY (B028)

Lane County
Eugene, Oregon, US
Closing date
Dec 8, 2021

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Consultancy/Private Sector
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Employment Type
Temporary / Seasonal
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About the Position
This position is primarily responsible for conducting health inspections of restaurants, mobile units, hotels, motels, pools, spas, small drinking water systems, as well as other licensed and non-licensed facilities by Lane County Public Health - Environmental Health Section. Other duties include consultation inspections, committee assignments, presentations, animal bite investigations, complaint investigations and other duties as assigned.

Successful applicants will receive on the job training and supervisory support necessary to become registered as an Environmental Health Specialist in the state of Oregon.

About the Division
The Environmental Health Section is responsible for implementing state-mandated programs and enforcing laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety. Environmental Health also collaborates with the Communicable Disease section to investigate and control foodborne disease outbreaks. With Public Health modernization, the scope of Environmental Health will expand over the next several years to include increased involvement in climate justice, transportation and land use planning, policy development, and community engagement.

Schedule: Variable; Monday - Friday; 1:00am - 5:00pm; Some weekends & evenings
*This position is budgeted for a maximum of 1,040 hours during the fiscal year.

*This is an AFSCME represented position*
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in public health sanitation, environmental health, chemistry, biology, microbiology, entonology, geology, or scientific discipline or a related field.

No experience is required.

Special Requirements:
- Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist trainee with the State of Oregon is required at time of appointment.
- One of the essential functions of this position is to travel within Lane County (occasionally outside of Lane County)

Desired Talents:
* Service: a drive to be of service to others
* Ethics: a clear understanding of right and wrong which guides actions
* Focus: an ability to set goals and to use them every day to guide actions
* Responsibility: a need to assume personal accountability for your work
* Performance orientation: a need to be objective and to measure performance
* Problem solving: an ability to think things through with incomplete data
* Creativity: an ability to break existing configurations in favor of more effective/appealing ones * Interpersonal: an ability purposely capitalize upon relationships
* Persuasion: an ability to persuade others logically
* Courage: an ability to use emotion to overcome resistance

Job Requirements:
Environmental Health Specialist Classification Details
Equal Employment Opportunity
Lane County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential elements that create and foster a welcoming workplace. All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation, disability or any other factor unrelated to the essential functions of the job.

If you wish to identify yourself as a qualified person with a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Amendment Act and would like to request an accommodation, you may request an accommodation during the online application process, or request an accommodation by contacting the Department of Human Resources prior to the recruitment close date at 541-682-3124.

Trauma Informed Care Statement
Lane County Health & Human Services is committed to providing Trauma Informed Care. As an organization, we recognize that many of the people we serve have experienced trauma, either currently, recently or in their past. Our agency is dedicated to incorporating an understanding of trauma, both with our clients and with each other. Our employees receive ongoing training to develop or deepen their understanding of trauma and its impacts.

Veterans' Preference
Under Oregon law, armed forces veterans may be eligible for preference in employment or promotion, if you think you qualify please submit a copy of your DD214 or 215 (long form / Member Copy-4) that reflects your honorable separation status, and if disabled, a public employment preference letter from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These documents must be electronically attached to your online job application, at the time of submittal, to receive preference. If we do not receive the necessary information as described, we will NOT be able to grant you veteran points/preference you request.

Tobacco Free Campus Policy
The Board of County Commissioners wants to help Lane County be the healthiest county in the state. Effective October 1, 2018, any tobacco use, including vaping devices, will not be allowed inside or on the grounds of properties owned or occupied by Lane County including: All outdoor areas, parking lots, County vehicles, and personal vehicles while on County property.

Strategic Plan
In alignment with Lane County's Strategic Plan, incumbent(s) will be expected to demonstrate the following core behaviors: Passion to Serve, Driven to Connect, and Focused on Solutions.

The2018-2021 Strategic Planfocuses on the areas that Lane County will pursue as a way to deliver on our vision for the residents of Lane County. To meet these challenges, we know that the basis of our efforts lies in leveraging our people and partnerships to achieve our Strategic Priorities. We also recognize that the quality and commitment of our staff is essential to a shared future where Lane County is the best place in which to live, work, and play.
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