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Environmental Health Specialist II

City of Detroit
Detroit, Michigan, US
Closing date
Jan 24, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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Under general supervision, the Environmental Health Specialist II will perform inspections and related regulatory functions to reduce the hazard to the public from environmental health hazards. The Environmental Health Specialist II is a senior professional position that will be expected to have significant experience and provide technical and legal support to other Environmental Health Specialists. Duties may include food safety, child care facilities, adult foster care, body art, swimming pools, recreational facilities, medical marijuana care centers, and other regulated establishments. Will also include investigation of food borne or environmental vector disease outbreaks. Will be assigned primarily to the Food Safety or Environmental Health Program, but will be expected to be able to handle a variety of duties.

Examples of Duties

Senior Professional responsibilities
  • Serves as a support resource for Environmental Health Specialists.
  • Coordinates projects, programs, or committees.
  • Researches and develops improvements to existing programs.

Environmental Health and Food Safety
  • Helps prepare for State of Michigan public health accreditation.
  • Inspects public facilities including child care, adult foster care, swimming pools, recreation facilities, body art, food service establishments, medical marijuana care centers and other regulated facilities to ensure compliance with applicable city, state, and federal regulations.
  • Ensures correction of hazards identified.
  • Discusses findings and provides education, interpretation of regulations and recommendations to facility owner or representative, and ensure correction of sanitation hazards identified.
  • Identifies and researches environmental health hazards to public health.
  • Educates the public and businesses on environmental health and food safety issues.
  • Writes reports to adequately explain food safety or environmental hazards to a range of audiences.
  • Conducts preliminary inspections, monitors new facilities during construction and performs final inspection upon completion.

Illness and complaint Investigation
  • Participates in enforcement activities.
  • Investigates possible food, water or environmental vector illness outbreaks.
  • Investigates complaints from the public.
  • Performs aesceptic collection of stool and other samples.

Education and Training
  • Educates the public, businesses, government and private agencies on environmental health issues.
  • Develops educational materials to explain and raise awareness on food safety or environmental hazards to a range of audiences.
  • Coordinates and promotes continuing education to keep up to date on regulatory trends, changes, and initiatives.

Stakeholder Engagement
  • Collaborates with other agencies to improve the health of the public.
  • Serves on committees, special project teams, or task forces as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications (required):
  • Bachelor's degree in public health, biology, chemistry, physics, natural science, environmental science, food science, or a related field with at least 30 hours of science (biology, chemistry, physics, or statistics).
  • At least three (3) years' of experience in environmental health, food safety, investigating foodborne or environmental illness outbreaks and/or plan review.
  • Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist (National Environmental Health Association or State of Michigan). If the candidate is a State of Michigan Standardized Trainer, then they may be hired but must obtain the Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist Certification within 12 months of hire.
  • Completion of emergency preparedness training (to include, but not limited to FEMA IS Courses 100, 200, 700 and 800) within 90 days of hire is required for this position.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience may be substituted to meet the education and experience requirements of this position.

Qualifications (preferred):
  • Bachelor's degree in environmental health or food safety.
  • Master's degree in environmental health, food safety, public health, or a related field.
  • Experience as a Plan Review Officer, Standardized Trainer, or investigating foodborne or environmental illness outbreaks, especially in an urban environment.

Supplemental Information

Evaluation Plan
  • Interview:70%
  • Evaluation of Training, Experience &Personal Qualifications:30%
  • Total of Interview and Evaluation T.E.P:100%

Additional points may be awarded for:
  • Veteran Points: 0 - 15 points
  • Detroit Residency Credit: 15 point
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