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Environmental Health Specialist I - (To Establish a List)

City of Detroit
Dearborn, Michigan, US
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May 23, 2022

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Environmental Health Specialist I - (To Establish a List)


$43,502.00 - $53,668.00 Annually


MI 48226, MI

Job Type

Certified-Regular Civil Service


Dept of Health & Wellness

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Under general supervision, the Environmental Health Specialist will perform inspections and related regulatory functions to reduce the hazard to the public from environmental health hazards. Duties can include food safety, child care facilities, adult foster care, body art, swimming pools, recreational facilities, medical marijuana care centers, and other required inspections. Will also conduct 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

Environmental Health and Food Safety
  • Inspects public facilities including child care, adult foster care, swimming pools, recreation facilities, body art, food service establishments, and other regulated facilities to ensure compliance with applicable city, state and federal regulations.
  • Ensures correction of hazards identified in accordance with State and City regulations and Department policies.
  • Maintains proper documentation, filing and record keeping of all records.
  • Discusses findings and provides education, interpretation of regulations and recommendations to 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 environmental health and & safety hazards to a range of audiences.
  • Conducts preliminary inspections, monitors new facilities during construction and performs final inspection upon completion
  • Participates in enforcement activities.

Illness and complaint Investigation
  • Investigates possible food or water borne illness outbreaks.
  • Investigates potential environmental vector illness outbreaks.
  • Investigates complaints from the public.

    Education and Training
  • Educates the public, businesses, government and private agencies on environmental health issues.
  • Contributes to educational materials to explain food safety or environmental hazards to a range of audiences.
  • Develops educational material to raise awareness on environmental health and food safety issues.
  • 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.

Other Activities
  • Certification in Incident Command Structure, crisis management, and participation in public health emergency preparedness activities in real or simulated emergencies.
  • Other related duties and training as assigned. Candidate may be assigned to primarily food safety or environmental health

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in environmental health, 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). Experience in conducting food safety, environmental health or related inspections is strongly preferred.

State of Michigan Operator license is required with appropriate insurance coverage and reliable vehicle Department is not responsible for out of pocket costs beyond mileage reimbursement.

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.

Preferred Qualifications

At least three years of experience in environmental health or public health. Registered Sanitarian or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (National Environmental Health Association or State of Michigan). Experience as a Plan Review Officer, Standardized Trainer, or investigating foodborne or environmental illness outbreaks, especially in an urban environment.

Certification in Incident Command Structure, crisis management, and participation in public health emergency preparedness activities in real or simulated emergencies.

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

Supplemental Information


Work involves walking in a variety of areas including uneven terrain, bending over or crouching to look under items, lift and carry a variety of equipment weighing 30 or more pounds, climbing stairs and ladders on occasion, and working in a wide variety of environmental conditions.


Work involves both office and field assignments, including attending meetings, interior and exterior inspections of dwelling and commercial or industrial establishments. Some exposure to video display units. Job will include some weekend after hours work. Will involve working and traveling within a complex urban environment. Employee is subject to activation for emergency response on short notice.


Candidates considered for placement in this classification may be subject to a Criminal

Background Investigation based on the requirements of the position.


Individuals appointed to a position in this class will be required to serve a probationary period of six months with the possibility of a six-month extension for a total of twelve months. If promoted to a position in this class, an individual will be required to serve a probationary period of six months. Performance will be carefully evaluated during the probationary period. Continued employment in this class will be contingent upon successful completion of the probationary period and meeting all of the performance expectation requirements.

Evaluation Process
  • Oral Appraisal (Interview; includes Writing Sample) - 70%
  • Evaluation of TEP= 30%
  • Total of Oral Interview & Evaluation of TEP= 100% (Maximum)


NOTE: The open competitive process is only for those whose applications are received by the deadline without any exceptions and those who applied previously must reapply to be considered.

City Employees Benefits Summary


The City of Detroit offers a competitive and comprehensive employee benefit package. We pride ourselves on the longevity of our employees. Part of the reason for the low turnover rate is the exceptional benefit package listed below. Benefits include, but are not limited to the following:


Eligible for hospital, surgical, and prescription drug benefits after ninety-one (91) days of employment.


Eligible for dental care after sixth (6) months of employment.


Eligible for eye care after six (6)months of employment.

Life Insurance

Optional group insurance available to employee and their family. The City pays 60% of premium for first $12,500 of employee life insurance. Employee may purchase, at own expense, life insurance for spouse and each dependent.

Long-Term Disability Insurance (Income Protection Plan)

The City offers disability insurance through payroll deductions for persons who become disabled and who are not yet eligible for a service retirement.

Sick Leave

City employees accrue sick leave based on the number of regular hours worked. Full time employees earn ninety-six (96) hours of sick leave per year. You may carry over your unused sick leave. Effective July 7, 2012 maximum accumulation is 300 hours.



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Thanksgiving Day

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Christmas Day

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Other Leave Policies

The City also has the following paid and unpaid leaves; funeral leave, Family and Medical Leave, jury duty, military duty leave, unpaid personal leave,


City Employees Retirement System

As a regular City employee you automatically become a member of the General Retirement System. This entitles you to a retirement allowance after:

Completion of thirty (30) years of service; - At age sixty (60) if you have at least ten (10) years of service, or - At age sixty-five (65) with eight (8) years of service. (In the event of disability, other eligibility rules apply); An early, actuarially reduced, retirement is offered after you have attained at least twenty-five (25) years of service; Employees are vested after ten (10) years of service, regardless of age.

Advancement Opportunities

Employees have many opportunities for growth and career advancement throughout all City departments and divisions.

Have a successful career with the City of

Detroit. Always remember that you are a part of a team with a common Vision of delivering excellent service to the citizens of the City of Detroit.


Do you possess a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health, 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)? (Experience in conducting Food Safety, Environmental Health or related inspections is strongly preferred.)
  • YES
  • NO


    Do you possess a State of Michigan Operator license with appropriate insurance coverage and reliable vehicle? (Department is not responsible for out of pocket costs beyond mileage reimbursement.)
  • YES
  • NO

    Required Question


City of Detroit


Coleman A. Young Municipal Center 2 Woodward Ave ste 316 Detroit, Michigan, 48226



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