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Environmental Health Specialist  

Category Public Health  
Description

Environmental Health Specialist

Department: Public Health

Immediate Supervisor: Public Health Coordinator / County Manager

Supervises: None

Pay Grade: 17 -$23.93 - $33.50 ($49,770 - $69,678)

Hiring Range: $23.93 - $28.72 - depending on experience ($49,770 - $59,724)

Status: Full-Time (40-hours per week)

Classification: Non-exempt / eligible for overtime

Primary Place of Work: Gilpin Public Health 15193 CO-119 Black Hawk, CO 80422

Remote Work: Rare - Subject to Supervisor Discretion

Additional: This is a grant funded position

Primary Responsibility: Reporting to the Public Health Coordinator, The Environmental Health Specialist is responsible for performing specialized technical work investigating adherence to environmental health laws and regulations by the performance of inspections for retail food establishments, private wastewater treatment systems, schools, childcare centers, swimming pools and body art establishments. Employee is responsible for performing inspections according to established schedules or in response to complaints or outbreaks of illness, determining adherence to codes and regulations, preparing reports of inspection findings, providing environmental health education and risk communication, and initiating enforcement actions as necessary. Work also involves answering inquiries about environmental health issues from the public and assisting the public health coordinator. Duties also include managing day to day operations of water testing performed in our local water lab.

Duties:

The duties listed below are representative of, but do not necessarily include, all the duties and responsibilities that an individual in this position may be called upon to perform.

General

  1. Ability to work in a professional, cooperative, friendly, and informative manner with the public, and colleagues.
  2. Works under the direct supervision of the Public Health Coordinator. While some independence of action is required, circumstances outside of normal routine are referred to the Public Health Coordinator.
  3. Work hours may vary depending on the requirements of the job but are generally Monday through Thursday on 10-hour schedule plus lunch. This is a 40- hour per week position with a flexible schedule.
  4. A significant portion of the work requires working in the community out of the office, and a county owned vehicle is provided for field work.
  5. Understanding and acceptance of legal, ethical, and professional rules of conduct for public sector employees.
  6. Ability to receive and demonstrate understanding of specific on-the-job training and online training required for various aspects of the position.

Environmental Health:

  • Performs compliance inspections and permitting of regulated facilities including, retail food establishments, private wastewater treatment systems, private wells, schools, childcare centers, swimming pools and body art establishments.
  • Determines compliance with applicable local and state laws and regulations.
  • Documents all violations in accordance with local, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Reviews private onsite waste water treatment systems (septic) plans for compliance with applicable public health related codes and regulations.
  • Processes well water samples and communicates results to residents via email and/or telephone.
  • Receives and reviews permit applications, collects fees and issues permits.
  • Prepares and maintains inspection reports and other appropriate documents, including but not limited to memoranda, letters, notices of violation and civil penalty notices.
  • Initiates enforcement actions, as necessary, to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
  • Prepares and submits written comments to other agencies regarding the environmental health aspects of proposed activities such as development and construction projects.
  • Investigates complaints regarding environmental health concerns.
  • May assist with disease surveillance and investigations, collects biological and zoonotic samples using best practice methods.
  • Provides and explains educational materials, regulations, policies, and other compliance information to contractors, permit holders, consultants, and the public.
  • Responds to consumer complaints, requests for information regarding regulations, procedures, and systems.
  • Participates in professional conferences, and committees to continue learning.
  • Instructs classes in the proper handling, storage, and preparation of food for the benefit of food service establishment personnel.
  • Responds to environmental health and public health emergencies as needed or required.

Ability to:

  • Ability to receive and demonstrate understanding of specific on the job training and online training required for various aspects of the position.
  • Demonstrate excellent skills in organization and time management Analyze administrative and operational data and issues; interpret policies and regulations; evaluate alternatives; and recommend changes based on findings.
  • Demonstrate self-motivation and decisional capacity to resolve issues in accordance with workplace and county policies.
  • Communicate with strong interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Effectively communicate and interact with all levels of the organization; and the ability to listen.
  • Work with and maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
  • Work independently and with direction.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
 
Position Requirements

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities)

Experience and Work Ethic

  1. Interest in ensuring County codes are adhered to regardless of personal feelings or relationship associated with individual matters.
  2. Ability to exercise professional judgment and organization skills.
  3. Ability to remain flexible in a changing environment while meeting required deadlines.
  4. High degree of ethics and integrity.

Technology

  1. Experience in effectively using computer hardware, peripherals, and standard computer software programs.
  2. Willing to learn new duties and technology-related skills as required and/or needed.

Civic Minded

  1. Must possess strong community interest, while understanding County government organization, function, policy rules and regulations.
  2. Ability to review and evaluate operating procedures and recommend improvements.
  3. Use of professional and personal discretion to protect the County from any actual and/or perceived appearances of impropriety.
  4. Ability to understand and assure adherence to Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.

Personal Responsiveness

  1. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, elected and appointed officials, businesses, the general public and with the ability to communicate effectively.
  2. Self-directed and self-motivated in job-related tasks.
  3. Commitment that employment with the County is primary to all other forms of employment.
  4. Be punctual and prompt for work and meetings.
  5. Locate, organize, and retrieve department records and files in a timely fashion.

Education / Experience / Licensure

  • Graduation from an accredited 2-year or 4-year college or university, with a Bachelors or Technical Degree or Certification, or any combination of experience and education that would provide the required abilities, knowledge, and skills as determined by Gilpin County may be substituted for the requirements above.
  • Work with a local or state government is preferred.
  • Valid Colorado Driver’s license with a safe driving record.
  • Must possess FEMA IS100 and IS700a within six months of employment. (Training provided after hired)

Mental/Physical Demands:

  • Perform a wide variety of physical tasks such as bending, stooping, standing, walking at an incline or on level surfaces, and climbing stairs.
  • Work in inclement weather.
  • See handwriting, contracts, enter and review data, while reading proficiently.
  • Clearly written communication.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of requirements, duties and responsibilities. Gilpin County provides reasonable job-related accommodations for disabled persons. Must pass drug screen and pre-employment screening.

Benefits for Full Time Employees:

Paid Holidays: Gilpin County provides 13 paid holidays per calendar year. An employee will be paid the number of hours in holiday pay that the employee normally works. A holiday that falls on Saturday is observed on the preceding Friday. A holiday that falls on Sunday is observed on the following Monday.

Vacation: The first year of employment, (based on the anniversary of the hire date) full-time employees shall earn 3 hours of paid vacation leave bi-weekly. After that time, leave shall accrue as follows:

  • Two through five years – four (4) hours each bi-weekly pay period.
  • Six through ten years – six (6) hours each bi-weekly pay period.
  • Eleven years and more – eight (8) hours each bi-weekly pay period.

Full-Time employees are encouraged to take their earned vacation leave each year. At the end of the last pay period in December, each regular full-time employee’s accrued vacation leave hours will be reduced to 208 hours and will be carried overed into the next calendar year.

Sick Leave: Full-Time employees shall accrue four (4) hours of sick leave each bi-weekly pay period. The maximum sick leave that may be accumulated by such an employee is 600 hours.

Personal Leave: Full time employees will receive 30 hours of personal leave per year. Personal time cannot be rolled over to the following year and will not be paid out. Personal time will be added to employees balance the first pay period of the new year. Employees hired throughout the year will receive personal time on a pro-rated basis, based on the quarter year that they are hired. Q1 30 hours, Q2 22.5 hours, Q3 15 hours, Q4 7.5 hours.

Medical Plans: Gilpin County offers two medical plans through Cigna Insurance. They are referred to as Option 1 and Option 2.

  • Option 1 in network coverage includes copays at $25, calendar year out of pocket max individual / family at $2,000 / $6,000, and 80% coverage on costs after deductible has been met.
  • Option 2 in network coverage includes copays at $20, calendar year out of packet max individual / family at $1,000 / $3,000, and then 90% coverage on costs after deductible has been met.

Cigna Option 1 cost bi-weekly:

Employee Only Employee and Spouse Employee and Child(ren) Employee and Family

$0.00 $21.00 $15.74 $31.50

Cigna Option 2 cost bi-weekly:

Employee Only Employee and Spouse Employee and Child(ren) Employee and Family

$55.23 $123.14 $114.98 $179.73

Dental Plan: Gilpin County offers dental coverage through Delta Dental. For treatment at an in-network PPO dentist the coverage includes $1,500 per member per calendar year maximum benefit, individual deductible at $50 and family deductible at $150. In network and at a PPO provider coverage for preventative and diagnostic services are covered 100%, basic services covered at 90%, major services at 60%, and ortho covered at 50% with a $1,000 max. The plan offers a “Right Start 4 Kids” plan that covers children up to their 13th birthday at 100% with no deductible.

Delta Dental costs bi-weekly:

Employee Only Employee and Spouse Employee and Child(ren) Employee and Family

$0.00 $33.37 $33.37 $33.37

Vision Plan: Gilpin County offers vision coverage through EyeMed. In network coverage includes copays at $15, 40% off additional complete pair of prescription eyeglasses, 20% off non-prescription sunglasses, discounts on Lasik and hearing exams and hearing aids. This coverage is 100% covered by Gilpin County for you and your dependents if you choose this plan.

EyeMed Vision costs bi-weekly:

Employee Only Employee and Spouse Employee and Child(ren) Employee and Family

$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Retirement: Gilpin County offers a mandatory 401(A) plan as well as optional 457b or 457 Roth plans. You are immediately 100% vested day 1 into your retirement accounts. The mandatory 401a plan requires that you contribute 5% and Gilpin County will match 5% into your retirement account. The optional 457b plans may be started, stopped, and changed anytime during your employment

Life Insurance: Gilpin County provides at no cost to you a $50,000 life insurance policy for yourself. Supplemental employee coverage in increments of $10,000 with a max of $500,000. Supplemental spouse coverage in increments of $5,000 with a max of $150,000. Supplement child(ren) policy with a benefit amount of $10,000 per child. Guarantee issue amounts of $100,000 for employee, $20,000 for spouse without having to complete evidence of insurability valid during new hire enrollment.

Short-Term Disability: Short-term disability pays 60% of your earnings with a max of $1,000 per week for up to 11 weeks. Benefits begin on day 15 and your first two weeks you will have to cover with sick or vacation time.

Long-Term Disability: Long-term disability kicks in after 90 consecutive calendar days of a qualified disability. The plan will pay 60% of your earnings with a max of $5,000 monthly.

Long Term Care: In the event that you are injured and need to be treated at a care facility, Gilpin County provides coverage at no cost to you. The plan provides up to $2,000 per month, and up to 3 years in a facility. If you would like to add supplements coverage for a greater amount per month or a longer term, supplemental coverage is available for you to purchase.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP is provided through Aetna for employees and members of your household. Services are confidential and available 24/7. A wide variety of services including but not limited to: Emotion well-being support with up to 6 Counseling sessions per issue each year. Daily life assistance guidance on a variety of topics. Online resources with articles, assessments, search tools, webinars. Free 30-minute consultations on legal services and financial services. A discount center to find deals on products, services, travel and more!

Gilpin County Parks & Recreation Discount: You will receive 20% most services such as childcare, leagues, rentals, gym memberships, in house classes but does not include contract classes.

Benefits for Part Time and Temporary Employees:

Sick Leave: Leave accrues at the rate of 1 hours of sick leave per 30 hours worked to a maximum of 45 hours per year.

Retirement: As a part time or temporary employee you may participate in the optional 457b or 457 Roth plan. These plans may be started, stopped, and changed anytime during your employment.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): EAP is provided through Aetna for employees and members of your household. Services are confidential and available 24/7. A wide variety of services including but not limited to: Emotion well-being support with up to 6 Counseling sessions per issue each year. Daily life assistance guidance on a variety of topics. Online resources with articles, assessments, search tools, webinars. Free 30-minute consultations on legal services and financial services. A discount center to find deals on products, services, travel and more!

Gilpin County Parks & Recreation Discount: You will receive 20% most services such as childcare, leagues, rentals, gym memberships, in house classes but does not include contract classes.

 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Salary Information Pay Grade: 17 -$23.93 - $33.50 ($49,770 - $69,678) Hiring Range: $23.93 - $28.72 - depending on experience ($49,770 - $59,724)  
Benefits Statement  
Close Date 7/22/2022  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 7/1/2022  
Location Human Services  
About the Organization Gilpin County is a rural community in Colorado's high country, neighboring the Continental Divide, yet less than an hour west of downtown Denver. Residents enjoy a quality of life enhanced by the vast recreational opportunities offered by Golden Gate State Park, the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, the limited-stakes gaming in Black Hawk and Central City, an amazing recreation center and fairgrounds, low taxes and financially secure local government.



 
EOE Statement We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions are based on job-related factors.  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

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