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Environmental Health Specialist I (Consumer Protection) 

Category Public Health/Environmental Health  

Be part of the greater good and serve your community. We are searching for an Environmental Health Specialist who has a passion for public safety to join our team. This position will have a focus on Consumer Protection; Main job duties include educating and inspecting restaurants, childcare facilities, schools, and other retail food establishments to ensure compliance with state regulations and the protection of the health of the community.

Hiring Pay Range:

Environmental Health Specialist I (EHS I): $48,776.00 - $60,964.80

Full Salary Range

Environmental Health Specialist I (EHS I): $48,776.00 - $73,174.40

General Purpose:

Conducts a wide range of technical environmental health functions related to oil and gas development, air quality, water quality, hazardous materials and waste management, land use, issuing septic system permits, consumer protection, epidemiology and emergency preparedness.

Essential Functions:

(These duties are a representative sample; position assignments and detailed work instructions may vary.)

Environmental Health Specialist I:

  1. With an appropriate level of training, conducts a wide range of technical environmental health inspections and investigations related to oil and gas development, air quality, water quality, hazardous materials and waste management, land use, consumer protection, epidemiology and emergency preparedness.
  2. Assists with epidemiological investigations and disease surveillance activities.
  3. Performs environmental sampling and testing. Transports samples to laboratories for analysis as needed.
  4. Recommends changes for improvements as necessary relative to inspection or investigation findings.
  5. Initiates appropriate enforcement actions when necessary to gain compliance with laws, rules and regulations.
  6. Prepares and conducts environmental health education programs aimed at effectively presenting technical and scientific information to the public.
  7. Interacts with federal, state and local government agencies, private industry and other organizations to assist in coordinating environmental health activities.
  8. Negotiates, with violators, the terms and conditions for abatement of violations.
  9. Prepares reports, maintains records and files, collects and evaluates data, and assists in procurement of equipment and supplies.
  10. Collaborates with other department personnel to assure consistent application of regulations and department policies.
  11. Drives vehicle to perform one or more essential functions.
  12. Performs emergency response roles, as required.
  13. Performs other duties of a similar or related level as necessary or assigned.
Position Requirements

Minimum Education:

EHS I: B.S. in Environmental Health, Public Health or an equivalent combination of education and training.

Minimum Experience:

EHS I: No experience required.

Licenses/Certifications: Valid Driver’s License.


Job Qualifications:


Environmental Health Specialist I

Knowledge of:

  1. Physical, biological and /or environmental sciences related to job assignments.
  2. Basic principles of environmental health.
  3. Purpose and role of County government in enforcing environmental health laws, rules and regulations.
  4. Methods and materials used in collecting a variety of environmental samples.
  5. Modern office processes and procedures.
  6. Relevant computer hardware and software applications.
  7. Basic math skills.


Ability to:

  1. Learn relevant Federal, state and local laws, rules, regulations, codes and/or statutes.
  2. Speak, read and write the English language.
  3. Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  4. Understand and follow written and oral instructions.
  5. Detect unsafe or unsanitary conditions and health risks.
  6. Obtain information concerning environmental health subjects as needed from a variety of sources.
  7. Exercise sound judgment and courtesy in frequent contact with the public.
  8. Read and interpret regulation manuals, applications, lab reports, etc.
  9. Effectively manage work hours to accomplish assigned tasks.
  10. Accurately maintain simple logs and work records.
  11. Handle stressful situations in a professional manner, including angry or difficult individuals.
  12. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and supervisors, other Departments/Offices, and other agencies.
  13. Understand and practice safety procedures and precautions.
  14. Maintain a high level of professionalism and confidentiality.


Internal & External Contacts:

Internal Contacts:

Frequently interacts with other Department/Office employees.

External Contacts:

Frequently interacts with the public; occasionally interacts with vendors or other organizations.


Physical Activities and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those demands that an employee performs while successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Required Physical Activities:

While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to drive a motorized vehicle in all weather conditions on and off roads for travel within and outside Garfield County; walk, climb and descend irregular terrain; stand, sit, bend and crawl; climb in and out of equipment; see, talk, read, smell and hear. Physically maneuver over varying terrain and physical structures, and in cramped quarters, to accomplish thorough environmental health inspections. Must be able to use hands and fingers to grasp, pull and lift. Occasionally required to lift and move up to 50 pounds.

In times of public health emergency, the employee will be required to report for specialized duties inside or outside Garfield County, once their critical personal and family emergency responsibilities are completed.


Work Environment:

The employee is exposed to outdoor temperatures, dirt, dust and a variety of odors. There is potential for exposure to knives and sharps, contaminated samples, bio-hazardous materials, blood, water and air borne pathogens, hazardous materials and pesticides.

The noise level in the work environment is frequently loud, with many interruptions and multiple demands.


Required Travel:

The employee is frequently required to travel within the County.


Computers and Other Equipment:

Computer and relevant software applications; telephone system; facsimile; copier; cameras; VCR’s and DVD’s; water testing equipment; microscopes; photo spectrometers; and other equipment related to the work.


THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE AN EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT. Nothing in this job description restricts Garfield County’s ability to assign, reassign or eliminate duties and responsibilities of this job at any time. It does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned. This job description describes the County’s current assignment of essential functions. Those functions may change at any time as the needs of the County change or for other reasons deemed appropriate by the County.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Rifle, Colorado  
Benefit Information To view our benefit package please visit our website at  
Hiring Range EHS I: $48,776.00 - $60,964.80  
Full Pay Range EHS I: $48,776.00 - $73,174.40  
Driving Classification Essential  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number PUB-22-00009  
Open Date 9/12/2022  
About the Organization Garfield County, Colorado consists of rugged alpine vistas and high desert mountains in the Rocky Mountain region, which dwells along the Continental Divide. Garfield County is located in western Colorado, where outdoor recreation opportunities abound, including hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting and kayaking, biking, skiing and snowboarding. It is home to the second largest designated wilderness area in Colorado - the Flattops Wilderness, the world's largest mineral hot springs pool, a popular family ski resort, and Hanging Lake, designated as a National Natural Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 2011.  
EOE Statement Garfield County is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

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