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Environmental Health Specialist I - Wastewater & Air Quality 

Category Public Health/Environmental Health  

The primary job function for this Environmental Health Specialist position is onsite wastewater and air quality monitoring.

Position is Open Until Filled

Hiring Pay Range: $49,566.40 - $61,963.20

Full Pay Range: $49,566.40 - $74,360.00




  • Environmental Health Specialist I: This is the entry-level position in the environmental health classification series. This position is responsible for performing the more routine tasks and duties assigned. Assignments are generally limited in scope and are performed within a procedural framework.


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, onsite wastewater, consumer protection (childcare, retail food, and schools), epidemiology (foodborne, waterborne and vector borne diseases), and emergency preparedness and response. Participates as part of an environmental health team.


(These duties are illustrative of typical essential responsibilities of the job, any one position may not include all the duties listed and may vary according to assignment)

Environmental Health Specialist I:

  • Under close supervision, with an appropriate level of training, conducts a wide range of technical environmental health work related to oil and gas development, air quality, water quality, onsite wastewater, hazardous materials and waste management, land use, consumer protection, epidemiology, public health nuisances, and emergency preparedness.
  • Conduct inspections and investigates the sanitary conditions for compliance for facilities and operations, such as: retail food establishments, grocery stores, temporary retail food establishments, childcare and school facilities, waste tire facilities, on-site wastewater treatment systems, air pollution emission sources, etc. The following activities may be conducted within the inspection program:
    • Enforce State and Garfield County laws and regulations and initiate appropriate legal action under the direction of the supervisor.
    • Investigate complaints and determine validity. Conduct investigation in conjunction with local, State and Federal agencies. Assist in the investigation of communicable disease outbreaks.
    • Perform field sample collection, including but not limited to, water quality, wastewater discharges, air quality, potential food-borne illness, etc. Utilize technical equipment in the course of routine inspections.
    • Write summary reports and appropriate correspondence.
  • Complete assigned work and duties in a timely and professional manner. Employs appropriate guidelines or regulations. Majority of workload fits within normal bounds. Supervisor/senior staff more regularly involved in decision making.
  • Efficiently use of County resources and work to implement changes that increases efficiencies within the department.
  • Understand and work to ensure that County, department and division mission statements, visions, goals are met.
  • Prepares and conducts environmental health education programs aimed at effectively presenting technical and scientific information to the public.
  • Interacts with federal, state, and local government agencies, private industry, and other organizations to assist in coordinating environmental health activities.
  • Collaborates with other department personnel to assure consistent application of regulations and department policies.
  • May review blueprints, floor plans, and facility plans for compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Maintain sensitive and confidential records information. Follow the Garfield County Code of Conduct and adhere to strict confidentiality guidelines, including HIPAA, and the appropriate non-disclosure and/or release of information.


  • Medical, Vision, Dental
  • Disability & Life Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Vacation & Sick Time
  • Employee Wellness Programs
  • Employee Gyms

To view the complete benefits information, please visit

Position Requirements


(Any combination of experience and education that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities as determined by Garfield County may be substituted for the following requirements.)

  • Education:
    • Environmental Health Specialist I: Bachelor’s degree in environmental health, public health, or a related field of study (30 credits of science related curriculum). OR Associate degree and one year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post high school education.
  • Experience:
    • Environmental Health Specialist I: No experience required.
    • Licenses & Certifications: Valid driver’s license.


The physical activities and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


  • Mobility: Must possess the ability to move between diverse environments, including field locations, community sites, and office settings, to conduct inspections and assessments.
  • Lifting and Carrying: Should be capable of lifting and carrying equipment, samples, and supplies weighing up to 45 pounds, as needed for field investigations and data collection.
  • Bending and Stooping: Able to bend, stoop, and kneel when conducting inspections, sampling, or assessing environmental conditions in various settings.
  • Grasping and Manipulating: Proficient in handling sampling equipment, measurement devices, and other tools used for environmental assessments with precision and accuracy.
  • Physical Contact: Be prepared for physical contact with environmental surfaces and samples during fieldwork, ensuring adherence to safety protocols and procedures.
  • Visual Acuity: Adequate vision for observing environmental conditions, reading instruments, and documenting findings accurately.
  • Hearing: Hearing and auditory perception to communicate effectively with colleagues, community members, and stakeholders during field investigations and meetings.
  • Walking and Standing: Able to walk and stand for extended periods during field inspections, site assessments, and community outreach activities.
  • Sitting: Ability to sit during office-based tasks, such as data analysis, report writing, and communication with team members and regulatory agencies.
  • Fine Motor Skills: Display precise fine motor skills when handling paperwork, entering data into computer systems, and preparing reports and presentations.


The employee is exposed to outdoor rural and urban environments. Fieldwork entails inspections, sample collection, and exposure to hazards like chemicals and outdoor elements.


  • Regular Full-Time position, 40 hours per week.
  • Hours are typically 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.
  • There may be times when an employee may need to work outside the established work week, such as after hours or on the weekend.


The employee will frequently be required to travel within the County and may at times require travel outside of County and overnight.


Computer and relevant software applications, spreadsheets, calendars, and word processing. Will also work with calculators, telephone systems, and mobile phones. Will frequently work with environmental health equipment such water testing equipment, microscopes, photo spectrometers, and other related equipment.

NOTE: This position requires a pre-employment background check which will include a Criminal Background Check, Education Verification, Employment Verification, and Motor Vehicle Record. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of these items.

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.

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 have been met.

Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Glenwood Springs, Colorado  
Benefit Information To view our benefit package please visit our website at  
Hiring Range $49,566.40 - $61,963.20  
Full Pay Range $49,566.40 - $74,360.00  
Driving Classification Essential  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number PUB-24-00003  
Open Date 5/17/2024  
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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