Specialist II – Food Safety Specialist - Vancouver, WA
$27.61 - $36.76 an
Environmental Health Specialists (EHS)
work within the section of Environmental Public Health (EPH) and are
responsible for protecting the health of citizens by enforcing EPH rules and
regulations, educating stakeholders, preventing exposure to environmental
hazards by promoting healthy natural and built environments within Clark
This position is represented by
Laborer's International Union of North America Health Care Division- Local
This position will be assigned basic
- Design/Plan Review - within many
EPH programs, the EHS will review designs and plans such as: onsite
septic systems (OSS), drinking water wells, plot plans, food
establishment floor plans, public pools and spas. This review is
critical to ensure the safety of the facility or infrastructure and
compliance with State and Local requirements.
- Site Inspections - in
coordination with property owners, facility operators, licensed
designers and licensed engineers, the EHS will ensure the site matches
design and plan criteria. These inspections ensure processes protect the
public health and prevent injury.
- Complaint and Foodborne Illness
Outbreak Investigation - an EHS will investigate complaints by
performing records searches, site visits, interviews of complainants and
gathering other pertinent information.
- Enforcement of Regulation - an
EHS will, when necessary, initiate enforcement when regulations are not
met. The goal is to ensure compliance with public health rules. In many
instances, the EHS will partner with other agencies that can improve the
process or offer resources to the one with whom enforcement is being
- Technical Assistance - the EHS
will offer technical expertise to property owners, business owners,
private industry, real estate agents, developers, partnering agencies,
county departments and other stakeholders. This task can include
significant research and communication.
The position may be asked to work in
other EPH programs as needed. Organizational responsibilities include
understanding and promoting the public health mission of the department;
providing courteous, respectful, efficient customer service to all Public
Health customers; honoring diversity of all department employees and
constituents; participating in Emergency Preparedness activities and on-call
rotations; striving for personal excellence in public health work.
the following is required
- Understand and promote the public
health mission of the department.
- Provide courteous, respectful,
efficient customer service to all department clients.
- Honor diversity of all department
employees and constituents.
- Participate in department
- Strive for personal excellence in
public health work.
- Participation on internal and
external work groups, committees coalitions.
- Work activities that are less frequent but staff should be aware of such as
participation in grant writing, program evaluation activities, etc.
Food Safety Specialists:
- Conduct inspections of schools,
restaurants, grocery stores, taverns, bakeries, meat markets and other
retail food establishments according to assigned schedule.
- Record violations found during
inspections, evaluate findings, discuss with owner or manager, and
determine correction priorities.
- Make follow-up evaluations and
initiates enforcement procedures, if necessary, including the issuance
of closure notices.
- Resolve complaints concerning
food borne illnesses by interviewing affected individuals, obtaining
clinical specimens, collecting food samples, interviewing employees,
tracing possible sources of contamination, consulting with state
epidemiologist, evaluating findings and writing reports.
- Provide information on building
requirements for new and remodeled food establishments and answers
questions from the public regarding public health requirements for food
- Review submitted plans for food
establishments and conducts pre-opening inspections to see that
requirements are met.
- Give presentations to food
service workers and other groups regarding the prevention of food borne
illnesses and proper food handling procedures.
- Assist in encouraging timely
permit payment from operators.
Education and Experience:
The successful candidate will likely
have a combination of education, experience, and qualifications equivalent to
or including the following:
- Bachelor of Science degree in
environmental health or a closely related area.
- Two years successful experience
in obtaining compliance with environmental health standards. (EHS II
classification only – if hired, applicants with less than 2 years of
applicable experience will be classified as an EHS I).
- Positions assigned to onsite
sewage design review and approval requires an Inspector Certificate of
Competency through the Washington State Department of Licensing. Should
be obtained within three years of hire.
- Registration as a Registered
Sanitarian (RS) or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
- Any satisfactory equivalent
combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to
perform the work may be substituted.
- Key components of cultural
competency; awareness of differences, attitude to examine believes and
values, knowledge of differences and skills to effectively and
appropriately work across cultures.
- Core competencies for Public
Health Professionals and able to use them in identifying professional
- Standard methods and techniques
of inspectional work in environmental sanitation and public health;
applicable rules and regulations for the specialized area(s) assigned.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the
principles, practices, and terminology of environmental public health.
- Comprehensive knowledge of
bacteriology, chemistry, physics, biology, and other sciences as applied
to environmental public health.
- Comprehensive knowledge of
general sanitation and sanitary practices.
- Comprehensive knowledge of
environmental public health laws and regulations and investigative
- Offer excellent customer service.
- Work with varied stakeholders,
especially private contractors, property owners, and business owners.
- Able to work independently with
attention to detail.
- Express ideas effectively both
orally and in writing and maintain accurate records
- Recognize and address
discrimination, stereotypes and stigmas in the work place.
- Work collaboratively with
coworkers to improve internal systems.
- Effectively use office technology
such as a smartphone, personal computer, Microsoft Office software,
email, and internet to accomplish job functions.
- Effectively and respectfully work
with persons from diverse backgrounds including; age, color, religion,
national or ethnic origin, socioeconomic status, physical
characteristics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
expression, marital status, veteran status, health status, genetic
predisposition, political belief, mental or physical ability.
- Identify the role of cultural,
social, and behavioral factors in determining the delivery of Public
- Research and implement approaches
to address problems that take into account
- Recognize features of personal
behavior which are affected by culture.
- Ability to interpret, apply, and
enforce environmental public health laws, regulations, requirements, and
- Ability to work independently
with minimal supervision.
- Recognize potential health hazards
and recommend corrective action.
- Gain cooperation through
discussion and persuasion.
- Work outdoors for extended
periods under a wide variety of weather conditions.
- Perform work duties that require
lifting of at least 50lbs, stooping, bending, walking over sloped and/or
uneven ground and other varied environments and conditions.
- Skill in analyzing, compiling,
recording, and assessing data.
- Apply understanding and knowledge
of cultural differences and similarities when working with diverse
Other Necessary Qualifications:
- Must be able to respond to public
health emergencies or exercises at any time, except while on scheduled
vacation or other leave. In addition, leaves may be cancelled under
public health emergencies.
- Must successfully complete basic
incident management courses and participate in emergency response
trainings as requested.
- Must protect the privacy and
security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal
- Must adhere to OSHA/WISHA
guidelines, including but not limited to timely completion of mandatory
- Possess a valid driver’s license,
insurance and has access to reliable transportation for daily job
- Must adhere to the Department
employee immunity policy and provide documents as requested.
- Maintenance of specific
certifications and/or licenses (if appropriate).
HOW TO APPLY:
An online application is required. For
complete job announcement, application requirements, and to apply on-line,
please visit our website at:
Equal Opportunity Employer
Clark County is committed to
increasing the ethnic, cultural and social diversity of its workforce and
ensuring that diversity is a key priority of our organization. We are
committed to providing equal opportunity and access regardless of race,
color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, marital status, the
presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability or the use of a
trained guide dog or service animal by a disabled person, sexual
orientation/gender identity, veteran status or any other status protected by
law. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are
encouraged to apply.
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Salary Grade: Local 335.38A ($27.61 - $36.76) per