Lenoir County Public Health Program Specialist — Neuse News

Salary Range: $46,454.78 – $64,038.42

Main objective of the position: The Environmental Health Program Specialist is an advanced specialist in the Division of On-Site Water Protection (OWPS). The OWPS Program Specialist works both inside and outside of the Health Department, spending most of his time on more complex assignments in the Onsite Wastewater Program and the Private Well Program. The Environmental Health Program Specialist is a public health professional qualified through education in the arts and sciences, specialized training, and acceptable experience in environmental health to effectively plan, organize, manage, implement, and evaluate a wide variety of elements that make up the field of environmental health. The practice of environmental health includes, but is not limited to, inspection, education, enforcement, monitoring, organization, management, and consultation for the purpose of preventing environmental health hazards and promoting and protecting public health in the following areas: : food, accommodation and institutional sanitation, on-site sewage treatment and disposal, public water supply, vector control and solid waste disposal.

Environmental Program Specialist responsibilities also include: investigation of foodborne disease outbreaks and communicable disease outbreaks; complaints and emergency response after any type of disaster or bioterrorist incident. The primary purpose of this position is to inspect Type IIIB, IV, V, and VI wastewater systems; work with operators (ORC) of these systems; and ensure that all documentation (both Health Department and ORC) is properly maintained for these types of systems. The Program Specialist will be the primary point of contact for the septic system manufacturer/installer regarding registration, education and information. The Program Specialist will be the primary point of contact for on-site wastewater contract personnel from other counties. The Program Specialist will review all contractor permits and the required amount of field work to comply with state law. The Program Specialist will ensure that private drinking water well regulations are followed and will address any issues that arise in this program. The program specialist may be called upon to handle difficult situations where rule interpretation is required. The Program Specialist may perform minor day-to-day administrative responsibilities within the department, such as assigning work, in the absence of the Environmental Supervisor.

Knowledge, skills and abilities: Substantial knowledge of environmental laws, regulations and procedures, as well as a thorough understanding of public health law concepts. Substantial knowledge of microbiology, biology, chemistry, food science, epidemiology, soil science, entomology, and basic engineering technologies applied to environmental health practices. General knowledge of other agencies’ responsibilities related to environmental health and public resources. General knowledge of the relationship between socioeconomic factors and environmental health concerns. Substantial knowledge of the design of on-site wastewater treatment systems, water supply protection, food sanitation, food-borne diseases, infectious diseases, vector control, solid waste management, and institutional sanitation. Extensive knowledge of specialty area. Ability to analyze and understand a wide variety of technical and administrative regulations, records and reports. Ability to exercise sound judgment and tact in a wide range of public contacts while enforcing public health laws and regulations. Ability to motivate and educate business and property owners and the consumer public on issues related to the protection and promotion of public health. Ability to present formal environmental health training programs. Ability to develop and express ideas and opinions concisely, comprehensively and clearly in oral and written form. Ability to independently plan and schedule work activities and perform tasks. Ability to apply environmental health knowledge and techniques to the investigation of environmental health problems. Ability to coordinate work in specialized program area. Ability to plan and implement educational programs. Ability to work with others to solve more complex environmental problems.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements: Two years of experience at the Environmental Health Specialist level in a health department. Special Qualifications Required: Registered as a Sanitarian with the NC State Board of Sanitarians.

Application process: County employees wishing to make a change in employment for this position must apply online through the Munis Applicant Tracking System. All outside applicants must apply online at www.lenoircountync.gov under Employment and Employment Opportunities. Incomplete or unsigned applications will not be processed.



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