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STATUS:Temporary, Part Time
LOCATION:705 N. Zeeb Rd.
UNION AFFILIATION:Temporary Employee
  • There are a total of four temporary positions to be filled.
Under the supervision of a higher classified employee, inspects commercial, residential and public locations to determine conformity with federal, state and county laws, rules and regulations to safeguard the public health and environment. Examines construction and renovation plans, promotes public health, sanitation and environment protection and is a resource to the general public on departmental environmental and public health issues.
Assigned to work in various programs within the Environmental Health Division as needed at the discretion of the Department Head.
Essential Duties:

  • Inspects vacant land for residential and non-residential development for conformance with environmental health standards and for appropriateness of proposed sewage and water systems.
  • Consults with land owners, builders, engineers and others regarding design, installation and maintenance of individual sewage and water systems.
  • Provides consultation and technical expertise to the water well industry, the sewage disposal industry, the food service industry, the public sector and governmental entities.
  • Performs site evaluations and plan reviews of commercial developments, plats and site condominiums utilizing on-site sewage disposal systems and water supplies
  • Performs reviews of plans for new food establishments, complex sewage systems, secondary containment and other facilities monitored and regulated by the Department.
  • Required to participate on an on-call and scheduled basis for after normal business hours activities related to emergency preparedness, illness investigations, temporary food service licensure inspections, and environmental/public health emergency response.
  • Investigates a variety of Environmental complaints involving reports of unsafe food, contaminated drinking water and surface water, possible water pollution practices, insect and rodent infestation, mold, unsanitary housing conditions, improper sewage disposal, illicit discharges of hazardous materials, and other practices that are public health hazards and/or nuisances. Makes standard field tests on water and sewage, or collects specimens for detailed laboratory testing.
  • Conducts inspections at state licensed facilities including such places as public swimming pools, daycare and adult care facilities, and campgrounds
  • Approves licenses and issues permits for facilities and locations that are in compliance with applicable regulations as determined though an on-site inspection or evaluation.
  • Works collaboratively with various agencies to jointly resolve environmental and health problems.
  • Initiates legal action and testifies at hearings as necessary.
  • Work as a liaison between the state and regulated community on various programs
  • Identify and inspect facilities that use, produce or store toxic, hazardous or potentially polluting materials.
  • Promote remediation of environmental contamination throughout Washtenaw County.
  • Provide information to assist emergency response personnel in controlling toxic releases to the environment.
  • Administer Type II Water Supply program.
  • Provide back up to Time of Sale Coordinator.
  • Act as liaison to coordinator of festivals involving food to assist in determining how many temporary food licenses are required.
  • Ability to review electronic county maps and navigate geographic information system as it relates to various job duties.
  • May conduct special inspections for other local, state and federal units of government, such as DHHS, DEQ or others, gathering data and preparing reports with recommendations on matters such as conformity to sanitarian standards for homes and mobile homes being considered for government insured loans or licensing as foster care and day care facilities.
  • May condemn and post unsafe water supplies or other facilities deemed harmful to the public welfare.
  • Examines new construction or remodeling plans and specifications for adherence to environmental health standards, and advises builders, owners and others regarding prevention or correction of problems.
  • Performs soil tests on vacant land and issues permits for on-site sewage systems and wells where appropriate.
  • Inspects food service establishments to determine compliance with current food code requirements. Issues temporary food licenses. Investigates possible food poisoning and food-borne illnesses. Reviews construction of new buildings or renovation of existing structures.
  • Inspects both residential and commercial dwellings and structures for proper sanitation, safety, water supply, disposal of sewage, and disposal of solid waste.
  • Inspects recreational areas, medical care facilities, mobile home parks, schools, day care centers, foster care homes and so forth for cleanliness of premises, safety requirements, sanitary practices, suitable water supply and proper disposal of sewage and solid waste.
  • Performs office activities such as the preparation of activity reports and the processing of licenses. Submits pertinent reports on inspection activities and recommends action to supervisor in cases where conditions exist which may be injurious to the public interest.
  • Meets with community groups regarding prevention and resolution of sanitation and environmental health problems.
  • Provides educational and technical guidance assistance to the public in all areas of sanitation and environmental health.
  • Advises operators and management by report and letter relative to correction of sanitary problems noted during various health inspection activities.
  • Issues verbal and written orders to correct violations, reinspects to insure compliance and collects samples and prepares reports for initiation of legal action for persistent violators.
  • Ability to meet state accreditation requirements as they relate to assigned job duties, including but not limited to training, inspections, and documentation.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
  • Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting, field site and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a computer monitor and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
  • An employee must be in good physical condition and be able to perform the critical functions of the job which may include lifting or moving objects between twenty one (21) and fifty (50) pounds; and for walking on uneven terrain, slippery conditions, bending, stooping, turning a soil auger, and standing for extended periods in a wide variety of weather conditions or work environments because the employee frequently makes on-site inspections and evaluations.
These requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.
Knowledge of:

  • Principles of algebra, geometry, bacteriology, and chemistry applicable to environmental health problems.
  • Principles and practices of environmental and public health, applying local, state and federal laws, rules and regulations, and the County's sanitation codes and programs.
  • Public health principles, assessment and evaluation techniques, food safety, groundwater, and surface water testing procedures and practices, and food-borne illnesses.
  • Review and analysis of research, studies, data and report preparation techniques.
Ability to:

  • Make decisions in accordance with departmental policies and procedures
  • Communicate effectively with fellow employees and the general public
  • Perform field inspections
  • Prepare and present written reports
  • Present, explain, and discuss topics in the environmental health and protection field before public groups.
  • Explain complicated issues and procedures simply and accurately.
  • Strong interpersonal/communication (written/verbal) skills.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks at any time.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective written materials.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files
  • Possession of a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health, Biology, Chemistry or a related field.
Grade 22

  • Entry level Sanitarian. No specific prior experience is required.
  • Employee must obtain Registration as a Sanitarian/Environmental Health Specialist within four years of employment.
  • Upon completion of registration will advance to Grade 26 with acceptable work performance.
Grade 26

  • Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist.
Grade 28

  • A Registered Sanitarian / Registered Environmental Health Specialist (RS/REHS) that has held the REHS/RS credential for three (3) consecutive years and has been doing work related to the REHS/RS credential during that time.
  • One year may be substituted with an advanced degree in a related field.
  • Possession of a valid Michigan vehicle operator's license required.
  • Use of personal vehicle is required.
This class description intends to identify the major duties and requirements of the job and should not be interpreted as all inclusive. Incumbents may be requested to perform job-related duties other than those outlined above and may be required to specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2007-610-0000-0000


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