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STATUS:Temporary, Part Time
SALARY RANGE:$18.6231-$23.2929
TITLE:Temporary Environmental Health Assistant
LOCATION:705 N. Zeeb Rd.
UNION AFFILIATION:Temporary Employee
Washtenaw County Health Department envisions a healthy community where every resident has the opportunity to achieve optimal health and well-being.
Washtenaw County Health Department is committed to working with community members and partners to address the factors that influence health, including employment, education, housing, neighborhood, public safety, food access, air and drinking water quality, and health care. Our work toward health equity and social justice will be guided by the following principles:
  • We value all people equally.
  • We promote the improvement of living conditions in which community members are born, grow, reside, work, play, learn and age.
  • We strengthen partnerships with community members that aid in community empowerment through community capacity building, organizing, and mobilizing.
  • We name racism and other ┐isms as a barrier to health equity and social justice.
The Washtenaw County Health Department is seeking applications for a paid position as a Summer Environmental Health Assistant within our Environmental Health Division. This position will primarily support the recreational water program within the Environmental Health Division. This program aims to ensure that public bathing beach and swimming pool waters are safe and sanitary. Other job duties may be assigned based on need in the division.
  • Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.
  • Contributes to implementation of organizational strategic plan.
  • Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images).
  • Describes the concept of diversity as it applies to individuals and populations (e.g., language, culture, values, socioeconomic status, geography, education, race, gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, profession, religious affiliation, mental and physical abilities, historical experiences).
  • Collaborates with community partners to improve health in a community (e.g., participates in committees, shares data and information, connects people to resources).
  • Describes how public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) are used in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services.
  • Adheres to organizational policies and procedures.
  • Incorporates ethical standards of practice (e.g., Public Health Code of Ethics) into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities.
The above statements are intended to provide general guiding competencies and are not an exhaustive list.
Essential Duties:

  • Collecting samples of public swimming pool water for laboratory analysis; notifying operators of unsafe results; and providing instruction on appropriate follow-up.
  • Collecting samples of public bathing beach water for laboratory analysis; evaluating results; and, working with senior staff to determine if beach closures or advisories are warranted.
  • Data entry of water sample results in associated software programs.
  • Review of basic health and safety standards during water sample collection and communication of gaps in standards to appropriate parties.
  • Accompanying sanitarians and other department staff on regulatory inspections of body art facilities, day care centers, food service establishments, temporary food service operations, public swimming pools, public beaches, facilities that store potentially hazardous or polluting materials, private drinking water wells, and/or onsite sewage disposal systems.
  • Completing a special project based on the assistant┐s skills and interests, in consultation with department staff.
  • Utilizing current Countywide and/or department specific software to complete assignments.
  • Support of Environmental Health projects, initiatives and programs as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties performed by personnel so classified.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong interpersonal/communication (written/verbal) skills.
  • Ability to exhibit a professional, positive attitude and work ethic.
  • Communicate effectively with fellow employees and the general public.
  • Perform field collections.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required and ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to speak, read, and write English. Second or multiple languages a plus.
  • Ability to work on multiple tasks at any time.
  • Setting priorities, coordinating multiple projects and meeting critical deadlines.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and professionalism.
  • Using sound, independent judgment within established policy and procedural guidelines.
  • Preparing clear, concise and effective written materials.
  • Maintaining accurate records and files.
  • Strong technical skills including word processing, spreadsheet development and management, with an emphasis on proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of GIS Software (preferred).
Possession of valid Michigan Vehicle Operator┐s license.
Duties require sufficient mobility to work in a normal office setting and use standard office equipment including a computer, vision to read printed materials and a video display terminal (computer) screen and hearing and speech sufficient to communicate in person or over the telephone.
The employee must be mobile both in an office setting and in the field with the ability to stand, sit, stoop and kneel, use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee must lift or push/pull objects of up to 30 lbs. without assistance. Accommodation will be made, as needed, for employees required to lift or move objects that exceed this weight. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly works both in the office and at other work sites and regularly travels between work sites using a motor vehicle. Though applicable safety procedures are documented and utilized, the incumbent may be exposed to unsanitary or unhygienic materials, individuals and situations while performing required duties. The noise level in the work environment varies from quiet to moderate.
Employee must be comfortable in and around bodies of water to perform sampling duties, including but not limited to submerging arm into water, using waders to enter bodies of water to take samples and use appropriate equipment to perform sampling.
High school graduate or equivalent. Active enrollment in a Bachelors or Masters Degree program or equivalent to the completion of two years of college with an emphasis on Environmental Health, Biology, Chemistry or a related field is strongly preferred.
Ten (10) months to one (1) year of customer service experience.
This temporary position is full-time 37.5 hours per week for a term beginning mid-March through mid-Summer. Typical work hours are 8:30am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.
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 have specific job-related knowledge for successful job performance.


CONTROL NUMBER: 2302-5080-0000-0000


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