Environmental Health Specialist I (#MDAA01)
$38,010.00 Yearly Min / $47,513.00 Yearly Mid / $57,016.00 Yearly Max

Summary Statement

An incumbent in this class is responsible for the routine implementation of environmental health projects.

Nature and Scope

An incumbent in this class reports to a technical superior and is responsible for conducting on-site inspections to identify, assess and control actual and potential environmental health hazards. Work in this class includes consulting with business, industry owners and other state agencies concerning compliance with environmental regulations. An incumbent may speak before large groups to inform and educate them on methods of abatement and correction. Additional duties include responding to consumer complaints and emergency testing of water and food.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class. Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.
  • Performs health risk assessment in one or more areas (e.g., drinking water, shellfish water, pools, food producers, food vendors, public and private institutions, temporary food surveyors, radiation sources, child care facilities, health care facilities, occupational settings).
  • Performs routine and emergency sampling and testing of water and food using appropriate testing instruments, chemicals and equipment.
  • Consults with owners of business or industry concerning applicable environmental regulations and assists in developing plans for abatement and compliance.
  • Explains environmental health issues to industry and the public. May speak at public meetings and/or testify in court.
  • Investigates consumer complaints. Initiates enforcement of laws and regulations.
  • May review plans for building alteration or new construction and perform pre-operational health assessment.
  • Writes routine reports. Keeps accurate logs and records.
  • May supervise Environmental Health Aides.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The intent of the listed knowledge, skills and abilities is to give a general indication of the core requirements for all positions in the class series; therefore, the KSA’s listed are not exhaustive or necessarily inclusive of the requirements of every position in the class.
  • Knowledge of environmental health principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of technical aspects of program areas.
  • Knowledge of State laws, rules, regulations.
  • Knowledge of data collection and analyzing techniques.
  • Skill in the use of testing instruments and equipment.
  • Skill in performance of health risk assessments, surveys, investigations and initial enforcement activities.
  • Skill in statistical interpretation of information.
  • Ability to apply principles and practices of environmental health to specific projects.
  • Ability to conduct compliance inspections.
  • Ability to interpret and apply agency policies and procedures.
  • Ability to train, direct and review the work of others.
  • Ability to keep accurate records and prepare reports.
  • Ability to read blueprints.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Environmental Health Specialist I
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:
  1. Possession of a Bachelors degree or higher.
  2. Knowledge of conducting on-site inspections to identify, assess and control actual or potential environmental health risks.
  3. Knowledge of interpreting laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  4. Knowledge of narrative report writing.
  5. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).