Environmental Health Spec. II(Limited Term not to exceed 2 yrs)

This position is Exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #081121-MDAA02-350500

Introduction

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This recruitment is offering Recruitment and Referral Incentives!

In order to meet temporary demands due to the pandemic, DHSS is now offering recruitment and retention incentives of $4,000 per new hire for select limited term Environmental Health Specialist II positions. Only new state employees are eligible for these incentives. 

Bonuses would be paid out in three parts:

  • $1000 would be paid when the incumbent has worked 3 months.
  • $1000 would be issued when the incumbent has worked one year.
  • $2000 would be paid out at the successful completion of the limited term assignment. 

NOTE: This program is administered by the Department of Health and Social Services. This program may be terminated by the State at any time.

Summary Statement

The incumbent in this position is responsible for conducting complex inspections and preparing reports that document compliance with the State of Delaware Food Code. Duties include the inspection of Food Service Establishments, Public Swimming Pools, Recreational Camps, Mobile Units, Ice Manufacturers, Body Art Establishments as well as Private, Public and Miscellaneous Water Sampling. Duties may also include both the primary inspection as well as follow-up inspections, communicating violations and responding to questions regarding documented violations. A vital duty is conducting investigations into complaints and reports of foodborne illness. This position may also include inspection, education and enforcement activities related to COVID or other emerging issues. Administration of the Delaware Low Income Household Water Assistance program will be supported by positions in this class.

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 complex health risk assessment in one or more health project areas, using appropriate testing instruments and equipment. Performs routine and emergency sampling and testing of water and food.
     
  • Provides consultation for owners of business or industry concerning applicable environmental regulations and assists in developing plans for abatement and compliance.
     
  • Promotes a variety of environmental health issues to consumers, community organizations, State and Federal agencies and industry. May speak at public meetings.
     
  • Trains co-workers and subordinates in area of specialty. Provides technical assistance as needed.
     
  • Reviews past reports and submitted plans for alteration or construction of eating establishments to ensure completeness of application before it goes through entire plan review process.
     
  • Enforces compliance of facilities requiring corrective action by reinspecting, writing violation letters and initiating legal action.
     
  • Investigates consumer complaints and accidents involving hazardous substances.  Initiates enforcement of laws and regulations.
     
  • Writes routine reports. Keeps accurate logs and records.

Job Requirements

PREFERRED REQUIREMENTS for Environmental Health Specialist II
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. Six months experience in conducting on-site inspections to identify, assess and control actual or potential environmental health risks.
  3. Six months experience in enforcing compliance with laws, rules, regulations, standards, policies and procedures.
  4. Six months experience in narrative report writing.
  5. Possession of a valid Driver's License (not suspended, revoked or cancelled, or disqualified from driving).

Additional Posting Information

As a condition of employment, all employees must certify that they are fully COVID-19 vaccinated by September 30, 2021; or be required to test for COVID-19 on a weekly basis starting on September 30, 2021; or request an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination(s) due to health or sincerely held religious beliefs or practices by September 30, 2021.  If hired after September 23, 2021, these certifications or requests must be completed during their initial week of employment. This will be in effect until further notice.  More information can be found here.

 This posting may be closed on or before 02/172022 upon filling the vacant position(s).

Benefits

To learn more about the comprehensive benefit package please visit our website at https://dhr.delaware.gov/benefits/

Selection Process

The application and supplemental questionnaire are evaluated based upon a rating of your education, training and experience as they relate to the job requirements of the position.  It is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application and the supplemental questionnaire to include dates of employment, job title and job duties.  For education and training, list name of educational provider, training course titles and summary of course content.   Narrative information supplied in response to the questions must be supported by the information supplied on the application including your employment, education and training history as it relates to the job requirements.

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at Delaware State Jobs.

Accommodations

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance. The State of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek out a workforce representative of Delaware including race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. 

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Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet.
Contact us via conventional means. For further assistance, you may contact us by phone at (302) 739-5458, or e-mail at jobs@delaware.gov.