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Environmental Health Specialist

Company: Maricopa County, AZ
Location: Phoenix
Posted on: March 19, 2023

Job Description:

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Pay Range
$24.25 - $37.90 per hour

The pay range listed above reflects the FULL pay range for this position. Salary offers are based on the candidate's equivalent experience and internal equity with other Maricopa County employees within the same job classification. The position is eligible for overtime compensation for all hours worked over 40 in the designated workweek.

Please note that the hourly rate listed ($24.25 - $37.90) is for candidates who are Registered Sanitarians. The hourly rate for non-registered candidates is $22.45.

Job Type

Environmental Services

About the Position

Hate sitting at a desk all day and care about your environment? Apply with us and enjoy a fast pace career out of the office, ensuring Maricopa County residents a safe place to live and play. As an Environmental Health Specialist, you will conduct compliance reviews and field inspections safeguarding public health sanitation codes. Here are some of the specialized areas you could be assigned: retail food establishments, aquatic health & safety, onsite wastewater, stormwater management, waste transport, and drinking water quality.

A day in the life of a Maricopa County Water & Waste Swimming Pool Inspector here.
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About Us

For more than 60 years, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has been working with our community to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Maintaining a healthy environment improves the quality of life and seeks to prevent exposure to mosquito-borne diseases and hazardous substances in food, water, and soil. We are using education and innovative methods to protect more than 4 million residents of Maricopa County and its visitors.

Proud to offer

  • Give back to the community by acting as a public health advocate
  • Field-based opportunity that provides mileage reimbursement
  • Sanitatian registration renewal reimbursement
  • Multilingual pay
  • Opportunities for growth and development within Maricopa County
  • Exceptional work-life balance
  • Low-cost, high-value healthcare for you and your qualifying dependents
  • Enrollment in Arizona State Retirement System
  • Paid vacation, sick, and parental (birth/adoption) leaves
  • Extensive wellness program, including healthcare premium discounts
  • Employee discounts for goods and services
  • Click here for more information: We Require
    • Bachelor's degree in environmental health, microbiology, entomology, chemistry, food science, or a related field with 30 semester hours of natural, physical, or applied science coursework
    • Registered sanitarian in good standing with the Arizona Department of Health Services within one year of hire date. Please review the criteria to qualify for the Registered Sanitarian examination at
    • Valid Arizona driver's license upon hire Job Contributions
      • Inspect and investigate environmental health aspects of businesses, factories, food handling facilities, food preparation and processing areas, waste transport, onsite wastewater systems, water systems, swimming pools, lodging, recreation, and public facilities in compliance with environmental/public health rules and regulations
      • Retail food - Investigate and inspect foodborne illnesses in restaurants, food processing plants, meat packing plants, mobile food establishments, and special events such as the State Fair and festivals where food is served
      • Obtain clinical specimens, interview affected individuals, collect food samples, provide answers to new food establishments, and give educational information regarding proper food handling techniques
      • Swimming pools - Inspect construction and operation of public and semi-public swimming pools. Review and approve construction plans
      • Onsite wastewater - Review sites to determine site characteristics for onsite wastewater system design and proposed plans for construction and inspect construction for compliance with approved plans
      • Water systems - Ensure that public water systems are operating in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act by review of compliance documentation, water quality test reports, and performing sanitary survey inspections
      • Waste Transport - Inspect solid and liquid waste hauling vehicles, chemical toilet facilities, and solid waste storage containers
      • Perform routine, unscheduled, and complaint investigations
      • Review and comment on plans, specifications, and construction regarding compliance with environmental codes and regulations
      • Evaluate and document inspection data to determine compliance, permit fees, violations, and citations.
      • Travel to inspection sites and perform environmental testing, sampling, and monitoring activities using various equipment
      • Advise, explain, and educate the public about environmental/public health issues, regulations, safety, policy, and compliance Working Conditions
        • Ability to bend, reach, twist, kneel, climb, and stoop
        • May be subject to working after hours, weekends, and holidays
        • Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary for some environments
        • Ability to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 pounds; carry, push or pull up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet
        • Have passed the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Environmental Health professional exam with a score of 650 or greater and obtain reciprocity from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) within six months of hire date Selection Procedure
          • Only the most qualified candidates will be considered
          • Consideration will only be given to candidates who submit online applications
          • Candidates will be contacted primarily through email and their Workday online application profile
          • Must pass a pre-employment background and/or fingerprint investigation as required by statute or policy, including drug and alcohol testing requirements for positions designated as safety-sensitive

            Maricopa County is an equal opportunity employer.

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