Job Description

Community Health Department

Position: Environmental Health Specialist I or Environmental Health Specialist II

Salary Range: Employment Type: EHS I: $4,288 – $5,737/mo. EHS II: $4,727 – $6,335/mo. DOQ, DOE

Location: Community Health Department Full-time (40 hours/week), Open until filled – Two Positions

Full time benefits include: • County pays $1,450 per month towards medical, dental, vision, life insurance and employee assistance program for employee and eligible family members.

• Retirement: Walla Walla County full time employees are eligible for Washington State Department of Retirement Services (DRS)

• HRA Veba account: Employer contribution may apply.

• Wellness program

• Deferred compensation plans offered

• Twelve paid holidays annually • Vacation accrual based on seniority 

• Benefited employees shall accrue sick leave benefits at the percentage rate of hours worked per week, to a maximum of eight (8) hours earned per month based on a forty (40) hour workweek but not less than one (1) hour per every forty (40) hours worked per County Policy 30.05.0

Visit Walla Walla County Website for detailed benefits information.

Brief Duties and Responsibilities: Performs detailed professional environmental health enforcement and inspection duties using independent judgment and discretion to determine compliance with federal, state, and local regulations. Areas of responsibility are the programs of food protection, on-site sewage disposal, water supplies, solid waste handling, swimming pools, insect and rodent control, and epidemiology. Process permit application s, provide inspection reports, conduct food handling classes, consult, and educate clients, participate in planning, training, and response to public health emergencies.

Working Conditions/Physical Abilities: Work is a mixture of office and fieldwork outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather. Ability to drive a vehicle, fly in an airplane, travel as required. Ability to lift 25-40 pounds, hearing, and speech ability to communicate verbally, tolerate difficult environmental conditions (odors, smoke, etc.), navigate uneven surfaces, and have manual dexterity and visual acuity to operate computers, levels, and lab equipment.

Minimum Qualifications: BS Degree from accredited four-year college in environmental health, sanitary science, bacteriology, public health, biology, or other closely related science. Must have a minimum of 45 quarter hours or 30 semester hours of basic or natural sciences. Must have a valid driver’s license, access to insured vehicle during working hours. Certifications or registrations required at the time of hire or within three years of hire include registration as a Sanitarian with the Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians, Certificate of Competency as an On-site Wastewater Treatment Systems Inspector, issued by the Washington State Department of Licensing if applicable, and Certification by the Washington State Department of Health as qualified to conduct public water system sanitary surveys if applicable. Environmental Health Specialist II requires a Washington State Septic Inspectors License. Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.

For Application: Walla Walla County application, resume and cover letter required. Please include copies of college transcripts with application, they can be emailed to Visit the County website at to download a copy of the job descriptions and apply online.


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