Environmental Health Technician

Linn County

Cedar Rapids, IA Healthcare / Scientific $22.70 to $27.93 hourly

New Hire: $22.70  •  90 days: $23.94  •  1 year: $25.13  •  2 years: $26.48 •  3 years: $27.93

  • Performs field and office work with professional responsibilities to support the enforcement of laws, regulations and standards concerning the Public Health Branches of Air Quality, Food and Aquatic Safety, and Home and Water Quality.
  • Work is performed under the general supervision of the Branch Managers.  
  • Programs include indoor air quality, integrated pest management, lead-based paint, minimum housing, outdoor air quality, private sewage disposal systems, rabies investigations, radon, environmental asthma triggers, safe drinking water, sanitation, solid waste, and toxic substances.  
  • Knows the County’s Customer-Centered Culture principles, the County’s Mission, Strategic Plan and Core Values and demonstrates a commitment to customer satisfaction for all customers on a regular basis.
  • Maintains septic maintenance agreement forms and COMMUNICATIONS with septic contracts and clients to keep in compliance.
  • Maps out septic locations using satellite data from a collector application and sends out a completion report to client.
  • Assists in collecting data for septic and wells and works with GIS to incorporate this data.
  • Responds to clients requests for data under Freedom of Information Act.
  • Collects water samples from individual wells and water supplies as requested.
  • Processes applications for septic locations.
  • Conducts assessments for clients in unhealthy housing.
  • Provides recommendations and conducts follow-up activities with client as needed.
  • Completes reports based on inspections and investigations related to environmental public health including septic and well inspections; air quality including open burning and minor sources of air pollution; and healthy homes including assessment report writing.
  • Writes letters, reports, and other related documents on branch activities and outcomes for submission to other local, state, and federal agencies, as well as the regulated community.
  • Processes open burning permits per applicable code.
  • Educates the public on environmental public health including food safety, protection, quality and storage; open burning practices and minor source compliance activities; healthy homes issues; participates in health and safety events within the community.
  • Investigates complaints of nuisances, unsanitary conditions, and conditions detrimental to public health and recommends methods for abatement and correction.
  • Conducts follow-up monitoring for compliance.
  • Investigates animal bites, handles animal quarantines, and provides transport of specimens to the state hygienic lab for testing.  
  • Investigates vermin complaints and baits as necessary.
  • Assists with the inspection of public tattoo establishments, and tanning establishments for compliance with applicable codes.
  • Assists with the inspection of private sewage disposal systems and completes reports working with multiple programs including ARC GIS.
  • Assists with the inspection of minor sources of air pollution and sources permitted for open burning for compliance with applicable codes.
  • Assists in the investigation regarding possible food borne illness outbreaks and collects available samples and transports to lab for analysis.  
  • Assists in food and drug administration food recalls.
  • Monitors seasonal mosquitoes significant to public health.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances.  
  • Assists in data management and presentation to public officials and stakeholders.
  • Performs all other related duties as assigned.
  • Knows the products they personally produce and the customers of each product.  
  • Listens to the “voice of the customer “and closes gaps between customer expectations and experience whenever possible.


  • Graduation from a recognized two-year liberal arts (AA or AS) college program in an environmental health field (e.g., housing, hygiene, air pollution, radiation health, occupational health, community noise, water and wastewater, solid wastes, milk and food sanitation, vector control) or graduation from a recognized two-year liberal art (AA or AS) college program with a minimum of two (2) years of work experience in positions related to public health, environmental health or public sanitation required.
  • Working knowledge of modern methods, principles, techniques and practices of environmental health.  
  • Able to work independently without immediate supervision.
  • Working knowledge of environmental sciences and environmental regulation including the Linn County Code of Ordinances, Iowa Administrative Code, and Code of Federal Regulations.  
  • Ability to communicate and deal effectively with customers and the general public.
  • Ability to work with a computer and have knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet, GIS/CAD, and database programs.
  • Valid State of Iowa Driver's License required.
  • Ability to obtain professional certification as a Certified Pool Operator within six (6) months of hire.
  • Ability to obtain certification as a Commercial Pest Control Operator within one (1) year of hire.  
  • Must participate in IDNR (Iowa Department of Natural Resources) Time of Transfer training and CIOWTS (Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems) training within two (2) years of hire.
  • Must pass a County physical examination which includes a drug test after offer of employment.  
  • Regular work attendance required.

SHIFT: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

Job Benefits:

Check out the County's great benefits! You can learn details at https://www.linncounty.org/benefits (scroll down and click on "AFSCME Benefit Summary").

COVID-19 Precautions:

Linn County has reinstated its face mask mandate, and requires employees and visitors to wear face masks when in County buildings. This includes during orientation. Social distancing will also be practiced. Linn County strongly encourages all employees to get vaccinated.

Application Instructions:

DEADLINE: Friday, September 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Job ID: 76740

Posted 11 days ago

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