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Environmental Health Technician

Cedar Rapids, IA

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Part-time position (24 hours/week) to perform field and office work with professional responsibilities to support the enforcement of laws, regulations and standards concerning the Public Health branches of Air Quality and Environmental Health. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Branch Supervisor. Programs include outdoor air quality, private sewage disposal systems, safe drinking water and sanitation. Educates the community and individuals on environmental health topics including property maintenance, private drinking water wells and open burning practices.  Writes letters, reports, and other related documents on job-related activities and outcomes for submission to other local, state and federal agencies, as well as the regulated community. Investigates complaints of nuisances, vermin, unsanitary conditions, and conditions detrimental to public health and occupants and recommends methods for abatement and correction. Assists with the inspection of private sewage disposal systems, minor sources of air pollution and sources permitted for open burning.  Collects environmental samples (e.g. environmental lead, drinking water, mosquitoes, wastewater, indoor air quality and radon) and transports to lab for analysis. Assists with data collection and management that supports the presentation of agency and branch performance metrics and program outcomes. Participates in program/grant required training (e.g. DNR, EPA, IDPH), continuing education classes and conferences including lead, radon, indoor air, mold, housing, incident command training, radiation monitoring and pest control. Maintains a working knowledge of applicable codes and ordinances. Performs all other related duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:       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, industrial hygiene, or public sanitation. Working knowledge of modern methods, principles, techniques and practices of environmental health. 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 work effectively with the general public. Ability to work with a computer and have knowledge of basic word processing, spreadsheet, GIS/CAD, Adobe Pro, Power Point, and database programs. Position requires indoor and outdoor work with potentially ongoing exposure to elements, including undesirable conditions which may include heat, cold, exposure to noise from kitchen equipment, live and dead animals, human and animal waste, odors and smells, including environmental tobacco smoke, filthy environments, cleaning solvents, noxious air emissions and construction environments, etc. Occasional lifting up to thirty-five (35) pounds. Ability to walk on uneven ground, climb elevated surfaces such as a ladder, and perform work duties during inclement weather. Ability to obtain certification as a Commercial Pest Control Operator within two (2) years of hire. Ability to obtain professional certification as a Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Systems (CIOWTS) or equivalent within two (2) years of hire. Must pass a County physical examination and background check, which includes a drug test after offer of employment. Regular work attendance required. Valid State of Iowa Driver’s License required.

SHIFT:                            7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.         Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (Flexible)
SALARY:                        $20.78/hour
DEADLINE:                    Wednesday, September 27, 2017
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Posted 09/18/17

Job ID: 62014