Position Description

Environmental Health Specialist Lead
# of Openings 1
City Charlotte
State/Territory US-MI
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Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) is the nationally-accredited public health service agency for Barry and Eaton counties in Michigan. We protect and improve the health of Barry and Eaton counties through education; promotion of healthy lifestyles; and implementation of effective policies and programs for individuals, families, businesses, and communities. Our vision is a community where everyone has the opportunity to live a long, healthy, and active life.

We are seeking an Environmental Health Specialist Lead, to manage programs and projects related to Environmental Health General Services, Water Supply Quality & Safety, Recreational Facility Safety and Food Service Sanitation.  This position will work out of both our Eaton (Charlotte, MI) and Barry (Hastings, MI) county locations.  Interested candidates should be passionate about making a difference to protect and enhance health by promoting and providing environmental health programs pertaining to public health.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide technical assistance and consultation to staff, industry representatives, the general public, and government agencies regarding interpretation and enforcement of environmental laws, rules, guidelines, standards and policies. 
  • Review, approve, or deny requests for variances from laws, rules, guidelines, standards, policies and/or district environmental health regulations in collaboration with the director.
  • Oversee and evaluate Environmental Health programs and coordinate work of staff.
  • Assist in developing environmental health programs, procedures and program guidance materials to ensure consistent compliance with established program protocols and requirements.
  • Perform program assessments and recommend changes to existing programs, procedures and materials to improve environmental health services.
  • Confer with public officials and other community groups regarding environmental health programs and improvements needed within the community.
  • Initiate appropriate corrective actions, including a variety of legal processes. 
  • Participate in hiring, staff orientation; implement staff development and training, and review and evaluate work products.
  • Assist in preparing monthly and annual reports of services and activities.
  • Attend and participate in training on emerging environmental health issues.  

Ideal candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health or chemical, biological or physical sciences or related field of study
  • Five (5) years of experience in environmental health
  • Registration as a Sanitarian in Michigan or REHS registration through the National Environmental Health Association or ability to obtain registration within (1) year
  • Knowledge of complex principles and practices of environmental health
  • Valid driver’s license and a vehicle for business use or other ability to travel throughout the District
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc., and how to use them efficiently
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a regulatory setting
  • Ability to communicate visual observations and ideas concisely and in written reports

This position receives a competitive salary and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, retirement, vacation, and sick days.

Candidates must include a resume and cover letter to be considered.

Barry-Eaton District Health Department is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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