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Environmental Health Specialist 2 or Underfill

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/05/21
Posting End Date: 2024/06/04
Category: Environmental Services
Sub Category: Public Health
Work Type: Full Time
Location: Caldwell, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 23.76
Maximum Salary: 31.96
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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  • Vision: A Healthier Southwest Idaho.
  • Mission: To promote the health and wellness of those who live, work and play in Southwest Idaho.
  • Values: Accountability, customer-focused, and teamwork influence the work we do and the difference we hope to make.

Are you looking for an opportunity to serve the communities of Adams, Washington, Payette, Gem, Canyon, and Owyhee counties? Do you crave a job where you can make a difference and serve the public? Southwest District Health (SWDH) is recruiting an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) 2 to join the dedicated group of public health professionals in the Environmental Section of Environmental and Community Health Services Division.

This position may be filled by an Environmental Health Specialist 1. The EHS1 is considered an underfill for the EHS2 and must obtain the REHS/RS licensure within one year of appointment wherein they will be promoted to an EHS2 with a salary increase.

As an Environmental Health Specialist and public health employee, you will serve an active role in improving the health of your community. As part of a small, but mighty team, you will inspect, evaluate, and attain compliance with environmental health laws, advise on environmental concerns, and perform related work. This includes inspecting subsurface sewage disposal systems, public water systems, and addressing nuisance issues such as open sewage and solid waste management facilities. As an Underfill, you will be trained for and perform entry-level work for the EHS2 position.

If you crave team-oriented work, purpose, and work/life balance, perhaps it's time you considered a career with SWDH. We're all about shaking up the stereotype that working in government is dull. We're disruptors and innovators, all passionately sharing the same vision of making Southwest Idaho the best place to live, work, and play. We believe in fostering a positive and inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.

This position may include a teleworking option from within Idaho.

Excellent Benefits

This budgeted, regular full-time position offers a competitive benefits package including PERSI (one of the BEST RETIREMENT system available in the Nation) with a lifetime benefit!

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits (Plan options offer employee only coverage for full-time/30+hours per week PPO $65/month for medical and vision and $11.82/month for dental, with a low premium cost for adding additional family members. Or a Free High Deductible Health Plan for employees only and low cost for additional members.)
  • Life Insurance (FREE basic and paid for supplemental options for both the employee and eligible dependents.)
  • 11 paid holidays per year and generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start (Holiday pay and accruals are calculated on a prorated basis depending on how many hours worked.)
  • Optional 401K and 457 Saving Plans
  • Wellness Programs
  • Bring your canine friend to work on Fridays
  • In-house fitness room and outdoor walking path
  • Ongoing internal and external training opportunities
  • Opportunity for Student Loan Forgiveness and Tuition Reimbursement!
  • The reverse flow of traffic from the Boise metro area to Caldwell and back offers a smooth commute.

Our generous benefits package offers competitive base pay for full-time Environmental Health Specialists. For an EHS2 position, the hourly base pay ranges from $27.17 to $31.96. If filled as an underfill (EHS1), the hourly base pay ranges from $23.76 to $27.95.

Typical Duties:

Candidates must be able to complete the essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation and meet all the mandatory qualifications of the position.

  • Regulates, permits, and inspects septic systems to protect water quality
  • Consults with landowners and developers on well and septic placement for IDAPA 58.01.03 compliance
  • Evaluates soil types for subsurface wastewater treatment placement and sizing
  • Provides input and conducts subsurface wastewater treatment installer training courses
  • Reviews plans for new or re-engineered subdivisions and complex septic designs
  • Conducts mortgage surveys, checking wells and septics for financial agencies
  • Assists homeowners with troubleshooting septic issues and potential repairs
  • Supports public water and land development programs
  • Uses the electronic database for issuing subsurface sewage permits
  • Investigates open sewage, sewage failure complaints, and solid waste complaints

Minimum Qualifications:

You must possess all the minimum qualifications listed below to qualify for this position. All required experience and/or education must be listed under the work history section of this application OR on your resume and must include a detailed explanation of your roles and responsibilities at each relevant employer.

Minimum Qualifications (MQ) Environmental Health Specialist 2:

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Health Sciences OR successful completion of a college level algebra or higher math course and 30 semester/45 quarter hours in the basic sciences, i.e. biology, chemistry, physics, or other physical sciences as well as sanitary engineering or environmental engineering
  • At least one year of public health experience with an agency to include inspecting facilities and enforcing ordinances, rules, and statutes in at least one of the following programs: food, on-site sewage, day care, swimming pools, nuisance complaints, solid waste, home loan surveys, public drinking water, or vector control.

MQ Specialty (EHS2):

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Taken and passed the credentialing exam with the National Environmental Health Association

Minimum Qualifications (MQ) Environmental Health Specialist 1 Underfill:

  • Good knowledge of: Environmental Health Practices

“Good knowledge” typically gained through a closely related bachelor's degree, 2-4 upper division college courses related to the subject and 2-4 years of mid-level work experience closely related to the subject, or a combination of coursework and experience that represents the knowledge level above.

MQ Specialty (EHS1):

  • Valid Driver’s License
  • Environmental Health Specialist 1 must obtain the REHS/RS licensure within one year of appointment.
  • Incumbent be willing to meet the National Environmental Health Association registration requirements as an Environmental Health Specialist or Trainee.

Supplemental Information:

Who May Apply

Individuals who meet all the “MQ’s” and “MQ Specialties” listed above. Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodation may be directed to the contact listed on this job posting.

How to Apply

Log in to your account, find this job announcement and select the Apply Now button. Attach your most current resume and follow the promptings to complete the exam. Hit submit. Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

The successful candidate will have a history and background supportive of the department's mission goal and be required to complete a pre-employment drug test and a criminal history background check to include fingerprints.

SWDH is an equal opportunity employer and hiring is done without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, age, or disability,exercising the right to family care and medical leave. In addition, preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations. Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodation to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodation or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Human Resource Office at 208.455.5318.


NOTICE: Idaho's Public Health Districts are agencies that are authorized by the State of Idaho as independent bodies. District employees are not State of Idaho employees, rather District employees who receive benefits through the Office of Group Insurance.


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If you would like to become a part of our team, we encourage you to apply.
If you have questions about this position, please contact us at:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 208.455.5318