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ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 64003359

Date: Aug 14, 2019

Location: PENSACOLA, FL, US, 32501

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Requisition No: 71281 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST III - 64003359

Position Number: 64003359 

Salary:  $40,948.18 - $45,043.00 

Posting Closing Date: 08/19/2019 

This position is advertised as an Internal Agency announcement. To be eligible, you must be a current Florida Department of Health employee, in a Senior Management Service (SMS), Selected Exempt Service (SES), Career Service (CS), or Other Personal Services (OPS) position.

 

This is a highly specialized, independent, professional position to lead environmental health staff in performing day-to-day duties.  This position will be required to have the technical knowledge and experience in general environmental health programs including but not limited to Food Hygiene, Drinking Water, Well Surveillance, and Swimming Pools.  The position will require extensive knowledge of biological systems and chemical parameters.  The understanding and interpretation of biological and chemical tests and samples is essential.  The position will be required to interpret and enforce Florida Statutes (FS) and Florida Administrative Code (FAC) as they relate to FDOH Environmental Health Programs.

 

The position will coordinate epidemiology investigations involving complaints from the public involving swimming pools and drinking water.  The position will be the coordinator for the Escambia County Public Pool program, Well Surveillance and Limited Use Water systems. 

 

This position will perform inspections of new food facilities. Performs assigned facility inspections in accordance with Chapter 64E-11, Florida Administrative Code (FAC).  This will include but not limited to preliminary site inspections, plan review, complaint investigations, and prepares written routine and technical reports, graphs, charts and correspondence to a standard that can be used as evidence in a legal proceeding.  When necessary initiates legal action to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. 

 

The lead inspector and front line technical advisor for the swimming pool, drinking water and well surveillance programs.  Train all Environmental Health inspectors in the swimming pool, drinking water, and well surveillance programs.  Responsible for the planning, organizing and the coordination of daily work assignments and special projects as assigned by the Environmental Health Supervisor.

 

Performs assigned facility inspections in accordance with Chapter 64E-8, Florida Administrative Code (FAC), Chapter 64E-9, FAC, and Chapter 376.3071, Florida Statute, (FS), Chapter 376.3078, FS, Chapter 381.0062, FS and Chapter 381.0067, FS.  This will include but not limited to preliminary site inspections, plan review, complaint investigations, and prepares written routine and technical reports, graphs, charts and correspondence to a standard that can be used as evidence in a legal proceeding.  When necessary initiates legal action to ensure compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Coordinates and performs Well Surveillance investigations.

 

Functions as one of the Waterborne Disease Surveillance and Investigation Program Specialist for the ECHD and is the liaison for the State Health Office, Waterborne Disease Surveillance and Investigation Epidemiology Program.
Information custodian:  Assures compliance with current DOH security policies by fulfilling the Information custodian responsibilities described in Security Policy 3, areas of responsibilities.  Ensures that data set(s) under incumbent’s responsibility are available to those who need to know, protects the integrity of assigned data set(s) and assists the Security Coordinator as needed to comply with policies and procedures.

 

Other duties as assigned by their supervisor.  The employee will be required to promote the department as a positive, caring community organization through courteous behavior toward all clients and co-workers.  Performs other related work as required.

 

Knowledge

  1. Serves as the ECHD expert in the following specific environmental health program areas: Drinking Water, Safe Drinking Water Act, Swimming Pools, including the initial/engineering inspection and Waterborne Epidemiology.
  2. Knowledge of County Ordinances and Florida Statutes. 
  3. Comprehensive knowledge of all Community Environmental Health Programs.
  4. Knowledge of the terminology, principals, and analytical techniques of the physical or natural sciences.
  5. Knowledge of enforcement techniques and evidence gathering.
  6. Comprehensive knowledge of data collection and analysis principals and procedures.
  7. Knowledge of water microbiology and water borne disease.
  8. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and methods of disease surveillance.
     
    Skills:
  1. Skilled in scientific report writing and graphing of data using Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Power Point, Microsoft Outlook and REHOST.
  2. Skilled in inspecting and the investigation of Environmental Health Programs.
  3. Skilled in using a variety of field equipment for data collection and its interpretation.
  4. Skilled in effective verbal and written communication.
  5. Skilled in problem solving, conflict resolution and dealing with the public under stressful situations.
  6. Skilled in maintaining accurate records.
  7. Skilled in creating presentations and presenting to various audiences.
  8. Skilled in working independently and in teams.
  9. Skilled in evaluating epidemiologic data to develop valid interpretations of the data.
  10. Skilled in organizing the conduct of an outbreak investigation or other epidemiologic study.
  11. Skilled in providing solutions to difficult program questions and rule interpretations using environmental health and public health principles, skills and knowledge.
     
    Abilities:
  1. Able to communicate effectively with scientific peers when working with cases regarding the public’s health.
  2. Able to maintain a positive, professional attitude while working under pressure.
  3. Able to communicate effectively with the general public when enforcing County Ordinance and State Statute.
  4. Able to maintain a State of Florida Food Service Certification, and Well Surveillance Certification.
  5. Able to maintain confidentiality.
  6. Able to locate, read, interprets, and enforces county, state, and federal regulations and interacts with multiple agencies.
  7. Able to utilize problem-solving techniques.
  8. Able to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.
  9. Able to coordinate and monitor environmental related programs.
  10. Able to qualify and pass the Registered Sanitarian/Environmental Health Specialist exam
  11. Abe to work independently.
  12. Able to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to environmental health programs.
  13. Able to be assigned as a project leader to guide staff for the duration of the project.
  14. Able to plan outbreak investigations and other epidemiologic studies.
  15. Able to plan, guide, develop and evaluate sanitation and environmental health programs.

 

See also positive work statement signed by each employee.

Promotes the department as a positive, caring community organization through courteous behavior toward all clients and co-workers. Follows chain of command and keeps supervisor and others fully informed of activities, pertinent issues, upcoming events, and potential problems.  Ensures that recommendations made to the supervisor do not withhold information that could influence decision-making. Immediately reports to supervisor directives from others who are not part of DOH-ESCAMBIA management (e.g. Tallahassee). Maintains the integrity of the department by ensuring information and advice supplied to customers is technically correct and in compliance with all federal, state and departmental policies and procedures.

Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. 

 

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening, and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct the background check.

 

Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov.

 

If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended, or deemed ineligible depending on the date of your retirement.

 

Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.

 

Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Departments VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


Nearest Major Market: Pensacola