ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
Under direction, conducts investigations, inspections, and
gathers data for the purpose of identifying, evaluating,
preventing, and eliminating environmental health hazards;
May perform mosquito inspection and extermination;
does related work as required.
NOTE: The definition and examples of work for this title are
for illustrative purposes only. A particular position using this
title may not perform all duties listed in this job specification.
Conversely, all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
NOTE: In some jurisdictions, appointees may be required to
perform mosquito extermination duties.
EXAMPLES OF WORK
Conducts tests and field investigations to obtain data for use
in determining sources and methods of controlling pollutants
in air, water, and soil.
Conducts chemical and physical laboratory and field tests
according to prescribed standards to determine characteristics
or composition of solid, liquid, or gaseous materials and
substances using pH meter, chemicals, autoclave, centrifuge,
spectrophotometer, microscope, analytical instrumentation,
and other chemical laboratory equipment.
Collects samples of gases from smokestacks and collects
other air samples and meteorological data to assist in
evaluation of atmospheric pollutants.
Collects water samples from streams and lakes or raw,
Semi-processed, or processed water, industrial waste water,
or water from other sources to assess pollution problem.
Collects soil, silt, or mud to determine chemical composition
and nature of pollutants.
Prepares samples for testing, records data, and prepares
summaries and charts for review.
Sets monitoring equipment to provide flow of information.
Installs, operates, and performs routine maintenance on gas
and fluid flow systems, chemical reaction systems, mechanical
equipment, and other test instrumentation.
May operate fixed or mobile monitoring or data collection
May perform mosquito inspection and extermination.
May conduct bacteriological or other tests related to research
in environmental or pollution control activity.
May collect and analyze engine exhaust emissions to determine
type and amount of pollutants.
Collects and analyzes data derived from pollution emission
measurements, atmospheric monitoring, and soil and water
Prepares graphs, charts, and statistical data from information
Analyzes data to assess pollution problems and/or compliance
with established standards, and recommends approaches to
control of pollutants.
Investigates known or potential environmental problems
including collection of data, identification of statistical
parameters, analysis and review of empirical findings, and writes
technical reports covering inferences of the results obtained.
Conducts specific phases of an investigation involving air,
hazardous substances, noise, solid waste, and/or water pollution
May conduct all phases of investigation and study of a specific
course of pollution; for example, air, hazardous substances, noise,
solid waste, and/or water including recommendation of abatement
action, and if necessary initiation and completion of legal action
including preparation of legal documentation and testimony in court.
Serves as public information source providing information
concerning environmental health issues.
Lectures and writes on matters pertaining to advancement of
Maintains equipment and takes and interprets readings
associated with meteorological systems.
May perform all phases of work in the development and
dissemination of publications relevant to environmental health.
Utilizes photographic and audiovisual supplies and equipment
in the discharge of prescribed responsibilities.
Makes recommendations on purchases of equipment and
supplies for program operations.
May supervise nonprofessional employees as assigned.
Confers with municipal and county environmental health officials
and public and industry personnel to promote understanding
of and compliance with environmental health rules and regulations.
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information systems
used by the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with
a Bachelor's degree in Physical, Chemical, Biological,
Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, or
Public Health with a concentration in environmental health.
One (1) year of experience in environmental control work
involving field surveys, investigations, inspections, and
preparation of reports on the environment, the
preparation/review of environmental impact statements,
and/or the prevention or elimination of one or more
environmental health hazards.
NOTE: Graduation from an accredited college or university
with a Master's degree in Physical, Chemical, Biological,
or Environmental Sciences or Environmental Engineering
may be substituted for one (1) year of experience.
Appointees may be required to obtain certification as a Commercial
Pesticide Applicator, in the appropriate category, or licensing as
a Pesticide Operator, issued by the New Jersey Department of
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential
duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
Knowledge of principles, theory, and techniques involved
in the broad field of environmental sciences and of federal,
state, and local laws, regulations, and policies pertaining
to environmental pollution.
Ability to conduct environmental impact studies,
investigations, and inspections.
Ability to analyze and evaluate data collected and to draw
sound conclusions thereof.
Ability to collect samples or perform tests in the field
and make evaluations and analyses.
Ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports
containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
Ability to analyze and interpret laws, rules, and
regulations on matters having impact on the environment.
Ability to obtain certification as a Commercial Pesticide Applicator,
in the appropriate category, or licensing as a Pesticide Operator,
issued by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
may be required.
Ability to cooperate with the county, community, and individual
citizens on matters affecting the environment, and to organize
assigned field and technical work and develop effective work
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered
as acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without
reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be
made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.