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Job Specification

REGISTERED ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST PUBLIC HEALTH

DEFINITION:

Under direction, performs sanitary inspection and environmental 
health work involving in the enforcement of relevant sanitary, 
environmental, and public health laws and rules within the 
concerned jurisdiction; conducts inspections, investigations, 
and educational outreach activities; performs other related 
duties as required and/or necessary.

NOTE:  The 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:  Appointments may be made to positions requiring bilingual skills.

03096 - Bilingual in Korean and English
SPECIAL SKILL
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
in Korean and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.

08061: Bilingual in Spanish and English
SPECIAL SKILL
Applicants must be able to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate 
in Spanish and English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.

EXAMPLES OF WORK:

Conducts inspections to enforce relevant sanitary and health laws.

When violations of relevant sanitary and health laws are found, 
determines the cause and takes proper corrective action.

Periodically inspects retail food establishments and other eating-places.

Investigates nuisances and violations of the sanitary, 
environmental, and public health laws, rules, and ordinances.

Gives testimony in court cases.

Conducts activities related to licensing, operation, and 
enforcement of sanitary, environmental, and public health 
laws and rules of regulated activities and facilities. 

Confers with Health Officer, engineers, veterinarians, 
and Registered Environmental Health Specialists 
concerning improvements in public health and sanitation.

Reviews and may approve plans for residential, commercial, 
and industrial development as necessary to ensure compliance 
with sanitary, environmental, and public health laws, rules, 
and ordinances.

Collects water, food, and other specimens as needed for 
laboratory analysis and interpret the results of the subsequent 
analysis.

May respond to emergency situations.

Plans and conducts routine and emergency environmental 
health inspections and investigations and provides technical 
expertise to ensure operator and/or owner conformance with 
environmental health laws, rules, and ordinances.

Maintains, updates, and analyzes environmental health records, 
findings of inspections, and other data to ensure proper 
documentation and continuity of environmental health protection.

Prepare reports and findings as witness to environmental health 
violations in court cases and hearing.

Reviews new environmental health policy and implements the 
requirements of said policy as necessary.

Educates and communicates environmental risks to the public, 
media, and other interested parties.

Assist the public, local health agency personnel, and other 
officials with recommendations and resources on various 
environmental health matters consistent with environmental 
laws, rules, or ordinances and suitable abatement practices.

Investigates foodborne, airborne, waterborne, and other 
suspected disease outbreaks as required.

Keeps current with professional developments in 
environmental health technologies, information systems, 
and technical advancements in the field.

Conducts surveys and investigations of communicable 
diseases and epidemics which may be traceable to lack 
of environmental sanitation.

Reviews and analyzes records/reports and makes 
recommendations as to laws/regulations which are needed 
for proper control of environmental sanitation and for methods 
of improving the operation of existing controls.

Assembles, reviews, and utilizes articles, bulletins, demonstrations, 
and other educational methods and materials concerning varied 
phases of environmental sanitation.

May act in a liaison capacity with local Boards of Health in all 
areas of environmental health.

Prepares reports.

Maintains records and files.

Performs other duties or special projects as required or as assigned.

Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or 
manual recording and information systems used by the agency, 
office, or related units.

REQUIREMENTS:

LICENSE:

Possession of a valid Registered Environmental Health 
Specialist License issued by the NJ Department of Health. 

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 essential 
duties of the position.

KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:

Knowledge of problems/procedures involved in sanitary 
inspection work, in the enforcement of relevant sanitary, 
environmental, and public health laws, rules, and ordinances. 

Ability to assess environmental health risks to and influences 
on humans and the environment.

Ability to interpret relevant public health laws and apply them 
to specific cases.

Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working 
relationships with coworkers and others involved or 
interested in the work of the unit.

Ability to prepare reports of inspections containing findings,
conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to testify accurately in court.

Ability to maintain records and files.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Ability 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, and communicate 
in English sufficiently to perform 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 after 
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations.  
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:
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08061Bilingual In Spanish And EnglishLC N/A21-

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.

6/12/2017