Environmental Health Specialist I

  • Missoula, Montana
  • Jun 04, 2022
Full Time Environmental Services Public Health

Job Description


  • Please complete all sections of the online application, even if a resume is submitted/requested.
  • Please include with your completed application the following attachments; College Transcripts (unofficial are accepted), a letter of interest that includes motivation to work in Environmental and Public Health field, a resume that includes volunteer and professional experience and professional association activities related to environmental health. Answer to the supplemental question (responses need to be between 300 - 800 words).
  • Incomplete applications will be disqualified.
  • Complete job description available upon request to the Department of Human Resources.
Performs technical work in environmental health disciplines, typically with an emphasis in air quality, wastewater and wells, licensed establishments or water quality.
Employees hired as Environmental Health Specialist I, must become a Sanitarian in Training within one month of hire and a Registered Sanitarian with the Montana Board of Sanitarians within one year of hire. Employees are eligible for promotion to Environmental Health Specialist II after completion of registration as a Sanitarian.

Representative Examples of Work

Inspects regulated facilities to ensure compliance with state and local environmental health regulations. Responds to citizen complaints; works with public to help them comply with relevant rules and laws. Conducts enforcement activities. Conducts investigations and evaluates control methods for food, water and animal borne disease outbreaks. Collects environmental samples, collects and analyzes data, maintains records, reports data, and conducts research projects. Attends meetings as department representative. Prepares and delivers public presentations. Responds to public inquires and requests for information. Participates in quality improvement projects and strategic work plans. Works within the incident command structure during emergencies. Serves as on-call officer for emergency environmental health, air and water quality incidents. Inspects restaurants, day cares, pools and spas, trailer courts, public lodging and other establishments and public facilities to ensure compliance with state and local regulations. Performs plan review. Teaches food safety classes. Issues septic and well permits. Conducts site evaluations for on-site wastewater systems; conducts groundwater monitoring. Reviews applications for subdivisions and certificates of survey and conducts on-site inspections of proposed developments. Establishes, operates and maintains air monitoring sites; performs quality assurance. Monitors air pollution and issues alerts and health advisories. Inspects and recommends air pollution control to industry and small businesses; manages outdoor burning; participates in transportation planning; ensures compliance with federal air quality standards. Collects water samples; maintains monitoring wells. Evaluates water quality data. Coordinates pollution prevention permitting and inspects facilities for compliance. Reviews and comments on cleanup plans for sites managed by other agencies. Participates in household hazardous waste collection. Coordinates restoration and water quality improvement projects. Maintains a certified water testing laboratory using standard procedures. Analyzes water samples; Contacts owners of contaminated water supplies. Advocates water resource protection.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in environmental health, or in the biological or physical sciences required.
Applicants must meet minimum standards for sanitarians in training In accordance with Montana ARM 24.216.502 which requires a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours in physical and biological sciences including at least one successfully completed course in chemistry, biology, and microbiology (microbiology can be taken after hire).
EXPERIENCE : Requires one year of professional experience in any one, or a combination of, the following fields:
  1. Environmental health
  2. A physical or biological sciences field related to environmental health
  3. Public health
  4. Education
  5. Enforcement or government regulation
SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS : Requires valid Montana driver's license. New employees will be asked to volunteer vaccination status for required vaccines upon hire and will be offered assistance during hiring to receive necessary immunizations. Employees who have not received the vaccines required for their positions or who are unwilling to voluntarily provide vaccination status for required vaccines will receive a reasonable accommodation where such accommodation does not require an undue hardship or endanger the health or safety of any person.

Physical/Environmental Demands

Requires some physical exertion, bending, climbing; above average agility and dexterity. Requires lifting 10 pounds frequently; moving 50-100 pounds occasionally. Work involves moderate risks which require special safety precautions and outdoor exposure to extreme weather conditions. Work involves exposure to laboratory chemicals, pathogens and toxic or hazardous materials. Requires travel to remote sites and scheduled weekend work.

Remote-eligible (Remote work is a type of flexible working arrangement that allows an employee to work from remote location)


Job Address

Missoula, Montana United States View Map