Environmental Health Specialist- Health & Human Services

Douglas County

  • Risk Management|Occupational Health and Safety
  • Energy, Utilities and Natural Resources
  • Water Resources
  • Health & Wellness
  • Other
  • Professional Services
  • Risk Management|Occupational Health and Safety
  • Science
  • Biology
  • Environmental

Under the direction of the Health Officer, the Environment Health Specialist, as a Registered Sanitarian has the authority and responsibility for conducting inspections for food service, lodging, vending, swimming, camping, recreational-educational camp, tattoo, and body piercing facilities using applicable health and safety statutes and administrative codes.

Essential Duties

  • Investigates (including sample procurement), documents and initiates corrective action regarding public health nuisances, consumer complaints, housing complaints, lead risk assessments and rabies control
  • Performs inspection and investigation related to complaints of suspect foodborne, waterborne, vectorborne illnesses or potential human health hazards in accordance with WI State Statutes, partnering with Public Heath, Human Services and Law Enforcement when necessary
  • Performs sanitary surveys, water sampling and inspections of county establishments which the Health Department has regulatory authority over to determine compliance with the applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. 
  • Conducts plan reviews, issues permits and assists license/permit applicants in the interpretation of local and state codes
  • Implements outreach and educational campaigns designed to cultivate a better understanding of the principles of Environmental Health
  • Maintains records and reports of official activities and performs other related work as assigned by the Health Officer
  • Participates in public health preparedness planning and response to emergency events including acts of terrorism, hazardous material spills/releases, extreme weather events and communicable disease outbreaks
  • Performs other duties of similar nature or level.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Environmental Health, or Physical or Biological Sciences or related degree and six months of employment in the field of environmental health sanitation preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.  Current certification as a Registered Sanitarian preferred.  If not currently certified, must be eligible to obtain the Registered Sanitarian credential within one year, or as determined upon hire.

Registered Sanitarian Credentialing information can be found at

Supplemental Information

Knowledge Required:

  • Environmental and public health principals and practices.
  • Principals of related WI Statutes, Administrative Codes and Food Code.  See for food code and licensing information.
  • Knowledge of Safe Drinking Water.  Information can be found at

Skills Required:

  • Interpreting analysis results of samples collected.
  • Oral and written communication, including interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with local, regional and state partners.
  • Knowledge of word-processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
  • Valid driver's license and proof of automobile insurance.

Physical Activities/ Requirements:

  • Balancing, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing.
  • Medium Work: Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and / or up to 20 pounds of force frequently, and / or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.

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