Environmental Health Specialist:

Tompkins County

Posted 2/22/2022

Job Type: Full-time



This position exists in the County Health Department and involves responsibility for performing professional activities in the
investigation and inspection of non-engineering aspects of environmental control. An employee in this class applies the principles
of the physical, biological and social sciences for the detection, evaluation, control and management of those factors in the
environment which influence human health. The incumbent receives general supervision from a higher level Sanitarian or
Engineer. This position differs from that of Public Health Technician in greater complexity of the work involved and level of
program responsibility. Supervision is exercised over a small staff of Public Health Technicians. The incumbent will perform
all related duties as required.


– Inspects food service establishments, public and private water supplies, sewage disposal systems, bathing beaches and swimming pools, facilities for refuse disposal, ionizing radiation facilities, and general nuisances which may affect public health;
– Schedules Public Health Technicians to perform soil percolation tests and sewage system inspections; Supervises a small staff of Public Health Technicians by making work assignments and reviewing results for technical accuracy;
– Assesses complaint calls, recommends solutions or schedules technicians to investigate;
– Collects water, food and other samples for laboratory examination to determine organic or inorganic and bacterial contamination;
Prepares reports and case histories on inspections, investigations and program status and arranges for enforcement action, office conferences and legal hearings;
Participates in enforcement proceedings including testifying at hearings;
– Reviews plans for individual sewage disposal systems to determine code compliance;
– Collects, preserves, and ships suspected diseased animals to State Laboratory for analysis;
– May investigate communicable disease outbreaks, emergencies, and petroleum and chemical spills; Interprets laboratory results of water and food analyses;
Performs soil tests, including visual observation of soil type, texture, strata and physical test of soil permeability;
– Inspects sites and advises home owners and contractors on design of individual sewage systems depending on varying soil conditions;
– Teaches sanitary food handling techniques to food service establishment personnel;
– Oversees the lead screening program including collection of blood samples, training of staff, home visits, inspections and related activities;
Provides education to public or regulated facilities about codes or Public Health practices;
– Responsible for administration of one or more program areas in the Environmental health Program;
– Develop program goals and objectives, prepares reports on program activities;
– Advise Senior Public Health Sanitarian or Senior Public Health Engineer on program policy and priorities;
– May edit and update web pages.

Minimum Qualification


Candidates must have been legal residents of Tompkins County or one of the six adjoining counties (Cayuga,
Chemung, Cortland, Schuyler, Seneca, Tioga) for at least one month immediately preceding the date of application and maintain


(a) Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with a Bachelor’s degree which
must have included at least thirty credit hours in the natural sciences, of which no more than twelve (12) credit hours may be in
the applied sciences; OR
(b) Five years of experience as a public health technician deemed satisfactory by the local Public Health Director and have
satisfactorily completed a public health training course approved by the State Health Department.

Special Requirement

1) The candidate must posses a valid NYS Driver’s License at time of application and maintain such license for the duration of
2) Under (a) above, the appointee must satisfactorily complete a training course approved by the New York State Health
Department within two years of appointment.

Salary: $30.03 hire rate; $32.58 work rate

To Apply

Candidates of all levels of experience are encouraged to apply at: Tompkins Civil Service.