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SENIOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST - Housing & Neighborhood Health

Company: Eskenazi Health
Location: Indianapolis
Posted on: May 27, 2023

Job Description:

Marion County Public Health Department is an organization that celebrates diversity, and seeks to employ a diverse workforce. We actively encourage all individuals to apply for employment and to seek advancement opportunities. Marion County Public Health Department also provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities as required by law. For additional questions please contact us at: hrmail@hhcorp.org.

Job Role Summary

The Senior Environmental Health Specialist promotes individual and population public health by providing the essential services of public health within a variety of settings. Responsibilities include inspecting properties, homes, and businesses; identifying health, safety, and environmental hazards; providing or participating in community health education and health promotion activities; ensuring compliance with a broad range of local health and environmental codes, regulations and policies; participating in multi-faceted health, safety, and environmental projects and initiatives; and providing information to individuals, families, agencies, and groups regarding public health and environmental issues or code enforcement data/updates. Senior Environmental Health Specialists make necessary referrals to other departments within the Marion County Public Health Department and other City social service agencies to link clients with needs. A Senior Environmental Health Specialist is responsible for coaching and mentoring new hires; taking an active leadership role amongst their peers; and additional projects and responsibilities reserved for Senior Housing Department field staff.

Qualifications

  • National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 100a and 700 certifications within four (4) months of employment.
  • Valid Indiana driver's license, current certificate of vehicle insurance, and access to reliable transportation to all assigned work locations.
  • Bachelor's degree is required with a concentration in Environmental Health, Public Health, or closely related area preferred.
  • Three years of experience preferred at the Environmental Health Specialist level.
  • Master's degree desired.
  • Pursuit of Registered Environmental Health Specialist designation within three years preferred. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
    • Knowledge of the core functions and essential services of public health, public health principles and disease process.
    • Knowledge of environmental sciences and environmental public health principles.
    • Basic understanding of environmental public health protection programs, laws, regulations, and policies processes in Indiana and Marion County.
    • Knowledge of data collection, analysis, and interpretation techniques.
    • Knowledge of federal, Indiana State and local environmental regulations that are applicable to a practitioner in a local public health agency.
    • Knowledge of code enforcement techniques and evidence gathering.
    • Must be able to work in stressful conditions and under time restraints.
    • Must be able to read and interpret maps, paperwork, and ordinances.
    • Demonstrates effective written and oral communications, including conveying technical information to non-technical community members.
    • Demonstrates ability to interpret and apply public health protection regulations.
    • Demonstrates ability to work independently and in teams.
    • Demonstrates basic knowledge and use of computerized data management systems.
    • Demonstrates knowledge of and usage of field equipment.
    • Knowledge of emergency preparedness - at home, work and in the community.
    • Knowledge of incident command structure and its use.
    • Knowledge of departments within the Marion County Public Health Department to integrate services with, but not limited to the following: Community Based Care (Public Health Nurses); Social Services; Rodent and Mosquito Control; WIC; Immunizations; Healthy Families; the Babe program; Vital Records; Water Quality and Hazardous Material Management; Indoor Air; Vector-borne Disease Prevention; Food and Consumer Safety; Healthy Homes, Environmental Consumer Management, and Senor Care; and Environmental Health and Safety Management. Working Enviornment
      • General office setting in health department facilities, as well as community sites including clients' homes or other workplaces.
      • Work performed in the community is sometimes subject to conditions that range from inclement weather to dangerous conditions such as snow/ice, cold, heat, noise, wetness/humidity, vibration, sudden temperature changes, and poor illumination at the job site.
      • Travel to and from field locations, often in high crime areas, may subject worker to increased risk of driving hazards and damage or vandalism to personal vehicle.
      • Community locations, including clients' homes and apartments, may subject worker to exposure to communicable diseases such as COVID-19, tuberculosis, and monkeypox; insects and disease vectors such as fleas, ticks, roaches, and bed bugs; hazardous materials; chemicals, toxins, mold, and noxious odors; animals such as dogs, rats, mice, and bats; and criminal activity. Personal protective equipment is recommended and required in some instances.
      • In all settings, employees in this classification may occasionally need to relate to members of the public who exhibit challenging, atypical, or hostile behaviors and/or communication.

        All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

        Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis

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