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Employment Opportunities

Title: Environmental Health Technician I

FTE: 100%
Salary: DOE        

Scope of Responsibility:
This is a generalist position in public health that works primarily with the solid waste program.  It also includes enforcement activity in all environmental health programs.  This position requires that the technician also perform food inspections of food service establishments, assist with the water program activities, and assist with the living environment program.  Performance of these duties requires that the individual have considerable knowledge in all aspects of environmental health.  Day to day activities may include working in all areas of environmental health.  This position will be supervised by the Environmental Health Director.

Essential Duties:
Perform solid waste investigations and enforcement to ensure the clean up of sites is performed per applicable regulations.

Understand and correctly apply all state and local regulations that relate to the task(s) that are being performed.

Conduct inspections, and enforce regulations as applicable in all areas of Environmental Health (Food, Water, Living Environment, etc.) under the supervision of the Environmental Health Director or his designee.    

Write technical reports from observations and field notes.

Meet with members of the public and encourage compliance with public health laws and standards of public health practice.

Initiate enforcement action for all programs when necessary.  This includes presenting the County Prosecutor with sufficient evidence to prosecute a case and appearing as a witness when called.

Present talks and classes on relevant environmental health issues to various groups.

Perform additional duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

High School diploma or GED equivalent

Good communication skills; proficiency in the English language, both written and oral

Must be physically capable of conducting inspections and surveys both indoors and out, in all types of weather and conditions.  This requires the use of touch, smell, hearing and sight.

Must possess a current unrestricted WA State Driver License and be physically capable of driving a vehicle in all weather conditions. 

Have a general knowledge of environmental health, including but not limited to; food safety, water quality, living environment, and solid waste.

Preferred Qualifications:

College level courses in the environmental or physical sciences or related courses to give the EHT the background necessary to make informed risk analyses of situations.


The working environment for this position is both in an office setting and in the field.  The duties require walking on various types of surfaces, sitting, standing, often times for long periods, maintaining balance, climbing stairs and inclines, bending, stooping, reaching, pushing, pulling, twisting; requires a sense of touch, finger dexterity, gripping with fingers and hands, lifting up to 25 pounds.  Requires ability to discern normal voice conversations and alarms, to convey information and have close, far, side vision with depth perception. 

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload.



Okanogan County Public Health
Attn: D. Hilton
POB 231
1234 South 2nd Avenue
Okanogan, WA  98841

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1234 S. 2nd Ave.
P.O. Box 231
Okanogan, WA 98840
(509) 422-7140



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