Environmental Health Specialist I or II

Deschutes County
May 10, 2023
Bend, OR
Job Type




To Promote and Protect the Health and Safety of Our Community.


We know where you choose to live, work and play matters. Deschutes County is one of the largest employers in Central Oregon and the largest municipal government in the region. Our dedicated and passionate workforce of more than 1,200 employees provide County services in a number of departments, divisions, and offices.

Located in the heart of Central Oregon, between the towering Cascade Mountain Range to the west and the high desert plateau to the east, Deschutes County is the outdoor recreation capital of Oregon. We enjoy a renowned quality of life, with big-city opportunities and small-town neighborhoods.

We hope you'll consider joining our talented team.


This position will perform a variety of technical functions including inspection of licensed facilities and investigation of basic environmental issues and complaints regarding water resources, land use, soils, food safety, air quality, public facilities, and solid waste disposal to protect the health and safety of County residents.

This position requires registration with the OHA's Health Licensing Office as an Environmental Health Specialist (EHS) or an Environmental Health Specialist Trainee (EHST).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conducting Foodservice inspections in restaurants, mobile food units, caterers.
  • Conducting Public Health Plan Reviews for new or remodeled foodservice operations.
  • Conducting inspections of childcare businesses, school lunch programs, and other licensed facilities.
  • Assist the public with complaints involving foodborne illness and hazards such as lead, radon, mold, and blue-green algae blooms.

What You Will Bring:

Knowledge of or experience with:

  • County, state, and federal laws, regulations, and ordinances governing environmental health and safety programs, including Oregon Health Authority, Food, Pool, and Lodging, and Oregon Department of Environmental Quality statutes, regulations, and standards.
  • Methods and techniques of inspecting a variety of plans, buildings, and technical documents.
  • Records management and customer service principles, protocols, and standards.
  • Standard and specialized computer software applications.

Skill in:

  • Investigating complaints, inspecting environmental hazards, and researching technical environmental quality issues.
  • Understanding and applying health and safety standards, state and Federal regulations, County standards, policies and procedures.
  • Checking details, estimates, plans, and specifications of projects.
  • Compiling and reviewing technical data; and developing technical reports.
  • Explaining health and safety inspection regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Providing effective customer service, resolving conflicts, and dealing tactfully with clients.
  • Establishing and maintaining cooperative working relationships with co-workers, citizens, developers, advocates, and regional agencies.
  • Communicating effectively verbally and in writing.

*This posting is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties and responsibilities, but rather constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function.

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Environmental Health Specialist I

$4,673.80 to $6,263.31 per month for a 172.67 hour work month.

Environmental Health Specialist II
$5,410.49 to $7,250.59 per month for a 172.67 hour work month.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.


Our robust health plan is offered at a minimal cost of $90 per month, which includes an innovative on-site clinic, pharmacy, and wellness and wellbeing services. Additionally, we include life insurance, retirement (PERS), generous paid time-off (14-18 hours/month to start, pro-rated for part-time), holidays, and professional development opportunities.

Please click HERE for full benefit details.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science, Public Health, or related field;
  • AND one (1) year of experience in business computers and customer service;
  • OR any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills and knowledge to perform the essential functions of the job.

Placement in classifications is dependent upon education and experience.
Necessary Special Requirements
Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver's license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver's license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, and controlled substances (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.

Physical Requirements:
Work is primarily performed in a field setting which may require protective equipment to protect against potential environmental hazards or involve working in uncomfortable conditions for extended periods of time. Ability to walk in rough terrain, stoop, bend, crawl, kneel, reach, stand, lift, grasp, talk, hear, see and to work in sometimes adverse weather conditions. Must have sufficient hand manipulative skills to operate small measuring and testing devices.

Deschutes County will comply with the Oregon Health Authority, Public Health Division Oregon Administrative Rule ( OAR 333-019-101 ) requiring COVID-19 vaccination for employees working in a healthcare setting. It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent provide proof of vaccination status or request and be approved for an exemption based on legitimate medical reasons or sincerely-held religious beliefs ( for detailed information on exceptions, please review section (4), (A) and (B) ) by October 18, 2021 or their date of hire, whichever is later. Deschutes County provides reasonable accommodation as required by applicable law, and those finalists seeking a reasonable accommodation from the vaccination requirement may submit a copy of the medical or religious exemption form as prescribed by the Oregon Health Authority in order to certify the reasons for requesting an exemption. There is no need to take action at this point. More information will be provided to candidates that progress to the final stage of the process.

Excellent County benefit package when eligible.
Deschutes County offers eligible employees a comprehensive health care package that covers medical, prescription, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their eligible dependents at a minimal cost of $90 per month. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following 1 month of employment. Included in the health care package is the Deschutes Onsite Clinic (DOC), which provides a wide range of health, wellness, and primary care services to employees and their dependents. The DOC offers convenient hours and no out-of-pocket costs to patients. The DOC Pharmacy is a full service pharmacy available to employees and dependents to have their prescriptions filled at a discounted co-pay. In addition to the health care package, Deschutes County provides a generous and comprehensive benefits program to eligible employees.

Employer paid benefit offerings include:

  • Life Insurance for employee and dependents
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Retirement Program through Oregon PERS
  • Time Management Leave

Employee paid voluntary benefit offerings include:

  • 125 Flexible Spending Program
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Program
  • Supplemental Life and Accident Insurance

To learn more about Deschutes County's generous benefit offerings, please visit www.deschutes.org/hr and click on Employee Benefits.

Closing Date/Time: 5/29/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

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