Environmental Health Technical Specialist

Virginia Dept of Health - Washington, VA (30+ days ago)3.8


This position is the Environmental Health Technical Specialist in the Abingdon Field Office of Drinking Water. This position protects the public health by ensuring that public drinking water from groundwater and consecutive water sources is in compliance with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Waterworks Regulations. This is accomplished through surveillance, sanitary surveys; reviewing operating reports; investigating consumer complaints; preparing violation notices; initiating enforcement actions; managing databases; reviewing chemical analyses; and providing technical assistance and training to waterworks owners/operators. Assigned areas include public water in one or more state planning districts. Serves as noncommunity waterworks program supervisor and subject matter expert for the entire field office by providing technical and procedural guidance and quality assurance reviews.

Minimum Qualifications
Working knowledge of biology, microbiology, chemistry, and math; knowledge of technology associated with provision of drinking water. Ability to use computers for word processing and data management. Ability to communicate in English in writing, orally, interpersonally, and before groups and public meetings. Ability to interpret regulations and technical documents. Experience in provision of drinking water and related activities in the areas of enforcement and compliance.

Preferred Qualifications
Graduation from an accredited college with major studies in environmental sciences or a related field. Licensure as Class III, II, or I Waterworks Operator by Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation with adequate work experience may be substituted for education.

Special Requirements
Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a state and federal criminal history background check and the Department of Social Services Child Abuse and Neglect Registry check, U.S. HHS IG Exclusion List check, employment reference, and E-Verify. Others financial, credit, driving, or other background checks prior to employment may be required for certain positions.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants needing sponsorship need not apply. A state application must be completed entirely to include: salary history, education and employment history and must be submitted electronically to be considered. Cover letters and resumes accompany but not replace a completed application. No faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will be accepted. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on the closing date.