Job Title: Environmental Health Specialist II, Well Lead
Closing Date/Time: Sun. 03/26/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $28.24 – $36.39 Hourly
$2,259.20 – $2,911.20 Biweekly
Job Type: Regular
Location: Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, Washington

Are you looking for a place to apply your background in Environmental Health? Use your professional knowledge, supervisory/lead and technical experience to make a difference in the health of the citizens of Pierce County. Join our Onsite Sewage/Surface Water Program as a Regular, Full-time, Well Lead (Environmental Health Specialist II).

Some of what you’ll do:

  • Review individual well site plans for initial processing and provide coordination with field staff in application processing.
  • Review water availability letters, communicate with public water professionals and assist staff with public water adequacy determination questions.
  • Act as the liaison between the On-site and Water Programs to insure that current policies and procedures are followed related to water adequacy review requirements.
  • Provide customer service and technical assistance in the lobby, via phone, email and in the field to answer questions and explain options related to individual well development and Health Department requirements.
  • Coordinate well drilling training for staff and industry professionals to maintain knowledge of current local and state well construction requirements.
  • Assist with program planning and evaluation, and development of program policies, procedures and code revisions related to individual wells.
  • Work with Communications staff to revise or develop communication plans to improve the public and industry professional knowledge of individual wells.

What you bring to the table

Key competencies for this job include:

  • Oral Communication and Presentation Skills,
  • Writing and Reading Skills,
  • Conflict Management,
  • Technology Literacy/Skills,
  • Cultural Competency,
  • Problem Solving,
  • Customer Service,
  • Personal Leadership,
  • Ethics,
  • Flexibility and
  • Team Skills.

Who should apply?

Individuals with a Bachelor’s Degree in science, public health or a closely related field; and four or more years of relevant environmental health experience.

  • Possession of a valid driver’s license and an acceptable driver’s record is required prior to employment.
  • Possession of a current Certificate of Registration as a Sanitarian (RS) or a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) is required within six months of hire.

Working conditions and physical requirements

Work Setting:

  • Work is performed both inside and outside.
  • Exposure to potential physical hazards, loud noises from working around well drilling equipment or machinery, generally requiring ear protection, vision protection, hard hat and following basic safety precautions.
  • Local travel is required to conduct field investigations, attend meetings, training conferences and seminars.
  • The potential for dealing with dissatisfied or angry customers or well drillers exists, requiring skills in conflict resolution.

Physical Demands:

  • Work involves special physical demands such as lifting and carrying  10 – 25 lbs.

Tools and Equipment:

  • Duties require the use of standard office equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.) and field instruments or equipment as needed.


  • When public health responds to an emergency you may be assigned duties that are outside your regular job description. This may involve responding at any time, including nights and weekends, with possible deployment to locations other than the Department.

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