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Salary: $41.51 – $52.61 Hourly
Job Number: 2019NH10008
Closing: Continuous

Public Health – Seattle and King County values diverse perspectives and life experiences.  The Department encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.
We are seeking a skilled, enthusiastic, and dedicated Solid Waste Facilities Team Lead (Health and Environmental Investigator III) in the Environmental Health Services Division. The position plays a critical role in the Solid Waste, Rodent and Zoonotic Disease Program, providing leadership to a team of four staff responsible for ensuring regulatory oversight of 76 permitted and 100 “permit-exempt” solid waste handling facilities operating in King County. This includes the largest municipal composting facility in the nation, recycling facilities, biomedical waste transporters and treatment facilities, transfer stations, drop box facilities, and pile storing facilities. People with a passion for environmental protection, equity and social justice, and with strong leadership, project management, and technical skills are encouraged to apply.

Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender or economic status. The Division’s core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve.

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As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.

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This posting is open continuous until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by August 8, 2019.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.

WORK SCHEDULE: This full time position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is eligible for overtime. The normal workweek is Monday – Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

CONTACT: If you have questions about the position, please contact Yolanda Pon at or (206) 263-8459. If you have questions regarding the recruitment process, please contact Nic Horea, Senior Human Resources Analyst at or 206-263-8736.

The following materials are required to be considered for this vacancy:

1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line application. If you cannot apply online, visit for other options
2. Responses to the supplemental questions.
3. A current resume or curriculum vitae.
4. A cover letter that summarizes your interest and qualifications for the position.

Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state “see my resume” or “see my personnel file” are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.

Job Duties

  • Provide team leadership including team development, technical oversight, training, coaching, and mentorship for team members.
  • Responsible for conducting investigations, routine inspections for facilities, and review of new permit applications to ensure compliance with public health and environmental codes, regulations and policies.
  • Provide culturally competent education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance guidance to regulated entities, the media, public agencies, and the public.
  • Maintain stakeholder partnerships with community groups and partner agencies.
  • Ensure that programs are leading with equity and social justice and providing excellent service delivery to the public and to our clients.
  • Develop program work plans, prepare and update program procedures, conduct QA/QC, and prepare status reports for program activities.
  • Develop standard operating procedures, maintain and update or develop regulations, prepare presentations for elected officials and/or the Board of Health.
  • Participate in long range program planning and policy development.
  • Stay current on best practices and local, state, and federal environmental regulations related to solid waste facility operations.
  • Manage contracts and grants including reporting, billings, and contract and grant renewals.
  • Manage program data in computerized systems such as Excel, Envision Connect, and ArcGIS online web applications.
  • Ensure that team members are provided with appropriate safety, training and equipment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, SkillsMINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Demonstrated working knowledge of federal, state and environmental regulations that pertain to solid waste handling and biomedical waste with the ability to interpret environmental health laws, ordinances and regulations for application to environmental health problems for a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams, provide mentoring and coaching, facilitate meetings and provide presentations to a wide range and size of audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to research and draft program policies, procedures, correspondence and technical reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and in a culturally competent approach with staff and customers from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in data collection, analysis, technical report writing, and maintaining accurate field records (written and photographic).
  • Demonstrated experience at an intermediate to advanced level in one or more database or document management systems (Excel, Sharepoint, Envision Connect, Access).
  • Working knowledge of field/office occupational and environmental hazards and worker safety procedures such as us of appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) based on situational need.
  • Ability to apply principles of Equity and Social Justice in program operations and services.
  • Ability to manage multiple work assignments with competing priorities.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with a variety of audiences.
  • Conflict resolution skills.


  • Certified Inspector of Landfill Operations.
  • Certified Compost Facility Operator.
  • Intermediate to advanced project management experience or certification.
  • Intermediate to advanced experience with ArcGIS.
  • Experience managing budgets, grants, and contracts.


  • Must possess a current and valid Washington State driver’s license.
  • Must possess a current Registered Sanitarian (Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians) or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (National Environmental Health Association) credential, or ability to obtain certification within 6 months of hire.
  • Successful candidates who do not possess current certification as an Inspector of Landfill Operations and/or Compost Facility Operator will be required to obtain both certifications within one year of hire.

For your convenience below if information from NEHA that allow you to take the exam online at any time. Exam Scheduling and Location: Candidates can choose to schedule REHS/RS examination in several different ways.
1. The REHS/RS exam is offered annually at the NEHA Annual Education Conference (AEC) & Exhibition.
2. State Affiliate and Regional Meeting periodically offer the REHS/RS exam at their meeting/conferences. An up to date listing of these meeting/conference offerings can be found at the NEHA website:
3. Candidates can choose to take the exam on computer through Pearson VUE. By choosing this option candidates can schedule the examination at their convenience at one of Pearson VUE’s testing locations nationwide. To find a Pearson VUE testing center near you please visit: Taking the exam at Pearson VUE not only offers the candidate flexibility in scheduling the exam, but also allows the candidate to receive his/her unofficial scores immediately following the conclusion of the exam.
(All required licenses and certifications must be maintained in active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment).


  • This position requires the ability to use appropriate personal protection equipment (PPE) such as wearing protective clothing or apparatus for working in environments which may include exposure to toxic or hazardous gases, chemicals, or bio-substances.
  • This position requires the ability to perform work duties both indoors in an office environment and in the field in a variety physical and weather conditions that may include walking uneven terrain, working around heavy machinery, strong odors, dusts, animals, and various types of wastes.
  • Exposure to individuals from the public who are upset, angry, agitated, and sometimes hostile, requiring the use of conflict management and de-escalation skills.
  • This position may require strength enough to lift, push, or pull field equipment weighing between 20-40 pounds.
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally access or travel to a project work site by an ocean vessel (Vashon Island and other King County

Supplemental Information

  • The selection process may include but is not limited to: evaluation of application materials and supplemental questions, interviewing, and testing. For more information on our selection process, please refer to
  • Public Health relies on office automation (Microsoft Office) and web-based enabled tools, therefore candidates must be proficient and comfortable with computer use to perform functions associated with on-going work.
  • Regular and reliable attendance, effective communication skills, and development of effective working relationships are requirements of all Public Health positions.
  • Staff may be required to play an active role in the event of a public health emergency, which may include changes in responsibilities and working hours.


  • The selected candidate is required to be subject to a pre-employment physical and background investigation.
  • Employees are required to protect the privacy and security of protected health information as defined in State and Federal Law.
  • Employees are required to adhere to OSHA/WISHA guidelines including but not limited to completing their mandatory trainings on time.

This position is represented by Professional and Technical Employees, Local 17.