Title: Environmental Health Specialist
State Role Title: Environmental Specialist I
Hiring Range: $40,839-$45,000
Pay Band: 4
Agency: Virginia Department of Health
Location: WEST PIEDMONT-FRANKLIN
Agency Website: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/
Recruitment Type: General Public - G
The West Piedmont Health District is currently seeking an Environmental Health Specialist to join our team dedicated to protecting and promoting public health. The West Piedmont Health District is comprised of the City of Martinsville, the Counties of Franklin, Henry, and Patrick. This position will be based in the Franklin County Health Department but may require occasional travel to other locations in the district.
This position will be trained in the onsite soil evaluation, private well inspections, rabies prevention, and other programs. Must be able to complete the applicable training in the VDH Soils program, and be able to obtain credentials in one of the following within 18 months of hire: DPOR Conventional On-site Soil Evaluator (COSE) or DPOR Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator (AOSE). Employees are moved to the Environmental Health Specialist Senior position upon successful completion.
Performs environmental health duties at the entry level as a trainee. Employees are
typically new hires in formal and on-the-job training in one or more areas such as
food sanitation, on-site soils evaluation, private well inspection, rabies abatement,
communicable disease investigation, and migrant labor camp inspection, classification
of shellfish growing areas and investigation of general environmental complaints.
Employees receive close supervision and guidance. Must be able to complete the
applicable training in the VDH Soils program, VDH Food program or VDH Shellfish
program and be able to obtain credentials in one of the following within 18 months:
VDH Standardized in Food, DPOR Conventional Onsite Soil Evaluator (COSE), DPOR
Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator (AOSE), and National Shellfish Sanitation Program
(NSSP) State Standardized Inspector. Employees are moved to the Environmental
Health Specialist Senior position upon successful completion.
• Ability to communicate effectively with the public as well as other
internal/external partners and staff; proficient in basic computer software
• Time management skills necessary in order to meet workload demands
• Knowledge and/experience in assigned program area
• Ability to influence behavior of foodservice employees/management, provide
services in professional, courteous manner, present educational programs to
adults; uses a customer-service oriented approach to assignments and works
effectively as a team member
• Must be able to complete training in the VDH Soils program, VDH Food
program or VDH Shellfish program and be able to obtain credentials in one of
the following within 18 months: VDH Standardized in Food, DPOR
Conventional Onsite Soil Evaluator (COSE), DPOR Alternative Onsite Soil
Evaluator (AOSE) or National Shellfish Sanitation Program (NSSP) State
• A valid State Driver's License is required to operate a state vehicle or if
operating a personal vehicle while conducting business on behalf of the
• Graduation from college with a degree related to the duties of the position
preferred or equivalent experience in environmental health, such as
experience gained as an Environmental Health Associate
You will be provided a confirmation of receipt when your application and/or résumé is submitted successfully. Please refer to “Your Application” in your account to check the status of your application for this position.
VDH accepts only on-line applications. Faxed, mailed, or e-mailed applications will not be considered.
Applications are accepted until 11:55 p.m. on the job closing date. Applications and/or resumes should include
relevant work history which indicates your qualifications for this position.
Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of a state and federal criminal history background check
and the Department of Social Service’s Child Abuse and Neglect Central Registry check, U.S. HHSIG Exclusion
List check, employment reference check and E-Verify. Other financial, credit, driving, background checks or
completion of Statement of Economic Interests may be required for certain positions.
It is the policy of the Commonwealth and VDH that all aspects of human resource management be conducted
without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and
protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists); sex; color; national origin; religion; sexual orientation;
gender identity or expression; age; veteran status; political affiliation; disability; genetic information; and
pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions. VDH employees have a shared Code of Ethics, which can
be found in the bottom banner of our website: www.vdh.virginia.gov.
If you have been affected by DHRM Policy 1.30 layoff and possess a valid Interagency Placement Screening
Form (Yellow Card) or a Preferential Hiring Form (Blue Card), you must submit the card before the closing date
for this position. The Card may be submitted with the state application as an attachment.
As a V3 (Virginia Values Veterans) employer VDH Welcomes Veterans to apply!
Supplemental Questions: You may be required to respond to position-specific questions at the end of this
application. This information will help us evaluate your credentials and qualifications for the job. Failure to
respond to any questions may disqualify you from further consideration.
Name: Cortez Jackson
In support of the Commonwealth’s commitment to inclusion, we are encouraging individuals with disabilities to apply through the Commonwealth Alternative Hiring Process. To be considered for this opportunity, applicants will need to provide their Certificate of Disability (COD) provided by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor within the Department for Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), or the Department for the Blind & Vision Impaired (DBVI). Veterans are encouraged to answer Veteran status questions and submit their disability documentation, if applicable, to DARS/DBVI to get their Certificate of Disability. If you need to get a Certificate of Disability, use this link: Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities, or call DARS at 800-552-5019, or DBVI at 800-622-2155.