Environmental Health Technician
Under the direction of the Environmental Health Supervisor, the Environmental Health Technician performs a variety of tasks in support of the Health & Food Safety Division of Development Services. The Environmental Health Technician provides service to the public by responding to communications, inquiries, complaints and supports Health & Food Safety staff answering all forms of incoming communication. Assists all Health & Food Safety staff in explaining health and pool ordinances and associated state and federal standards; reviews residential swimming pool and spa, submittals; and, performs other duties, including but not limited to, implementation of the vector control program, complaint investigations and follow-up, and educational outreach activities. Perform other related work as required.
The intent of this position description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbent(s) in this position. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties in this description and incumbent(s) may be required to perform position-related tasks other than those specifically listed in this description.
- Essential Job Functions & Other Important Duties
Essential Job Functions:
- Assists in plan and specification reviews of residential swimming pools and spas.
- Assists walk in customers by supporting staff with all incoming questions; guiding through inter and external processes or directing to appropriate field staff.
- Relays technical assistance to architects, engineers, developers, contractors and business owners on health and safety codes and ordinance requirements.
- Documents, inputs and coordinates all incoming and outgoing paperwork such as applications, supporting documents, written correspondences and complaints.
- Performs larviciding as needed to reduce mosquito populations.
- Conducts inspections to identify standing water sites and other areas conducive to mosquito breeding and vector harboring; working toward source reduction by mechanical alteration, education, and possibly by other means as directed.
- Investigates vector related complaints.
- Maintains spreadsheets, call logs, keeping thorough notes.
- Prepares, processes, and issues Health and pool construction and operations permits and notices.
- Maintains and updates health inspection databases.
Other Important Duties:
- May be required to work some evenings and weekends.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Regular and consistent attendance for the assigned work hours is essential.
- Job Requirements
- Knowledge of Federal, State and City health and safety laws, codes, and ordinances.
- Knowledge of computers and related equipment, hardware and software for maintaining and tracking of vector control activities and all incoming correspondences..
- Knowledge of City policies and procedures.
- Skill in effective oral and written communications.
- Skill in conducting inspections related to standing water sites and other areas conducive to mosquito breeding and vector harboring.
- Skill in implementing section procedures and objectives.
- Skill in resolving customer complaints and concerns.
- Ability to communicate courteously and effectively with other city employees, officials, and the public, in writing, in person, and by telephone.
- Ability to read and follow basic instructions and to work independently.
Preferred Education, Experience, and Certifications:
- High School Diploma or GED and two (2) years' vector control experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must attend a Vector Control workshop or training within six (6) months after date of hire.
- Preference given to individuals who are able to speak Spanish and English fluently.
- Must pass a pre-employment drug screen, physical agility, criminal background and MVR check.
- Must possess valid State of Texas Driver's License.
- Environmental Factors & Conditions/Physical Requirements
- Work is performed in office and field environments.
- May be exposed to insecticides, vectors and hazardous chemicals.
- Balancing - maintain equilibrium to prevent falling while walking, standing, or crouching.
- Climbing - ascending, descending ladders, stairs, ramps, requires body agility.
- Crouching - bending body forward by bending leg, spine.
- Fingering - picking, pinching, typing, working with fingers rather than hand.
- Handling - picking, holding, or working with whole hand.
- Hearing 2 - receive detailed information, make discrimination in sound.
- Kneeling - bending legs at knee to come to rest at knees.
- Mental Acuity - ability to make rational decisions through sound logic, deductive reasoning.
- Reaching - extending hands or arms in any direction.
- Repetitive Motion - substantial movements of wrists, hands, fingers.
- Speaking - expressing ideas with spoken word, convey detailed, important instructions accurately, concisely.
- Standing - for sustained periods of time.
- Talking 1- expressing ideas by spoken word.
- Visual Acuity 1 - prepare, analyze data, transcribing, computer terminal, extensive reading.
- Visual Acuity 2 - color, depth perception, field of vision.
- Visual Acuity 5 -close acuity for inspection of small defects, machines, use measurement devices, or fabricate parts.
- Walking - on foot to accomplish tasks, long distances, or site to site.
- Work performed is primarily medium work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
Equipment and Tools Utilized:
- Equipment utilized includes personal computer, copier, calculator, fax machine, ruler, scale, department vehicle and vector control equipment and tools.