ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SPECIALIST Job 2784 and Job 2786 (Environmental Health and Protection Services)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


Helping You Be Well...

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) is an independent public health agency charged with helping Lexington be well since 1904 and proudly nationally accredited since 2014. Vision: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is a recognized leader in health promotion, health protection, personal health care and prevention of disease. Mission: The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department will improve the health of the community. In 2014 LFCHD became nationally accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board, continued quality improvement, vaccinated 216 children, provided nutritious foods, education and referrals, provided safe and sanitary establishments when dining out, enforced the Clean Indoor Act, protected 462 Lexington pets against rabies and protected 1,921 Lexingtonians against the flu. Additionally, LFCHD responded to more than 800 reports of disease and illnesses in Fayette County, provided 2,951 TB clinical service visits, provided 5,596 HANDS home visits to first-time moms and dads, promoted the evidenced-based diabetes prevention program, provided training to about 600 licensed child care providers, improved the nutrition of adults and children, helped individuals quit using tobacco, eliminated health inequities, remained attentive to the health of more than 40,000 public school students, and was awarded with a Bluegrass Wellness at Work Healthiest Places to Work Award. LFCHD is committed to providing essential Public Health services and we employ a diversified staff of approximately 150 employees.

Job Skills / Requirements

This is a full time, 37.5 hours per week position eligible for 100% benefits package.
The pay rate is $21.1282 per hour.

Excellent work life balance; ability to go out into the field daily away from desk.

Performs professional level duties with supervision and assistance in conducting inspections and investigations, surveys, consultative services, and research relative to Environmental Public Health complaints or allegations of non-compliance of state and local laws and regulations; and performs other duties as required.

• Performs the inspection, consultative, technical competency, training, permitting, complaint investigation, regulation, citation, and quarantining activities of all environmental health programs.
• Documentation of all activities on appropriate forms utilizing mobile inspection technology when available.
• Develops/selects educational and written materials for environmental health programs and presents food manager and swimming pool operator classes.
• Participates in planning, implementation, and evaluation of work processes to improve quality and efficiency of environmental health programs.

Candidates must apply online at www.lexingtonhealthdepartment.org; resume upload process.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

Graduate of a college or university with a bachelor’s degree that must include a minimum of twenty-four (24) semester hours in environmental health, biological health, or physical sciences. Requires current and valid driver’s license and use of personal transportation to and from job assignments.

Must be registered as an Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian under the provisions of KRS 223 within six months of appointment and maintain this registration for the length of employment in this classification, http://www.lrc.state.ky.us/KRS/223-00/CHAPTER.HTM. Obtain/maintain certification as a Category 8 Public Health Pesticide Operator. Completion of both the Department for Public Health Environmental and Food Core Trainings. Appropriate level Incident Command System (ICS) training must be obtained within 6 months of appointment. Must be sworn in as a citation officer to enforce the “Smoking Ban” (LFUCG Ordinance-171-93) after completion of six (6) month probationary period.

Education Requirements (Any)

Bachelors degree

Additional Information / Benefits

Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) offers a comprehensive benefits package to full-time and part-time eligible employees, including paid time off (annual and sick leave accruals).

Employee benefits summary:

Medical insurance (Classic, Premium, and Investor plans offered; the Investor plan includes an HSA account that has employer contributions annually for single coverage).

Buy Back Benefit Option is offered to employees who waive insurance coverage.

Dental Insurance (Enhanced and Basic Plans offered).

Vision Insurance (Basic coverage thru medical plan and Eye Med supplemental vision insurance offered).

Other benefits incentives: Basic life insurance and long term disability; Cafeteria plans; Wellness program, Employee assistance program; paid holidays; paid annual leave and paid sick leave; and Tuition reimbursement program.

Retirement Benefits:
Kentucky Employees' Retirement System (New benefit eligible employees will participate in a defined benefit pension plan known as Cash Balance Plan. The account earns 4% interest on both the member contribution and the Employer Pay Credit Balance at the end of the fiscal year. When the member is eligible to retire, the retirement benefit is calculated based on the member's accumulated account balance).

Kentucky Deferred Compensation
(Employees may elect to participate in supplemental retirement plans such as tax deferred 401K, Roth 401K, 457, Traditional IRA, and Roth IRA accounts).

Benefits: Medical Insurance, Life Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Vacation, Paid Sick Days, Paid Holidays, Long Term Disability, 401K/403b Plan, Pension/Retirement, Educational Assistance

Screening Requirements: Drug Screen, Criminal Background Check

This job reports to the Team Leader Environmental Health Services

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 2