Job Description

Environmental Health Specialist (Environmental Health)
Lexington, KY, United States of America


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: We will move Lexington toward being one of the healthiest communities in the nation.

Mission: Helping Lexington be well.

Values: We commit to being...
Caring: We will treat our clients, community and coworkers with compassion and kindness.
Accountable: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness.
Respectful: We will respect all individuals without bias and value their uniqueness.
Equitable: We will provide services and care equitably to all of our clients throughout the community.
Service: We are here to serve our clients and community.

LFCHD provides a wide range of public health services for the community, including restaurant inspections, flu shots, HANDS visits for moms and dads, diabetes prevention/management, training to licensed child care providers, nutrition through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, school health, a needle exchange program to fight the spread of hepatitis C and HIV, and much more. Visit to learn more about LFCHD!

Job Skills / Requirements

This is a full time, 37.5 hours per week position. Bilingual preferred.

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 pertaining to all environmental health programs.
• Documentation and data entry of all activities on appropriate forms and / or mobile Environmental Health (EH) tablets.
• Assists in the development of 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 quantity, quality, and efficiency of environmental health programs.
• Must serve as a member of the Primary Responder Team and be placed in an on-call duty rotation.

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 sciences, or physical sciences.
Must be registered as an Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian under the provisions of KRS 223 within six (6) months of appointment and maintain this registration for the length of employment in this classification, Obtain/maintain certification as a Category 8 Public Health Pesticide Operator. Completion of both the Department for Public Health Environmental and Food Core Trainings. 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. Requires current and valid driver’s license and use of personal transportation to and from job assignments.

Education Requirements (Any)

*EHS: Bachelors degree with a minimum of 24 hours of environmental health sciences, biological sciences, or physical sciences.

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:

Four medical plans are offered, so you can select the coverage that best meets your needs. Two plan options include an employer-funded health reimbursement account.

Employees who waive medical coverage are eligible for an employer-funded health reimbursement account that receives $175 per month.

Dental Insurance and Vision Insurance is available with three plan options ranging from basic to comprehensive.

Additional benefits include 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 include the
Kentucky Employees' Retirement System and Cash Balance plan and Kentucky Deferred Compensation which includes 401(k), 457, and IRA options.

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

This job reports to the Team Leader Environmental Health Services

This is a Full-Time position 1st Shift.

Number of Openings for this position: 1