Environmental Health Specialist 

Portage County Health District

Division:                      Environmental Health Division

Location:                     Ravenna, Ohio

Job Status:                   Full-Time – Non-Exempt; 120 days probationary period

Openings:                    1

Work Schedule:           Office Hours are Monday – Friday 8:00AM- 4:30PM. Hours may vary.

May require some weekend and evening work.

Salary Range:              Environmental Health Specialist in Training (EHSIT) $21.00 per hour

                                    Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) $22.00-$31.00 per hour

Reports To:                 Mary Helen Smith, Director of Environmental Health

Job Description:          Implement environmental public health programs through, consultations, instruction, investigation, inspection, and evaluation in the field of environmental public health science to include, at a minimum, food safety, swimming pools, campgrounds & RV parks, private water, household sewage, semi-public commercial wastewater, solid & infectious waste, construction & demolition debris, body art, vector control, school health, and public health nuisance complaints.    Maintain and track required inspections and activities for performance management purposes.

Identify information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. Gather information by observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.  Evaluate information to determine compliance with standards by using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.  Monitor processes, materials, or surroundings and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.  Estimate sizes, distances, and quantities; determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.

Document and record information in accordance with applicable regulations by entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic form.  Compile, code, categorize, calculate, tabulate, audit, or verify information or data.  Use computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to conduct inspections and field work, enter data, process and summarize information, write violations and issue notices, and write reports, create presentations. Undertake enforcement actions as needed.

Communicate with supervisors, peers, or subordinates and people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. Assist in educational activities.  This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail, and public presentations.

Review plans and designs for facilities and properties, as applicable, to ensure compliance with statutes and regulations. 

Perform other environmental public health related activities as necessary.


Duties:                         Participate in quality improvement team projects and quality improvement training initiatives as applicable/required and incorporate the principles of quality improvement into daily work activities. Other duties as assigned. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



Valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and reliable transportation

Ability to pass drug screening and background check

Certificate of registration as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist issued by the Ohio State Board of Sanitarian Registration in accordance with Chapter 4736 of the Revised Code
Bachelor’s degree in environmental public health or equivalent

Skills/ Abilities:

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal, leadership, and organizational skills.
Creative and effective problem-solving skills.
Ability to accept constructive feedback and to work collaboratively with employees, management, and other stakeholders
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite

Ability to prepare meaningful, concise, and accurate reports

Ability to maintain confidentiality in accordance with laws and agency policies. 


Testing Requirements:  Criminal Background Check, Pre-employment Drug Testing


Environment:             While performing the duties of this job, the typical work environment will consist of substantial field work as well as, an office setting. The various work sites could include potential exposure to inclement weather, extreme temperatures, insects, wildlife, unpleasant smells or odors, excessive levels of dust and dirt or exposure to fumes, airborne particles, pesticides, toxins, raw sewage and other elements of outdoor work. The general office setting located in the Health Department requires sedentary to light work which may include walking, climbing, reaching, and talking. Must be capable of lifting 30 pounds. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

Apply:                         Please send cover letter and resume to: Sarah Meduri, Director of Personnel and Administrative Services at

Posting Period:            open until filled

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