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Environmental Specialist 2 - PN 20014901 at STATE OF OHIO in Columbus, Ohio

Posted in Other 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:




To protect and improve the health of all Ohioans

by preventing disease, promoting good health,

and assuring access to quality healthcare.

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The Ohio Department of Health’s Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection  

is seeking one (1) candidate to fill our available Environmental Specialist 2 position.


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Official Position Description


In the Bureau of Environmental Health and Radiation Protection (BEHRP), develops and implements programs to review and evaluate long and short-term potential adverse consequences to human health following exposure to toxic and hazardous materials and related research in areas of environmental epidemiology and toxicology and coordinates activities with other state, local and federal agencies, recommends need to evacuate persons from contaminated areas and need for alternate food and water sources in event of contamination and routinely directs collection and evaluation of laboratory tests as related to private water systems. Assists advisory groups in developing standard operating procedures (SOPs) for local health districts private water system sanitary assessments and health-based water quality investigations. Coordinates with other state, local and federal agencies to develop SOPs and training materials (e.g., develops and provides field worksheets/checklists and training videos to demonstrate proper water sample collection techniques and other specialized field activities). Coordinates and plans with other Ohio Department of Health program areas to fulfill CDC grant objectives (i.e., Strengthening Environmental Health Capacity grant): develops and administers related surveys, develops and distributes educational materials, works with stakeholder groups to inform development of the SOPs and supporting materials and evaluate their effectiveness. In coordination with the private water systems program sanitarians, provides training on the use of the SOPs to local health districts and registered private water systems contractors (e.g., presents at public meetings, distributes health education materials). Reviews sources of data (e.g., US EPA, USGS, Ohio EPA, ODNR), and coordinates with agency program staff and local health districts to ensure appropriate educational materials and information is provided. Provides consultation and technical assistance to local health department staff. Evaluates, analyzes and reports on environmental sampling data and technical meetings.

Coordinates with Local Health Districts, other local and state agencies or community groups on the development of an electronic private water systems permit data reporting process. Prepares, reviews and maintains data records private water systems permits. Assists with updating and maintaining instructions on the use of the electronic reporting system. Develops and presents training materials on the use of the electronic reporting system for local health districts. Attends meetings, training sessions and seminars. Assists in conducting special environmental health related studies or projects. Develops technical fact sheets, guides or protocols. Assists in development and maintenance of tracking logs and data base management systems (e.g., work plan and program activity reports). As assigned, serves as a member of a disaster recovery/business resumption team, incident response team, or similar public health response team which may include the conduct of operations on a 24/7 basis at remote locations.

12 mos. exp. as Environmental Specialist 1, 85861.

-Or 4 yrs. trg. or 4 yrs. exp. in position involving geology or hydrology, engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science &/or other comparable physical or health science field, earth science &/or urban & regional planning, &/or mathematics &/or history &/or archaeology (i.e., latter two subject areas pertain only to positions in departments of transportation & natural resources) which included responsibility for conducting compliance monitoring surveys &/or inspections/reviews or investigations, or review of permit applications relative to oil & gas well operations or injection, annular disposal & saltwater injection wells & enhanced recovery projects or coal mining, or solid/hazardous waste sites or industrial & municipal wastewater dischargers, or conducting of historical &/or archaeological research or other research studies to evaluate impact of proposed transportation projects on historic properties or cultural resources, or collecting, compiling & preparing various environmental assessments, evaluations, reports & related documents. training & experience must be commensurate with duties to be assigned.


-Or baccalaureate degree in engineering, chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, earth science &/or urban & regional planning, geology or other comparable physical or health science field or mathematics or history or archaeology (i.e., latter two subject areas pertain only to positions in departments of transportation & natural resources) with education to be commensurate with duties to be assigned.


Note: For all positions engaged in field work, applicants must be able to provide own transportation.

-Or equivalent of Minimum Class Qualifications For Employment noted above.