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Environmental Health Specialist Senior - Onsite Wastewater

Phoenix, Arizona
Job Type
30 Jul 2022
Position Overview

About the Position
Do you consider yourself a technical program expert in on-site wastewater management and feel confident in your knowledge of septic system design, construction and plan review? Come use your skills to safeguard the public's interest as an Environmental Specialist Senior! This role provides the technical review of complex plans for onsite wastewater treatment facilities. You will usually be the first to see newly proposed treatment technologies and will be exposed to wastewater management concepts pertaining to a variety of on-site wastewater treatment and disposal permits. Apply now!

About the Department of Environmental Services
For more than 60 years, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department has been working with our community to ensure a safe and healthy environment. Maintaining a healthy environment improves the quality of life and seeks to prevent exposure to mosquito-borne diseases and hazardous substances in food, water, and soil. We are using education and innovative methods to protect more than 4 million residents of Maricopa County and its visitors.

Position Qualifications

We recognize your time is valuable, so please apply if you meet the following required qualifications.


Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Health, Microbiology, Entomology, Chemistry, Food Science or related field, with 30 semester hours of natural, physical, or applied science coursework (as specified on the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) website)
Three years of professional environmental experience that may include environmental program management, environmental planning, environmental compliance, or a directly related field
An equivalent combination of post-secondary education and/or job-related experience may substitute for the required minimum qualifications on a year-for-year basis.
Other Requirements
Registered Sanitarian in good standing by the Arizona Department of Health Services at time of hire or must have passed the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Environmental Health professional exam with a score of 650 or greater and obtain reciprocity from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) within six months of hire date
Must possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver's license and have an acceptable driving record by the time of hire
Our Preferred Candidate has
Experience developing and delivering technical training material
Experience with the design and construction of a variety of on-site wastewater treatment facilities. Examples include but are not limited to trench, bed, chamber and seepage pit disposal systems, pressure distribution systems, aerobic treatment, recirculating sand filters, and engineered pad systems
Completed the University of Arizona/National Association of Waste Water Technicians (UA/NAWT) Soil & Evaluation for Onsite Wastewater Systems Course or equivalent
Completed the University of Arizona/National Association of Waste Water Technicians (UA/NAWT) Inspection Training Course or equivalent
Completed the University of Arizona/National Association of Waste Water Technicians (UA/NAWT) Intro to Design of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems Course or equivalent

Essential Job Tasks

The tasks listed are a representation and not an all-inclusive list of essential job tasks for this position.

Serves as lead plan reviewer/inspector for alternative, commercial, and large flow onsite wastewater treatment facilities. Prioritizes projects based on submittal type and permit type. Coordinates workload with supervision staff and request assistance from plan review staff as necessary
Serves as the Program s technical expert for conventional, alternative, commercial, large flow, and complex conventional onsite wastewater treatment facilities. Provides technical guidance to staff to ensure Program standards, policies, Maricopa County Environmental Health Code, Arizona Revised Statutes, and Arizona Administrative Code is met on the most complicated systems
Performs construction inspections on conventional, alternative, commercial, and large flow septic systems as requested by supervisors or as determined necessary for field inspector training
Ensures that all final approval documentation has been received, reviewed, and processed for Discharge Authorizations related to conventional, alternative, commercial, and large flow onsite wastewater treatment facilities in compliance with the Arizona Administrative Code and delegated responsibilities
Trains Environmental Health Specialists to understand plan review and inspection procedures needed to ensure compliance of new or proposed onsite wastewater treatment facilities
Drafts plan review and inspection guidelines, standard operating procedures, MCEHC changes, and AAC changes based on Program needs and supervisory requests
Drafts website, database, Program applications/forms, and customer communications based on Program needs and supervisory requests. Ensures electronic media stays current with Program, regulatory, and current event needs
As assigned, records, gathers, and organizes data for reports or based on need of Program operations
As assigned, attends and participates in professional meetings, board meetings, conferences and other environmental program related functions. Drives a personal or county vehicle or provides for appropriate transportation to various work related sites
Provides general customer service to both internal and external customers in person, by phone and e-mail, answering questions regarding Departmental activities and/or processes and those specifically related to alternative, commercial, large flow onsite wastewater treatment facilities, and compliance
Provides backup support for individual duties assigned to each plan reviewer or inspector. Coordinates and responds to internal and external inquiries related to unavailable staff or as assigned by supervision.

Working Conditions
May be subject to bending, reaching, twisting, kneeling, climbing, and stooping. Must be able to walk over unpaved and uneven surfaces such as may exist at construction sites. May be subject to repetitive motion such as typing or data entry. Frequent computer use involving the need to see details at close range. Must be able to manage frequent interruptions, time pressures, high work volumes, multiple and complicated tasks. Exposed to outdoor climate conditions and indoor commercial environments that are sometimes wet, unsanitary, and hot. Protective clothing (i.e. hard hat, steel toes shoes) is necessary in some environments. Must be able to lift floor to shoulder and shoulder to waist up to 30 pounds; must also be able to carry up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet; may also be required to push and or pull up to 30 pounds for a distance of 50 feet.

Selection Procedure

The Maricopa County Human Resources Department reserves the right to admit to the selection process only those candidates considered to be the most highly qualified. Those selected will be assessed based on the evaluation of listed education and experience. The hiring authority will interview and select the successful candidate from a list provided by Human Resources.

All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.

Maricopa County is an EEO/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.
Maricopa County offers a Total Compensation Package that includes competitive salaries and a comprehensive, affordable benefits package. High value is placed on employee well-being and meeting the needs of our employees and their families. Our benefits package is comprised of traditional benefits like medical, prescription, dental, vision, and other health benefits. Employees are supported by various wellness programs including classes, coaching, and fitness center opportunities. Our generous benefit options are some of the best in Arizona and just one of the unique advantages of working for Maricopa County. Below is a representative listing of typical benefits received by most full-time employees.Holidays and LeaveMaricopa County observes ten paid holidays per year. Most County employees accrue vacation (starting at three weeks per year for full-time employees) and sick leave (starting at one hour for every 30 hours worked for all employees). Employees also receive paid leave for other needs such as jury duty, civic duty, and bereavement. Medical, Prescription, Behavioral Health, Dental, Vision, and Flexible Spending AccountsWe understand how important health care is to maintaining a good quality of life. We also know our employees want to have the freedom to choose benefit plans to best meet their needs. Eligible employees may choose from four medical plan options, an HMO, PPO, and two HDHP (High Deductible Health Plans) with a health savings account. When employees enroll in medical coverage, they are automatically enrolled in prescription and behavioral health coverage as well. There are three dental plans from which to choose, two PPO plans and a pre-paid dental plan that functions like an HMO. As is the case with medical, the plans range in cost, flexibility, and network of providers..... click apply for full job details
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  • Job Reference: 671933302-2
  • Date Posted: 30 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Maricopa County, AZ
  • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Healthcare & Medical
  • Job Type: Permanent