Buncombe County Employment  

Job TitleEnvironmental Health Specialist - Food & Lodging
AgencyHealth Center
Salary Range$47,857 - $50,010
Job LocationBuncombe County Health & Human Services/Environmental Health
Closing Date10/29/2014
Job Details

General Statement of Duties
The primary purpose of this position is to perform routine inspections, seek corrective actions where needed and educate managers and staff of various facilities and establishments as mandated by state laws and rules in order to reduce the incidences and threat of food borne illness and other communicable disease. This position is also required to investigate reports of food borne illness and contaminated food in order to prevent the spread of communicable disease. (#2567)


Special Requirements
Necessary Special Qualification- Approval for registration as a Sanitarian or registration as a Sanitarian by the North Carolina Board of Sanitarian Examiners prior to employment. 

Examples of Work
The employee in this position ensures that food and lodging facilities are meeting state standards for food preparation, delivery and safety; educate managers, operators and staff in safe handling processes and sanitation procedures; investigates environmental related complaints and health related nuisances and enforces compliance with public health laws and rules; provides assistance to members of the EPI team and other Health Center staff in the event of a food borne outbreak; responds to public requests for assistance, complaints or inquiries in areas of responsibility; seek legal remedies under the advice of the program supervisor and division director to abate health nuisances or prosecute individuals for failure to comply with public health laws and rules. 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to analyze and comprehend a variety of technical and administrative regulation, records, and reports; ability to set priorities, implement changes and organize; ability to effectively communicate potential concerns and corrective measures; ability to exercise sound judgment and deal tactfully with a wide range of the public while enforcing public health laws and rules; perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision; interact professionally and courteously with other employees, customers and partners; work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments; understand the necessity to efficiently and effectively interact, communicate and coordinate work efforts with other employees and organizations in an effective manner to accomplish common task; function in highly stressful circumstances; maintain a high level of professionalism and to conduct business in an ethical manner at all times; ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with ADA and ADAAA, FMLA and other federal, state, and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards; ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA and ADAAA, FMLA and other federal state and local standards.

Minimum Education and Experience
Graduation from a four-year college or university with 30 semester hours of course work in the physical or biological sciences and two years of experience in environmental
health; or a four-year or Master’s degree in environmental health from a program which is accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curricula of the National Environmental Health Association and one year of experience in environmental health. 

Additional Information
All applicants will be given credit only for information provided in response to this announcement. No additional information will be solicited or considered by this office; therefore, persons who submit incomplete applications may not receive full credit for their education, training, and experience. Applicants will not automatically be given credit based on their position title. If work history involves part time work, you must state the number of hours per week to receive credit. 

How can I apply for County Employment?

Applications are accepted for posted position vacancies only. Please apply online. Paper applications are not accepted.

The full application package contains the Buncombe County application for employment, work history continuation sheet, Buncombe County authorization for release of personal and confidential information and the Buncombe County drug screening through urinalysis applicant consent form.

A college transcript must accompany applications for Social Worker positions. Please attach a copy or have your college send one to:

Buncombe County Human Resources
200 College Street, Suite 403
Asheville, NC 28801

Should you require special assistance to apply for a position, please contact Human Resources at 828-250-4166.


  • Resumes are not accepted in place of applications and will not be accepted via e-mail. A resume may accompany a completed application for a posted vacancy.
  • Drug screen consent & personal information release documents are required with all applications.
  • To apply for more than one position, you must submit a separate application for each position.
  • Be sure to indicate on the application the specific position for which you are applying.

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