Established: 01/93
Revised: 12/07
Revised & Retitled: 12/12
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 3



Under general direction, to plan, organize and manage the County's Environmental Health Program; to collaborate and coordinate technical and clerical personnel; and to do other work as required.


The Public Health Division within the Department of Health, Housing and Human Services promotes and protects the health of County residents through population-based programs and services. These include immunizations, prenatal care and family planning services provided in conjunction with the County’s Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC). Other services include nutrition education and support through WIC, emergency planning and response, vital records, community engagement to identify and address health problems, communicable disease control and food safety measures.

The Environmental Health Manager is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of staff inspecting public and non-public facilities for compliance with public health laws and principles and evaluating the safety of private and public water supplies. Environmental Health works closely with the Communicable Disease Services investigating food-borne or water-borne illness outbreaks and surveillance. The EH program stays current with emerging health and safety issues and responds to citizen concerns.

The Environmental Health Manager differs from the Environmental Health Specialist 2, (EHS), which performs inspections of public and private facilities for compliance with public health laws. It also differs from the Community Environment Manager which manages sustainability, solid waste collection, recycling, and code compliance programs.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Interprets Public Health Law and promotes environmental health programs to public and private organizations; organizes and conducts education and training programs for schools and other groups; advises civic officials in the development of environmental health laws and regulations.
  2. Supervises the inspection of food, tourist, housing, school, institutional care and day care facilities, and public swimming and spa pools for compliance with state and county sanitation laws and regulations; performs on-site inspections as necessary.
  3. Represents Public Health in the development, implementation and maintenance of the County's emergency response and medical services plans for various disasters; coordinates and educates division personnel.
  4. Hires technical, clerical and EHS personnel to provide quality service to citizens and County staff; prepares performance evaluations; recommends and administers progressive discipline; conducts and/or facilitates staff training and development programs; promotes cooperative team efforts among staff and with other County departments.
  5. Researches alternative funding sources; participates in preparing grant proposals and annual grant applications; manages grant funds and reviews contract payments and program expenditures; develops proposals for additional funding and personnel; complies with auditing procedures; gathers and compiles data and prepares reports as required.
  6. Oversees the drinking water program and the evaluation of private and public water supplies; Supervises the EHS during investigation of communicable disease outbreak implicating food, water or other environmental causes in public facilities or the community; implements necessary control measures, including maintaining compliance with environmental health and preparedness requirements; ensures County public water systems meet State drinking water standards and Program Element assurances.


Thorough knowledge of: Applicable public health state statutes, laws and policies, and County ordinances; principles and practices of sanitary engineering; statistical methods.

Working knowledge of: Principles and practices of public administration and personnel management; participative management theories; and public relations techniques.

Skill to: Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; supervise, train, and evaluate the work of assigned staff; investigate and report on compliance with sanitary environmental standards, outbreak investigation and preparedness standards, laws, rules and regulations; perform and interpret physical and biological tests related to environmental health and sanitation investigation; direct staff in continuous efforts to improve quality, productivity and effectiveness; incorporate team participation in decision making; respond to changes desired by citizens and County staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships with business operators, other agency personnel, County employees and the public; stay current with emerging issues and problems in the environmental health field and new environmental health response strategies; promote public awareness and participation in the correction of public health problems.


Occasional duties in the field require standing, walking, twisting, squatting, bending, reaching, balancing, grasping, fine motor control, the ability to lift, carry, push, pull objects, and involve exposure to confined spaces, noises, dust, chemicals, slippery and/or uneven surfaces, and adverse weather conditions.


The applicant must possess registration as an Environmental Health Specialist or licensure as a Sanitary Engineer or Public Health Engineer by the State of Oregon.

The applicant must successfully pass a criminal history check which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Driving is required for County business on a regular basis or to accomplish work. Incumbents must possess a valid driver's license, and possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


Any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 09/16