Human Resources

Public Health Investigator II

$22.72 hourly rate

This position is within the City of Independence Community Development Department and involves professional and technical work promoting community environmental in the implementation of environmentally influenced public health laws and regulations.  Performs a variety of inspections relating to environmental health programs, including the following:  food sanitation; food and water borne disease prevention and outbreak investigation; childcare facility sanitation and safety; commercial lodging sanitation and safety; industrial hygiene and environmental public health factors related to disaster response and/or transportation accidents.  Determines specific violations of legal provisions and enforces compliance through administrative hearings and legal actions.  Documents and prepares necessary reports for presentation to appropriate individual and governing bodies.  Provides information relative to individuals and groups regarding environmental public health issues, ordinances, statues, rules, regulations and policies.  Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university with a minimum of 30 earned credit hours in one or more of the following:  biology, chemistry, bacteriology, food science, soil science, sanitary science, environmental health, or in closely related physical or natural sciences.  One or more years of professional or technical experience in environmental public health preferred.  Twenty-four (24) earned Graduate level credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for the year of preferred experience.  Environmental public health work experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required education.  A combination of appropriate education and experience may be substituted for the minimum education and experience requirement. Valid driver’s license is required.  Must complete required NIMS level training within first six months of hire.  Preferred: Missouri Certified Environmental Health Specialist; or Registered Environmental Health Specialist.  Knowledge of the principles, practices and terminology of environmental health as related to public health; bacteriology, biology, chemistry, physics and other sciences; environmental health laws, regulations, requirements and policies.  Skill in techniques to investigate complaints or violations or environmental health laws, regulations, requirements and policies; reacting effectively and calmly in difficult public contact situations; techniques to collect, interpret and analyze data.  Ability to work independently and with very little oversight; communicate effectively orally and in writing; deliver presentations in the promotion of environmental health; use personal computer and learn to use various applicable programs necessary for the position.  Physical Demands: Frequent mobility required including lifting, bending, kneeling and reaching.  Maneuvering on uneven terrain.  Normal hearing and visual acuity.  Sitting or standing for extended periods.  Ability to lift 20 pounds.  Typical Working Conditions: Position involves both inside and outside work conditions.  Possible exposure to potentially hazardous work areas, and to personal physical danger in the course of conducting on-site review and investigation.  Some assignments may also involve frequent exposure to dirty and unsanitary conditions.

Drug testing; Background Check; In addition to the application, testing and/or examinations may be required for further consideration on this position.

IBEW Maintenance & Clerical Bargaining Unit position.

Apply online at or by visiting Human Resources, 2nd, Floor, City Hall, 111 E. Maple, Independence, MO. 64050. Position Closes: April 2, 2020.


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