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Seattle, Washington
United States
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Environmental Engineer/Specialist: Single site
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IH Specialist: Single site
IH Specialist: Multi-site
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Environmental Services
Experience level:
3-5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Health & Environmental Investigator

Health & Environmental Investigator I or II


Through the work of over 150 dedicated employees, the Environmental Health Services Division identifies and sustains environmental conditions that promote health equity and healthy people and communities in Seattle and King County. Our vision is healthy, safe, and vibrant communities that are free of health disparities based on race, gender or economic status. The Division’s core values include equity and social justice, integrity, community service, collaboration, a supportive work culture, and learning from each other and the communities we serve. 


As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation's history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.

We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.


 Provide culturally competent education, technical assistance, and regulatory compliance advice to industries, facilities, the media, and the general public.

  • Interpret and convey complex regulations and provide written and oral guidance and direction to industries, public agencies, and general public.
  • Conduct inspections to ensure compliance with current public health and environmental codes, regulations and policies.
  • Conduct plan review of new or modified facilities (solid waste handling facilities or pet related businesses) for compliance with regulations for permit issuance under the guidance of senior level investigators.
  • Perform investigations and coordinate activities with senior level investigators to initiate enforcement or corrective actions as required. 
  • Apply progressive enforcement actions if violator does not respond to initial courtesy letter notification of potential violation.  Progressive enforcement includes notice of violation, notice and order, civil penalties and property liens.
  • Investigate public complaints and inquiries on unlawful dumping of solid waste and rodents.
  • Screen business waste streams for dangerous waste by using federal toxicology databases, reviewing test results, and ensuring compliance with state regulations (Waste Characterization).
  • Maintain and use program based computerized systems, write reports, and maintain accurate field records in systems that include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Envision, etc.
  • Attend and contribute to internal and external stakeholder meetings, meetings with regulated facilities, and public outreach events.
  • Support implementation of the King County Equity and Social Justice and Environmental Health Division Strategic Plans. 


Prior work experience in the solid waste field, code compliance for illegal dumping or rodent investigations, or other environmental health protection programs.

  • Ability to interpret and convey environmental and health protection programs, laws, regulations and policy processes for a variety of audiences including ESL and non-English speakers.
  • Knowledge of federal, Washington State and local environmental health regulations, solid waste regulations, and hazardous waste regulations.
  • Knowledge of and coursework in environmental science, toxicology, characterization of business waste streams, environmental engineering, and landfill hydrogeology.
  • Knowledge and demonstrated experience in data collection, analysis and interpretation techniques, and technical report writing.
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with regulatory and technical research methods.
  • Experience in working effectively as both an individual and as a member of a team; make sound, reasonable, and objective determinations based on fact; handle and meet deadlines; and complete complicated and interagency projects in a timely and effective manner.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating and securing correction of unsatisfactory conditions, situations and practices; investigate and report on compliance with environmental standards, laws, rules and regulations; and establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Effective collaboration and conflict management skills.
  • Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to create investigation reports, technical reports, and written communications to the public.
  • Ability to maintain accurate field records (written and photographic) in computer database systems such as Excel and/or Envision Connect.


 Candidates with a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health, Environmental Science, or a closely-related field and a passion for Environmental Health/Public Health.

  • Fluent in one or more non-English language most commonly spoken in King County (Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali, Russian, Chinese, Korean, Amharic, Arabic, and/or Ukrainian)


  • HEI II: Registered Sanitarian (RS) certificate from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or the Washington State Environmental Health Association (WSBRS) is required at the time of hire.  (All required licenses and certifications must be maintained in active status without suspension or revocation throughout employment.)
  • HEI I: obtain RS certification within 1 year of hire date
  • This position may require the incumbent to obtain a public operator license with the public health endorsement /public operator through Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) as required in order to apply and or advise the public on lawful use of rodenticides.

WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified applicants.


This full-time position is non-exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is eligible for overtime. The normal workweek is Monday – Friday. Occasional evening and weekend work are required. 


King County provides our employees with a free transportation pass (good on most transit systems throughout the Puget Sound region, including the Sounder). We offer a benefits package that includes competitive medical, dental and vision benefits for the whole family and domestic partner, competitive vacation, sick, holiday and executive leave plans, and participation in the State's Public Employees Retirement Plan (PERS), as well as the option of participating in the County's deferred compensation plan (a 457 plan).


The following items are required to be considered for this vacancy:

1. NEOGOV/Government Jobs on-line or paper application.
2. Responses to the supplemental questions.

You may attach multiple documents if you wish:

  • Copy and paste one or more documents into the text resume section of the application.
  • Attach multiple documents/files in the resume attachment section.


Your application may be rejected as incomplete if you do not include the relevant information in the application. Cover letters and/or resumes are not accepted in lieu of a completed application. Applications and/or Supplemental Questionnaires that state "see my resume" or "see my personnel file" are considered incomplete and will not be accepted.
Note: Online applications are preferred. However, if you cannot apply online, go to www.kingcounty.gov/jobs for other options. If you need an accommodation in the recruitment process or an alternate format of this announcement, please inquire directly with the contact listed on the job announcement or Public Health's Human Resources Service Delivery Manager.

WORKING CONDITIONS & PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position requires the ability to perform work duties both indoors in an office environment and in the field in a variety physical and weather conditions that may include walking uneven terrain, working around heavy machinery, strong odors, dusts, animals, and various types of wastes.

  • Exposure to individuals from the public who are upset, angry, agitated, and sometimes hostile, requiring the use of conflict management and de-escalation skills.
  • This position may require strength enough to lift, push, or pull field equipment weighing between 20-40 pounds.
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally access or travel by ferry or boat.





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