Environmental Health Lead

Walworth County   Elkhorn, WI   Full-time     Other
Posted on February 5, 2024
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An Equal Opportunity Employer

Position Summary


This position is responsible for supervising the day-to-day operations of the Environmental Health staff, including: planning, development, implementation and evaluation of countywide Environmental Health services under the guidance of the Health Officer.  This lead coordinates assigned programs, ensuring that measurable outcomes are achieved.  Under the guidance of the Health Officer, this position has responsibility for oversight and coordination of environmental health activities including water quality monitoring and laboratory direction, human health hazards, and childhood lead poisoning prevention.  
This position assigns and monitors the work of the environmental health staff. In addition, this position provides input to the Health Officer on hiring decisions, disciplinary issues and performance evaluations for environmental health staff.  

Division: Public Health
Days: Monday - Friday
Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hours Per Shift: 8
Shifts Per Pay Period: 10
Position FTE: 1.00

Applications are being accepted from current County employees as well as members of
the public.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


This job description reflects management's assignment of essential functions; it does not prescribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.


Act as lead over assigned areas, assisting with the development of objectives and ensuring that deliverables are met. Ensure that reports required to maintain environmental related funding are completed as required by the funding sources (i.e. grants, contracts, etc.). Provide reports timely to the Health Officer. 
Develop partnerships and coordinate efforts to maximize impact on improvement of environmental health areas. Advance program quality and impact. 
Coordinate department and division Emergency Preparedness activities and responsibilities including competency training areas and other deliverables in assigned program areas in cooperation with Health Officer as specific to environmental disasters.
Actively participate in all mandatory health department assessment, planning and reporting activities, including DHS 140, strategic planning, accreditation, CHA/CHIP, performance management.
Assist in the provision of direct public health services. 
Contribute to the development and review of agency policies and procedures for environmental health services.  Keep informed of local, state and federal laws and regulations that affect policy and procedures for the division.
Assist in budget development and monthly monitoring meetings.  This includes coordinating efforts with Finance, Purchasing and other divisions to procure services or products for the division.
Train in all division program systems.   Maintain a working knowledge of systems to be able to troubleshoot with staff or refer to appropriate resource.
Oversee the accurate collection, processing and reporting of division programs’ data.  Analyze the data, identify trends and develop interventions to address areas of concern.
Work with other divisions in a cooperative goal directed manner to achieve department goals.
Participate in special projects as identified.
Plan and provide for ongoing education and training of the Public Health staff.  Approve and ensure mandatory training for all staff.
Provide training for students and volunteers within the Public Health Division.  
Demonstrate a commitment to county safety and risk management efforts.




To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education and/or Experience 

Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, a physical science, or a closely related field plus three years of full-time progressively responsible professional experience in program coordination or leadership. Minimum of 1 year of analytical laboratory experience required through education or professional experience. Master’s degree preferred. 

Proven experience in ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals as well as ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and aseptic technique required. Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care principles is essential.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Registered Sanitarian within 12 months of hire
ICS 100, 200, 700 within 6 months of hire
ICS 300 and 400 within 12 months of hire
Valid driver’s license.
Proof of minimum auto liability insurance coverage.
Access to reliable transportation to all work locations daily.

Interactions & Communication 

Position provides specialized information and/or recommendations to others regarding an area of expertise in a clear, professional manner in oral and written communication methods.  


Decision Making 

This position has authority to make decisions that are consistent with policies and precedents; supervision and managerial direction is available as requested.   These decisions directly impact performance in the job and/or the work unit within the department and information is provided with additional research and observations which contributes to the decision making process.


Thinking & Problem Solving 

In relation to established procedures, protocols and policies of the County, challenges and problems occurring in this position must be addressed within broader, department-wide procedures and practices.


Tools and Equipment Used 

Copy Machine                                          Telephone

FAX Machine                                            Calculator

Personal Computer/Printer                      Mobile Devices

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)


WORK ENVIRONMENT   The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) will be required for work assignments as applicable.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS   The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hand and arms.  The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and sit.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision and peripheral vision. 


Selection Process

Formal Walworth County Electronic Application
Education & Experience Review
Verification of Education
Verification of Driver's License
Oral Department Interview
Reference Check
Background Check
Post Offer Physical Exam
Drug Screen

Other job related tests may be required.