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Employer: Geary County
Division: Health Department
Job Title: Sanitarian/Environmentalist
Salary: $0 

Job Description:



Job Title:  Sanitarian/Environmentalist                  



FLSA:  Exempt                                                        Salary Range:  23     DO                                                                                                                                                      

Reports To:  Health Department Director               PCN:  HA1014


Department:  Health Department                           Date:  Oct 2019                             



This position assumes the direction and management of the Local Environmental Protection Program(LEPP) and the City/County Sanitarian responsibilities.  The work involves planning, directing, and implementation of environmental county codes in a multi-county area and public health ordinances in Junction City/Geary County.  Work is reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners of participating LEPP counties.  Performs other duties as assigned.



The duties described below are indicative of what the Sanitarian/Environmentalist might be asked to perform. This job description is to incorporate any County Resolutions for the position of Sanitarian/Environmentalist. This position description is not designed to list all tasks and responsibilities of this position. Geary County reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need may arise. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.


LEPP Activities.  Prepares grant application material and submit required reports for LEPP activities to county commissions.


Environmental Code Enforcement.  Develops and amends county environmental codes in the multi-county area as needed.  Implement county environmental code requirements for private onsite wastewater systems, private water supply wells, and other local water quality issues.  Evaluates soil for suitability for on-site wastewater systems.  Determines size and type of wastewater system appropriate for the soil and estimate water use.  Inspects newly constructed wastewater systems to assure proper construction.  Consults with landowners about the proper location of new wells.  Inspects water well construction to reduce the risk of contaminants.  Investigates wastewater, drinking water, and other water quality complaints.  Inspects existing well and wastewater systems during real estate sells.  Collects and analyze private well water to assure safe drinking water.  Assists the City of Junction City with required inspections of facilities for licensing or by ordinance.  Inspections of trailer courts, schools, and kennels.  Investigates all public health and sanitation complaints including living conditions involving health hazards, sewage, solid waste and hazardous waste conditions, pest control and swimming pools



Administrative Tasks.  Writes and maintains accurate reports and records for local future reference.  Educates the public, local government officials, interest groups, and any other related agencies about local water quality issues.  Follows up on reported animal bites, in coordination with the Animal Control/Animal Shelter, to ensure proper quarantine.



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required at the time of hire or for the continuation of employment.



  • Bachelor’s degree in an environmentally related science or engineering field preferred, or a Bachelor’s degree that includes 30 semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of science courses and at least one college-level math to qualify for completing the registered sanitarian exam or be a registered sanitarian.
  • Complete certification to become a registered sanitarian if not one already within 9 months of hire, as well as certification for Pool Operators License to provide pool inspections.
  • Prefer radon testing certification.
  • A valid Kansas driver’s license.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Radon testing certification.



  • Ability to plan and implement environmental health programs and services to community and individual needs.
  • Ability to promote awareness of environmental health issues and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with public and private officials, as well as the general public.
  • Ability to have both verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to assemble, maintain records, and present data in report form.



  • Knowledge of soils and soil characteristics in relationship to permeability
  • Knowledge of basic water chemistry, water quality, and water treatment.
  • Knowledge of basic wastewater treatment and wastewater system design
  • Knowledge of laws, codes, and regulations applicable to environmental sanitation.
  • Knowledge of standard office equipment.



  • Ability to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a professional and friendly manner with customers, citizens, co-workers and management.
  • Ability to communicate in both written and verbal form.



  • Ability to perform basic mathematical calculations.



  • Ability to respond to complaints and grievances posed by the public.
  • Ability to define problems and deal with a variety of situations.
  • Ability to think quickly, maintains self-control, and adapt to stressful situations.
  • Ability to use good judgment and effectively solve problems.



The physical and work environments described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these functions.


Physical Environment:

  • The duties of this job include physical activities such as stooping, kneeling, standing, reaching, walking, lifting and/or move (up to 20 pounds), grasping, talking, hearing/listening, seeing/observing, and repetitive motions.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision; depth perception; and the ability to adjust focus.


Work Environment:

  • Subject to come in contact with irate/difficult persons.
  • Continual contact with other city/county/state departments and health agencies.  Contact with the general public is continual.
  • Working environment requires exposure to natural elements, walking through dense vegetation, crossing rough terrain, and possible encounters with dogs, rodents, snakes and other animals.
  • Position may require some evening and weekend work due to meetings and special events.
  • Extensive travel is required during normal working hours.
  • Due to the volume, scope, size of staff and nature of public service this office provides, full-time regular attendance is essential.




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Supervisor                                          Date               Department Head               Date


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Human Resources Director             Date


EMPLOYEE REVIEW: I have read the above and understand that it is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for performing this job. It is not an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. I have been given a copy of this description.


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Incumbent’s Signature                    Date               Incumbent’s name printed

Vacancy Number: GEHDSANIENVIRON1019

Open Date: 10/22/2019 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: