Environmental Investigator-II

US Government, Houston Health Department


Applications Accepted From:  ALL PERSONS INTERESTED

Department: Houston Health                             
Environmental Health
Section: Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health
Workdays & Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM*  
*Subject to Change


Incumbents in this position will work under the supervision of the Environmental Investigator V.  The Environmental Investigator II will provide environmental investigations and lead risk assessments of housing units, inspect housing units for healthy home hazards, work with XRF, radon tester and other scientific equipment, write work intervention specs, monitor contractors providing services for lead hazard reduction and perform clearances and other associated activities in adherence to strict established policies and procedures. 

  • Review list of dwellings needing inspections for daily planning and consult with Supervisor/designee for scheduling and prioritization.
  • Conduct healthy home inspections/lead risk assessments and/or Elevated Blood Lead Level investigations using an XRF analyzer and other scientific tools to determine possible sources of lead exposure/ Healthy Home Hazards and prepare report per provided format/guideline.
  • Perform routine environmental sampling (dust /soil /water), properly document each sample taken, and prepare samples for submission to laboratory as appropriate or SOPs.
  • Investigate complaints concerning pollutant and contaminant sources; conduct on-site inspections; collect samples of the suspected pollutant; and reports investigative findings.
  • Prepare construction proposals for abatement contractors and perform field monitoring of abatement projects in accordance with applicable federal, state and local regulations.
  • Conduct clearance Inspections, collect necessary samples and prepare reports.
  • Prepare and maintain various department   records (e.g., reports, correspondence, mileage   reports, time sheets, etc.).
  • Attend various training courses, seminars, and conferences to maintain knowledge of current trends and developments in job-related skills and techniques.
  • Report to work at assigned location with regular and predictable attendance.
  • Safely operate a motor vehicle when required to travel on City business.
  • Promote environmental awareness concerning the effects and hazards associated with lead and healthy housing related environmental pollutants/ hazards.
  • Perform other duties as directed or assigned.

The position routinely requires lifting of moderately heavy items, such as typewriters or records boxes (up to 40 pounds) and/or very long periods of walking on rough surfaces on a routine basis. There are occasional exposures to significant levels of heat, cold, moisture and air pollution. The position may involve infrequent exposure to chemical substances and physical trauma of a minor nature such as cuts, bruises and minor burns.

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