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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 283N
Category: Health Care


Within the Department of Social and Health Services or the Department of Health, conducts public health surveys of accommodation establishments and makes recommendations to initiate corrective or enforcement action or, serves in a two-year Public Health Advisor formal training program. Conducts and evaluates public health surveys and/or advises or consults on public health issues and practices.

Typical Work

Surveys and reports on findings concerning the growing, harvesting, and processing of shellfish; and the design, operation, and management of public water supply systems;

Surveys transit accommodations for environmental health program standards; advises owners and operators of needed improvements in facilities or operation; clarifies standards which must be met, recommends improvements; prepares written report of findings, recommends and with supervisory approval, institutes enforcement action when necessary;

Participates in special studies of environmental health issues; assists with reports; aids higher level advisors with talks before public and private organizations;

Performs other related work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: principles, practices, organization and objectives of environmental health; statutes, ordinances and resolutions pertaining to environmental health; Federal and State laws and State Board of Health regulations relating to environmental health; bacteriology; vector control; educational principles and techniques.

Ability to: understand and interpret environmental health laws and regulations; recognize, preserve and present legal evidence; speak and write effectively; travel frequently and for extended periods.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Master's degree in public health, environmental health, or allied science with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in a natural or physical science. 


A Bachelor's degree in public health, environmental health, or allied science with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in a natural or physical science and two years of professional experience in public health.

Class Specification History

New class Effective September 18, 1989
New class code: (formerly 62200) effective July 1, 2007