Job title :
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH OFFICER
INVERMERE HEALTH CENTRE
RELIEF FULL TIME
Interior Health is seeking a dynamic Environmental Health Officer (EHO) to join us on a relief full-time basis.
Focusing on small water systems, the EHO will be responsible for applying relevant legislation, professional and technical skills and collaborative work practices; to fulfil a diverse program of Health Protection which promotes and maintains a high standard of Public Health.
SOME TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
ABOUT THE COMMUNITY:
- Provides consultation, education and enforcement and prevents the occurrence of disease, injury and public exposure to health hazards by:
- Performing inspectional, regulatory and enforcement duties on various types of food processing and food handling establishments, drinking water supply systems, recreational water facilities, personal service establishments, child care and residential care facilities, and other required facilities to ensure compliance with applicable regulations and standards and best public health practices;
- Investigating complaints and undertaking investigations on a variety of public health related issues and environmental control matters; conducting surveys of conditions to determine existing or potential public health hazards; interpreting results; monitoring corrective action or remedies, and advising the public on health risks as necessary;
- Preparing reports on investigational and inspectional work performed; obtaining samples and specimens of food, liquid and other materials; submitting for testing and analysis; interpreting laboratory results; collecting evidence of violations of by-laws and regulations; and appearing as a witness in court prosecutions;
- Responding to emergencies such as food, water or vector borne epidemics, or disasters; participating in emergency contingency planning, ensuring health standards are maintained in the provision of emergency food and water supplies, waste disposal and temporary housing;
- Performing epidemiological investigations for cases of food poisoning and communicable diseases; working with the Communicable Disease Unit; issuing instructions or recommendations; and following up to ensure implementation and compliance;
- Assisting the Licensing Officer in the administration of the Community Care Facilities Act and the Adult and Child Care Facilities Regulations; commenting on new license applications; conducting health assessments of care facilities; evaluating and documenting critical hazards and advising of necessary corrective actions;
- Reviewing and assessing plans or proposals for the operation or construction of food premises, water supplies, recreation facilities, community care facilities, personal service facilities, and industrial camps; including approving or rejecting of permits or licenses, and consulting with and advising applicants on relevant requirements;
- Reviewing submissions from government agencies such as business license applications, by-laws, leases, pesticide use, waste management applications and subdivision proposals; recommending issuance or rejection of permits, support or non support of approvals or licenses based on the impact to environmental health;
- Evaluating subdivision and development proposals referred from approval agencies, and using a lens of an integrated approach to improve human health by creating a healthier built environment, providing a response to determine the cumulative effects of the proposal (including but not limited to the impacts of onsite sewage disposal), and promoting community planning and design which prevents potential environmental and social threats;
- Participating on Local Government committees and providing comments on Official Community Plan, Bylaw reviews and amendments and other land use planning documents; and
- Participating in internal/external environmental health related committees.
Invermere is nestled in the valley between the Rocky and Purcell Mountain ranges, near the Alberta border. Perfectly situated for year-round recreational activities, this growing community is the economic hub of the Columbia Valley; boasting a healthy tourism industry as well as activity in forestry, mining and agriculture.
Bachelor’s Degree in a health-related discipline; must have a certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada) and must be registered or eligible to be registered with the Board of Registration of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors BC Branch.
Two year’s recent experience as a Public Health Inspector or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Current valid BC Driver’s License.