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Northwest Washington Indian Health Board

Environmental Health Specialist


The Environmental Health Specialist under the direction of the Northwest Washington Indian Health Board (NWWIHB), serves 5 federally recognized Tribes: Lummi, Nooksack, Swinomish, Upper Skagit and Samish and their community members.   This position is responsible for providing occupational health and safety, industrial hygiene, environmental protection, environmental health, communicable disease investigation, food safety, hazardous materials, injury prevention and emergency preparedness-response.

Major Duties:

  • Monitors adherence to health and safety requirements in daycares, food service facilities, multi-occupancy facilities and health clinics through plan review, site assessments, and training and follow up.
  • Conducts surveillance, respond and investigate issues related to food safety, foodborne illness, drinking water safety, wastewater disposal and general environmental health. Determines and conducts necessary sampling in water, food, and general environmental health.
  • Provides data and advice to the Executive Director, Board Delegates, and key tribal officials on activities that affect public and environmental health activities, policy, programs, projects and initiatives.
  • Provides technical guidance to staff at all levels including upper management. Upon request of the tribes, serve as a liaison between the tribes and other outside agencies (local, state and federal).
  • Interprets and implements policies, standards, programs and procedures in the assigned areas of responsibility, and is responsible for their effective and timely communication and oversight of their implementation. Recommends change in guidelines and policies as necessary.
  • Communicates data driven results and summarizes primary scientific literature for the purpose of developing sound and practical public health advice and interventions.
  • Develop, implement and administer the injury prevention program, projects, grants and initiatives.
  • Provides Technical assistance to tribal emergency management programs.
  • Supports Tribal specific Public Health policy development such as food security and self-certification.
  • Functions independently and exercises professional judgement. Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, engineering, public health or a related field.  A Master’s Degree (MPH, MSPH, MS or equivalent) is preferred.
  • Preferred professional licensure as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) or Registered Sanitarian (RS); or ability to attain licensure.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience in the application of food safety principles and regulations to the design and operation of food establishments.
  • Extensive knowledge, skill, and experience with the concepts and application of food safety and Integrated Pest Management (IPM).
  • Extensive knowledge, skill and experience in conducting sanitary surveys of public and non-public drinking water supplies.
  • Extensive knowledge, skill and experience in conducting sanitary surveys of wastewater collection, treatment and disposal systems.
  • Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of general environmental and public health management.
  • Knowledge in the concepts of disease surveillance, reporting and outbreak response.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills.

    1400 King Street Suite 104
    Bellingham, WA 98229

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