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at State of Hawaii

Posted: 10/3/2019
Job Reference #: 2542102
Categories: Green
Keywords: environmental

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Recruitment Information

Recruitment Number 219448

The immediate vacancy is located in Lahaina.

Level III - $4,079 to $4,968 per month (SR-20, Step C to H).

Level  IV - $4,413 to $5,373 per month (SR-22, Step C to H).

Note:  Hiring rates will be based on availability of funds, the applicant's qualifications, and other relevant factors.
This continuous recruitment may be closed at any time. The notice of the last day to file applications will be posted on the State of Hawaii's Civil Service Job Opportunities Listing page of our website.

Duties Summary

Environmental Health Specialist performs professional work involving the protection and promotion of public health and the environment by ensuring compliance with Federal and State laws, rules and regulations related to the elimination and/or prevention of environmental health, environmental impact, and occupational health hazards.

Level III position reflects performance of independent work where assignments are of a technical nature and moderate difficulty, with limited deviation from established standards. Problems usually involve consideration of a limited number of factors which are readily detected and controlled, and can be resolved by direct application of specific standards. Work activities typically involve inspecting facilities, operations, activities and/or equipment; investigating and resolving complaints from the public; analyzing and evaluating data and recommending action; and/or conducting informational and educational outreach activities to ensure compliance with pertinent environmental/occupational health laws, rules and regulations; and performing other related duties as assigned. Work assignments of more technical difficulty are performed in assistance to or under guidance of a higher level specialist.
Level IV  position reflects responsibility for complex to highly complex work involving interpreting/evaluating considerable or specialized technical data and/or a variety of duties involving diverse and complex technical problems; and considerable decision making and use of judgment. Incumbents are expected to resolve most of the conflicts that arise under general supervision of a higher level specialist or program supervisor; and performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

Applicants will be placed on the eligible list for ALL levels for which they are qualified.

To qualify, you must meet all of the following requirements:
Education: Bachelor's degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university with a major in chemistry, physics, biology, zoology, environmental science or other closely related field of science. The coursework must have included at least three (3) semester credit hours in college algebra or higher.
General Experience: One (1) year for Levels III and IV of progressively responsible professional work experience which involved interpreting and applying principles, concepts and/or standards related to a chemical, physical, biological or related field of science; gathering, evaluating and analyzing facts and other pertinent information required to resolve problems and recommend appropriate courses of action. The work must have demonstrated the ability to identify problems and alternative solutions, use judgment in determining appropriate alternatives, and prepare clear and concise written reports and recommendations for action.
Specialized Experience: Six (6) months for Level III, and for Level IV, one and one-half (1-1/2) years of progressively responsible professional work experience in a field of environmental/occupational health which demonstrated knowledge and understanding of environmentally hazardous substances (e.g., chemical, physical or biological substances) or pollutants and required knowledge and application of laws, rules, regulations, methods and techniques pertaining to an area of environmental/occupational health such as clean air, clean water, drinking water, solid and hazardous waste, oil spill, etc. The work must have involved gathering, analyzing and evaluating data related to environmentally hazardous substances; conducting inspections and/or investigations for hazardous environmental/occupational health conditions and ensuring compliance with applicable laws, rules and regulations; approving and issuing permits to conduct activities and/or operations in accordance with environmental health regulations; and/or advising others on complying with environmental/occupational health program laws, rules, regulations and standards.
For the Level IV, at least one (1) year of the required experience must have been comparable in scope and responsibility to the Environmental Health Specialist III  in State service (see Level III duties summary above).

Substitutions Allowed: Relevant substitutions as described in the Minimum Qualification Requirements, will apply.

Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required for some positions at the time of appointment.

Lifting and Carrying:  Some positions require the ability to lift and carry items of various weights with or without reasonable accommodation.

The information provided above represents a summary of the complete Minimum Qualification Requirements. To view the Requirements in their entirety, please CLICK HERE.


Other Information

The State of Hawai'i complies with federal and state disability laws and makes reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities.  If you require reasonable accommodations in completing an application, any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the selection process, please call 808-587-0936 for assistance.

The PSLF Program is a federal program that is intended to encourage individuals to work in public service by forgiving the balance of their federal student loans.  To qualify, the individual must have made 120 qualifying payments while employed by a qualifying employer.  For more information, please click:

The Department of Human Resources Development (HRD) will use electronic mail (email) to notify applicants of important information relating to the status and processing of their applications as part of our ongoing efforts to increase operational efficiency, promote the conservation of green resources, and minimize delays and costs.

Please ensure that the email address and contact information you provide is current, secure, and readily accessible to you. We will not be responsible in any way if you do not receive our emails or fail to check your email-box in a timely manner.  In addition, please be aware that you may no longer receive notification about applications submitted if you choose to disable the Job Application Emails feature in your Account Settings.

The examination for this recruitment will be conducted on an unassembled basis where the examination score is based on an evaluation and rating of your education and experience. It is therefore important that your employment application provide a clear and detailed description of the duties and responsibilities of each position you held.

In-person interviews and/or further testing in Hawaii may be required at the discretion of the hiring agency. If in-person interviews and/or further testing is a requirement, applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are referred to the vacancy must be available to participate in person and at their own expense in this required phase of the selection process.

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible. In addition to employment availability and score, the referral of qualified applicants may be based upon other factors including date of receipt of the application.

CLICK HERE for further information about Equal Employment Opportunity, the Merit Civil Service System, Citizenship and other requirements, Reasonable Accommodation, Veterans Preference, Examination Requirements, and the State Recruiting Office's Levels of Review.