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Job Description:

Saline County is currently hiring a Sanitarian.


Sanitarians promote the environmental and public health through the enforcement of County sanitary code, State and Federal regulations by providing education to the public regarding environmental health programs and regulations and by providing inspection and technical assistance services for water and wastewater systems. Saline County has agreements to provide services with Ottawa, Lincoln and Ellsworth counties as part of the Local Environmental Protection Program (LEPP).

This position requires extensive knowledge of public health and environmental science. Employees may be required to provide occasional weekend and/or evening work and report during public health emergencies as needed.


Under limited supervision, the Sanitarian performs the following functions within the framework of the County codes and State regulations:
• Maintains knowledge of and enforces the provisions of County Sanitary Code.
• Answers requests for assistance and investigates environmental health complaints.
• Conducts field inspections and writes reports regarding private water supplies. (e.g. inspects sites for drilling, evaluates wellhead construction and promotes the wellhead protection program.)
• Issues permits for all water wells and submits well plugging reports to the State.
• Conducts and follows laboratory procedures for the testing of water and soil samples.
• Conducts field inspections and writes reports regarding private wastewater treatments facilities. (e.g. evaluates proposed sites to determine suitable type of system, conducts soil profiles and percolation tests and assists in determining appropriate repair of existing systems.)
• Conducts inspections of private wastewater systems as per County Code and maintains a database for each system for billing and inspection reports.
• Provides education and assistance to individuals and/or groups relating to public health and environmental services.
• Assists the County Health Officer with fulfillment of additional duties upon request and upon approval from Department Head.
• Assists Emergency Management in emergency response upon request and upon approval from Department Head.


Maintains accurate records of environmental permits, inspections, and testing. Reports activities and statistics to multiple County Elected Officials. Completes reports, inspections, permits and all other transactions in a timely manner. Competent organizational skills and the ability to work effectively with the public, other agencies and other County staff. Ability to assess situations and make decisions independent of supervision. Ability to multitask and resolve problems in a timely manner. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Skilled in the use of a personal computer and related software. Ability to locate property, read maps and read legal descriptions. Ability to recognize and respond appropriately to potential physical threats in the field, e.g. snakes, ticks, poison ivy. Ability to follow protocols and established regulations.


• Performs special projects and tasks as assigned by the Department Head.
• Collaborates in the development and delivery of health programs and activities that promote health and prevent disease like Elevated Blood Lead (EBL) investigations, Health Homes Inspections and Radon Testing.
• May serve on Local, State and National Boards relating to environmental health and safety.


Maintain a positive, professional work atmosphere by working cooperatively and communicating in a manner that supports an excellent working relationship with clients, co-workers, the community and collaborating agencies. Maintain strict client confidentiality. This position is expected to operate independently without a great degree of supervision. The Department Head defines overall objectives and assists the employee with unusual situations which do not have clear precedent.


1. Must have a valid Driver’s License and must provide own transportation.
2. Must have a High School diploma or the equivalent and two (2) years experience in an environmental or scientific field will be considered.
3. A graduate of an accredited four (4) year college with a degree in biological or physical sciences or related field with 30 hours or more of science preferred.
4. Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist (RS/REHS) preferred.
5. Lead Based Paint Inspector, Lead Hazard Risk Assessor and Elevated Blood Lead Level Investigator preferred.
6. Must demonstrate good written and oral communication skills.
7. Must have an ability to maintain a professional demeanor.
8. Must have basic knowledge of Excel, Word and other PC software.
9. Must be flexible and have the ability to adapt to varying tasks.


Able to read and comprehend written material of a highly technical nature. Ability to organize and effectively retrieve data. Ability to compose and proof-read business correspondence in order to provide written communications that are grammatically correct and properly punctuated. Must demonstrate excellent verbal, written, analytical and interpersonal skills in order to communicate with the public and co-workers in a highly professional and competent manner. Ability to apply advanced mathematical concepts. Ability to understand and retain detailed information pertaining to Local, State and Federal codes, laws and regulations. Ability to analyze issues and think logically when presented with unexpected questions or circumstances. Ability to maintain a professional demeanor in challenging situations.


Determined Work Level: Level 3 – Medium Work Exerting 20 to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or greater than negligible up to 10 pounds of force constantly. Must have fine and gross motor ability. Must be able to operate computer, telephone and automobile. Will require walking, standing, bending, balancing, sitting, climbing stairs or ladders, walking over rough terrain, lifting equipment and stooping. Possible exposure to infectious pathogens, blood, body fluids and hazardous waste. May be exposed to a variety of work environments including all weather conditions.


The above position description is intended to describe the duties of an employee in general terms and does not necessarily describe all of his/her duties. The mental and physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations will be made as necessary to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

For more information about the position and to apply, visit the careers page at

Benefits include specialized training opportunities, 100% paid employee insurance, the KPERS retirement system and generous paid leave.

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