Environmental Health Specialist I - Food


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Citizens Square
200 E Berry St
Fort Wayne
Health Department
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Open until filled


This position is full-time, nonexempt, classified and covered as defined by The Board of Commissioners of the County of Allen Employee Handbook.

Hours are 8:00 am - 5:00 pm with the ability to be on-call 24/7, including weekends and holidays; 37.5 hours/week

Under the direction of the Food and Consumer Protection Division Director, the Environmental Health Specialist I – Food protects the public’s health and safety by inspecting food establishments including restaurants, schools, markets, temporary food establishments and mobile units and ensures compliance with the Indiana Food Code, Allen County Food and Beverage Ordinance and Fort Wayne-Allen County Tattoo and Body Piercing Ordinance.


  • Responsible for inspections including routine, complaint, follow-up investigations, reportable and temporary emergencies.  Cites establishments for failure to obtain proper permits.
  • Educates food establishment managers and food handlers regarding proper food sanitation.
  • Educate tattoo and body piercing personnel regarding proper handling of infectious waste and universal precautions to prevent the transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens and infectious diseases.
  • Responsible for required data entry, recalls and appropriate paperwork.
  • Responds to public health emergencies regarding clinics and food-borne outbreaks.  Conducts foodborne illness investigations, including gathering information, samples for analysis and complete reports.
  • Refers imminent health hazards and conditions to supervisor for immediate response or administrative hearing.  Assures proper resolution of code violations.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned, including overtime as required.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Public Health or related field and experience with restaurant management or public health preferred
  • Valid Driver’s License to perform inspections on-site at various establishments
  • ServeSafe Certification within six months of employment
  • National Incident Management System (NIMS) certification upon employment as required for all public health staff.
  • Scientific background with knowledge of identifying microbial agents and how time and temperature affects pathogen growth, pH, measurement of chemical concentration and heat transfer
  • Knowledge of transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Knowledge and interpretation of Federal and Local regulations
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Judgment needed to apply codes and the intent behind the requirement and in the determination of the risks involved through observation on inspections
  • Ability to respond on a twenty-four hour basis


The Environmental Health Specialist I-Food works in a standard office environment and at food establishments including restaurants, schools and tattoo and body piercing establishments requiring bending, kneeling, lifting and frequent driving throughout Allen County with exposure to fire/flood/overturned trucks, transmitted diseases, wet/slippery floors and after-hours safety.