Thu, Apr 9, 2020
Benton County Iowa

Environmental Health and Land Use Technician

Date Posted: 2/3/2020
Department: Land Use and Public Health
Type of Employment: Full-Time


The Benton County Department of Environmental Health and Land Use is seeking a full time Environmental Health and Land Use Technician.  The person hired will report to the Department Director and will be responsible for assisting with the day-to-day implementation of the county environmental health, land use, subdivision, and floodplain administration programs, and enforcement of the provisions of the respective ordinances for those programs.  Starting salary is dependent on individual qualifications.  Position is full time with county benefits.


  • Assist with permitting and oversight for construction of private water supplies, and permitting and design activity for on-site sewage treatment systems. Inspects and monitors completed systems, as assigned by the Director, for compliance with local/state rules and issue approval.
  • Obtain water samples from private wells, and assist private well owners and well contractors with proper well closure and rehabilitation activities.
  • Responds to requests from a variety of public and private entities or individuals for information or technical assistance on a variety of environmental and land use issues; assists them with problems or questions they may encounter and interpret rules; make presentations; clarifies or reviews statutes and or rules.
  • Assists the Director with enforcement of all rules of the Board of Health, all environmental rules of the state for which contract responsibilities exist, and all rules pertaining to land use, subdividing, and floodplain management.
  • Create and maintain accurate records for all program activities assigned by the Director.
  • Investigates complaints from the public relative to alleged rule violations; conducts investigations of sites and facilities to monitor compliance with applicable statutes, rules and regulations; reports findings and makes recommendations to the Director relative to achieving compliance, and may issue citations, if necessary. May provide testimony at hearings or in court.
  • Assists the Director with the review and analysis of land use requests; may assist with the preparation of written and oral reports to the Board of Supervisors; and may assist the Director with conducting public hearings for the Board of Supervisors and County Board of Adjustment, as needed.
  • Provide assistance to the Director with the County review of confined animal feeding operations and the completion of the Master Matrix reports, and recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.
  • Will perform other duties as assigned by the Director.

QUALIFICATIONS:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and or ability required. 

  1.  EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE – A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field is required. A minimum of 2 years of experience in related fields is desirable.
  2. LANGUAGE SKILLS – Ability to read, analyze and interpret complex documents.  Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.  Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with all contacts.
  3. TECHNICAL SKILLS – Computer proficiency; GIS experience a plus.
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize job activities.
  • Ability to produce accurate, professional and error free documents.
  • Ability to use inspection and measuring instruments.
  • Ability to use various hand tools.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive interpersonal relationships with internal and external customers and peers; and the ability to provide informative and professional assistance.

   5. SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENTS – Regular work attendance is required, and a valid State of Iowa Driver’s License is required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job the employee is frequently required to stand for considerable periods of time and walk some distances.  Use of arms and hands is frequent.  Occasional lifting of objects up to 20 pounds and occasional exertion up to 50 pounds of force is necessary.  Visual requirements of this job are similar to those classified as machine operators, inspection, close assembly, clerical and administrative.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  The job requires indoor and outdoor work.  The employee is subject to the elements, such as heat, cold, rain, snow. Various hazards, including moving machinery and parts, loud noise, electrical current, chemicals, odors (including human and animal waste, filth, live and dead animals) may also be encountered.  The employee may have to walk on uneven ground and slick surfaces, climb steep inclines or work around excavations to perform the duties of the job.  This worker may be subject to the hazards involved with dealing with persons who may become volatile or upset.  The person in this position may be “on-call” and may periodically be required to perform tasks after hours, or on weekends.  Travel within the county is required, and attendance at required training events outside of the county will occur.

HOW TO APPLY:  Please submit your resume and cover letter by no later than March 16, 2020 to:  Benton County Department of Environmental Health and Land Use, P.O. Box 327, Vinton, IA  52349. 

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111 E 4th St
Vinton, IA 52349

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Benton County Land Use
PO Box 327
Vinton, IA 52349