Fort Bend County

Environmental Investigator - Environmental Health

3 months ago
Job Code
# of Openings
Min Start Salary
USD $1,856.80/Bi.
Law Enforcement
Max Start Salary
USD $2,184.80/Bi.


Performs work in the field of investigations, law enforcement and public education regarding public health nuisances, land use, polluting, illegal dumping and related environmental complaints and violations on public and private properties.  Participates in planning of programs, policies or objectives for own work group and department.


Conducts criminal and civil investigations and inspections representing the Environmental Health Department concerning: Texas Water Code, Texas Health and Safety Code, and County orders regarding Public Health, OSSF, Environmental or Public Nuisances, land usage, illegal dumping, and other environmental violations for prosecution and remediation.  Performs routine and proactive patrol and surveillance to investigate, evaluate and enforce land use and complaint violations.  Issue Notice of Violations or citations to property owners or other violators for possible legal action.  File charges in Justice of Peace Court, County Court or District Courts.  Represents the department with testimony in court.  Researches property ownership using tax rolls, maps, and court records.  Identifies, documents, photographs and collects evidence from violation sites.  Responds to and investigates complaints, conducts surveillance on possible violations.  Conducts follow-up investigations and oversees abatement of violations.  Responds to citizens and elected officials inquiries.  Mediates between property owners, contractors, developers and landowners.  Advises property owners of conditions, requirements and potential violations.  Researches and maintains reports with ongoing environmental grants.  Serves as the Environmental Health Department Peace Officer/Investigator.  Assists department co-workers with duties to include emergencies and enforcement or with conflict situation where a Texas Peace Officer may be required.  Utilizes data entry program and completes hand written detailed reports.  Provides information to the public through media and schools to alleviate illegal dumping and to inform citizens about proper waste handling.  Conducts citizen awareness meetings to increase knowledge about municipal solid waste reduction and disposal.  Maintains weapon proficiency.  Participates in activities and duties related to emergency management during a local state of disaster as directed by appropriate county managers.


High School Diploma/GED; Two years of job related experience or two years of investigative experience.  Computer and typing skills; good verbal and written communication skills.  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal effectively with the public, other employees, and elected officials.  Management, supervisory and organizational skills.  Ability to prioritize work and complete assigned tasks within deadlines.  Must keep current with federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding department operations.  Intermediate TCOLE Certification (or Basic TCOLE Certification with two years of job related or investigative experience).  Knowledge of Health and Safety Codes and Texas Environmental Laws.  Works weekends or flex time to conduct special assignments or surveillance and is on-call status.  Bi-lingual preferred, (able to read and speak Spanish).  Must not be employed by any other law enforcement related extra job.


SALARY RANGE: Law Enforcement Grade 10, $1,856.80 - $2,184.80 biweekly based on qualifications

CLOSING DATE:  Upon filling position


All full-time and part-time employees are members of the Texas County District Retirement System (TCDRS). Full-time employees also enjoy a wide-range of great benefits.


Fort Bend County is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate

on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability or national

origin, or any other reason protected by law.


To be considered for employment, all interested candidates should complete the required Fort Bend County online employment application located at




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