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Environmental Investigator

The CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) save and improve lives by unleashing the power of collaboration between CDC, philanthropies, corporations, organizations, and individuals to protect the health, safety and security of America and the world. The CDC Foundation is the go-to nonprofit authorized by Congress to mobilize philanthropic partners and private-sector resources to support CDC’s critical health protection mission. Since 1995, the CDC Foundation has raised over $1 billion and launched more than 1,000 programs impacting a variety of health threats from chronic disease conditions including cardiovascular disease and cancer, to infectious diseases like rotavirus and HIV, to emergency responses, including COVID-19 and Ebola. The CDC Foundation managed hundreds of CDC-led programs in the United States and in more than 140 countries last year. Learn more at

The CDC Foundation is working with CDC and state and local authorities to provide surge staffing that are crucial to the nation’s COVID-19 response including support for implementation of COVID-19 vaccine. The Environmental Investigator performs basic technical inspections and investigative work relative to the detection, analysis and elimination or control of environmental pollutants and contaminants. 


  • Inspects and collects samples of air, water and/or soil from the atmosphere, and plant emissions or effluent from lakes, bayous, and industrial plant sites; sends samples to department laboratory for analysis.
  • Investigates complaints concerning pollutant and contaminant sources; conducts on-site inspections; reports measurements and investigative findings.
  •  Issues citations and violation notices to violators and notifies appropriate district or state agency of persistent violators; performs follow-up inspections. 
  • May testify during court proceedings. Establishes and maintains case files, following up as appropriate.
  • Operates, cleans, and ensures the proper maintenance of scientific instrumentation equipment.
  • Conducts routine surveillance of the community to determine pollutant or contaminant problems. 


  • Requires a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Health Engineering or a closely related degree.  


  • Relevant experience to the job description is preferred but not required.

Job Highlights

  • Salary Range: $43,859 - $50,060
  • Position End Date: 7/31/2022
  • Position Type: Limited Term Position, Grant Funded
  • Remote/Hybrid/Onsite:  Onsite
Notice to Applicants:
The CDC Foundation requires all employees to be fully vaccinated* for COVID-19 as a condition of employment effective November 22, 2021. All offers of employment after that date are contingent upon proof of full-vaccination status as a part of the pre-employment process.
*Fully vaccinated is defined as follows: At least two weeks have passed since receipt of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, or the second dose of the either the Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech two-dose vaccines.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disabilities, veteran status, and all other characteristics protected by law.

We comply with all applicable laws including E.O. 11246 and the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 governing employment practices and do not discriminate on the basis of any unlawful criteria in accordance with 41 C.F.R. §§ 60-300.5(a)(12) and 60-741.5(a)(7). As a federal government contractor, we take affirmative action on behalf of protected veterans.

The CDC Foundation is a smoke-free environment.
Relocation expenses are not included.