Overview

Minimum Qualifications of Education and Experience

Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Health, Public Health or closely related field and two (2) years of full time work experience as an environmental health sanitarian involving epidemiology, computer information systems and health education.
OR
Bachelor’s degree from and accredited college or university in Environmental Health, Public Health or closely related field and three (3) years of full time work experience as an environmental health sanitarian involving epidemiology, computer information systems and health education.

Regular and reliable attendance is a necessary component of job/position. Individuals required to use County vehicles and equipment must have a valid driver’s license and be free of any major traffic violations for the last three (3) years.

Required Special Qualifications:
Must be registered as an Environmental Health Sanitarian/Specialist upon employment per Minnesota Rules, parts 4695.2500 through 4695.3200.

Nature of WorkUnder general supervision, is responsible for managing, planning, coordinating, monitoring and guiding Environmental Health services. Organizes, develops, and monitors Environmental Health information and quality control systems. Analyzes, interprets and develops public and program policy. Supervises, orients and trains Environmental Health staff and interns.

Examples of Work 

Leads Environmental Health Services business operations including delegated programs: reviews and refines business processes to achieve consistency, compliance, and develop sustainable solutions. Allocates resources to achieve program and service goals, coordinates team members across all areas of the department, external agencies and partners
Recommends and authorizes hiring, transfer, suspension, promotion, discharge, assignments, rewards or discipline of employees, direction of the work and adjustment of other employees’ grievances on behalf of the employer
Develops and interprets policies, procedures and ordinances
Organizes and coordinates Environmental Health staff’s surveillance, investigation, communications and reporting activities
Identifies and assesses community health needs, develops goals, plans, budgets and administers services
Develops records management systems to facilitate service and case management, licensing, accounting, reporting and assessment standardization
Collaborates with community service providers and event organizers to develop plans, policies, procedures and operations that reduce public health and safety risk
Identifies, assesses and uses alternative strategies for difficult cases, that can achieve public protection goals and reduce reliance on enforcement action
Organizes and monitors implementation of agreements and projects. Organizes consultation, group education and assessment services
Represents the department/unit with public media and at state and local agency meetings
Supports the department during emergency situations
Performs related duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required 

Thorough knowledge of principals, regulatory standards, practices, and operations related to environmental health
Thorough knowledge of the nature and scope of environmental health
Knowledge of physical, chemical and biological risks and safety measures
Knowledge of the principles of supervision
Skill in prioritizing and organizing work
Skill in the use of computers and technology
Skill in developing and using appropriate organizational models and computer hardware/software systems for gathering, analyzing and reporting program, management and epidemiological information
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Ability to select, develop, and organize appropriate staff and systems to identify, communicate, and address community health risks
Ability to supervise and direct the work of others
Ability to identify appropriate staff and community resources to develop and organize group education
Ability to apply environmental health and epidemiological principles to complex problems
Ability to develop and support a customer focused systematic process to achieve goals
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others
Ability to identify and implement continuous improvement and performance improvement
Ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment

Persons with disabilities: the above is a general listing of job duties. Essential and non-essential functions may vary by individual position. Reasonable accommodations may be available for both essential and non-essential job duties.

About Olmsted County

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