Environmental Health Specialist 1

Company: St. Paul-Ramsey County Public Health

Location: Maplewood, MN

Date Posted: June 12, 2019

Application Deadline: June 24, 2019, 4:30 PM

Employment Type: Full-Time

Salary: $51,874.41–$76,848.45

About the Position

This position will inspect food and lodging establishments, public pools, and manufactured home parks licensed by Ramsey County, as well as investigate reports of public health nuisances. The successful candidate will be part of a supportive team that works collaboratively to ensure compliance with Ramsey County's various public health ordinances.

Common workplace settings for this position include restaurants, grocery stores, temporary food events such as farmer's markets and fairs/festivals, hotels, and pools in various locations such as apartments and fitness centers. This position will include daily interactions with a diverse group of business owners and operators while guiding them towards compliance with the applicable ordinances, rules, and statutes.


  • Conduct inspections of food establishments, lodging facilities, swimming pools, manufactured home parks, children's camps, and public and private water supplies to ensure compliance with public health and environmental laws and regulations. Document compliance and if unable to gain voluntary compliance, prepare case for legal action and initiate enforcement action. Investigate public health nuisance complaints. Conduct plan reviews for new and remodeled establishments deciding when establishments may go into business.
  • Provide technical assistance to public and private entities inspected and discuss with them any changes that are necessary to be compliant with county ordinances and state and federal law; plan, design and conduct training sessions and educational seminars for public and private entities on requirements, regulations, and methods of compliance.
  • Assist in coordinating Ramsey County's yard waste management and household hazardous waste management programs by scheduling yard waste monitors, monitoring endor performance, managing program data and reports, overseeing the maintenance of sites and ensuring the yard waste and household hazardous waste sites are in compliance with solid waste and zoning laws and regulations.
  • Conduct public education programs on environmental health issues for community groups and schools; respond to inquiries from the public relating to environmental health laws or issues.
  • Investigate complaints, document conditions, and write written orders from the public concerning hazardous waste violations, solid waste violations, public health nuisances or clandestine drug labs, and take appropriate action.
  • Investigate foodborne and waterborne illness complaints and outbreaks. Work with epidemiologists to investigate and halt the spread of disease in the community.
  • Respond to public health emergencies as assigned, working within the incident command system.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of Ramsey County's 800 MHz radio system and equipment.
  • Share information with other public health agencies and regulatory agencies and work together with them on joint projects, such as the coordination of community training activities.


Education: Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's degree in environmental health, sanitary sciences, the physical, or biological sciences, or a related environmental health or natural resources field, including at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical, chemical or biological sciences.

Certification/Licensure: A valid drivers' license required. Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) or NEHA is preferred but not required.

How to Apply

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For further information regarding this posting, please contact Emily Chmel at Emily.chmel@co.ramsey.mn.us or by phone at (651) 266-2722.