Environmental Health Officer I/II

Company:   State of Alaska-Department of Environmental Conservation

Location:   Ketchikan, AK

Date Posted:   October 1, 2019

Application Deadline:   October 14, 2019

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:  $3,719.00 - $4,272.00 month


Environmental Health Officer I/II

About the Position

This position is responsible for conducting all risk level inspections and plan reviews of shellfish, retail food and public facilities, and inspections of food processors to include seafood manufacturers for the Southeast Panhandle area of the state.
This position's duties require the application of a broad base of environmental health knowledge. While traditional cover letters are normally short, we are requiring a comprehensive, detailed, and thorough explanation in the Cover Letter Section of the Job Qualification Summary of your experience and abilities as they apply to the 'ideal applicant' traits described below.

The key responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

The EHO I is a trainee/entry level position that is responsible for planning and conducting low to medium risk level inspections, writing inspection reports, performing investigation, providing technical or educational assistance, training operators and others in elements of Alaska's food safety system, and initiating enforcement and compliance actions.

The EHO II is a journey/professional level position that is responsible for planning and conducting all risk level inspections, writing inspection reports, performing investigations, providing technical or educational assistance, training operators and others in elements of Alaska's food safety system, and initiating enforcement and compliance actions. The work requires the application of a broader base of knowledge to more complex facilities and situations than the Environmental Health Officer I.

COVER LETTER
A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should highlight knowledge, skills, and abilities listed above. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF INTERVIEW

  1. A list of three (3) professional references (including daytime telephone numbers), with at least one (1) being a current or former supervisor
  2. A copy of your two (2) most recent evaluations, if available
  3. Written explanation regarding any gaps in employment

EDUCATION
If post-secondary education is required to meet the minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials if used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position. Transcripts can be attached at the time of application or provided at the time of interview.

WORK EXPERIENCE
If using work experience not already documented in your application, also provide the employer name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported and minimum qualifications are clearly met. If they are not, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment

MULTIPLE VACANCIES
This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies.

NOTICE
Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains. For information on allowing emails from the 'govermentjobs.com' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at https://secure.governmentjobs.com/js_lostpswd.cfm?&topheader=alaska

EEO STATEMENT
The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Environmental Health Officer I
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, food technology, or natural science.

Substitution:
Four years of any combination of experience in applying public health and environmental health standards or quality control within a food processing industry or in support of a regulatory agency and post-secondary education from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree.

Environmental Health Officer II
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, food technology, or natural science;
AND
One year of trainee/entry professional level experience inspecting, investigating, or permitting retail food establishments, food processing activities or public facilities.

Substitution:
Four years of any combination of experience in applying public health and environmental health standards or quality control within a food processing industry or in support of a regulatory agency and post-secondary education from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree.

How to Apply

All of the following traits must be documented in your applicant profile and cover letter. If you do not have experience with one or more traits listed below, simply say so. Applicants who fail to follow these cover letter instructions will not move forward to the interview phase of this recruitment. Your cover letter should:

Knowledge of:

  • Potential hazards in food service and processing operations and pools and spas
  • Statutes, regulations, and permit requirements of retail food establishments, food processors, and public facilities

Discuss your experience with:

  • Conducting inspections and enforcement actions for all risk levels of retail food establishments, seafood processors, or public facilities for compliance with applicable program regulations
  • Providing training and presentations to a variety of audiences, including peers

Discuss your skills in:

  • Investigating problems or situations, establishing the relevant facts, issues, or factors involved, and evaluating their significance
  • Evaluating applications for completeness and accuracy
  • Statutes, regulations, and permit requirements of retail food establishments, food processors, and public facilities.

Discuss your ability to:

  • Work independently and as part of an integrated team
  • Deal firmly and tactfully with employees and managers in a variety of industries
  • Maintain effective working relationships with a variety of individuals
  • Communicate effectively with others, both orally and in writing
  • Compile, interpret, and analyze information and data
  • Plan and conduct work without direct supervision

Special Notice:
This position requires the incumbent to have a valid Alaska driver's license. The incumbent must also be willing and able to travel by small plane, helicopter, boat, ATV/snowmachine, or automobile to remote communities.

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For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager:
Carol Brady, Environmental Health Officer III
Phone: (907) 269-7636
Email: carol.brady@alaska.gov

Contact Information

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