Company: Sheboygan County Health and Human Services
Location: Sheboygan, WI
Date Posted: November 21, 2019
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Employment Type: Full time
Sanitarian - Public Health Professional
About the Position
Purpose and Summary:
The Environmental Health Sanitarian promotes individual and population public health by providing the essential services of public health within a variety of settings. Responsibilities include: inspecting licensed facilities to ensure compliance with applicable state and local codes; collecting and analyzing water samples; identifying health and environmental hazards including food-borne and water-borne illness outbreak investigation; providing community health education and health promotion activities; ensuring compliance with a broad range of current state and local health and environmental codes, regulations and policies; participating in multi-faceted health or environmental projects; and providing technical assistance and information to individuals, families and groups regarding public health and environmental issues. This position requires knowledge of public health and environmental science.
Under general supervision and/or as part of various workgroups and teams, the Environmental Health Sanitarian performs the following functions within the framework of the core functions and essential services of public health. Public Health Sciences: Conducts routine inspections of various food service facilities, lodging facilities, pools/spas, campgrounds, recreational and educational camps, and tattoo and body piercing facilities to ensure compliance of existing state and local public health and environmental codes, regulations and policies. Performs inspections and/or provides consultation on a variety of environmental health issues including asbestos, radon, mold, lead, and pest control. Investigates outbreaks of foodborne and water-related communicable diseases. Responds to public complaints and inquiries on environmental or public health matters. Collects water samples for laboratory analysis for the Wisconsin DNR as part of the Transient Non-Community well program. Investigates complaints regarding public health and environmental health hazards and initiates enforcement or corrective actions as required. Collaborates in the development and delivery of programs and activities that promote health and prevent disease, in settings including, but not limited to the Health Department, homes, community organizations and businesses, schools, and the community in general. Community Dimensions of Practice: Educates the public on environmental health issues and the public health rationale for environmental health regulations. Provides environmental health information, interpretation, technical assistance and regulatory compliance advice to individuals, industry organizations, the general public and other agencies regarding local public health and environmental codes, regulations, policies, and identified environmental health problems. Analysis and Assessment: Collaborates in community health assessment and health improvement planning and intervention activities as needed. Collects samples, conducts field tests, collects and analyzes environmental public health data; interprets results and makes recommendations for corrective action(s). Leadership and Systems Thinking: Responsible for using quality improvement (QI) and performance management (PM) processes and/or techniques to improve the effectiveness of the respective public health program. This includes, but is not limited to: creating, implementing, and evaluating performance standards and identifying, implementing, and assessing program quality improvement processes. Policy Development and Program Planning: Coordinates environmental public health activities with professionals and investigators from other agencies and jurisdictions, which enforce laws and regulations to protect the public’s health.
Communication and Cultural Competency: Delivers targeted, culturally-appropriate information to help individuals and groups understand local environmental public health policies, regulations and code, utilizing appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities. Other: Performs public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with job classification and training provided, in response to threats to the public’s health. Performs other duties as assigned consistent with job classification
Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental Health or other related degree with a minimum of 30 semester hours of science. National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS) 100, 200 certification within four (4) months of employment. Two (2) years of experience as an Environmental Health Sanitarian or equivalent preferred. Valid Wisconsin driver’s license, current certificate of vehicle insurance, and access to reliable transportation to all assigned work locations. Registered as a Sanitarian with the State of Wisconsin preferred. Due to the need for all Division of Public Health personnel to respond to public health emergencies, the employee may be assessed for his/her ability to meet the physical demands of performing the following activities: Must be able to be fitted and wear appropriate respiratory protection. Engage in the following movements: climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling and writing and repetitive motions. Exert up to 30 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Hearing ability sufficient enough to communicate with others effectively in person and over the phone. Visual ability must be sufficient enough to read typewritten documents, computer screen and drive a car.
How to Apply
This position offers a competitive salary along with an excellent benefits package. Interested applicants shall submit a resume, letter of interest and required county application at www.SheboyganCounty.com. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.