Health Inspector I

Minneapolis Health Department logoCompany:  Minneapolis Health Department

Location:   Minneapolis, MN 

Date Posted:  December 16, 2019

Application Deadline:   December 24, 2019

Employment Type:  Full time

Salary:  $23.77 - $33.61 Hourly


Health Inspector I

About the Position

The Health Inspector I will conduct inspections and investigations involved with the enforcement of city, state and federal regulations pertaining to elevated blood lead poisonings, rental housing, environmental health and safety and consumer protection.

  • Perform field inspections of residential housing, residential or daycare centers, lodging and boarding facilities, schools, and other environmental health related environmental health issues to ensure compliance with public health standards and codes.
  • Advise parents and caregivers on lead safe cleaning practices, maintenance and child nutrition.
  • Educate, train and advise property owners and tenants on code requirements and assist with plans and implementation necessary for operational changes to meet code standards and for properties to achieve a "lead safe" status.
  • Assist with site evaluation to determine suitability of proposed remodeling and with construction and remodeling to render property lead safe.
  • Evaluate residential unit for healthy home hazards, write work specifications, negotiate with property owner for match funding.
  • Monitor contractors/owners during lead hazard reduction and document compliance with lead safe work practices.
  • Write corrective orders, citations and make recommendation on condemnations for lead based paint hazards or other healthy home issues.
  • Assist other inspectors as needed during lead risk assessments/inspections.
  • Collect residential water samples for analysis of lead in water following approved protocols.
  • Issue orders, write citations, perform embargo and condemnation of food or products containing lead. Work with appropriate state and federal agencies if contaminated food or illegal products discovered, provide documentation to support triggering a federal recall.
  • Investigate assigned cases of reported elevated blood lead levels and complaints of unsafe lead paint maintenance practices, determine cause, type, and extent of exposure and remedy
  • Investigate cases of lead poisoning to determine cause and course of action to reduce or eliminate future exposure and monitor corrective actions taken by property owners to achieve compliance with orders.
  • Consult with medical providers and coordinate medical care with ongoing environmental remediation to obtain optimal results for clients.
  • Respond to questions from the public elected officials, supervisors and employees to resolve misunderstandings about lead poisoning, food and beverage codes and other sanitation standards and codes enforced by Environmental Health or Regulatory Services.
  • Participate on teams in special program areas to develop new and revised guidelines, educational materials or ordinance interpretation and inspection procedures.

Working Conditions: Office and field inspections

Qualifications

Education: Bachelor's Degree with a minimum of 45 quarter, or 30 semester credits in a related science or equivalent. You MUST submit copies of your transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), showing successful completion of specific science coursework by the application closing date. Without transcripts, your application will be deemed as incomplete and may not be submitted for further consideration.

License/Certifications: Possess and continue to maintain a valid driver's license. Ability to obtain as well as maintain Radiation Safety Certification certificate within one (1) month of hire. Ability to obtain as well as maintain a State of Minnesota Lead Risk Assessor License within six (6) months of hire. (See NOTE below*). Ability to obtain as well as maintain a Radon Measurement Professional within one (1) year of hire. Within three (3) years of hire, ability to obtain as well as maintain a valid Registered Sanitarian and/or Registered Environmental Health Specialist license. The 4 certifications listed above are required to continue employment as a Health Inspector. You are encouraged to submit copies of any field-related certificate/license you hold. The Minneapolis Health Department will provide on-the-job training necessary to be successful in achieving the above certifications.

*NOTE: In order to obtain a license as a Lead Risk Assessor, the State of Minnesota requires that you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • have a high school diploma and at least three years of experience in regulated lead work, asbestos abatement, environmental remediation, general construction, or a childhood lead poisoning prevention program of a government agency;
  • have an associate's degree and two years of experience in regulated lead work, asbestos abatement, environmental remediation, general construction, or a childhood lead poisoning prevention program of a government agency;
  • have a bachelor's degree and one year of experience in regulated lead work, asbestos abatement, environmental remediation, general construction, or a childhood lead poisoning prevention program of a government agency; or
  • be a certified industrial hygienist, registered professional engineer, registered architect, certified safety professional, or registered public health sanitarian.

Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position may be considered.

Resume: You must submit your resume along with the required, official City application by the application closing date. Without it, your application will be deemed as incomplete.

How to Apply

Go to the City of Minneapolis website, http://www.minneapolismn.gov/jobs/currentjobs and select job 2019-00708 Health Inspector I.