District of Columbia Department of Health logoCompany:  District of Columbia Department of Health

Location:   Washington, D.C.

Date Posted:  January 6, 2020

Application Deadline:   January 12, 2020

Employment Type:  Full time

Salary:  $62,287.00 - $78,190.00


About the Position

Bring your professional career to Washington, D.C., the most dynamic and diverse city in the country. With its proximity to major museums, world class parks, entertainment and restaurants, increasing job opportunities and the seat of the federal government. The District of Columbia continues to be ranked the top 10 thriving city indicators where you can live work and play. Contribute to and work for a nationally accredited Health Department. The District of Columbia, Department of Health (DC Health) earned national accredited by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) and is an early adopter in attaining the designation. Come see where your skills are appreciated and rewarded by applying the following public health opportunity.

This position is located in the Department of Health (DC Health), Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA), Food Safety and Hygiene Inspection Services Division (FSHISD). The FSHISD is responsible for protecting the public health and safety and the environment of the residents and visitors in the District of Columbia through inspecting and protecting the food supply, inspecting other non-food health establishments, such as, spas, and investigating food borne illnesses. Incumbent is responsible for inspecting and evaluating environment health conditions throughout the food service industry through periodic inspections of food service establishments, such as, restaurants, grocery stores, delicatessens, food vendors, ice cream and diary plants and open air markets. Incumbent also inspects and evaluates environment health conditions in non-food establishments, such as, beauty and barber shops, nail salons, public baths, spas, massage parlors, health clubs, bedding manufacturers, electrolysis salons and swimming pools.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent serves as a Sanitarian and will be responsible for conducting daily route and work assignments to ensure timely completion as well as addressing appointments, consultations and instructional meetings relative to promoting improvement within assigned area. The incumbent performs routine inspections of low to moderate risk food and non-food establishments and determines what type of action to take once violations or unsanitary conditions are found and conducts re-inspection investigations of low to moderate risk facilities to ensure that establishments are in compliance with verbal or written instructions of abatement. The incumbent investigates low to moderate risk public and official complaints alleging violations or unsanitary conditions within food and non-food establishments that may result in a possible hygienic-related or food borne illness. In the event that the owner/manager fails to comply with requirements, the incumbent initiates enforcement actions on routine matters and refers more complex or controversial issues to Supervisor. The incumbent will prepare written reports explaining the violations found during inspections, along with recommendations and a deadline for abatement.

The incumbent utilizes observational techniques and a variety of detection instruments and solutions, as well as specialized equipment in the conduct of inspections and investigations. The incumbent serves as a witness for the agency in cases where owners/managers have not complied with the District laws and regulations and appears at the administrative trials. The incumbent provides factual testimony and prepares and presents evidence for pertinent cases. The incumbent also compiles and prepares statistical reports for use by management staff in analyzing program/project progress to ensure that internal and external reporting is completed in a timely manner. The incumbent Responds quickly, orally and in writing, to inquiries, provides relevant information to the public concerning Division programs and services.

Working Conditions and Environment

The work environment involves moderate risk or discomfort, which require safety precautions typical of an office or duties conducted in the field. The office is adequately lighted and ventilated. Incumbent is required to conduct field activities in inclement weather.

Other Significant Facts

Tour of Duty: Monday – Friday – 8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Promotion Potential: None

Duration of Appointment: Career Service (Permanent) Appointment

Pay Plan, Series and Grade: CS-688-09

This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2725 and you may be required to pay an agency fee (dues) through direct payroll.

Employee’s work schedule will or may deviate from the standard tour of duty to accommodate evening inspections of facilities for observation of Hookah violations or other violations enforced by FSHISD.

Emergency Designation

This position has been designated as Emergency.

Employees occupying positions designated as Emergency are required to:

Provide advice, recommendations, and/or specific functional support necessary for the continuity of operations during a declared emergency.
Remain at their duty station, or alternate work location (approved by their supervisor), if activated, when a situation or condition occurs and results in early dismissal for nonessential/non-emergency employees.

Report to their duty station, when activated, on time and as scheduled when a situation or condition occurs during non-work hours, and results in the late arrival or closing of District government offices for non-essential/non-emergency employees.

Telework during a declared emergency, instead of remaining or reporting to his or her duty station, if directed by the agency head (or designee), supervisor or manager.
Carry or wear their official District government ID card during the period of the declared emergency, if not teleworking.
Position Designation: Security Sensitive under the guidelines of the DC Personnel Manual. Incumbents of this position are subject to enhanced suitability screening pursuant to Chapter 4 of DC personnel regulations, and are subject to the following checks and test:

(a) Criminal background check;

(b) Traffic record check (as applicable);

(c) Consumer credit check (as applicable);

(d) Reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol test; and

(e) Post-accident or incident drug and alcohol test.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.


Individuals must possess one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the Grade 07 level, or its non-District equivalent. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of this position and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position.

A full 4-year course of study that meets all the requirements for a bachelor's degree, and that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in a science or any combination of sciences directly related to environmental health (such as sanitary science, public health, chemistry, microbiology, or any appropriate agricultural, biological, or physical science).


Four years of experience in inspectional, investigational, technical support, or other responsible work that provided a knowledge and a fundamental understanding of, and the ability to use, environmental health principles, methods, and techniques equivalent to that which would have been gained through a 4-year college curriculum.


A combination of education and experience as described above.

In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must have the amounts of education and/or experience required for the grade level as shown below:


GS-9 - 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or master's or equivalent graduate degree related to environmental health and 1 year of experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 level.

Licenses, Certifications, and Other Requirements

Incumbent is required to possess a valid driver license in order to drive a government/personal vehicle to inspection sites.

How to Apply

Go to and click on Careers DC. Search for "Sanitarian" or Job ID "9490"