Health Protection Scientist I

Bernalillo County LogoCompany:  Bernalillo County Planning and Development Services Department

Location:  Albuquerque, NM

Date Posted:   February 18, 2020

Application Deadline:   March 5, 2020

Employment Type:   Full time

Salary:  $43,825.60 - $58,635.20 Annual

Health Protection Scientist I

About the Position

Under general supervision, this position class will perform professional level inspection, education, and compliance services for a broad variety of environmental health codes. Will work with diverse populations and provide excellent customer service and will respond to the public, customers and other county employees.


  1. Assist with on-site facility inspections, under guidance from Heath Protection Scientist II, will conduct field investigations and ensure compliance with applicable rules, regulations and codes; authorize the issuance of permits to meet code and sanitation compliance.
  2. Enforce the laws and regulations governing public swimming pools, food processing establishments, food service establishments, solid waste, health and sanitation and noise.
  3. Receive and investigate routine environmental complaints and recommend corrective action plans; develop and prepare written recommendations outlining corrective action and/or proper methods to protect public health.
  4. Collect field samples, environmental/public health related data and/or information for laboratory or trend analysis;
  5. Develop and prepare written recommendations outlining corrective action and/or methods to protect public health.
  6. Prepare and present reports of analysis information and may present like findings to select clients, outside agencies, forums, to also include the general public and other county departments.
  7. Perform site visits and all types of inspections routinely conducted by the health protection team; provide operational plan reviews for food service and food processing establishments.
  8. Prepare and coordinate cases that are scheduled for court hearing.
  9. Interpret environmental health ordinances, rules and procedures and respond to questions from the public.
  10. Develop, conduct and evaluate public health education regarding the prevention of public health diseases.
  11. Work in cooperation with private and governmental agencies to strengthen environmental health practices aimed at protecting public health and safety.
  12. Prepare reports and correspondence and maintain records for inspections and investigations.
  13. Perform other job related duties as required or assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  1. Bachelor degree, from an accredited institution, in a physical, natural or environmental science or relevant science field plus two (2) years of related experience in environmental health, code enforcement, food protection and/or inspection. OR a combination of post-secondary education and/or experience totaling six (6) years' experience in environmental health, code enforcement, food protection and/or inspection.
  2. Health Protection Scientist Level I requires advanced certification from National Swimming Pool Foundation as a certified pool operator obtained within nine (9) months from date of hire.
  3. Successful completion of Food Protection Manager Certification of equivalent within nine (9) months from date of hire.
  4. General knowledge of environmental health issues; ability to use knowledge of various scientific disciplines to identify and minimize hazards.
  5. Ability to interpret, analyze and implement state and local regulations relating to environmental and public health.
  6. Able to read blueprints and review site plans.
  7. Knowledge in conducting food safety and commercial swimming pool inspections.
  8. Excellent organizational skills and ability to work effective on multiple concurrent assignments,
  9. Ability to maintain objectivity and confidentiality in dealing with a variety of complex and potentially sensitive projects.
  10. Proficient in English and have the ability to prepare and deliver presentations.
  11. Knowledge of basic microbiology and chemistry principles.
  12. Bilingual in Spanish/Chinese preferred.

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