Per Diem Health Agent

Company:  Town of Lexington

Location:  Lexington, MA

Date Posted:   February 20, 2020

Application Deadline:   Open until filled

Employment Type:   As Needed

Salary:  $32.77 - $37.39

Per Diem Health Agent

About the Position

We are currently accepting applications for a per-diem, as needed position.

Health Agent, Per Diem (as needed)
Land Use, Health and Development Department
Starting Hourly Range: $32.77 - $37.39 per hour
This position is not eligible for benefits.
The REQUIRED Town of Lexington application form must be received in the Town’s Human Resources Department.
Open until filled.


Under the general supervision of the Health Director, performs technical environmental health work in the inspection of private, public, and commercial property for environmental health hazards, and assists in working towards resolution of hazards. 


  • Performs on-site inspections of food establishments under Chapter X of the State Sanitary Code, 105 CMR 590.000, including retail establishments, mobile food, temporary food events, special events with food vendors, residential kitchens, and farmer’s markets.
  • Performs additional State Sanitary Code inspections and enforcement, including Chapter II, 105 CMR 410.000 (Housing), Chapter IV, 105 CMR 430.000 (Recreational Camps for Children), Chapter V, 105 CMR 435.000 (Public/Semi-Public Swimming Pools), Chapter VIII, 105 CMR 480.000 (Medical or Biological Waste), and Chapter XI, 105 CMR 675.000 (Indoor Skating Rinks).
  • Conducts inspections and enforcement activities for other state regulations under local health jurisdiction, including 310 CMR 15.000 (Title 5) and 310 CMR 7.09-.10 (odor, dust, and noise under MassDEP’s air pollution control regulation). Also conducts inspections and enforcement for local health regulations, including animals, body art, bodywork, and retail tobacco.
  • Maintains and updates databases of information related to inspections, including correspondence, photographs, copies of complaints and correction orders, etc. Prepares order letters for enforcement and compliance.
  • Educates individuals and businesses regarding compliance with codes and regulations and assists with mitigating problems.
  • Responds to health, environmental and/or housing complaints from residents and businesses. Conducts investigations as needed, including food-borne illness investigations, and ensures proper remediation.
  • Reviews and approves plans submitted by new food establishments including food plans, floor plans, mobile food operations, and inventory of equipment.
  • Assists supervisor and other staff in preparing for Board of Health and court hearings related to code compliance.



  • One to three years of experience in an environmental and/or public health related field, including experience conducting MA State Sanitary Code inspections. Bachelor’s degree in public health, biology, chemistry, or other related degree.
  • Valid Driver’s License


  • ServSafe, Certified Pool Operator, Title 5 Systems Inspector/Soil evaluator, preferred. MA RS license or National Environmental Health Association REHS/RS credential strongly preferred.


Knowledge of:

  • Operations, services and activities of a comprehensive environmental health management program.
  • Methods and techniques of inspection related to programs administered.
  • Occupational hazards and standard safety practices.
  • Pertinent Federal, State and local laws, codes and regulations.
  • Complex principles and techniques of environmental health management programs.
  • Food service and storage practices.

Ability to:

  • Operate computer and various software necessary for performing assigned duties; Microsoft Access, Excel, and ViewPermit/Viewpoint Cloud a plus.
  • Interpret, explain, and enforce related Federal, State, and Local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, and maintain effective relationships.
  • Make discriminatory observations, sound decisions, and use good judgment.


  • Works outside in all weather conditions and may be exposed to environmental and biological health hazards including HIV, RDNA organism, asbestos, biological and medical waste, noise, odors, and hazardous materials leaks or spills. Regularly required to stand, walk, stoop, climb, and reach for extended periods of time, and to use eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. Frequently lifts up to 25 pounds and may occasionally lift up to 50 pounds. Works in heavily trafficked and often slippery areas.
  • Some work is performed in a normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperature, noise, odors, etc.
  • Operates computer, printer, photocopier, camera, meters, thermometers, various inspection tools, and vehicle

How to Apply

All applicants are required to complete a Town application form, available from the Internet at, emailing, calling (781) 698-4590 or by visiting the Human Resources Department. Resumes may be attached to the application form as additional information, but cannot serve as a substitute for completing the required application form.
CORI check required.

The Town reserves the right to modify the application deadline, and/or accept applications after the deadline, to best serve the interest of the community.
After the deadline all applications will be reviewed and the most highly qualified candidates will be invited to one or more interviews. All applicants will be notified of their standing in the process as soon as a decision has been made regarding their individual application.
Individuals who need accommodations in order to participate in this process should contact the Human Resources Department.