Salary $58,614.98 - $87,922.48 AnnuallyLocation Hopkins, MNJob TypeFull-timeDepartmentHuman Services and Public HealthJob Number23HSPH119TV062
Closing3/17/2023 11:59 PM Central
DescriptionThe Public Health Protection & Promotion Area of Health and Human Services is seeking an Environmentalist to join their team. The Environmental Health unit performs inspections in the areas of food, pools, lodging, and septic.Current Hennepin County employees who refer a candidate hired into an open competitive position may be eligible for a $500 referral bonus. For more information visit the Employee referral program page.Location and hours:This position will be located at the Hopkins Service Center 1011 1st Street South Hopkins, MN 55343 and additional travel throughout the county will be required. The hours for this position will be Monday - Friday and work hours will vary between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and may include evenings, weekends, and possibly some holiday hours.About the position type:This is a full-time, benefit-earning position.This position is internally classified as an Environmentalist. Click here to view the job classification specification.In this position, you will:
Inspect restaurants for compliance with federal, state, and county food protection ordinances, and inspect and monitor special event stands and farmer's market stands.
Educate, train, and advise on food safety issues and investigate food or waterborne disease outbreaks.
Inspect licensed public swimming pools, lodging facilities, septic systems, and children's camps for compliance with state and county ordinances.
Resolve public complaints related to food safety, public health nuisances, smoking, housing, and other issues.
Develop educational materials on various environmental public health topics for the public.
Develop and implement other environmental public health programs for public awareness and/or compliance (radon, body art, and lead).
Participate in Public Health Emergency Preparedness planning, training, and response.
Need to have:
Bachelor's degree or higher in physical or natural sciences, environmental health, industrial hygiene, public health, engineering, public or business administration, or a field closely related to the position and 6 months or more of experience performing food and beverage facility inspections, developing environmental public health education/programs, and/or conducting investigation/surveillance of environmental public health related disease/illness.
A valid driver's license, the ability to obtain a Hennepin County drivers permit, and access to reliable transportation.
Nice to have:
Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian or eligibility to take the exam within one year of hire. For test information please visit https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/environment/sanitarian/app.html.
Certified Pool Operator Certification or eligibility to complete the course.
Conducting inspections in areas such as food and beverage, lead, lodging, public health nuisance, septic systems, swimming pools and tattoos/body art.
Investigating food and/or waterborne outbreaks.
Using Microsoft Word and Excel.
With epidemiology or statistical-related work.
Knowledge of current research pertaining to food safety and sanitation.
Good organizational, time management, and analytical skills using excellent oral and written communication skills.
Able to be objective and effectively handle difficult situations.
Employees receive formal and on-the-job training in techniques and procedures essential to conducting various environment health and safety inspections, investigations, and enforcement activities.About the department:Hennepin County Public Health’s vision is for all people who live, work and play in Hennepin County to experience optimal health grounded in health and racial equity. Our department works to improve the health of all county residents by addressing the social and environmental factors that impact their health and offering programs and services that help them to be healthy. We promote physical and mental health, prevent illness and injury associated with communicable diseases and environmental conditions, and reduce chronic diseases.About Hennepin County:Hennepin is the largest county government organization in Minnesota. Our employees work every day to improve the health, safety and quality of life for our residents and communities. All of our jobs align to one or more of our overarching goals -- that Hennepin County residents are healthy, protected and safe, self-reliant, assured due process, and mobile.Our employees receive a combination of generous benefits and positive workplace culture not found at other organizations. This includes meaningful work that impacts our community, competitive pay, work-life balance, a variety of benefits and opportunities to grow. Learn more at The Bridge (select Guest).