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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS
The work involves responsibility for performing professional activities in the investigation and inspection of non-engineering aspects of environmental health control. An employee in this class applies the principles of the natural and social sciences for the detection, evaluation, control and management of those factors in the environment which influence the publicís health. Work is performed under the supervision and direction of a higher-level Sanitarian and/or Public Health Engineer. An employee in this class is involved in the supervision of department programs; although supervision of subordinate employees is not typically a function of this class, they may assist in the training of other environmental health staff at the program level. Does related work as required.
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES
Gather and/or interprets information to determine compliance with New York State and Onondaga County Sanitary Code and Public Health Law requirements.
Answers citizen questions regarding a variety of public health topics.
Investigates nuisance conditions by carrying out specialized environmental health activities and prepares reports of inspections and recommendations.
Testifies at enforcement proceedings when necessary to bring a health nuisance into compliance with code regulations.
Inspects food service establishments, private water supplies, private sewage disposal systems, bathing beaches and swimming pools, facilities for refuse disposal, temporary and/or permanent residences, lead abatement and other factors in the environment that affect general sanitation and health of the public.
Participate in the various functions of vector control programs, including vector surveillance and control activities.
Conducts soil percolation tests and field testing of measurable environmental factors and records results.
Collects water, food and other samples for laboratory examinations.
Assists in the training of subordinate environmental health staff.
Investigates illness outbreaks to determine intervention measures to eliminate the source of disease.
Prepares reports and recommendations on inspections and investigations.
Due to large geographic area of Onondaga County, operates a motor vehicle to travel between inspection sites and transport necessary equipment and supplies.
WHEN ASSIGNED TO THE ONONDAGA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT:
Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.
Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles, and physical abilities.
FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Working knowledge of environmental health principles and practices.
Working knowledge of natural science and mathematics.
Ability to prepare and deliver effective talks and to secure the interest and cooperation of civic groups and officials.
Ability to prepare technical reports and make concise reports.
Ability to develop good public relations.
Five (5) years of permanent competitive class status in the title of Environmental Health Technician I or Environmental Health Technician II.
A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelorís Degree or higher which must include thirty (30) semester credit hours in the natural sciences, of which not more than twelve (12) credit hours may be in the applied sciences; or,
B. Five (5) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, as an Environmental Health Technician or Public Health Technician in a New York State, County, or City Department of Health and have satisfactorily completed a public health training course approved by the State Health Department.
NOTE: The term natural science means a science such as biology, chemistry, or physics that deals with the objects, phenomena, or laws of nature and the physical world. It includes all physical and biological sciences.
The term applied science means science based courses in environmental technology, sanitation technology, medical technology, public health, infection control or food science.
SPECIAL NECESSARY REQUIREMENT
When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL including any special endorsements as required for the type of vehicle
*Minimum qualifications derived from Part 11 of the State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR).
03/2017 Date Revised