Company: Milford Health Department
Location: Milford, CT
Date Posted: January 26, 2018
Application Deadline: February 16, 2018
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: Min $1072.73/wk Max $1314.83/wk
About the Position
GENERAL SUMMARY OF DUTIES
Under the general direction of the Health Director or designee, performs specialized work in the enforcement of public health laws and the inspection of various establishments for conformance with these laws.
Work of this class involves the promotion of public health through inspection and instruction of proper sanitary conditions in the City. Work extends to a variety of establishments and facilities including cosmetology and massage establishments, nail salons, hotels/motels, retail food establishments, private sewage disposal and private water supply facilities, natural bathing areas, public swimming pools, sub-standard housing, blight and various nuisance conditions. An employee of this class exercises considerable independent judgment in meeting technical and regulatory problems in the field. Responsibilities may extend to the development and implementation of programs in highly specialized technical areas. Work is performed under general supervision of the Chief-Environmental Health Division in accordance with applicable laws, ordinances and departmental regulations. This position is responsible for maintaining required continuing education units (CEUs) for certifications.
(The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. Work that is similar, related or logically associated with the Position may also be assigned.)
- Enforcement of the Connecticut Public Health Code, Connecticut General Statutes and the City of Milford Code of Ordinances.
- Makes sanitary inspections of the full range of retail food service establishments licensed by the Department including but not limited to, restaurants, temporary food service establishments, grocery stores, caterers, delicatessens, itinerant food vendors, motels and hotels; enforces ordinances, rules and regulations governing sanitary conditions of such establishments.
- Makes sanitary inspections of public and private schools, cosmetology and massage establishments, motels and hotels, hospital(s), long term care facilities, youth camps, public swimming pools and natural bathing areas, child day care centers and group day care homes, mobile home and trailer parks, public rest rooms; prepares reports of inspections made; confers with managers of establishments regarding deficiencies and the measures necessary to correct them; and performs follow-up inspections to assure that unsatisfactory health conditions have been remedied.
- Implements and enforces housing code, anti-blight ordinance, mosquito control program, air and water pollution programs, rodent control program, and other environmental health-related programs.
- Provides education regarding housing related services available and environmental hazards and sanitation procedures to the general public.
- Instructs food handlers in sanitary practices.
- Investigates routine and complex complaints of food-borne illness.
- Investigates routine and complex complaints received regarding sub-standard housing, blight, unsanitary environmental conditions; takes necessary steps to secure compliance with applicable laws.
- Collects environmental samples including but not limited to water, dust, food, and surfaces, relevant to investigations as needed. Coordinates with State Public Health Laboratory regarding analysis of such samples and receipt of results.
- Plans and organizes work according to determined priorities and established procedures.
- Inspects and advises on matters relative to private sewage disposal systems and private water supply systems. Conducts soil surveys and percolation tests. Reviews plans for proposed systems and inspects installations.
- Responsible for the development and implementation of programs in highly specialized technical areas including the comprehensive review and approval of food service facility design plans and specifications as well as the review and approval of land use proposals in unsewered areas (i.e., site plans, septic system design plans and subdivision proposals).
- Participates in public health emergency preparedness training, drills and exercises as assigned, with the understanding that the assigned role in a drill or actual emergency may differ from typical day-to-day responsibilities.
- Participates in program development, implementation and evaluation as a member of the Health Department.
- Performs activities as part of the Health Department logistics team in response to actual emergencies that may occur during and after regularly scheduled work hours, weekends and holidays, at the direction of the Chief of Environmental Health and/or Director of Health.
- Evening and weekend work is required to conduct inspections at temporary events, as well as to respond to emergency situations during and after regularly scheduled work hours, weekends and holidays, at the direction of the Chief of Environmental Health and/or the Director of Health.
- Works cooperatively with other City departments, State and Federal governments and community organizations.
- Organizes and maintains files relating to inspections, violations, etc.
- Performs related duties and work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of public health.
- Knowledge of chemistry and basic sciences as they pertain to modern environmental health practice.
- Working knowledge of Federal laws, the Connecticut Public Health Code, Connecticut General Statutes and City Ordinances, rules and regulations governing environmental health and ability to apply this knowledge in the correction of specific unsanitary conditions and problems.
- Ability to understand and interpret the law, code and ordinances.
- Ability to adapt or modify work methods and standards to meet variations in controlling conditions to achieve assigned objectives.
- Ability to present ideas and provide information in an easily understood manner.
- Ability to use proper judgment and deal tactfully with the public and municipal officials.
- Ability to relate well with all segments of the public and work within a government structure.
- Ability to produce accurate work in a timely fashion.
- Strong communication, time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently in the field, while serving as a team player among staff.
- Ability to keep records, research topics, and prepare clear and concise reports, letters and written analyses of regulations and guidance documents.
- Ability to prepare legal notices for abatement of violations in accordance with prescribed forms.
- Computer skills, including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Microsoft Outlook. Ability to learn database software systems and other computer programs being used within the City.
- Ability to maintain Milford Health Department (MHD) record confidentiality according to HIPAA regulations.
Environmental conditions will fluctuate as this position has activities that occur inside and outside. Work is performed out in the field, as well as in a professional office environment. Routinely uses standard office equipment such as computer, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets and fax machines. There is potential for exposure to hazards which would require the use of personal protective equipment. Individual may be exposed to extreme weather conditions such as heat (above 100 degrees) and cold (below 32 degrees). Individual will occasionally be exposed to chemical and safety hazards as well as stressful situations during inspections. Individual is exposed to atmospheric conditions such as fumes, odors, dust, etc.
The physical demands described herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Visual acuity and hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers, motor vehicle and various types of equipment. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, prolonged visual concentration and the ability to adjust focus such as to analyze data. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, stand, walk, talk, and hear; use of hands and fingers to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools or controls and reach with arms. Occasionally required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, crouch, crawl or kneel. Occasionally must push, pull, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
A bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health, Public Health, or any of the natural or physical sciences AND a minimum of 2 years of experience as a Sanitarian and/or local environmental health practitioner.
A master’s degree in Environmental Health or Public Health is desirable.
Possession of a Registered Sanitarian Certification by the State of Connecticut and/or the National Environmental Health Association. Possession of Certification by the State of Connecticut in Food Service Inspection, On-site Subsurface Sewage Disposal Systems, Phase I & II, or eligible to become registered and certified within 1 year of date of hire. Certification by the State of Connecticut as a Lead inspector/Risk assessor and Certification/training in the FEMA incident command system and national incident management system preferred. Possession of a valid State of Connecticut motor vehicle driver’s license.
How to Apply
A completed application, Application Supplement #18-04, resume, and cover letter must be submitted to the Human Resources Department, firstname.lastname@example.org on or before February 16, 2018.