- Environmental Public Health Specialist I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is entry-level professional and technical work in promoting community environmental public health and in the implementation of environmentally influenced public health laws and regulations.
Receives training in basic laws, regulations, principles, procedures, and techniques relating to environmental public health programs, including the following: individual water and on-site wastewater treatment systems; milk sanitation and inspection; food and facility sanitation; food safety inspection; food and waterborne disease prevention and outbreak investigation; ante-mortem and post-mortem inspection in meat and poultry slaughter processing operations; child care facility sanitation and safety; commercial lodging sanitation and safety; industrial hygiene; vector control; zoonotic disease control; environmental public health factors related to disaster response and/or food transportation accidents; environmental epidemiology programs concerning toxic and hazardous chemicals and their risk assessment; and building related illnesses.
Participates in field inspections and evaluations concerning the application of public health practices designed to prevent disease and promote environmental health, life safety, and consumer protection.
Assists in field investigations and epidemiological studies of food and waterborne disease outbreaks or environmental health hazards.
Oversees the full range of milk, meat, or poultry processing operations through detailed inspections of the manufacturing process.
Assists in the collection of milk or food samples, water, or wastewater for microbiological or chemical analysis; collects other samples (e.g., asbestos) for analysis as needed.
Assists in inspecting food service establishments, retail food stores, food manufacturers, and food distributors to determine compliance with environmental public health laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to their operation.
Assists in inspecting child care facilities, lodging establishments, and/or shelters to determine compliance with environmental public health laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to their operation.
Assists in inspecting Grade A Milk Plants, Grade A Farms, milk manufacturing plants, bulk milk trucks, bulk milk haulers, and milk receiving stations to determine compliance with environmental public health laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to their operation.
Assists in investigating complaints involving possible environmental public health law violations; prepares reports with recommendations for corrective measures and conducts follow-up investigations.
Assists in inspecting public and private regulated facilities and establishments with respect to milk and food safety; safe water supply; on-site wastewater treatment; waste disposal; vector control; life safety; hazards in electrical, venting, or plumbing installations; general sanitation; swimming pool operation; and other related environmental issues.
Assists in providing technical advice to officials, property owners, and operators of plants and business establishments with regard to environmental public health regulations, requirements, policies, and programs.
Assists with inspections at meat and/or poultry slaughter and processed product establishments.
Receives close supervision and training until technical aspects of position are learned; as knowledge and skill are gained, receives general supervision; work is reviewed while in progress and upon completion.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 30 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Bacteriology, Animal Science, Food Science, Soil Science, Sanitary Science, Environmental Health, or in closely related physical or natural sciences.
(Professional or technical environmental public health work experience involving one or more of the areas of special qualifying experience may substitute on a year-for-year basis for a maximum of two years for deficiencies in the required college education. Environmental public health work experience involving one or more of the areas of special qualifying experience in the United States military may substitute on a year-for-year basis for deficiencies in the required college education.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Introductory knowledge of bacteriology, chemistry, physics, biology, and other sciences as applied to environmental public health.
Introductory knowledge of the principles, practices, and terminology of environmental public health.
Introductory knowledge of relationships of environmental conditions to the general level of public and occupational health.
Introductory knowledge of general sanitation and sanitary practices in the food industry and indications of potential sanitation and food safety hazards.
Introductory knowledge of the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) system as it relates to food safety and regulation.
Ability to comprehend and interpret environmental public health regulations, requirements, and policies.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, staff, and governmental agencies.
Ability to communicate effectively and possess public speaking skills.
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