Environmental Public Health Specialist V

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Class Number: 
4616
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Annual Salary Range:
$44,352.00 – $65,280.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,848.00 – $2,720.00
Pay Grade: 
A28

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Definition

This is senior-level professional consultative or supervisory work in promoting a major statewide environmental public health program and/or serving as a primary environmental public health liaison in an assigned region for the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) or Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS).

Job Duties

Plans, coordinates, implements, and manages one or more of the following statewide environmental public health programs: individual water and on-site wastewater treatment systems; food sanitation and protection; milk rating and/or milk sanitation; disease outbreaks; child care facility sanitation and safety; commercial lodging sanitation and safety; industrial hygiene; vector control; zoonotic disease control; and disaster and emergency response or special projects and/or serves as primary liaison in assigned region(s) between Local Public Health Agency (LPHA) environmental staff, MDHSS, MDA, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR), or other agencies.

Plans, coordinates, and conducts on-site food safety and other consumer protection verification activities associated with systems of commercial or regulated establishments.

Collects information pertaining to recall activities, consumer complaints, or other public health concerns.

Oversees the full range of milk, meat, or poultry processing operations through detailed inspections of the manufacturing process.

Inspects construction and maintenance of individual water wells and individual wastewater treatment systems.

Collects milk or food samples, water, or wastewater for microbiological or chemical analysis; collects other samples (e.g., asbestos) for analysis as needed.

Inspects 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.

Inspects child care facilities, lodging establishments, and/or shelters to determine compliance with environmental public health laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to their operation.

Conducts lead hazard evaluations, plan reviews, and/or initial inspection of child care facilities and lodging establishments to determine compliance with environmental public health laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to their operation.

Plans, coordinates, and conducts investigations relating to alleged or suspected violations of civil or criminal laws involving meat and poultry handlers within the State of Missouri.

Plans, coordinates, and conducts investigations and analyses regarding administrative or civil enforcement matters pertaining to producers, processors, or commercial establishments operating in the state.

Conducts investigations with focus on regulatory requirements regarding Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems, Standard Sanitation Operating Procedures (SSOP) regulations, and other systems in place to assure food safety and sanitation issues.

Collects necessary information pertaining to condemnation, embargo, and recall activities, consumer complaints, or other public health concerns.

Conducts a major phase or major activity of a statewide environmental public health program, such as milk sanitation rating surveys, food service sanitation surveys, food processing sanitation, child care facility sanitation, or wastewater treatment sanitation.

Assists plant, facility, and establishment owners and managers in developing plans for correcting deficiencies, achieving compliance, and correcting conditions likely to lead to contaminated or adulterated products which may lead to foodborne illness, injury, or death.

Conducts on-site food safety inspections, surveillance activities, and other consumer protection activities associated with the protection of public health.

Communicates with LPHAs within assigned region(s) regarding status of environmental health programs; identifies training needs and problems and trains LPHA personnel in environmental public health programs and principles.

Provides technical consultation and assistance to field personnel, MDA, State Milk Board, MDHSS, MDNR, and LPHA personnel, industry, and the public; coordinates, develops, and/or presents training courses.

Monitors environmental health program status and core functions contracts in LPHAs of assigned region(s).

Maintains inventory and fees records for review by State Auditor, and reviews programmatic quality of work submitted by local and departmental staff.

Prepares proposed legislation, fiscal notes, and regulations; contributes to development of bureau, division, and departmental policies and procedures.

Coordinates with other agency bureaus in the implementation, development, and evaluation of environmental health programs.

Coordinates environmental public health programs with other state and federal agencies.

Serves as department representative; addresses statewide, regional, or national organizations concerning environmental public health.

Implements assigned statewide programs or special projects, providing technical assistance, consultation, and necessary enforcement for compliance with state environmental public health laws and regulations.

Conducts response preparations for emergency events such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and radiological events.

Leads regional response teams during emergency events such as natural disasters, disease outbreaks, and radiological events.

Exercises significant independence and initiative in the performance of responsibilities; receives general administrative direction.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Areas of Interest: 
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION & SANITATION

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(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.)

One or more years of experience as an Environmental Public Health Specialist IV with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.

OR

Two or more years of experience as an Environmental Public Health Specialist III with the Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System.

OR

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; and,

Five or more years of professional experience in environmental public health work in two or more of the areas of special qualifying experience.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for one year of the required experience. A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for two years of the required experience.)

(Professional environmental public health work experience involving two 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 two 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.)

OR

A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Health from a program accredited by the National Accreditation Council for Environmental Health Curriculum; and,

Four or more years of professional experience in environmental public health work in two or more of the areas of special qualifying experience.

(24 earned graduate credit hours from an accredited college or university in the specified areas may substitute for one year of the required experience. A Master's degree in the specified areas from an accredited college or university may substitute for two years of the required experience.)

Special Qualifying Experience

(1) food sanitation and protection; (2) milk sanitation; (3) meat and poultry inspection; (4) sewage disposal; ( 5) solid waste disposal; (6) lodging sanitation; (7) institutional or child care facility sanitation; (8) community environmental sanitation; (9) water supply; (10) general vector control; (11) occupational health; (12) consumer product safety; (13) fire safety; (14) hazardous substance risk assessment; (15) recreational waters; and (16) building related illnesses.

Special Requirements

The employee may be expected to obtain certification by federal or state agencies for specialized duties, if required for the assignment involved.

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.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Comprehensive knowledge of the principles, practices, and terminology of environmental public health as related to all areas of environmental public health including, but not limited to general sanitation, food safety, milk, meat, and poultry production, food processing, child care safety and sanitation, on-site wastewater treatment, private drinking water safety, lodging sanitation, and environmental lead safety .

Comprehensive knowledge of bacteriology, chemistry, physics, biology, and other sciences as applied to environmental public health.

Comprehensive knowledge of relationships of environmental conditions to the general level of public and occupational health.

Comprehensive knowledge of environmental public health laws and regulations and investigative techniques.

Comprehensive knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations regarding milk, meat, poultry, and food safety.

Comprehensive knowledge of general sanitation and sanitary practices in the food industry and indications of potential sanitation and food safety hazards.

Comprehensive knowledge of HACCP and SSOP principles as it relates to food processing.

Comprehensive knowledge of current scientific and technological research findings and food safety trends and practices throughout the state and nationally.

Comprehensive knowledge of basic techniques of public health administration and inspection surveillance techniques.

Ability to recognize, develop, and present evidence that reconstructs events, sequences, and time elements to meet requirements for presentations in legal hearings and court proceedings.

Ability to apply required techniques in regards to maintaining surveillance, performing undercover work, and in advising and assisting attorneys in and out of court.

Ability to draft proposed legislation and rules, and to prepare related fiscal notes.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, staff, governmental agencies, and their representatives.

Ability to communicate effectively, deliver presentations in the promotion of environmental public health, and advise other regulatory personnel, industry representatives, and other appropriate groups concerning environmental public health issues.

Ability to supervise and train staff to carry out assigned tasks.

Ability to interpret, apply, and enforce environmental public health laws, regulations, requirements, and policies.

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