SALARY: $31.86 - $41.09 Hourly
TO APPLY: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/countyofdane
CLOSING DATE: 02/21/20 04:30 PM
DESCRIPTION: Public Health Madison/Dane County has a current opening for a Sanitarian - Bilingual/Bicultural. The eligible list created from this posting may be used for future Sanitarian - Bilingual/Bicultural vacancies for the next six (6) months.
We offer a wide range of benefits including fully paid dental and HMO health insurance premiums for full time employees. The County will also provide contributions towards POS health insurance premiums and short/long term disability. Additional benefits available include long term care, vision coverage, flex spending account and deferred compensation programs paid in full by the employee and a wellness program (for further details visit www.countyofdane.com/emprel). Employees hired after 7-1-11 must be expected to work a minimum of 1200 hours annually to be enrolled in the Wisconsin Retirement System when hired. Dane County also provides 6 weeks of paid parental leave for birth or adoption of a child. EQUITY, DEFINITION AND EXAMPLES OF DUTIES:
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY & INCLUSION
As an employer, we strive to provide a work environment where diversity and differing opinions are valued, creativity is encouraged, continuous learning and improvement are fostered, teamwork and open/honest communication are encouraged, and meeting customer needs through quality service is a shared goal. All employees must be able to demonstrate multicultural competence, the awareness, knowledge, and skills needed to work with others who are culturally different from self in meaningful, relevant, and productive ways. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented populations including women, racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.
This professional position in the Environmental Health division is responsible for regulatory public health sanitation, environmental health fieldwork, and other related activities for Public Health - Madison & Dane County (PHMDC). The Sanitarian independently performs field inspections and investigates complaints related to environmental health. Sanitarian I is Entry level, with expected progression to Sanitarian II (Intermediate), Sanitarian III (Lead Worker), and eventually the Environmental Health Supervisor. The Sanitarian assists in the promotion of accepted principles of environmental health and enforcement of city and county health laws and regulations and performs related work as required. A State of Wisconsin or National Environmental Health Association Registered Sanitarian credential, as well as an acceptable ability to work independently, is required to advance to the Sanitarian II level.
For All Positions: This position may be recruited as either English-speaking or Bilingual/Bicultural the specific recruitment will specify which. All the requirements, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities provided here apply to all Sanitarian I.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
The Sanitarian Is work assignments are more structured, intense and closely reviewed. They are performed with an increasing level of autonomy once applicable standards, policies and procedures are learned. The Sanitarian assists in the promotion of accepted principles of sanitation and enforcement of the health laws in Dane County and the City of Madison. Inspects, consults and obtains compliance with health ordinances, codes and standards in general sanitation. Evaluates sanitary applications and their compliance with state code. Educates and trains operators and the community on regulatory code requirements and public health services. Performs miscellaneous office activities, schedules appointments and daily work, reviews inspection files, consults with other departments, writes letters, and issues written complaints and reports. Performs other assigned duties.
Although not all duties may be required or listed, the following are examples of duties a Sanitarian I may perform:
LICENSED ESTABLISHMENTS: Performs field inspections of licensed establishments (e.g., restaurants, retail food, public swimming pools, body art facilities and lodging) for compliance with state and local health codes. Investigates foodborne and waterborne illness complaints and outbreaks. Collects samples in the field. Documents violations, requires corrective action and re-inspects to ensure compliance with health codes. Provides onsite consultation and education to food, pool, lodging facility operators or other special trainings as assigned.
WELL AND SEPTIC PROGRAM: Reviews permits and inspects private water wells and onsite wastewater treatment systems to ensure compliance with established environmental health laws and regulations. Collects samples and issue orders as appropriate. Consults with professionals and members of the public.
BUILT ENVIRONMENT: Investigates a wide variety of environmental complaints/problems including: indoor and outdoor air problems, noise complaints, unsanitary private housing complaints, vector control problems, asbestos, lead paint, waste and other potential hazards. Collects samples and issue orders as appropriate. Consults with professionals and members of the public.
EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE & SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Environmental Health, Public Health, Biological Sciences or related fields is required. The ideal candidate will have worked in an internship or environmental health position in a health department.
Certifications required will depend on the duties assigned.
Possession of State of Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian credential or the National Environmental Health Association Registered Sanitarian credential is preferred.
Upon attainment of the State of Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian credential or the National Environmental Health Association Registered Sanitarian credential, and supervisory evaluation indicating the individual's ability to independently perform the duties of Sanitarian I, the incumbent will be promoted to the Sanitarian II level.
For Sanitarians inspecting wells and septic systems, certification as a Soil Tester, POWTS inspector, and Well Location Inspector Level I are required within six (6) months of hire.
Certification in other environmental specialty areas such as lead, asbestos, hazardous materials, mold, healthy homes, pools and food safety may be required, depending on the duties performed.
Must have a valid drivers license, or access to reliable personal transportation, or equivalent.
As a condition of employment, employees are required to be current, and remain current, with certain immunizations and vaccinations. A list will be provided at the time of the job offer.
For Spanish Bilingual/Bi-cultural Positions:
- Provides services in both English and Spanish, including oral interpretation and written translations in Spanish for various environmental health programs as needed. Knowledgeable of Hispanic/Latinx traditions, and able to work with members of both American and Hispanic/Latinx cultures, as well as other countries and cultures.
- Applicants being considered for Bilingual Hispanic/Latinx positions must pass a Spanish-English and English-Spanish oral translation exam prior to employment.
Physical and Environmental Work Requirements:
Able to do the following: Lift or carry weight of 25 pounds or less. Intermittently sit at a desk while studying or preparing reports. Twist to reach equipment or materials. Stand, walk, balance, stoop, kneel, climb, and bend while performing inspection duties. Grasping and fine finger manipulations. Use a telephone, and write or use a keyboard to communicate. Ability to physically access and inspect diverse locations requiring stamina and agility. Ability to see and hear within normal ranges with or without adaptive devices.
Background Check Statement: Some positions may require a criminal background check which can include fingerprinting due to the nature of the job's responsibilities. Wisconsin's Fair Employment Law, s. 111.31, 111.395, Wis. Stats., prohibits discrimination because of an arrest or conviction record. However, Dane County may disqualify an applicant if the position's responsibilities are substantially related to the applicant's criminal history (e.g. the nature of the crime and its relationship to the position, whether hiring, transferring or promoting an applicant would pose an unreasonable risk to the business, its employees, customers and vendors, etc.) Management reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES: Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental health. Working knowledge of environmental health and related scientific theory and practices applicable to food safety, environmental contamination, communicable diseases, sanitation and health nuisance abatement. Some knowledge of chemistry and bacteriology and its relation to water, milk, and food safety. Knowledge of health and safety laws and codes and their practical application. Some knowledge of city and county ordinances, state laws, rules and administrative codes relative to environmental health programs. Ability to recognize health law violations and recommend changes. Ability to perform all types of environmental inspections and use appropriate field equipment. Ability to secure pertinent information through inspections and to analyze, interpret and make corrections based on this information. Ability to perform and interpret required physical and chemical tests. Ability to effectively use computers in the office or in the field while conducting inspections. Ability to use safety and personal protective equipment as needed. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Ability to prepare clear and concise, effective reports. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with local health officials and the general public. Ability to respond to public health emergencies.