Environmental Public Health Specialist IV

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Annual Salary Range:
$41,520.00 – $60,720.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$1,730.00 – $2,530.00
Class Number: 
4615
Pay Grade: 
A27
Areas of Interest: 
Environmental Protection & Sanitation
Exam Components: 
Rating of Education & Experience, 100%
Definition

This is senior-level and/or supervisory professional work in promoting community environmental public health and in the implementation of environmentally influenced public health laws and regulations.

This description may not include all of the duties, knowledge, skills, or abilities associated with this classification.
Examples of Work

Assists in conducting a major phase or major activity of a statewide environmental public health program, such as milk rating and/or sanitation surveys, food service sanitation surveys, food processing sanitation inspections, food safety design and implementation, child care facility safety and sanitation, and on-site wastewater treatment system inspection.

Assists in or provides technical consultation and/or assistance to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (MDHSS), Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA), Local Public Health Agency (LPHA) personnel, industry representatives, and the public.

Assists in developing and presenting training courses.

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.

Monitors contracted inspections; ensures contract deliverables are within bureau policy and procedure guidelines.

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

Conducts investigations and analyses regarding administrative or civil enforcement matters pertaining to public health concerns.

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

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.

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.

Addresses local and regional organizations or other appropriate groups to promote environmental public health programs and explain departmental policy.

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

Coordinates or assists in coordinating training (both field work and in-services) for personnel to ensure and enhance competence.

Receives general supervision; exercises considerable independent judgment and discretion within established policies and regulations; work is subject to periodic review in progress and upon completion.

Performs other related work as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

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 the specific requirements for any assigned program for which the employee may have field responsibility.

Comprehensive knowledge of environmental public health and regulatory processes.

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

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.

Intermediate knowledge of basic techniques of public health administration and inspection.

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

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

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

Ability to plan work, supervise, and train other staff.

Special Requirement

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

Experience and Education

(The following requirements will determine merit system eligibility, experience and education ratings, and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers. When practical and possible, the Division of Personnel will accept substitution of experience and education on a year-for-year basis.)

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

OR

Two or more years of experience as an Environmental Public Health Specialist II 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,

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 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,

Three 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.)

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.

(Minor Revision 8/1/12)