NEHA’s Climate and Health Committee Presents:
Climate Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ClimateAction2021
Climate change is affecting environmental health—the quality of air, food, and water in the communities where we live, work, and play. NEHA recognizes climate change as a world-wide environmental health problem that has health and safety impacts to individuals and communities.
The mission of NEHA’s Climate and Health Committee is to be a resource in addressing the environmental and public health impacts from climate change. We are committed to advocating and supporting the capacity of environmental health professionals to address the health impacts of climate change.
Through this survey, your feedback on climate change will inform NEHA’s Climate and Health Committee on the knowledge, attitudes, and practices in the field related to climate change. In addition, information on the priorities and challenges related to climate change work will be solicited to better understand the barriers and strategies to address them.
The questions in this survey address the knowledge, attitudes, and practices across three levels: you as an individual, your affiliate association, and your community or region. Please answer the questions to the best of your knowledge about your affiliate association and your community or region’s general climate change beliefs and practices.
We fully recognize the most of you have been redirected away from many of your regular responsibilities to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic during 2020. However, we hope you are aware that among the other adverse health consequences of the year it was the hottest or second hottest year on record (NASA, 2021).
Figure. Yearly temperature anomalies from 1880 to 2019 (NASA, 2021).
It is crucial that NEHA take a leading role in addressing this environmental and public health crisis. This information is important, and we appreciate your time and dedication to fill out this survey. The survey should take between 5-10 minutes to complete.
Please click here to access the online survey.
SAVE THE DATE!
MEHA will be hosting a virtual spring conference on May 13th from 9:00am to 3:15pm. The conference will be held over a Microsoft Teams Live Event. Registration for active members will be $20. Retirees and Students will be $10, and non-members will be $60. Look out for registration links coming your way soon.
Otter Tail County is accepting application for a full-time Land & Resources Inspector. The purpose of this position is to protect Otter Tail County's shorelands, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and aquifers. Inspectors are responsible for enforcing the Shoreland Management Ordinance, Setback Ordinance, and Sanitation Code by investigating and responding to complaints of alleged violations. Inspectors coordinate efforts with partner agencies and assist with administrative and technical functions within the department.
Examples of Duties
- Communicate effectively to the public, county employees, and other agencies.
- Process Structure Permits, Septic System Permits, Shoreland Alteration Permits.
- Conduct shoreland area project inspections.
- Conduct septic system inspections.
- Conduct bluff determinations.
- Conduct ordinary high-water level (OHWL) determinations.
- Review and update property records.
- Conduct pre-application site inspections.
- Compute impervious surface coverage of improved properties.
- May attend County Board of Adjustment and Planning Commission meetings.
- Provide realtors, appraisers, and loan officers with information on properties.
- Investigate complaints and may issue violation reports; may issue sewage abatement notices; work with the County Attorney's office to ensure compliance.
- Conduct soil observations prior to issuing septic permit.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- May assist with duties and responsibilities as outlined in the County Emergency Operations Plan and Continuity of Operations Plan.
- Associate's Degree and 1-2 years of related experience, or any combination of equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities
- Must obtain MPCA Subsurface Sewage Treatment System Basic Inspector Certification within two years
- Valid Driver's License
Environmental Program Supervisor - Washington County, MN
Assigned programs include but are not limited to Food Safety, Lodging, Pools, Manufactured Home Parks, Campgrounds, Drinking Water Protection, Tobacco Sales, and Community Sanitation. Work includes implementing and enforcing ordinances and public health laws, program oversight and development, staff supervision, responding to emerging issues, and assisting with program budgets. The environmental health team is comprised of committed and experienced environmental health professionals.
This position will participate in various stakeholder groups and committees and will engage the public and county leadership to inform and educate on program activities. Strong organization, time management, and professional written and verbal communication skills are essential to this position.
The Department values collaboration, program evaluation, quality improvement, and performance measurement to accomplish goals. Work is performed in collaboration with other public health agencies and independently with limited supervision under the direction of the Senior Program Manager.
- Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist (REHS)
- Paid work experience in creating high-functioning teams with an ability to set clear goals, support employees' learning, performance, and professional growth
- Standardized Food Safety Inspector under FDA Program Standards
- Paid work experience leading employee engagement solutions and diversity, equity, and inclusion activities.
HOURS / DAYS: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Occasional nights and weekends may be required. Work schedules (hours and days) and location are subject to change based on department needs.
ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE: $73,715 - $87,391 per year
The Environmental Program Supervisor protects public health and the environment by determining problems and finding solutions that eliminate hazards affecting the health of the environment or population by developing, promoting, evaluating environmental health programs, assessments, and education within the community.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: This position requires a Bachelor's degree in public health, environmental health, industrial or occupational safety, physical, chemical, or biological science, or related field and five (5) years of full-time professional environmental experience, with a minimum of one full-time year as a lead worker, or equivalent. A Master's degree in public health, environmental health, or physical/biologic science areas is desirable and may substitute for one year of experience.
State Registration as an Environmental Health Specialist or registration/certification in a field particular to the primary assignment may be required.
CORE COMPETENCIES, JOB SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED FOR SUCCESSFUL JOB PERFORMANCE
Core Competencies outline essential business and professional traits necessary to perform this job.
• Promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace;
• Demonstrates knowledge of actual and potential environmental problems that affect public health;
• Demonstrates knowledge of program planning and development;
• Demonstrates knowledge of Public Health federal state and local laws, rules, and regulations;
• Demonstrates knowledge of investigation methods including knowledge of basic epidemiological methods;
• Demonstrates working knowledge of basic health principles as they relate to public health and environmental health; and
• Demonstrates working knowledge of program development and evaluation methods.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Provide program oversight:
• Perform all functions of a Senior Environmental Specialist;
• Assist with negotiating and preparing contracts with service providers;
• Monitor service quality of contractors and recommend changes;
• Develop and implement program service standards, policies, and procedures;
• Monitor program-related legislation, rules, and regulations and impacts on programs;
• Monitor and evaluate the program and/or grant compliance;
• Evaluate and recommend management systems and program equipment;
• Oversee information management/electronic record systems related to program assignment;
• Collect, analyze and interpret program data including statistical, narrative, and anecdotal reports, staff input, and other information;
• Prepare program/unit annual work plans and monitor progress, achievements, and outcomes;
• Implement performance measurement and quality improvement processes;
• Represent the department on state and regional workgroup, task force, or committees on program-related issues;
• Assure the implementation of County policies, procedures, rules, and regulations;
• Assure the implementation of state operating rules;
• Perform other duties as assigned
• Oversee investigation of complaints, documentation of conditions, and issuance of corrective orders within the program;
• Plan and develop environmental program initiatives in collaboration with local, regional, and state agencies;
• Plan, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of services to regulated facilities, businesses, community groups, local government agencies, and other agencies;
• Educate individuals and organizations on the meaning, purpose, and benefit of environmental public health laws and how to comply;
• Conduct and monitor environmental public health enforcement activities and coordinate notification of violations among appropriate agencies;
• Interview and make staff recommendations;
• Create and manage work schedules;
• Provide work direction and review work for accuracy;
• Develop and facilitate staff training;
• Provide leadership and direction to teams and individual staff;
• Integrate the organization's mission into the department's day-to-day business;
• Guide staff through changes in laws, processes, services, or programs;
• Respond to grievances or special issues;
• Conduct performance reviews;
• Identify, promote, and implement employee engagement opportunities.
Support program budgets:
• Assist with annual budget preparation for assigned programs;
• Project and monitor expenses and revenues;
• Evaluate and assess technology, materials, equipment, and staff needs;
• Participate in the development of program grants or funding opportunities;
• Authorize service expenditures.
Work performed is semi-sedentary in nature, and typically performed within the Government Center or a satellite office nor other fieldwork location. Lifting requirement of up to 25 pounds on an occasional basis. Equipment used may include, but is not limited to, a computer, calculator, telephone, camera, and copy/scanner/fax machine.
Must have means of reliable transportation for business purposes; individuals operating a motor vehicle for county business must possess a valid driver's license.
Work interruptions are frequent. There is some pressure associated with dealing with individuals who may be emotionally charged and with project or activity deadlines and details. May involve exposure to environmental conditions, including but not limited to, infectious diseases, vermin, dangerous animals, hot, cold, noisy, wet, filthy, dirty or dusty conditions, disagreeable odors, hazardous materials, physical hazards, or hazardous equipment. Employees may encounter reluctant, angry, aggressive, or threatening people and may be assigned to be on-site during disaster/emergency response and recovery operations.
Additional physical/mental requirements that occur may not be listed above, but are inherent in performing the position's essential functions.
This job description is intended to describe the kinds of tasks and level of work difficulty being performed by people assigned to this classification. The list of responsibilities is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. The County retains the discretion to add or change the contents of this job description at any time.
Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist - Minneapolis, MN
Career Posting: Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist
City of Minneapolis Health Department is seeking qualified candidates. To fill the position of Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist
Position Description: As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose--serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.The purpose of the Senior Public Health Researcher-Epidemiologist position is to perform program development, research, evaluation, and surveillance activities of critical importance and considerable difficulty in the practice of population-based public health. Under limited supervision, initiates and leads the planning, design, and implementation of epidemiologic, research, evaluation studies, and investigation and control of infectious disease outbreaks, including analysis, and reporting of findings. Works on a wide variety of health issues with the goal of reducing racial/ethnic and socioeconomic health disparities and helps to track progress toward department and city goals. This position will also work closely with the Office of Violence Prevention on evaluation of violence prevention and intervention initiatives related to the reduction of gun violence and gang/group violence.
Position Requirements: Education: Masters Degree in Epidemiology, a closely related Research Field, or equivalent Experience: Two years experience performing duties similar to those listed above Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position may be considered.Selection Process: The selection process will consist of one or more of the following steps: a rating of relevant education and experience and/or an oral examination (100%). It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess. This information will be used to determine which applicants will proceed in the selection process. A submitted application is also used to verify the answers to any supplemental questions. Only those applicants who attain a passing score (70%) on each step in the selection process will be placed on the eligible list. The City of Minneapolis Human Resources Department reserves the right to limit the number in any phase of the selection process.Interview Selection: The hiring authority reserves the right to determine the maximum number of candidates to interview from the established eligible list. If the hiring authority decides to interview other than by exam score order, they may select additional people to interview based on a candidate's education or experience related to the field, work history, or skills uniquely related to the operational needs of the position.Background Check: The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.Union Representation: This position is represented by a collective bargaining agreement between the City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Public Employees Association (MPEA). For more information on the terms and conditions of this agreement please visit: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/hr/laboragreements/labor-agreements_professional-employees_indexEligible List Statement: The names of applicants who meet minimum qualification and who pass the screening process shall be placed on the eligible list for employment consideration. This list will be certified to the hiring manager who may use the list to fill a vacancy of the same job title. This eligible list will expire three (3) months after it has been established.Extensive knowledge of core public health functions; local, state, and national health problems and programs; health systems; and issues related to diverse urban and special needs communities.Various combinations of training and experience may qualify for this position. Advanced knowledge of epidemiology, state-of-the-art research designs and methodologies; evaluation methodologies, quantitative and qualitative analyses and reporting; determinants of health of populations; evaluation; and community health indicators, information dissemination.Significant experience using statistical analysis software such as SAS, SPSS, STATA. Experience designing and working with data in relational databases such as Access, Paradox, or others. Experience with spreadsheets such as Excel. Ability to use word processing software and to create graphs and presentations.Significant breadth of understanding of theories related to public health research such as behavior change and disease prevention.Extensive knowledge in the principles of measuring behavior, diseases, risk factors.Extensive demonstrated skill in quantitative and qualitative analyses including descriptive and inferential techniques.Ability to communicate effectively on complex social and scientific issues, orally and in writing, and excellent presentation skills; experience working with the media desirable.Grant-writing ability, including preparation of a statement of need, research hypotheses, and description of study methods.Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment with multiple agencies, multidisciplinary teams, the public, diverse communities, health professionals, and elected officials.Ability to provide expert guidance, technical assistance, and training to staff in development of epidemiological principles, public health research; needs assessments; and health indicators systems.Ability to interpret statistical data and other information to a wide variety of audiences accurately, effectively, and concisely.Demonstrated ability to work with diverse and special need populations.Knowledge of federal and state data privacy laws and protections for human research subjects.A track record of obtaining grant funding and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is highly desirable.
Additional Information: https://agency.governmentjobs.com/minneapolismn/default.cfm?action=viewjob&JobID=2990162
Please send your congratulations to Erik Solie on his hard work! And check out this video that the City of Bloomington and some dedicated MEHA volunteers help put together to recognize Erik's years of dedication to the profession.