Public Health Sanitarian – La Crosse County Health Department

Career Posting:Public Health Sanitarian

La Crosse County Health Department, La Crosse, WI Is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following position Public Health Sanitarian.

Position Description: Demonstrates self-leadership, seeks out opportunities for personal growth and development, accepts feedback and demonstrates ability to learn and apply. Shares ideas and demonstrates respect, humility, honesty, and open-minded thinking. Demonstrates flexibility, acceptance of change and emotional intelligence. Takes initiative and demonstrates the ability to think critically and strategically. Participates as a contributing member of the team and brings authentic self to discussions regarding all aspects of the work. Demonstrates ability to build and maintain effective relationships. Contributes positively to an inclusive workplace. Inspects and investigates dwellings, restaurants, retail food stores, septic waste systems, wells, hotels, schools, public buildings, mobile home parks, taverns, tattoo shops, campgrounds, swimming pools, beaches, lead hazards, animal bites, rabies program follow up, and other establishments and enterprises under the purview of state and county governments for compliance with state statutes, administrative codes and county ordinances. Coordinates activities with other County Human Services divisions and County Departments, city and local municipalities, and state agencies. Conducts Dept of Natural Resources' mandated sanitary surveys/well investigations and inspections. Serves as a resource for partner counties in environmental health programs (e.g., Radon). Investigates human health hazards, public health nuisances, diseases, outbreaks and complaints. Issues verbal and written orders to correct or abate human health hazards and public health nuisances. Coordinates activities and consults with industry on issues of environmental health importance. Initiates citations and other legal enforcement procedures. Provides documentation and testimony in court proceedings. Collects food, water, radiation and other samples for laboratory analysis. Participates in Beach Water Sampling and Monitoring. Provides consultation and presentations to the general public, schools, agencies, and local officials. Prepares reports as required by supervisor. May be asked to provide oral reports on program efforts or evaluation results to the Health and Human Services Board and other groups. Keeps records and creates reports utilizing various software and data technology. Assists in developing, evaluating, and maintaining codes, policies, and standards of environmental health to include quality improvement processes. Utilizes traditional media and social media, as befitting the audience; may serve as a department spokesperson on program work areas or as assigned. Prepares news releases, presentations, reports, and educational materials to communicate to the public, community partners, funders and decision makers regarding health issues and the work of the department. Uses appropriate medium to effectively communicate to intended audience. Conducts disease investigation on communicable disease incidents and outbreaks as responsibility is assigned. Conducts communicable disease interviews. Participates in mosquito trap setting and collection with University partners. Attends training sessions and meetings to maintain current knowledge of community, environmental, and public health related issues and policies as appropriate. Participates in the Public Health Emergency Plan and responds to public health emergencies as needed. Participates in Department and community emergency response training and drills consistent with job classification in support of public health emergency and disaster preparedness. Demonstrates integrity and honesty in all aspects of the work. Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development by pursuing educations, participating in professional committees and work groups and contributing to a work environment where continual improvements in practice are pursued. Responsible for using quality improvement (QI) and performance management (PM) processes and/or techniques to improve the effectiveness of the respective public health program. This includes but is not limited to: creating, implementing and evaluating performance standards and identifying, implementing and assessing program quality improvement processes.

Position Requirements:•Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in environmental health or public health. May also consider a bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry or microbiology.
•Preference for two years environmental health work experience in a state or local public health department.
•Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian preferred at hire or must obtain within two years of hire.
•Availability to work occasionally on nights and weekends to complete inspection duties and respond to emergencies.
•Possess valid driver's license and have access to reliable means of transportation for county­ wide travel in all types of weather.
•Must be able to be fitted and wear NIOSH 95 mask, which may require limited facial hair.
•Must be certified by the State of Wisconsin as a Registered Sanitarian (RS) or by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) as a Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS). May need to be certified as a Certified Soil Tester and Private Onsite Waste Treatment System Inspector if working in the onsite waste program. If not already a Registered Sanitarian or Registered Environmental Health Specialist, must be eligible to qualify for the Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian Exam or National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist Exam except for the experience requirement. Must complete the required training courses and training exercises within 2 years and sit for and pass the RS or REHS exam.

Position closes on:2024-09-15

Where to Apply:

Environmental Health Specialist (Indian Health Service in Bemidji, MN & Rhinelander, WI)

Indian Health Service of Bemidji, MN; Rhinelander, WI Is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following position: Environmental Health Specialist.

Position Description:

Conducts comprehensive environmental health surveys of all Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and tribal facilities including schools, head starts, day care centers, gaming facilities, health care, recreational facilities, industrial operations and drug rehabilitation facilities on assigned reservations.

Plans, implements and evaluates a comprehensive environmental health program on assigned reservations that emphasizes safe water, solid and hazardous waste management, food protection, occupational health and safety, vector control, community injury prevention and institutional environmental health.

Builds tribal capacity to manage environmental health hazards in their community by assisting with the development of environmental health and occupational safety policies, procedures, regulations, employee training programs and public education materials.

Position Requirements:

Conditions of Employment
Must pass pre-employment examination.
Selectee may be subject to a probationary/trial period
ESEP appointees typically serve a two year trial period
U.S. Citizenship is required
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959

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Background Investigation: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges. You may be subject to a credit check as a part of the background investigation process.

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Individual Occupational Requirements
Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below.

Minimum Qualifications for GS-05: I have completed a Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree with a major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position or plan on completing within 9 months of application. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.

Minimum Qualifications for GS-07: 1 Year of graduate-level education or within 9 months of completion or superior academic achievement OR 1 Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 Grade Level. Specialized Experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples include: Utilizing the environmental health references, guidelines, policies, regulations and precedents in conducting work activity and applying these resources appropriately to specific cases of problems; working with word processing, spreadsheets, database and PowerPoint presentation, statistical analysis, GIS and other software used in the environmental health field; compiling and presenting scientific & public health material to community leaders and the general public in an effective manner and planning and carrying out work activities.

Minimum Qualifications for GS-09: 2 Years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or within 9 months of completion or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 1 Year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 Grade Level. Examples include: Conducting environmental health facility surveys, special environmental health investigations, developing effective environmental health training resources and conducting environmental health/injury prevention data analysis are required elements; working knowledge of Environmental Health practices for professional registration from a recognized entity like National Environmental Health Assocation (NEHA); working with the policies and procedures of the Division of Environmental Health Services; utilizing the Environmental Health references, guidelines, policies, regulations, precedents in conducting work activity and applying these resources appropriately to specific cases or problems; and working with word processing, spreadsheets, database and PowerPoint presentation, statistical analysis, GSI and other software used in the environmental health field.

Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
This position has an education requirement. You are strongly encouraged to submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of your courses including titles, credit hours completed, and grades. Unofficial transcripts will be accepted in the application package. Official transcripts will be required from all selectees prior to receiving an official offer.

Only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be credited. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website:

If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit

Additional information
Additional selection(s) of candidates may be possible within 240 days from the date the certificate of eligibles was issued for this announcement.

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. At least a 6 month service agreement will be required.

This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

This position has promotion potential to the GS-09 grade level. Promotion to the next grade level is at management's discretion and is based on your demonstrated ability to perform the higher level duties, the continuing need for the higher level duties, and "Regulatory/Administrative" approval. Promotion to the next higher grade level is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

Position closes on: 2024-12-31

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