MEHA Professional-Student Mentorship Program 2021

The MEHA Student Committee is looking for volunteers to serve in a mentor program connecting environmental and public health students from participating institutions (UW-Eau Claire, UW-Stout, University of Minnesota, St. Catherine’s University and Hamline University) with working professionals. Mentors will commit to a year of contact with their student, responding to questions about work in environmental and public health, career options and opportunities, education paths, etc. The goal of the program is to increase student membership in MEHA and provide a networking opportunity for students studying environmental and public health. Pairing of mentors and mentees will occur virtually over the lunch period during the 2021 MEHA spring conference.


Program Participation Commitments:

  • Anyone interested in becoming a mentor must attend the MEHA spring conference on May 13, 2021.
  • Mentors must provide their email and phone numbers to mentees.
  • Minimum time commitment of ~3 hours (see time commitment details below).
  • After the year-long commitment (at the following MEHA conference), mentors can choose to participate in the program again and be assigned a new mentee, or can opt out of participating.


Estimated Time Commitments:

  • At the MEHA spring conference, mentors will meet students for 45 minutes over the lunch period in a virtual break-out room. *Total time commitment: 45 minutes.
  • After the conference, the professional-student pair will receive an email every three months from one of the MEHA Student Committee co-chairs. Emails will include a question or set of questions to initiate dialogue between the mentor and mentee. Example questions may be “how should students prepare for the REHS exam?” or “what is the best way to prepare for interviewing with a health department?” Mentors are expected to discuss the question(s) with their mentee either by email, telephone, or in person and respond to any follow-up questions the mentee may have *Total time commitment: one-half hour every three month for 12 months.


Comments from past participants:

  • “I enjoyed getting to meet an interested student that became a good intern for our department.”
  • “It was ‘fun’ to meet students in the program and to see how they think, what their interests area, what they are studying”
  • “I think the mentor program was great, overall. Definitely a program that is beneficial to both students and mentors.”


Please email Laura Suppes at by April 23, 2021 if you are interested in serving as a mentor this year.

Land & Resource Inspector – Otter Tail County


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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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

Environmental Program Supervisor - Washington County, MN


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.
RESPONSIBILITIES: This position will provide leadership to a team of Environmental Specialists in a fast-paced and dynamic accredited Public Health and Environment Department. The successful candidate will supervise a broad set of environmental health programs and staff, be a member of the Department’s management team, coordinate service delivery with other department programs, and contribute to department-wide initiatives including diversity, equity and inclusion, employee engagement, and strategic planning.

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.


SELECTION TECHNIQUE: Your training and experience will be rated based on the required application material submitted and the top-scoring candidates will be forwarded to the hiring department for further consideration.

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 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.



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;

Supervise staff:
• 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.

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Senior Public Health Researcher/Epidemiologist – Minneapolis, MN

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: 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.

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Environmental Health Intern – City of Brooklyn Park

Position Summary


The City of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota's sixth largest municipality is seeking applicants for a seasonal intern position within the Community Development Department. We are looking for a highly motivated and dependable individual who can work in a fast paced, customer focused environment.

This position will provide a great opportunity to work in a diverse community and be involved in a wide range of inspection and enforcement activities that promote stable neighborhoods and strong businesses as well as provide exposure to a variety of community issues for career development.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Conduct property maintenance inspections and enforce the city public health, zoning, sign, nuisance, and property maintenance codes
  • Conduct and/or assist with inspections of licensed food establishments, public swimming pools, spas, licensed lodging facilities, and itinerant food events; obtain food, water, and environmental samples. All public health related activities are conducted under the supervision of a registered sanitarian (these duties require studies in an Environmental Health-related field)
  • Issue correction orders to property owners and take legal actions including issuing administrative fines and ordering abatements
  • Answer questions from the public
  • Conduct various administrative functions including answering phones, data entry, imaging documents etc.
  • Conduct special projects as directed
  • Other job duties as assigned or apparent


Minimum and Desired Qualifications

Undergraduate level studies in areas of community development, public administration, planning, housing, redevelopment, criminal justice, biology, physical sciences, public health, building/housing inspections, or related field

Experience with Microsoft Office programs and applications

An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered.

Licenses and Certifications
Valid driver's license

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to assess urgency of situations
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative, team-based environment
  • Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Ability to provide a level of customer service that meets/exceeds customer expectations
  • Embrace and engage in cultural shift toward Continuous Improvement

Desired Qualifications

  • BrookLynk program alumni
  • Current graduate or undergraduate level studies (or recent graduate) in Brooklyn Park
  • Current involvement in community development or civic organizations and activities
  • Advanced education in a relevant field
  • Previous work experience in customer service and administrative support in an office environment
  • Previous work experience in the areas of code enforcement or public health
  • Experience working with people to resolve conflict
  • Previous experience working with people from various cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic backgrounds
  • Fluency in Spanish, Vietnamese, Hmong, Laotian, or Somali language(s)

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.