SALARY: $78,436.80 - $107,161.60 Annually


CLOSING DATE: 02/05/23 12:00 AM
JOB TYPE: Full Time
DEPARTMENT: Public Health & Environment Dept
LOCATION: Stillwater
The Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking a talented and motivated professional to supervise the Food, Pools and Lodging Team. This supervisor will provide leadership to a team of committed and experienced Environmental Specialists doing Food, Pools, and Lodging inspection work in a fast-paced and dynamic accredited Public Health and Environment Department. This position will oversee a broad set of environmental health programs including Food Safety, Lodging, Pools, Manufactured Home Parks, Campgrounds, Drinking Water Protection, Tobacco Sales, and Community Sanitation.


Work includes overall program oversight, staff support and development, implementation and enforcement of ordinances and public health laws, data management, response to emerging issues, and assistance with program budgets. This supervisor may participate in various stakeholder groups and committees, and will inform and educate the public and county leadership about program activities. Strong 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 under the direction of the Senior Program Manager and in collaboration with department leadership. This supervisor will be a member of the Department Management Team and will have opportunities to contribute to department-wide initiatives such as diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, employee engagement strategies, and strategic plan implementation. The position will require REHS Certification within one year of hire.

Washington County Public Health & Environment values your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. We are committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment and believe diversity benefits and enriches our programs, our staff, and communities we serve.

  • Knowledge and understanding of cultural competency, diversity, inclusion, and health equity
  • Paid, professional experience leading and supervising staff in environmental health programs
  • Standardized Food Safety Inspector or Officer under FDA Program Standards

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! Washington County offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, paid parental leave, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, post retirement health care savings plan,  PERA Employer Public Retirement Association of Minnesota pension contributions,  generous Paid time Off (PTO), and 12 paid holidays each year.

HOURS / DAYS: Position will be based at either the Washington County Government Center in Stillwater or the Cottage Grove Service Center, with potential Telework options available. Work hours are primarily Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Evening and weekend hours may be required to support staff in the field. Work location and hours are subject to change based on business need.

ANTICIPATED HIRING RANGE: $76,523.20 - $104,540,.80 Annually

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.

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/ Environmental Health Sanitarian certification (REHS)is required for this position within one year of employment.


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.



14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082

[email protected]

Position #22-00200
Washington County recognizes that diversity enriches the workplace. Through our cultural responsiveness values of Respect, Proactive, Learning and Accountability, we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive work and public service environment where everyone can reach their full potential.If you need special assistance with any portion of the recruitment process due to a disability or language difficulty, please contact the Department of Human Resources.

An Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer