Career Posting: Lead in Drinking Water Specialist (State Program Administrator, Intermediate)

Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul Is seeking qualified candidates to fill the following position Lead in Drinking Water Specialist (State Program Administrator, Intermediate).

Position Description: This position promotes Drinking Water Protection (DWP) Section efforts to identify, address, and reduce the presence of lead in drinking water at schools, childcare facilities, and other facilities with potential lead hazards. Specifically, this position will guide implementation of activities under the federal Water Infrastructure Improvements for Nation (WIIN) Act grants to carry out testing and remediation activities at schools and childcare facilities. This includes work to educate facility staff/owner/operators and collect water samples, provide technical assistance, and conduct outreach to organizations representing schools and childcares. The person in this position may also aid other DWP programs related to the reduction of lead in drinking water. This position will ensure that MDH can respond to the increasing and evolving importance of reducing lead exposure from drinking water sources, especially for vulnerable populations.

Duties include:
• Engage in work to educate owner/operators/staff of schools and childcare facilities regarding lead in drinking water and collect samples to measure lead in drinking levels.
• Under the guidance of the DWP Lead Coordinator, provide technical assistance subsequent to sample collection and results receipt.
• Provide outreach and to groups/organizations/agencies representing or working with schools and childcares to promote lead in drinking water testing and remediation.

Position Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications
– One year of professional experience, or three years of technical or administrative experience, in environmental health, public health, or related field.
– A Bachelor’s degree in related field may substitute for 1 year of experience, a Master’s degree in a related field may substitute for 18 months of experience, and a Doctorate in a related field may substitute for 2 years of experience.

Minimum qualifications that will be assessed during the interview process
– Professional experience must include compiling and analyzing data, writing reports and correspondence, and working across multiple programs, professions, departments, or agencies.

Preferred Qualifications
– Bachelors or advanced degree environmental health, public health, engineering, environmental science, or public administration.
– Knowledge of environmental science, public health, engineering, water supply, or related subjects.
– Working understanding of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, including the Lead and Copper Rule; as well as state statutes and rules related to lead in in drinking water.
– Excellent oral and written communication skills; including the ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and effective manner, both verbally and in writing.
– Ability to establish effective working partnerships within MDH, with staff of other organizations and agencies, with facility owners and operators, and with the general public.
– Ability to conceive and communicate effective ideas for solving complex problems.
– Ability to work independently and take the initiative for work and project planning, demonstrating attention to detail in all work tasks.
– Proficiency in software applications including Microsoft Office Suite, as well as database applications.
– Ability to understand and explain complex public health and scientific information in plain language to the public and stakeholders.
– Ability to compile and analyze data from a variety of sources to make public health

Physical Requirements
– Must be able to lift as much as 20 pounds of equipment or samples. Must be able to lift from ground to waist height, and from waist to shoulder height.
– Must be able to walk/move on even, uneven, and/or sloping ground surface, for up to a ¼ mile.
– Must be able to perform gross and fine motor tasks, in varying indoor/outdoor temperatures.

Additional Requirements
– Must successfully pass a background check.
– Must possess a valid Class D driver’s license.

Position closes on: 2022-12-12

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