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Public Health Technician
Schenectady, NY - Posted on: Wednesday 01/04/17
The County of Schenectady is seeking an experienced and qualified individual for the position of Public Health Technician. This position exists in the Schenectady County Public Health Services in the Department of Environmental Health and involves the responsibility for carrying out various elements of prevention and control programs affecting public health. Employees in this class are responsible for making inspections and carrying out specialized phases of the department’s environmental health programs. Employees in this class will be assisting Public Health Sanitarians and Engineers in gathering information in determining compliance with local and State Sanitary Code requirements. General supervision is received from a higher level supervisor. Supervision over other workers is not a responsibility of employees in this class.
Sample Work Activities Include:
• Performs routine and follow-up inspections of sanitary conditions of children’s camps, temporary residences, tobacco vendors, swimming pools and bathing beaches, mobile home parks and other premises including public or individual water supplies and sewage disposal systems, public health nuisance complaints and general sanitation;
• Responds to telephone and written inquiries from owners/operators/managers and the public regarding environmental health reports related to the work;
• Collects samples of drinking water, food and other materials for laboratory analysis to determine organic, inorganic and bacterial contamination;
• Performs routine and follow-up inspections of restaurants and public eating places, including arrangements of food handling and storage food service, dishwashing and disinfection of dishes and utensils;
• Performs routine follow-up inspections of public health nuisances such as environmental exposures, insects, rodent harborages, bats, garbage and related matters and advises the public and local officials of corrective measures;
• Tests drinking water samples for chlorine content, Ph hardness and alkalinity and reviews bacteriological analysis of laboratory results;
• Inspects sites for compliance with applicable code compliance of home sewage systems depending on varying soil conditions;
• Advises home owners on bat and rodent control, including repellents and building improvement to prevent entry;
• May collect and deliver suspected rabid animals to State laboratories for analysis;
• Aids home owners, local officials and commercial operators on proper sanitary operation of wells, pumps and water source protection;
• Maintains records and completes inspection reports related to the work;
• Performs a variety of related work as required.
Candidates Must Possess:
Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or University with an Bachelor’s Degree including a minimum of fifteen (15) semester credit hours in the *natural sciences, of which not more than six (6) credit hours may be in **applied sciences; or
Graduation from a regionally accredited or New York State registered college or university with an Associate's Degree including a minimum of fifteen (15) semester credit hours in the *natural sciences, of which not more than six (6) credit hours may be in **applied sciences; and two years’ experience in environmental health; hydrogeology; biology; chemistry; physics; or epidemiology.
Note: Candidates must satisfactorily complete a public health training course approved by the New York State Health Department within two (2) years of appointment. *Natural science shall mean a science such as biology, chemistry or physics that deals with the objects, phenomena or laws of nature and the physical world. It shall include all physical and biological sciences.
**Applied science shall mean science based courses in environmental technology, sanitation technology, medical technology, public health, infection control or food science.
Special Requirements: Possession of a current valid New York State driver’s license at the time of appointment and maintained throughout employment.
Interested qualified candidates must submit a resume and cover letter by January 20, 2017 to:
Mr. Jack Frame
Director of Environmental Health
Office of Public Health
107 Nott Terrace Schaffer Heights
Schenectady, NY 12308
Schenectady County is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer