Public Health Engineer

Cayuga County

Posted 3/8/2023


Develops, oversees and administers various aspects of the County environmental health compliance
programs under the supervision of the Director of Environmental Health;

Enforces local and state Public Health laws, regulations, and sanitary codes related to all or part of several
environmental health programs;

Oversees programmatic aspects regarding the regulation of food service establishments, public water
supplies, children’s camps, campgrounds, hotels and motels, mobile home parks, residences regarding
lead hazards, private water supplies, private sewage disposal systems, bathing beaches and swimming
pools, temporary residences and migrant farm labor camps or other programs as assigned;

Reviews engineering plans for compliance with regulations and accepted engineering practices;

Reviews technical reports regarding water supply and sewage systems, toxic substance exposures and
related health risks, and pollution remediation and abatement;

Interprets the results of laboratory examinations of air, water, sewage, soil and other samples.

Makes investigations and prepares technical reports including recommendations;

Evaluates present and proposed local laws/regulations to determine conformity with the State and Local
Public Health Laws and Sanitary Codes and advises local officials;

Responsible for enforcement proceedings, including providing testimony;

Provides technical assistance to County Legislature, County Attorney and other County Departments and
Agencies regarding environmental health engineering problems;

Uses computer to enter and retrieve data from computer files;

Uses a tablet device to perform paperless inspections in the field;

Manages office and field conferences and prepares correspondence and reports for the same;

Trains Senior Public Health Sanitarians, Senior Public Health Technicians and Public Health Technicians;

May participate in disaster activities and trained and assigned;

Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from
diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations,
lifestyles and physical abilities;

Other related work as directed by Director of Environmental Health or Public Health Directo

Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of engineering related to air pollution, water
supplies and purification, sewage disposal, stream pollution, solid wastes, stormwater, petroleum spills,
insect and rodent control, public health nuisances, general sanitation, data collection and environmental
impact analyses;

Comprehensive knowledge of environmental health principles, state and county public health laws,
regulations and sanitary codes, and inspection methods;

Ability to work independently within the scope of general direction;

Ability to read and interpret blueprints and sketches;

Ability to prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence;

Initiative and resourcefulness in solving environmental health engineering problems;

Ability to deal with the public, elected officials, and other agencies and develop positive public relations;

Ability to prepare and deliver effective oral presentations;

Ability to write clearly and with proper grammar;

Ability to train others in environmental health work;

Ability to plan and supervise the work of others;

Ability to deal with difficult people;

Ability to use an alphanumeric keyboard and learn departmental computer software programs;

Ability to use tablet device to perform inspections;

Good professional judgement;

High standards of personal presentation and hygiene;

Tact and courtesy;

Metal alertness;

Physical condition commensurate with the demands of the position.

Minimum Qualification

Graduation from a regionally accredited or NYS registered college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in
Chemical, Civil, or Environmental Engineering or other Engineering Discipline that is applicable to the job
requirements OR;

1) Meet the criteria listed in the abovedetailed requirements PLUS proof of passing the National
Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) or Engineering Examination (FE)
AND one (1) year of fulltime qualifying engineering experience in sanitary, public health,
environmental engineering, or other related engineering discipline.


2) Meet the criteria listed in the above detailed requirements PLUS possession of a New York State
Professional Engineering (P.E.) license.

Special Requirement

Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to
meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner.
Operation of a countyowned vehicle requires employees to possess a current valid New York State Motor
Vehicle operator’s license.

Salary: TBD

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