Saratoga County

Posted 1/9/2023

Job Type: Full-time

Public Health Engineer 1 2023


Distinguishing Features of this opportunity are…
The work involves responsibility for the planning, administration and performance of public health engineering duties concerned with the execution of one or more phases of the environmental health program. The work entails advising public officials or individuals on problems requiring professional public health engineering expertise, including measures for improvement and compliance with legal requirements, assisting in the promotion of public health through application of environmental health practices, assisting in the enforcement of the provisions of local and State health matters and investigations of related conditions and problems. The work is performed under general supervision of a Public Health Director with leeway allowed for exercise of independent judgment in carrying out details of the work. Supervision is exercised over the work of subordinate technical and professional employees. Does related work as required.

Typical illustrative* work activities will include, but are not limited to…
– Provides oversight of the operation of the Environmental Health Division by monitoring the activities of and providing technical assistance to Public Health Sanitarians and Technicians relative to a variety laws, rules and codes.
– Investigates, reports on and makes recommendations concerning public water supplies, sewage systems, bathing beaches and swimming pools, stream pollution, sanitary conditions of camps, hotels or boarding houses, food, restaurant and general sanitation, air pollution, x-ray installations and public health of environmental nuisances;
– Responds to and conducts investigations into hazardous material and oil spills, fish kills and other problems;
– Confers with local officials relative to public health engineering problems;
– Interprets the results of laboratory examinations of air, water, sewage, industrial wastes and other samples;
– Reviews subdivision plans to determine compliance with State environmental health standards;
– Maintains relationships and cooperates with State and Federal agencies concerning environmental and sanitary engineering programs and problems;
– Prepares a variety of technical reports including recommendations for correction of environmental engineering problems;
– Performs special assignments relating to phases of public health engineering or environmental health as required;
– Represents the Health Department on matters and problems related to environmental and sanitary engineering;
– Prepares a variety of records and reports related to the public health engineering program;
– Participates in investigations of environmental health factors related to disease outbreaks;
– Reviews plans of water supplies and waste water systems and food service establishments submitted by consulting engineers for compliance with local and state health codes;
-May instruct local plant operators in water and sewage chemistry and bacteriology as applied in controlling the operation of water works and sewage treatment plants.

*Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

Required performance, knowledge, skills, and abilities are…
Thorough knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public health engineering and environmental health related to air pollution, x-ray installations, water supplies and purification, sewage disposal, stream pollution, milk and other foods, restaurants and public eating places, camps, hotels, lodging and boarding houses, swimming pools, bathing beaches, schools and other places, insect and rodent control, public health nuisances and general sanitation; Good knowledge of the Public Health Law, State and local Sanitary Code and other laws and rules related to the above subjects; Good knowledge of public information and public relations techniques; Skill in public health engineering techniques and practices; Ability to plan and supervise the work of others; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; Ability to analyze and organize data and prepare records and reports; Ability to prepare reports and correspondence; Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Ability to prepare and deliver presentations in a clear, concise and articulate manner; Initiative and resourcefulness in solving public health engineering problems; physical condition commensurate with demands of the position.

Minimum Qualification

A) License to practice as a Professional Engineer (PE) in New York State; OR
B) A Master’s Degree in Engineering with two (2) years of experience in environmental health activities; OR
C) Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in engineering, and at least three (3) years of experience in environmental health activities;

Special Requirement

Possession of a valid New York State Driver’s license or otherwise demonstrate ability to meet the transportation needs of the job.
The minimum qualifications for Public Health positions are mandated under New York State Health Code, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Title 10, Part 11.
Participation in Public Health emergency preparedness drills and responses may be required. Select immunizations may be required at time of appointment or at any time throughout the course

Salary: $86,815 ** Plus Excellent Benefits, Retirement Package & Compensation Plan**

To Apply

Qualified candidates may submit their application and resume, by mail or in person as follows:
ATTN: Personnel Officer – Civil Service Division
Saratoga County Human Resources Department
40 McMaster Street
Ballston Spa, New York 12020

Applications will continue to be accepted until the vacancy has been filled
Applications are available in the Human Resources Office or on our website, Resume MAY NOT be substituted for Application. No Fax Submissions

**This position will be filled on a “provisional” basis, pending the results of a civil service exam to be scheduled at a later date.**
If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquires to the Human Resources Office. Saratoga County is an equal opportunity employer.

We are committed to fostering an inclusive environment where diversity is valued and recognized as a source of strength and enrichment. We seek to attract talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, and encourage women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, those with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.