Job Posting for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: Environmental Analyst III

Title: Environmental Analyst III

Organization: Massachusetts Department of Public Health

Brief Summary of Position:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

Under direction and oversight of program’s Assistant Director, responsible for conducting audits of housing and other dwelling units, recreational camps for children, correctional facilities, police lockups, and other facilities throughout the Commonwealth to ensure compliance with the State Sanitary Code and other applicable health and safety standards or laws. Provide consultation and training to other code enforcement agencies (e.g., local boards of health) and other interested parties. Monitor enforcement of State Sanitary Code by local officials.

*Position will be based in Northampton, MA

Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to the program (e.g., technical basis of applicable State Sanitary Code regulations).
  • Collect, review, summarize and analyze environmental data in support of State Sanitary Code enforcement or policy development in the program (e.g., implementation of regulatory amendments).
  • Organize and implement training programs for local health officials and interested parties (or regulated community).
  • Conduct necessary scientific review of reports, studies and analytical data to support proposed amendments or new technologies relevant to the State Sanitary Code.
  • Write memoranda, letters, technical or general reports and prepare draft policy recommendations on matters concerning the state sanitary code.
  • Receives and responds to complaints from and provides direct service to the general public, local health officials, and state agencies.
    Adhere to BEH and program protocols in responding to public health inquiries, telephone calls, or correspondence.
  • Conducts detailed audits of residential dwelling units, correctional and lockup facilities, group residences, and recreational camps for children and municipal or recreational programs and other entities throughout the Commonwealth to ensure compliance with the State Sanitary Code and other applicable health and safety standards or laws in order to determine compliance with applicable sanitation laws and regulations.
  • Compiles reports of findings according to program protocol and maintains files.
  • Conducts and monitors re-inspection and follow-up surveys to verify correction of deficiencies and prepares follow-up reports.
  • Provides consultation, technical assistance and field training for local health agents and other interested parties.
  • Reviews and critiques inspection forms, reports and orders of local health authorities for completeness and compliance with application regulations.
  • Promotes effective cooperative relationships with local authorities throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Advises and directs residents to appropriate governmental or private agencies for assistance and information.
  • Consults with Department’s Office of General Counsel for legal related matters.
  • Assists local health authorities and the general public in the interpretation and implementation of the laws, regulations and standards, and in determining compliance and corrective actions.
  • Develop informational materials for use by local health officials in implementing procedures to meet requirements of laws and regulations enforced by the Community Sanitation Program.
  • Attend and participate in meetings, conferences, training sessions, and seminars to represent the Department related to job duties as outlined above.
  • Perform other related duties, as necessary.

Qualifications Required at Hire: 

  • Ability to understand and apply the laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to community sanitation.
  • Ability to analyze environmental data, draw conclusions, make inferences and make appropriate recommendations regarding community sanitation issues and problems.
  • Ability to understand and carry out general and written instructions.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise reports, memoranda, correspondence, presentations and other materials, and to communicate effectively in oral expression and writing.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and files.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious working relationships with associates, local officials, state agencies and others and to deal tactfully with local officials and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and firmly with complainants, the public, local officials and others.
  • Ability to investigate complaints and to discover violations regarding compliance with the state sanitary code and other laws.
  • Knowledge of the types and uses of equipment used for the measurement of pollutant levels of air, water, soil, etc.
  • Knowledge of the field techniques used in collecting samples of pollutants.
  • Knowledge of field techniques used in measuring pollutant levels.
  • Knowledge of the calibration and/or adjustment techniques as applied to pollution control equipment.
  • Knowledge of the inspection techniques as applied to pollution control.
  • Skill in operating the measuring and testing equipment used in environmental protection work.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of environmental science and public health.
  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in environmental science and public health.
  • Knowledge of the methods of general and technical report writing.
  • Ability to write concisely, express thoughts clearly and to develop ideas in a logical sequence.
  • Ability to give oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner.
  • Ability to assemble items of information according to established procedures.
  • Ability to determine proper format and procedure for assembling items of information.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.
  • Ability to establish rapport with others.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to adapt to varying work situations.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle.

Qualifications Preferred at Hire:

  • Ability to recommend operational strategies for dealing with compliance and enforcement in the area of public health and environmental protection.
  • Ability to understand, apply and explain the policies, procedures, specifications, standards, guidelines, laws, rules and regulations governing assigned Bureau activities, specifically environmental health related research and industry standards.
  • Ability to make effective and clear oral presentations on environmental health issues to professional and lay audiences.
  • Ability to supervise interns or junior staff working on specific environmental health and safety topics.
  • Ability to understand and explain to lay audiences information contained in technical environmental public health documents produced by other Bureau units.
    Demonstrated experience in conducting compliance audits.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.

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