Environmental Health Sanitarian

City Of De Pere De Pere , WI 54115

Posted 2 months ago

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The City of De Pere is a positive, team-oriented organization with a commitment to providing exceptional customer service to its community. The City of De Pere strives to attract, develop, and retain critical talent by promoting a diversity of thought, valuing differing perspectives, and empowering employees to share their authentic viewpoints at all levels and functions within the City.

Diversity and inclusiveness enhance our employee's ability to be thoughtful, effective and efficient while providing the very highest level of municipal service to our community. If you would enjoy a busy, positive work environment and the chance to contribute to the quality of life for a whole community, this job may be the right fit for you!

The Environmental Health Sanitarian is responsible for licensing and inspections of local establishments as an agent of the State for the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Responsibilities include the application and enforcement of federal, state and local laws relating to the field of environmental health.

Specific duties include: the inspection of food, lodging and recreational facilities, the investigation and resolution of environmental complaints, nuisances and hazards. In addition, the position is responsible for the weights and measures program.

Typical Work Schedule: Monday

  • Friday, 8:00 a.m.

  • 4:30 p.m., plus additional hours as needed for meetings and special events. Some weekend hours are required for special events.

The summer schedule (Memorial Day

  • Labor Day) for this position is:


  • Thursday; 7:30 a.m.

  • 5:00 p.m.; Friday: 7:30 a.m.

  • 11:30 a.m., plus additional hours as noted above.

Salary: The 2019 full salary range is $57,969 - $79,539.

Applicants may be hired anywhere within the range, but are typically hired between steps 1 and 6. Step 6 is $66,310.

Application Deadline: Applications are being accepted until the position is filled. Review of the applications will begin the week of Monday, October 29, 2018.

Essential Functions:

Inspect all public, private, commercial, industrial and residential buildings within the City for the purpose of determining compliance with the Department of Health Services, Department of Agriculture retail establishments, and the weights and measures program codes of the City and State of Wisconsin.

Interpret codes, determine compliance, issue orders and citations, and provide testimony at hearings and court appearances.

Collect samples, conduct field tests, and collect and analyze environmental public health data. Interpret results and make recommendations for corrective action.

Provide health education and technical assistance to individuals and groups regarding compliance with current local public health and environmental codes, regulations, and policies.

Respond to and investigate complaints regarding environmental health problems and environmental health hazards. Initiate enforcement or corrective action as required.

Coordinate enforcement activities between other governmental agencies, such as the City Inspection Department, Fire Department, and Law Enforcement which enforce the laws and regulations to protect the public's health.

Collaborate in the development, implementation, and evaluation of long and short range policies, procedures, plans, and programs for environmental public health for the City.

Collaborate in the development and delivery of best practice programs and activities that promote health and prevent disease, in settings including, but not limited to, the Health Department, homes, community organizations and businesses, school, and the community in general.

Participate in response teams to prevent, minimize, and contain adverse health events and conditions resulting from communicable diseases such as: food, water, and vector borne outbreaks, chronic diseases, environmental hazards, injuries, and health disparities.

Collaborate in the development of and contribute to individual, team, and departmental quality improvement, performance management, and evaluation activities. Contribute to a work environment that fosters ongoing educational experiences regarding public health for colleagues, nursing and other health-related students, healthcare professionals, and members of the community.

Maintain records of all inspections, activities, and report and communicate information with appropriate individuals.

Provide orientation to staff, students, and other health and human service professionals in the community regarding environmental public health practices.

Collaborate in the City and Brown County's community health assessment and health improvement planning and intervention activities as needed.

Perform public health emergency response duties as assigned and consistent with training provided in response to threats to the public's health. Participate in department and community emergency response, training, and drills in support of public health emergency and disaster preparedness.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of applicable professional guidelines for Licensed Environmental Health Practitioners and local, State, and Federal laws and regulations applicable to practice as an environmental public health professional in the state of Wisconsin. Knowledge of the techniques of collecting and analyzing data.

Knowledge of environmental health terminology. Knowledge of environmental health problems in various related program areas. Knowledge of standards related to environmental health programs.

Knowledge of inspection and regulation methods in environmental health. Knowledge of code enforcement techniques and regulations governing area of responsibility. Knowledge of valid sample procedures and protocol.

Knowledge of safety procedures for handling hazardous materials. Knowledge and usage of field equipment. Knowledge of conflict resolution techniques and its applications.

Skill in analyzing research to determine applicable ordinances, codes, regulations, and statutes. Skill in communicating, orally and in writing, any violation and the requirements for its improvement and/or rehabilitation to architects, contractors, developers, other City staff, and the public to achieve voluntary compliance. Skill in the operation of equipment needed to effectively perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, including modern office equipment and required software.

Ability to interpret and apply public health protection guidelines. Ability to perform basic math function.

Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records on findings and to write clear and concise reports. Ability to work independently and exercise considerable judgment and discretion in carrying out designated duties according to established policies and procedures. Ability to use appropriate materials and equipment including water test kits, noise meter, and weights and measures equipment.

Ability to follow oral and written instructions. Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with City personnel, medical personnel, business and community leaders, public officials, law enforcement agencies, and the general public.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and the public.

Ability to be fitted and wear a NIOSH-approved N95 mask. Ability to work the required hours of the position.

May be required to demonstrate minimum competency by successfully passing approved tests.

Minimum Qualifications & Physical



  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in environmental health from an accredited college or university with academic credits in physical, biological, chemical, environmental or environmental health areas and one year of full-time equivalent employment in the field of environmental health or combination of education and work experience that meets the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services pre-credential education requirements for a registered sanitarian.

  • Registered as a Sanitarian by the State of Wisconsin or the National Environmental Health Association as required by the State of Wisconsin, Division of Public Health, or the ability to obtain within 4 months of employment.

  • Must be a designated Agent Standard or have the ability to obtain.

  • Valid Wisconsin driver's license and a good driving record.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this job:

Working in office, driving vehicle and working on active job-sites. Climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, bending, writing and repetitive motions.

Lifting 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying of objects up to 25 pounds. Withstand changes to working conditions such as occasional exposure to hazards, climbing ladders, dirt, dust, noise, fumes, odors, and temperature changes. Hearing ability sufficient enough to communicate with others effectively in person and over the phone. Visual ability sufficient enough to read typewritten documents, computer screen, and drive a car.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The above job description is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this position. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

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Environmental Health Sanitarian

City Of De Pere