Environmental Health Specialist 1 or 2 – Public Health Sanitarian 1 or 2

By | November 3, 2022

Job Responsibilities : Environmental Health Specialist 1 or 2 – Public Health Sanitarian 1 or 2

Salary : $33.30 per hour

Company : State of Minnesota

Location : Remote US

Job Details

Working Title: Environmental Health Specialist 1 or 2
Job Class: Public Health Sanitarian 1 or 2
Agency: Health Department

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers; interest bids will be considered through 11/09/2022.
  • Date Posted: 11/03/2022
  • Closing Date: 11/23/2022
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit: Environmental Health / EHS Bemidji Sanitarian Staff
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day Shift – 8:00am – 4:30pm
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: Yes – up to 75% of the time
  • Salary Range:
    • Public Health Sanitarian 1: $22.94 – $33.30/hourly; $47898 – $69530/annually
    • Public Health Sanitarian 2: $25.25 – $37.02/hourly; $52722 – $77298/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – Minnesota Association of Professional Employees/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible: Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you’ll do is more than just a job. Join the talented engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

Join the mission-driven team at MDH and help protect public health. We are looking for a Public Health Sanitarian 1 or Public Health Sanitarian 2 to administer and monitor Food Pools and Lodging program activities for an assigned region. You will manage a caseload of licensed establishments to determine compliance with rules and statutes communicate findings and provide technical assistance to businesses to resolve compliance issues. Responsibilities include conducting inspections collecting and analyzing data writing summary reports for clients and investigating non-compliant operations.

This position may require working longer days occasionally in order to accommodate long-distance travel and client schedules. Reimbursement for authorized business travel expenses is provided according to bargaining unit guidelines. This position will have the option of some teleworking however it will be based on the business needs of the unit and is at supervisory discretion.

This vacancy is being posted at both the Public Health Sanitarian 1 and Public Health Sanitarian 2 level. The level at which the position is filled will be based on the successful candidate’s qualifications.


Minimum Qualifications

In order to be routed for consideration your resume must clearly demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications. For education requirements please list graduation date (month/year) and/or provide proof of relevant coursework. To accurately credit years of work experience please indicate beginning and ending month/year for each job.

Public Health Sanitarian 1

  • Possession of a registration as an Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS Certification) OR the ability to obtain within two years of hire.

Candidates may be hired on a provisional basis without a current or renewable REHS/RS credential with evidence of:

  • A bachelor’s degree OR a degree-in-progress in environmental health sanitary science sanitary engineering chemistry biology or other related environmental health field which includes at last 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical or biological sciences.

Public Health Sanitarian 2

  • Two (2) years of experience working as an environmental health specialist or sanitarian AND the ability to obtain an REHS/RS certification within two years of hire.


  • Possession of a master’s degree in environmental health sanitary science sanitary engineering chemistry biology or other related environmental health field AND eighteen (18) months of experience working as an environmental health specialist or sanitarian AND the ability to obtain an REHS/RS certification within two years of hire.

To become credentialed in Minnesota as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) a candidate may apply to sit for the NEHA computer-based REHS/RS exam taken at an approved Pearson VUE testing location OR apply for Minnesota REHS/RS reciprocity (when currently registered by NEHA or registered in another state as an REHS/RS).

Additional minimum qualifications for both Sanitarian 1 and Sanitarian 2 that will be assessed during the interview:

  • Human relations skills to achieve effective working relationships within the agency and externally including informing operators of violations and other pertinent findings and participating in legal proceedings
  • Excellent verbal communication skills sufficient to communicate clearly with owners managers and employees and interviewing in a variety of environments including while loud equipment is operating in busy kitchens and while employees are working
  • Written communications skills sufficient to document concise accurate and complete observations provide information answer questions and emphasize critical issues
  • Critical thinking skills sufficient to collect and analyze information identify areas of focus and make decisions based on evidence gathered
  • Reliable and productive self-starter accustomed to working independently with limited supervision

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge in the following areas:

  • Public health: environmental science epidemiology biology chemistry geology hydrogeology and working knowledge of the procedures for investigating waterborne illnesses
  • Legal evidence guidelines with strict attention to detail in completing forms following procedures and documenting work
  • Federal and state statutes rules and standards including retail food public pools lodging manufactured home parks/recreational camping areas youth camps onsite sewage disposal systems water wells public non-community water supplies and plumbing
  • Fluency in Spanish Hmong Cantonese Lao Vietnamese or Somali

Experience in the following areas:

  • Working in an environmental or public health program which includes the inspection of public water supplies and/or food beverage and lodging establishments
  • Adaptive communication methods to match specific conditions and personalities; conflict resolution skills to resolve contentious situations
  • Food service experience including understanding facility and equipment food processes and safe food handling

Physical Requirements

Applicants must have the ability to perform the following:

  • Move over uneven sloping and/or snow covered ground
  • Work outdoors in all seasons with exposure to weather extremes
  • Perform gross and fine motor tasks in varying indoor/outdoor temperature extremes
  • Frequently move as much as 40 pounds of equipment or samples from ground to waist height and from waist to shoulder height
  • Read documents maps gauges equipment manuals etc.
  • Participate in training and meetings via video conference conference calls and other types of remote communication using a laptop computer and cell phone in the field
  • While a driver’s license is not mandatory the position includes a travel requirement which the candidate will be responsible for meeting.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of a background check.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select “Apply for Job” at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. For additional information about the application process go to http://www.mn.gov/careers.

If you have questions about the position contact Rebecca Lichter at rebecca.lichter@state.mn.us.

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant apply online email the Job ID# the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Rebecca Lichter at rebecca.lichter@state.mn.us.

If you are an individual with a disability and need an accommodation for an interview you may contact the Department of Health ADA Coordinator at health.hr.ada@state.mn.us .

About Health Department

Our mission is protecting maintaining and improving the health of all Minnesotans. Our vision is for health equity in Minnesota where all communities are thriving and all people have what they need to be healthy.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency’s mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness financial well-being professional development and work/life harmony. As an employee your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment agency funding availability union/collective bargaining agreement location and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity affirmative action and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women minorities individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email careers@state.mn.us and indicate what assistance is needed.

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