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$ 22.10-$ 32.06 hourly, $ 46,145-$ 66,941 annually

Date Posted:   07/11/2013
Closing Date:   07/22/2013
Working Title:   Sanitarian Supervisor
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   EH/FPLS
Location:   Freeman Office Bldg., St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open only to current employees in this agency
Posting Number:   13HEAL000328
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   Health Care & Human Services
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This vacancy is located in the Food, Pools and Lodging Services (FPLS) Section of the Environmental Health (EH) Division at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) in St. Paul.

The job duties include supervising field staff in the assigned region in accordance with the terms of collective bargaining agreement, department policies, and good principles of supervision; directing the activities of the district to ensure adequate resources and consistent application of rules, policies, and enforcement; representing the district at management meetings and at section advisory group meetings; coordinating all potential foodborne and waterborne outbreak investigations and other emergency situations in the assigned region so the public's health is protected and applicable laws and rules are in compliance.

Job Responsibilities involve:

Travel to the MDH district offices and to licensed establishments in the incumbent's assigned region. Distances vary but may include driving hours at a time.

Thorough knowledge of the federal and state laws relating to the 5 program areas administered through the section (food and beverage, lodging, public pools, manufactured home parks and recreational camping areas, youth camps).

Working a flexible schedule that would enable the incumbent to work long hours to accommodate long-distance travel and the client's schedule.
Minimum Qualifications:   Bachelor's degree in the physical or biological sciences.


Registration as a Sanitarian/Environmental Health Specialist.


Three years of professional experience as a Public Health Sanitarian or Environmental Health Specialist in a public health agency which involves conducting investigations, ensuring compliance, and providing technical assistance related to the regulatory requirements of food and lodging establishments, public swimming pools, recreational camping areas, manufactured home parks and youth camps or the regulatory requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act as they relate to noncommunity public water supplies.

Thorough knowledge of the principles of public health involved in the transmission of disease.

Ability to plan and conduct sanitary surveys and investigations and prepare reports.

Ability to establish effective working relationships with owners and operators of noncommunity public water supplies, and the general public. Ability to enforce laws, rules and regulations consistently and impartially.
Lifting up to 40 pounds of equipment.

Working outdoors in all seasons, with outside/inside exposure to weather extremes.

Work/traverse occasionally on uneven or sloping ground, including snow covered ground.

On a regular, reoccurring basis, read documents, maps, gauges, equipment manuals, etc.
Requires a Class D Driver's License: a single unit vehicle with a gross vehicle weight of less than 26,000 pounds. This is a basic driver's license. Operators may also tow vehicles/trailers as long as the a gross combination weight does not exceed 26,000 pounds.
Preferred Qualifications:   Ability to recognize, evaluate and provide solutions for problems which affect public health.

Anticipate needs to prevent problems from occurring.

Lead and work effectively with groups.

Effectively manage situations where opinions are diverse and solutions are not clear.

Effective listening, communication, and consensus building skills and the ability to plan, organize and function under time constraints and with multiple priorities.
Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation.

Certain Disabled Veterans - Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This position is open for bids and for current MDH employees simultaneously. This vacancy will be filled in accordance with applicable union contract provisions. Current employees of the Minnesota Department of Health who are currently in a Public Health Sanitarian Supervisor position and who are eligible to bid will be considered prior to filling the position via other means.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:
1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#13HEAL000328) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.
2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#13HEAL000328) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Wendy Spanier, (320) 223-7331/