Public Health Inspector
Environmental Health Careers with State and County Health Departments
Employing science and engineering graduates from a variety of disciplines, environmental health programs offer meaningful and satisfying careers helping protect people and communities from public health risks. They provide an attractive variety of work assignments and settings, and ample opportunity for professional development and advancement. State positions and most county jobs offer excellent fringe benefits including subsidized health insurance coverage, reasonable and flexible work hours, generous amounts of leave time, and unrivaled pension plans. In combination, these factors allow science and technology graduates to experience gratifying careers while enjoying an enviable quality of life.
Recent surveys indicate there is a substantial shortfall of candidates for these jobs.
Operating under the direction of sanitarians and other environmental health professionals, Public Health Inspectors conduct inspections and prepare reports that document compliance with the Public Health Law and the State Sanitary Code in settings such as: food service establishments (restaurants); children's camps; hotels; campgrounds; swimming pools; bathing beaches; and water and sewage treatment systems. Inspectors may also conduct investigations of public health complaints and emergencies.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) and some county health departments employ Public Health Inspectors. Other county health departments and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYCDHMH) have similar positions with titles such as Public Health Technician and Environmental Aide.
Candidates typically must possess an associate's degree or have completed 60 credit hours, including 12 credit hours in the natural sciences. Acceptable natural sciences include biology, chemistry, geology, hydrology or physics. Applicants who meet these minimum qualifications must complete a written exam to be placed on a civil service candidate list.
NYSDOH uses the title of Public Health Inspector primarily as a summer position (May through September) in the state's nine district offices (see the back for the locations of these offices). Some counties employ staff with this title in regular full-time positions.
Salaries and benefits will vary depending on location, title and grade level. For example, the state Public Health Inspector title (grade 11) has a salary range of about $32,500 to $41,500 (approximately $16.50 per hour), effective April 2008. In accordance with labor union contracts, this range will increase each of next several years.
Contact & Application Information
Vacancy announcements are issued periodically. Information for NYSDOH positions can be found on the agency's employment web page. Additional information on environmental health jobs and activities can be found at the Public Health Works! page. Questions about employment opportunities with the NYSDOH may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or you may contact the agency's Bureau of Personnel Management at 518-486-1812.
Note: If there is no current candidate list when a job is being filled, the agency may directly hire applicants who meet the minimum qualifications. Interested applicants, especially for seasonal jobs, are encouraged to contact the district office in their area to determine if there are vacancies.
Employment opportunities at county health departments can be obtained by contacting the individual county (contact information for these can be obtained from the New York Department of Civil Service links, or through related links at the NYSDOH web site listed above.
New York City job postings and related information are found at http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/hr/career.shtml, or information can be obtained at (212) 788-4655.
New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) District Offices
- Counties served: St. Lawrence
- Address: 58 Gouverneur Street
- Director: Bruce Stone, email@example.com
- Phone: (315) 386-1040
Saranac Lake District
- Counties served: Essex, Franklin, Hamilton
- Address: 41 St. Bernard Street
Saranac Lake 12983-1839
- Director: Jules Callaghan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (518) 891-1800
- Counties served: Ontario, Wayne, Yates
- Address: 624 Pre-Emption Road
- Director: Nicholas Rich, email@example.com
- Phone: (315) 789-3030
- Counties served: Jefferson, Lewis
- Address: Dulles State Office Building
317 Washington Street
- Director: Sheri Palmer, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (315) 785-2277
Glens Falls District
- Counties served: Saratoga, Warren, Washington
- Address: 77 Mohican Street
Glens Falls, 12801-4429
- Director: Anita Gabalski, email@example.com
- Phone: (518) 793-3893
- Counties served: Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery
- Address: 5665 State Route 5
- Director: Donald Van Patten, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (315) 866-6879
- Counties served: Schuyler, Steuben
- Address: 107 Broadway, room 105
- Director: Tomas Klaseus, email@example.com
- Phone: (607) 324-8371
- Counties served: Sullivan
- Address: 50 North Street, Suite 2
- Director: Michael J. Duffy, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (845) 794-2045
- Counties served: Delaware, Greene, Otsego
- Address: 28 Hill Street, Suite 201
- Director: Audrey Lewis, email@example.com
- Phone: (607) 432-3911