job #12,680: Environmental Health Specialist - Department of the Interior (DOI)/National Park Service (NPS)
The Department of the Interior (DOI)/National Park Service (NPS) is recruiting a Commissioned Corps officer to fill the position of Environmental Health Specialist with a duty station in Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GOGA) -- San Francisco, California. Applicants in the EHO and HSO category will be considered.
The Environmental Health Specialist works under the general direction of the Field Services Branch Team Lead, within the Office of Public Health (OPH) and serves as a public health expert and advisor. This position is responsible for assisting the GOGA park superintendent and park staff. Applicants should have a strong environmental/public health background. Responsibilities include evaluation of food safety at permanent facilities and events, drinking water safety, wastewater treatment and disposal, zoonotic and vector borne disease and consultation for all public health related issues that may occur in the assigned parks. Other specific areas of public health responsibility and support include recreational water, special events, training, outbreak investigation, FDA Food Code plan review, and emergency/disaster response for both the National Park Service and for the Public Health Service.
• Conducts Food Safety Evaluations, Public Health Assessments, and other public health response activities at the parks within the area of responsibility, provides a written report on all observations and recommendations, and collaborates with senior park and regional management to communicate and follow up on recommendations
• Provides expert technical assistance in the areas of food sanitation, vector-borne disease prevention, disease outbreak investigation/response and any other public health issues affecting the health and wellbeing of park visitors.
• Provides technical assistance on issues related to drinking water treatment, wastewater treatment and disposal, working directly with the OPH Team Lead to address water/wastewater risks
• Provides data and advice to key NPS personnel, the Team Lead, and OPH Director on activities that affect public and environmental health activities, policy, programs, projects, and initiatives
• Interprets and implements policies, standards, programs and procedures in the assigned areas of responsibility, and is responsible for their effective and timely communication and oversight of their implementation
• Conducts on- and off-site program reviews and assistance trips to park facilities to evaluate compliance with policies, objectives, and standards, to monitor overall effectiveness of public health operations, and to provide technical assistance in the solution of specific problems
• Extensive knowledge of the principles and practices of general environmental and public health management.
• Significant experience in the application of food safety principles and regulations to the design and operation of food establishments
• Knowledge in the concepts of disease surveillance, reporting and outbreak response
• Knowledge, skill, and experience with the concepts and application of Integrated Pest Management
• Some knowledge, skill, and experience in conducting sanitary surveys of public and non-public drinking water supplies
• Some understanding and knowledge in sanitary surveys of wastewater collection, treatment, and disposal systems
• Excellent written and oral presentation skills
A Bachelor of Science degree in environmental health, public health or a related field is required. A Master’s Degree (eg. MPH, MSPH, MS, or equivalent) is preferred. Professional licensure Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian (e.g. P.E., REHS, RS, etc.) from a nationally recognized credentialing body is required. In addition, applicants must meet OFRD Readiness Standards.
Applicants must possess specialized experience that has provided knowledge sufficient to provide comprehensive environmental public health services and to develop science based initiatives that will positively impact the function of activities. Experience must clearly demonstrate the ability to serve as a public health expert and advisor with the proven ability to lead and manage in an effective, progressive, collaborative, and fiscally prudent manner.
The position requires local travel and working a non-traditional schedule including nights and weekends.
This position closes on June 15, 2018. If interested, please send a cover letter and CV to
Position Information CDR Craig Ungerecht Phone: 415- 623-2271 Email:
Jessica Carter Phone: 415-561-4993 Email:
PHS Information Sonya Coakley Phone: 202-513-7215 Email: