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Environmental Health Officer 1/2 (PCN 187251)

State of Alaska
Ketchikan, Alaska, US
Closing date
May 21, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
This position is open to Alaska Residents only. Please check our residency definition to determine if you qualify. Who we are: The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Health is seeking an energetic and proactive environmental health professional to serve as a flexibly staffed Environmental Health Officer (EHO) 1/2 in our Ketchikan office. This position is responsible for conducting inspections and plan reviews of retail food and public facilities (pool and spa operations and body art shops), and inspections of food processors, including seafood manufacturers. The work includes travel across southeast Alaska to remote communities. This position requires the application of a broad base of environmental health knowledge. Because experience for this position is difficult to gain in Alaska, our program offers extensive training and professional growth opportunities. Our mission to Alaska: The Division of Environmental Health (EH) provides clear standards and technical assistance to ensure environmental protection, safe food, and safe drinking water for all Alaskans. The Food Safety and Sanitation program's mission is to protect public health at regulated food, seafood, and public facilities. Our vision is to collaboratively work with these facilities to prevent illness, injury, and loss of life caused by unsafe sanitary practices. Environmental Health Officers work directly with regulated establishments- educating on food safety and sanitation standards, communicating with establishment owners and employees to ensure these standards are being implemented. This is a boots on the ground position that can truly make a difference in our community. Benefits of joining our team: This is real public health work where you will make a difference every day in your work. This position has lots of opportunities for travel and training. We invest a lot in our employee's education and professional growth. Your working environment: Though the work can be demanding, program staff maintain a positive team atmosphere both in-person and through communications on Microsoft Teams. Our staff are now working a combination of in-person in the office and telecommute. We are looking for people with any combination of education and/or experience that provides the applicant with the following competencies: * Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Uses a logical, systematic, and sequential approach to address problems or opportunities or manage a situation by drawing on one's knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary. * Teamwork: Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals. * Technical Competence: Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues. * Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. * Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately. Special Note: * This position requires frequent travel within the State (normally one trip of up to 3-5 days length occurring monthly), travel by small plane, boat, or other. * This position may be required to work hours outside the normal workweek- weekends, and evenings based on program needs. To view the general description and example of duties for an Environmental Health Officer 1/2 please go to the following link: Environmental Health Officer 1 (Range 14) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, food technology, or natural science. Substitution: Four years of any combination of experience in applying public health and environmental health standards or quality control within a food processing industry or in support of a regulatory agency and post-secondary education from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree. Environmental Health Officer 2 (Range 16) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college in an environmental, physical, biological, food technology, or natural science; AND One year of trainee/entry professional level experience inspecting, investigating, or permitting retail food establishments, food processing activities or public facilities. Substitution: Four years of any combination of experience in applying public health and environmental health standards or quality control within a food processing industry or in support of a regulatory agency and post-secondary education from an accredited college (3 semester or 4 quarter hours equal one month) will substitute for the required degree. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF APPLICATION * Cover letter describing how you meet the core competencies. The cover letter will be used as the applicant's writing sample. It should be written by the applicant to demonstrate desired competencies and, if necessary, supplement the application by demonstrating the minimum qualifications. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED AT TIME OF INTERVIEW * Two (2) most recent Performance Evaluations (if available) * Copies of post-secondary academic transcripts if using education to demonstrate minimum qualifications. COVER LETTER A cover letter is required for this position. The cover letter should detail how you meet the core competencies and why you are uniquely qualified for this position. Please attach the cover letter to your application before submitting it online. Your cover letter will be used to help determine which applicants will advance to the interview phase of the recruitment and selection process. FLEXIBLY STAFFED This position is flexibly staffed. This vacancy may be filled at either the Environmental Health Officer 1/2 level depending on the applicant's training and/or experience. Starting salary will be determined by the level the position is hired at. If hired at the Environmental Health Officer 1, promotion to the Environmental Health Officer 2 will occur upon successful completion of the probationary period and required training, as well as the applicant meeting the minimum qualifications of the higher job class. EDUCATION To verify education being used to meet the required minimum qualifications, you must fill in the Education section of the application. If you have not obtained a degree, please indicate the number of units completed. Copies of transcripts are required to verify educational credentials being used to meet the minimum qualifications for a position and are required with each application. (Unofficial are okay, please ensure that the institution/URL name is listed on the transcripts). Transcripts can be attached at the time of application, provided at the time of interview or if not provided, transcripts will be required prior to appointment. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR FOREIGN EDUCATION Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements, if applicable. If utilizing this education you must show that the education credentials have been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs; or an accredited U.S. state university reports the other institution as one whose transcript is given full value, or full value is given in subject areas applicable to the curricula at the state university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Omission of required documentation listed will result in an incomplete application and you will not receive further consideration. WORK EXPERIENCE When using work experience not already documented in your application, please provide the employer's name, your job title, dates of employment, and whether full-or part-time. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the responses are supported, and minimum qualifications are clearly met. Work experience needed to meet the minimum qualifications must be documented in the application. If the application does not support minimum qualifications, the applicant may not advance to the interview and selection phase of the recruitment. A resume will not be used to determine that minimum qualifications have been met for the position in which you are applying. If you are currently or previously been appointed to a flexibly staffed position, please ensure your work experience within a flexibly staffed position indicates the actual dates employed at each level. Ensure your time and any subsequent flex promotion(s) are documented as a separate position. This is required as there are minimum qualifications that require experience at a particular level in which the lower level may not be considered. If this information is not accurately reflected in your application this may cause the processing of your application for consideration to be delayed. NOTE: Attaching a resume or curriculum vitae is not an alternative to filling out the application in its entirety. Noting "see resume or CV" or any similar response on any portion of your application may lead to a determination your application is incomplete and removal from consideration for this job posting. MULTIPLE VACANCIES This recruitment may be used for more than one (1) vacancy. The applicant pool acquired during this recruitment may be used for future vacancies for up to ninety (90) days after this recruitment closes. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply to each recruitment notice to ensure consideration for all vacancies. APPLICATION NOTICE You can ONLY apply for this position through the Workplace Alaska website or via hardcopy application. If you accessed this recruitment bulletin through a job search portal such as AlaskaJobs or any other database, you MUST use a Workplace Alaska online or hardcopy application to successfully apply. Instructions on how to apply with Workplace Alaska may be found on the Workplace Alaska "How to Apply" webpage, found here: NOTICE Questions regarding the application process can be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095. If you choose to be contacted by email, please ensure your email address is correct on your application and that the spam filter will permit email from the '' domains. For information on allowing emails from the '' domains, visit the Lost Password Help page located at EEO STATEMENT The State of Alaska complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Individuals with disabilities, who require accommodation, auxiliary aides or services, or alternative communication formats, please call 1-800-587-0430 or (907) 465-4095 in Juneau or TTY: Alaska Relay 711 or 1-800-770-8973 or correspond with the Division of Personnel & Labor Relations at: P.O. Box 110201, Juneau, AK 99811-0201. The State of Alaska is an equal opportunity employer. WORKPLACE ALASKA APPLICATION QUESTIONS & ASSISTANCE Questions regarding application submission or system operation errors should be directed to the Workplace Alaska hotline at 1-800-587-0430 (toll free) or (907) 465-4095 if you are in the Juneau area. Requests for information may also be emailed to For applicant password assistance please visit: For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager: Name: Carol Brady Environmental Health Officer 3 Phone: (907) 269-7636


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