Occ. Code 4412201

 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 1 (ENVIRONMENT), GRADE 14

4412201

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 2 (ENVIRONMENT), GRADE 18

4412202

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 3 (ENVIRONMENT), GRADE 23

4412203

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 4 (ENVIRONMENT), GRADE 27

4412204

 

New York State Department of Civil Service

 

Classification Standard

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CLASS SERIES

 

          Positions in this series investigate and evaluate the impact of environmental contamination on public health; assess human exposure to hazardous chemicals; develop, coordinate, and evaluate regulatory programs and remedial activities; recommend measures protective of public health; and communicate health assessments to the public and other government agencies. 

 

          These positions are located at the Department of Health (DOH), Center for Environmental Health (CEH). 

 

Distinguishing Characteristics

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 1 (ENVIRONMENT): entry level; assists higher level Public Health Specialists (Environment) in the conduct of comprehensive investigations and assessments of environmentally contaminated sites. 

 

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 2 (ENVIRONMENT): full performance level; conducts comprehensive investigations and assessments of environmentally contaminated sites; and may supervise Public Health Specialists 1 (Environment).

 

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 3 (ENVIRONMENT): first supervisory level; serves as a mid-level manager for a section within a geographic region, or for a particular class of investigations; and supervises Public Health Specialists 1 and 2 (Environment).

 

PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 4 (ENVIRONMENT): managerial level; serves as a section chief; and manages investigations for a defined geographic region.

 

Related Classes

Public Health Engineers apply professional engineering knowledge, skills, and judgment in one or more environmental health programs and review of related engineering plans. Incumbents provide technical guidance to representatives of all levels of government as well as citizen groups, regulated facilities, other professionals, and the general public.

 

Sanitarians enforce the provisions of the Public Health Law and New York Codes, Rules, and Regulations relating to environmental health, sanitation, and safety. Incumbents determine the compliance of facilities or assess public health problems in a variety of mechanical, electrical, structural, and operational systems.    

 

Environmental Health Program Managers lead the technical and scientific programs of the Center for Environmental Health engaged in preventive health such as public water supply protection, radiation safety; food protection and community sanitation, environmental health risk assessment, hazardous site remediation, occupational health, and risk communication.

 

Illustrative Duties

          Public Health Specialist 1 (Environment)  

Assists in the conduct of investigations of environmentally contaminated sites under the direction of a Public Health Specialist 2 (Environment) or Public Health Specialist 3 (Environment). 

 

·       Conducts preliminary public health investigations of suspected circumstances that could adversely affect the environment.

 

·       Assembles technical data on the environmental fate of pollutants through the review of files, environmental health inspection reports, and other data available on a site, water supply, or other environmental contamination issue. 

 

·       Evaluates the completeness of inspections and makes recommendations to Public Health Specialists 2 (Environment) or Public Health Specialists 3 (Environment) to achieve a complete, scientifically defensible investigation.

 

·       Assists in the planning of expanded laboratory capabilities through the evaluation of program needs, and makes recommendations on the need for analysis of specific compounds in different media. 

 

·       Assists in the determination of sampling and lab analyses through the review of manufacturing processes and/ or waste streams of industries under investigation.

 

·       Compiles relevant data on human exposure pathways to be used in the impact assessment of possible public exposure to contaminants. 


 

          Public Health Specialist 2 (Environment)

 

May perform all of the same duties and functions as a Public Health Specialist 1 (Environment).

Informs Public Health Specialists 3 (Environment) or Public Health Specialists 4 (Environment) of community concerns and issues.

·       Reviews remedial action and remedial design plans initiated by other agencies or responsible parties for hazardous waste sites, voluntary clean-up sites, or brownfield sites, and makes recommendations to ensure that public exposures are mitigated.

 

·       Analyzes and interprets environmental data to prepare technical reports for use in negotiations, litigation, and the ranking of sites. 

 

·       Responds to public inquiries related to environmental concerns and provide technical support and guidance to local health units on hazardous waste sites, chemical spills, indoor air quality molds, and other environmental hazards to public health. 

 

·       Develops technical training programs for local health units on environmental exposure and hazard assessments based on established policies and procedures. 

 

·       Investigates emergency incidents of indoor air contamination in accordance with established policies and procedures.

 

·       Oversees field inspections to determine if work plans are implemented in a manner protective of public health. 

 

·       May independently represent DOH at public meetings, provide technical support, and explain policies and positions.

 

·       May supervise Public Health Specialists 1 (Environment).

 

          Public Health Specialist 3 (Environment)

 

May perform all of the same duties and functions as a Public Health Specialist 2 (Environment).

 

·       Investigates hazardous waste sites and reviews investigations initiated by the Department of Environmental Conservation, local health units, and other responsible parties to ensure that environmental data is sufficient to assess public exposures to contaminated media.

 

·       Identifies program trends, accomplishments, or issues for Public Health Specialists 4 (Environment). 

 

·       Makes recommendations or decisions based on the analysis and interpretation of environmental data.

 

·       Works with local health units to perform investigations and sampling of environmentally contaminated sites.

 

·       Performs field inspections to determine if work plans are implemented in a manner protective of public health, to assess actual site conditions, and collects samples of environmental media.

 

·       Represents DOH at meetings with various stakeholders to discuss investigations and remedial activities. 

 

·       Represents DOH at public meetings and availability sessions to educate the public on technical issues related to exposures to contaminants in the environment. 

 

Supervises Public Health Specialists 1 (Environment) and Public Health Specialists 2 (Environment) to ensure that investigations are complete, accurate, and carried out in accordance with established policies and procedures. 

 

·       Oversees staff assignments and reassignments; evaluates performance, monitors time and attendance, and approves the use of overtime.

 

·       Provides technical assistance to lower level Public Health Specialists (Environment) in the development and sampling of appropriate environmental data.  

 

·       Trains lower level Public Health Specialists (Environment) in the use and interpretation of the Human Exposure Potential Ranking Model.

 

·       Serves as lead contact with other State and federal agencies, and prepares testimony to be used in criminal cases as necessary.

 

·       Serves as a section chief in the absence of the Public Health Specialist 4 (Environment). 


 

          Public Health Specialist 4 (Environment)

 

May perform all of the same duties and functions as a Public Health Specialist 3 (Environment).

 

Investigates various environmental problems, addresses public health concerns, and oversees the activities of lower level Public Health Specialists (Environment) within a defined geographic region.

 

·       Informs upper level management of and discusses potential ramifications of highly sensitive and political issues related to environmental contamination.

 

·       Interacts with DOH program managers, local health units, and other State and federal agencies to coordinate workloads, delineate responsibilities, and develop policies and procedures related to new environmental health issues.

 

·       Oversees staff assignments and reassignments; evaluates performance, monitors time and attendance, and approves the use of overtime.

 

·       Prioritizes the work of subordinate staff, ensures that resources are allocated to the highest impact areas, prepares workload analyses, and monitors progress to ensure that work is completed in accordance with established timeframes, policies, and procedures. 

 

·       Identifies staff training needs and allocate resources efficiently to address those needs.

 

Reviews staff comments regarding proposals, data, draft reports, final reports, remedial designs, investigations, and feasibility studies prepared by consultants or other responsible parties to ensure appropriateness and adherence to conditions of negotiated orders to contain sites and mitigate human exposure and potential public health concerns.

 

·       Serves as negotiator for DOH with other State and federal agencies and responsible parties in litigation.

 

·       Reviews and approves community health and safety plans to be used during investigations and remedial activities.

 

·       Monitors the implementation of health and safety plans during remedial construction to ensure the protection of public health.

 

·       Represents DOH at interagency, public, and private meetings.

 

·       Provides consultation and technical assistance to local health units to address public health concerns associated with environmental contamination.

 

·       Coordinates regional activities related to hazardous waste sites with Central Office and other involved State and federal agencies. 

 

·       Develops regional and statewide objectives, and monitor progress and outcomes. 

 

Minimum Qualifications

          PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 1 (Environment)

 

open-Competitive: a bachelors degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, geology, engineering, geochemistry, industrial hygiene, or environmental sciences; and one year of experience assessing the impact of toxic substances on public health. 

 

Substitution: a master's degree in a health or human services area may be substituted for the one year of experience.

 

          PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 2 (Environment)

 

open-Competitive: a bachelors degree in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, geology, engineering, geochemistry, industrial hygiene, or environmental sciences; and two years of experience assessing the impact of toxic substances on public health.

 

Substitution: a master's degree in a health or human services area may be substituted for one year of the above experience.

 

          PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 3 (Environment)

 

Promotion:  one year of permanent competitive service as a Public Health Specialist 2 (Environment).

 

          PUBLIC HEALTH SPECIALIST 4 (Environment)

 

Promotion: one year of permanent competitive service as a Public Health Specialist 3 (Environment).

 

Date:  9/15

 

 

NOTE: Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent, and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe. Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class. The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written. Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.