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Environmental Health Specialist, Regional Municipality of Halton

Oakville, Ontario
Deadline April 17, 2014

Department: Health
Location: Health Protection Services
Salary Range: $69,607 - $87,003 (Pay Grade 7)

Note: Applicants will be considered for interviews based on the information provided in their application to the Region of Halton including a current resume and cover letter. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

This position is being offered on a permanent full-time position working 35 hours per week.

Preferred Background:

A Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Health (or related field), a Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada) and a minimum of five years’ experience in a public health unit or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Knowledge and experience related to health hazard and air quality standards, legislation, project management, and risk management is required. Excellent written and verbal skills, facilitation and presentation skills are required along with risk communication skills. Research, evaluation and knowledge exchange/transfer skills including public speaking and responding to media requests are required. Demonstrated skills in analysis, planning, monitoring and evaluation are required. Surveillance and epidemiological skills required. Ability to work independently and in a group as well as the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders is required. Working knowledge and proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint) is required.

Working Conditions:

Some travel will be required within Halton Region. Incumbent must supply own transportation and have a valid Ontario driver’s license.

Duties

  • Supports the Health Protection Division by providing expertise on environmental health issues through investigation and surveillance of environmental events, and research on emergent environmental issues.
  • Acts as a lead consultative resource to staff regarding a variety of issues and leads projects related to the Ontario Public Health Standards and Protocols regarding health hazards.
  • Responds to requests for a wide variety of information and researches and responds to complex issues involving environmental science, toxicology, exposure assessment and mitigation.
  • Collects and maintains health status information and performs statistical analysis, synthesizes data, and interprets statistical significance of results.
  • Monitors standards, researches best practices and provides recommendations on environmental health issues.
  • Develops and implements risk communication strategies specific to the environmental health issue.
  • Develops educational materials and/or information for the public regarding environmental health issues to minimize risk or reduce exposure.
  • Manages projects, monitors for progress and conducts evaluation.
  • Writes position papers and develops policies and procedures on environmental health issues and matters of importance to the Health Protection Division.
  • Prepares and presents reports to/for the Board of Health, Medical Officer of Health, Director, and Managers of Health Protection Services.
  • Represents the Health Department on relevant committees, agencies and/or community boards, and in joint initiatives with other governmental, non-governmental and private sector organizations.
  • Responds to media requests on a range of environmental health issues.
  • Works with PHI’s to support the investigation and interpretation of scientific environmental data.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Posted: April 3, 2014
Posting Expires: April 17, 2014
Posting #: H-120-14

Note: Personal information collected through the job application process will only be used for the purpose of determining qualifications for employment.

Halton Job Postings: http://webaps.halton.ca/about/jobs/JobPostings.cfm