Public Health Inspector

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Lewiston, Maine, United States

Job Description

Public Health Inspector

Lewiston, Maine | Human Services | Full-time Apply by: Dec. 22, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)Public Health Inspector IOpening Date: December 3, 2021Closing Date: December 22, 2021Job Class Code: 7350

Grade: 22

Salary: $41,537.60 – $55,744.00 / yr.Position Number: 02032-1918 & 02032-1920

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State’s population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers. The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

Job duties:

You will serve as a District Public Health Inspector, conducting inspections for restaurants, mobile food vendors, school kitchens, correctional facility kitchens, hospital cafeteria kitchens, lodging places, campgrounds, youth camps, public pools/spas, mass gatherings and body artists for potential impact on public health and safety.

The Health Inspection Program has two current vacancies out of the Lewiston DHHS office. One vacancy includes portions of Oxford, Cumberland and York Counties, including the towns of Upton, Newry, Naples, Oxford, Raymond, Standish, Lebanon and other adjacent towns. The second vacancy includes portions of Cumberland, Androscoggin, Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties, including the towns of New Gloucester, Dresden, Wiscasset, Topsham, Brunswick, Freeport, Georgetown and other adjacent towns.

You will also:

+ Resolve issues associated with compliance with health, safety, environmental, and sanitary rules and regulations.

+ Provide technical expertise and education on all Program rules and regulations.

+ Assist with the development of Program rules and standard operating procedures.

+ Monitor the correction of violations within a timeframe.

+ Evaluate establishments for compliance with provisions in order to issue licenses.

+ Prioritize the inspection of establishments, the issuance of licenses, and the response to complaints per the program’s standard operating procedures.

+ Recommend compliance closures and determine when to issue Imminent Health Hazard notices.

+ Conduct special investigations for complaints and food/waterborne illnesses.

+ Investigates reported outbreaks of food/water borne illness and communicable diseases and responds to consumer complaints of alleged violations of regulations to gather information, prepare reports, andrespond to certain emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

A six (6) year combination of education and/or experience in public health, environmental or biological science, health education or a related field which includes two (2) years of public health, biological or environmental science, or related experience.

LICENSING/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: (These must be met by all employees prior to attaining permanent status in this class).

Obtain FDA standardization for food inspections, Certified Food Manager Certification and Certified Pool Operation Certification after hire.

Preferred candidateswill also have:

+ Knowledge and experience with food safety, public health and sanitation laws.

+ Knowledge of techniques used in the field of public health inspections.

+ Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

+ Ability to work independently.

+ Ability to train and instruct others.

+ Ability to conduct investigations and inspections.

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of internal and external partners.

+ Ability to use computers proficiently.

Application Information:

Please submit all documents or files in a PDF or Word format.

For additional information about this position please contact Rebecca Walsh, Inspector Supervisor at (207) 287-1978

*To apply,please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

*In your cover letter, you must provide the following information:

1) explain what prior education and/or experience you have had doing the elements under “Job Description,” above; and

2) explain which, if any, of the attributes under “Preferred candidates will have” section above that you possess.

To request a paper application, please contact ( .


Benefits are vital to your health and well-being. We get it. Here’s what the State of Maine offers:

+ growth – build your career

+ health, dental, and vision insurance – take care of yourself

+ retirement savings – financially independent, even after you stop working

+ flexible spending accounts – manage out-of-pocket healthcare and/or daycare costs

+ Living Resources(employee assistance program) – overcome difficult situations with support

+ paid holidays – twelve each year

+ federal public loan forgiveness program- for qualifying loans and payments

+ statewide locations – from Kittery to Madawaska

+ training – develop knowledge, skills, and understanding

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.23) of health insurance premiums (more information is available here). Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Programcan decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC199202708

Posted On: Dec 06, 2021

Updated On: Dec 28, 2021