Public Health Inspector, Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation

NYC Department of Health
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The Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation (BFSCS) protects the public, including New York’s most vulnerable citizens from a broad range of hazards that may pose a threat to health or safety.   This includes hazards related to: food safety wherever meals are served to the public, including restaurants, school cafeterias, mobile food vending carts, senior centers and soup kitchens; firsthand and second-hand smoke for all places of employment and public spaces. BFSCS also monitors compliance with regulations in other facilities, such as tattoo parlors, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. Additionally, BFSCS investigates environmental health complaints received from New York City residents.


Inspecting businesses and other establishments for compliance with New York State and NYC COVID-19 regulations.  

Identifying public health concerns and issue summonses to businesses for non-compliance with required COVID-19 standards.  

Educating operators on COVID-19 regulations to reduce the spread of the virus and protect employees, customers and the public.     

Making periodic inspections of commercial and social service establishments, to include but not limited to restaurants, bars, nightclubs, adult entertainment establishments, hookah bars, mobile food vending carts, commissaries, bakeries, homeless shelters, senior centers, correctional facilities, schools to review compliance with the New York City Health Code and other public health regulations to ensure they have a safe and wholesome food supply.

Enforcing provisions of Smoke-Free Air Act, Tobacco Product Regulation Act, and other tobacco free related regulations aim at creating a smoke-free environment and reducing access of tobacco products to minors.

Reviewing menu and menu boards to observe compliance with nutritional requirements aid at reducing and combating chronic diseases and obesity.

Preparing inspection reports using handheld computers. Preparing and serving court summonses when specific violations of applicable City, State laws and regulations are found.

Testifying at Office of Trials and Hearings, and other courts when required. Traveling throughout five boroughs using mass transit.

Minimum Qual Requirements

1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, including or supplemented by 30 semester credits in the physical and/or biological sciences, i.e., biology, botany, chemistry, geology, physics, physiology, and zoology; of which not more than 12 credit hours may be in the applied sciences, i.e., environmental technology, sanitation technology, medical technology, public health, infection control or food service; or

2. An associate degree from an accredited college, with 15 semester credits in the physical and/or biological sciences, of which not more than 6 credit hours may be in the applied sciences, and 5 years of experience as a public health technician assisting sanitarians and engineers in carrying out the various elements of prevention and control programs affecting the public’s health.

Medical Requirement: Medical guidelines have been established for the position of Public Health Sanitarian. Candidates will be examined to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position of Public Health Sanitarian. Where appropriate, a reasonable accommodation will be provided for a person with a disability to enable him or her to take the examination, and /or to perform the essential functions of the job.

Preferred Skills

The position draws on technical and scientific skills, as well as effective communication skills.

Candidates should have excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and organizational skills as well as computer skills.

Additional Information


Please note: If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license.

• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title.

• Current Resume

• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment. By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


As a current or prospective employee of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, you may be eligible for federal loan forgiveness programs and state repayment assistance programs. For more information on Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, Teacher Loan Forgiveness Program and Federal Perkins Loan Cancellation and Discharge, please visit:

For information on the New York State Student Loan Repayment Assistance Programs, please visit:


To Apply

Apply online with a cover letter to  In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number #   561102.

We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.

NOTE: This position is open to qualified persons with a disability who are eligible for the 55-a Program. Please indicate in your resume that you would like to be considered for the position under the 55-a Program.

Residency Requirement

New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.