Public Health Inspector, Food Safety and Community Sanitation

Full-time
Bureau of Food Safety and Community Sanitation
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.
Description

DUTIES WILL INCLUDE BUT NOT BE LIMITED TO:

  • 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 the five boroughs using mass transit.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

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.

40 hours/week