The work is of professional public health engineering nature involving ordinary responsibilities in relation to execution of one or more of the specialized phases of the environmental health programs in any municipality. The work entails assisting, under general supervision, in carrying out any specific phases of the program; performing specific assignments of ordinary difficulty and responsibility; advising public officials or individuals on problems requiring professional public health engineering knowledge and judgment, including measures for improvements and compliance with legal requirements; assisting in the promotion of public health through application of environmental health practices requiring ordinary professional knowledge and skill; assisting in the enforcement of the provisions of all local matters; investigations of conditions and problems requiring ordinary professional public health engineering knowledge and ability; assistance in preparation of complicated technical reports. An employee in this class works under general supervision of a supervising Public Health Engineer. An employee in this class does not supervise. Does related work as required.




Investigates and makes reports and recommendations on public water supplies or sewage systems, swimming and bathing places, stream pollution, sanitary conditions of camps, hotels or boarding houses, restaurants and public eating places, general sanitation, indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental exposures, x-ray installations and environmental health nuisances.

Interprets the results of laboratory examinations of air, water, sewage, industrial wastes and other samples.

Assists in the instruction of local water plant operators.

Participates in investigations of environmental health factors related to disease outbreaks.

Assists municipalities and industries in organizing surveys to detect illegal plumbing connections.

Confers with local officials relative to public health engineering problems.

Performs special assignments of ordinary difficulty relating to any phase of public health engineering or environmental health as required.

Participates in all the various functions of vector control programs and environmental toxic and hazardous substance programs.

Due to large geographic area of Onondaga County, operates a motor vehicle to travel between inspection sites and transport necessary equipment and supplies.

Participates in public health preparedness activities as trained and assigned.

Utilizes appropriate methods for interacting effectively and professionally with persons of all ages and from diverse cultural, socioeconomic, educational, racial and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientations, lifestyles and physical abilities.





Good knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques relating to public health engineering.

Good knowledge of environmental health problems, practices and techniques.

Good knowledge of the provisions of the Public Health Law and State and County Sanitary Codes.

Skill in public health engineering techniques and practices.

Initiative and resourcefulness in solving public health engineering problems.

Ability to prepare technical reports and correspondence.

Ability to apply engineering fundamentals.

Ability to collect, collate, analyze and apply data

Ability to interpret specifications and standards and to read plans.

Ability to investigate public health engineering problems of moderate difficulty.

Ability to deal satisfactory with public and other officials and develop public relations.








One year of permanent competitive class status in the title of Public Health Engineer I.


Open Competitive:

One (1) year of work experience, or it’s part-time equivalent, as a Public Health Engineer in a New York State city or county or in the State Department of Health and either:


A. Graduation from a regionally accredited college or university or one accredited by the New York State Board of Regents to grant degrees with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering; or,

B. Possession of license to practice as a professional engineer in New York State.




When required to operate a motor vehicle, possession of a valid New York State Non-CDL or CDL including any special endorsements as required for the type of vehicle being operated.



*Minimum qualifications derived from Part 11 of the State Sanitary Code (10 NYCRR).



03/2017 Revised