The work involves responsibility for supervising one or more specialized programs within a bureau of the Division of Environmental Health. Under the general supervision of a higher level administrator, an employee in this class provides advice and guidance to local officials and the general public in regard to environmental health programs and the measures necessary for improvements and compliance with legal requirements; providing leadership in promotion of public health through application of environmental health practices; enforcement of the provisions of the Public Health Laws and Sanitary Codes in relation to environmental health matters. A Public Health Engineer III is responsible for one or more specialized areas of environmental health and/or assisting a Public Health Engineer IV. Supervision is exercised over a staff of Public Health Engineers, Sanitarians, Environmental Health Technicians and Environmental Health Aides. Certain assignments made to employees in this class will require reasonable access to transportation to meet field work requirements made in the ordinary course of business in a timely and efficient manner. Does related work as required.




Guides and directs education and regulatory activities pertaining to the programs.

Prepares budget for and evaluates environmental health programs.

Supervises enforcement of provisions of local and State Public Health Laws and Sanitary Codes relating to indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental exposures, x‑ray installations, public water supplies, sewerage and waste disposal, operation of water treatment plants, swimming pools and bathing beaches, camps, hotels, lodging and boarding houses, restaurants and public eating places, stream pollution, realty subdivisions, qualifications of water plant operators, public health nuisances and related matters.

Consults and advises concerning the activities carried on in relation to sanitary control of foods.

Consults and advises concerning the activities carried on in relation to promotion of improved housing and plumbing to meet public health standards.

Consults and advises concerning programs for insect and rodent control.

Advises relative to sanitary landfill problems and operation.

Make environmental health investigations of outbreaks of disease.

Formulates and carries on or directs programs for training of water plant operators, camp-owners, and other classes of operating personnel.

Represents the department of health on all matters and problems related to environmental health.

Maintains relationships and cooperates with State and federal agencies whose work or policies affect the environmental health program.

Prepares technical reports including recommendations.

Assists in developing public health engineering and environmental health policies.

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 basic principles, practices, techniques and administration of public health engineering and environmental health program's as related to indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental exposures, x‑ray installations, water supplies and purification, sewerage and sewage disposal, stream pollution, sanitary control of restaurants and public eating places, sanitary control of camps, hotels, lodging houses boarding houses, swimming pools, bathing beaches, schools and other places, insect and rodent control, housing, public health nuisances and general sanitation.

Good knowledge of provisions of Public Health Law and State Sanitary Code related to the above subjects.

Ability to plan, develop, direct and administer public health engineering and environmental health programs and to project and integrate these into the, departmental program.

Ability to prepare technical reports and correspondence.

Ability to deal satisfactorily with public and other officials.

Ability to develop and maintain good public relations.

Professional judgement.

Skill in public health engineering techniques and practices.

Initiative and resourcefulness in solving difficult public health engineering problems.





Two (2) years of work experience, or its part time equivalent, as a Public Health Engineer in a New York State City or County or in the State Department of Health.




Possession of a professional engineer's license issued by the State of New York.



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



03/2017 Date Revised