The work involves responsibility for planning and directing the activities of one or more specialized bureaus within the Division of Environmental Health and, depending on the area of assignment, may have responsibility for supervising the activities of one or more of the bureau's specialized programs. As Public Health Engineer IV in a municipal public health department, the work is of a professional environmental health nature involving responsibilities of a high order in relation to planning, direction, and supervision of the environmental health program. The work entails furnishing 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 Law and local and State Sanitary Codes in relation to environmental health matters. The incumbent is responsible for one or more specialized environmental health bureaus and may be assigned to supervise the activities of a specialized program within a bureau or may assist the Director of Environmental Health in directing and administering the Division of Environmental Health and, in the absence of the Director assume the responsibilities of the Division. Does related work as required.




Guides and directs educational and regulatory activities pertaining to the program.

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 exposure, 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, realty subdivisions, qualifications of water treatment plant operators, public health nuisances and related matters.

Consults and advises concerning activities carried on in relation to control of food.

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

Consults and advises regarding programs for insect and rodent control.

Advises relative to sanitary land fill problems and operations.

Make environmental health investigations of outbreaks of disease.

Formulates and carries on or directs programs for training of water plant operators, environmental health personnel, food handlers, restaurant proprietors, 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 local, state and federal agencies whose work or policies effect the public health program.

Prepares technical reports including recommendations.

Formulates public health engineering an 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.




Thorough knowledge of the principles, techniques, practices and administration of public health engineering and environmental health programs as related to indoor and outdoor air quality, x-ray installation, water supplies and purification, sewerage and sewage disposal, sanitary control of foods, sanitary control of restaurants and public eating places, sanitary control of camps, hotels, lodging houses, boarding house, swimming pools, bathing, beaches, schools and other places, insect and rodent control, housing, public health nuisances and general sanitation.

Thorough knowledge of provisions of Public Health Law and State Sanitary Code related to 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.

Demonstrated skill in public health engineering techniques and practices.

Initiative and resourcefulness in solving difficult public health engineering problems.

Ability to deal with public and other officials.

Ability to develop and maintain good public relations.

Professional judgment.




Three (3) years of satisfactory experience as a Public Health Engineer in a New York State city or county or in the State Department of Health, one (1) year of which must have been in a responsible supervisory or administrative position.




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).





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