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State of Montana Environmental Health Assessor (37385) in Helena, Montana

This position is in the Montana Environmental Health Education and Assessment (MEHEA) Program located in the Office of Epidemiology and Scientific Support at the Public Health & Safety Division. The person in this position is responsible for evaluating environmental data from hazardous waste sites, modeling potential exposures, identifying whether a public health hazard exists, and documenting the findings in Health Consultations, Public Health Assessments, or other reports, and determining whether methods to reduce exposure to chemicals should be recommended. This position is also responsible for reviewing human health risk assessments by other agencies and other site-related documents relevant to public health.

The purpose of the MEHEA program is to: 1) strengthen collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local partners across Montana; 2) identify pathways of exposure to hazardous substances at hazardous waste sites and releases; 3) identify, implement, and coordinate public health interventions to reduce exposures to hazardous substances which occur at levels of health concern; and 4) to operate a choose safe places for early care and education program.

Major Duties or Responsibilities:

Conduct Health Assessments, Health Consultations, Exposure Investigations and Program Evaluation

  • Analyzes and evaluates environmental, toxicity, and public health surveillance data.

  • Designs, coordinates, and manages studies or data collection of certain high priority or high-risk contaminants and identifies potential toxic chemical problems at hazardous waste sites.

  • Designs, critiques, and evaluates results of exposure-based data gathering efforts at hazardous waste sites.

  • Performs complex statistical analyses.

  • Prepares Health Assessment, Health Consultation, and Exposure Investigation reports following Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) guidelines.

  • Designs and conducts program evaluation activities.

Consultation and Education

  • Provides consultation and assistance to state, local, and federal agency staff as well as community members related to risks and mitigation recommendations at hazardous waste sites.

  • Provides epidemiology and environmental health consultation and risk communication to divisions throughout the Department of Public Health and Human Services and other state agencies.

  • Develops and conducts various trainings related to epidemiology, environmental health, and risk assessment related issues.

Other Duties as Assigned

Physical and Environmental Demands:Most work is conducted in a typical office environment with occasional (several times a year) site visits, which will expose the employee to local weather and may expose the employee to unpleasant and noxious fumes and odors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):

Required for the first day of work:

  • Knowledge of epidemiology, geology, hydrogeology, toxicology, and chemistry.

  • Ability to analyze environmental information and evaluate potential public health risk.

  • Ability to conduct basic statistical analysis.

  • Ability to identify issues and solve problems.

  • Skill in writing technical reports or grants.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including risk communication and public speaking.

  • Ability to work with a variety of interest groups and the general public.

  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service.

Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Environmental or related Sciences or a closely related degree.

  • Three years of job-related experience.

  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Preferred Qualifications (Education and Experience):

  • Bachelor’s and master’s coursework that includes 15 term hours (10 semester) in toxicology, 20 term hours (14 semester) in chemistry (including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) and 35 term (24 semester) hours in any combination of the following: physiology, histology, pathology, statistics, environmental science, microbiology, physical or environmental chemistry (in addition to the above indicated 20 term hours), anatomy, pharmacology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, toxicology (in addition to the above indicated 15 term hours) or vertebrate biology or zoology.

  • Knowledge of human health risk assessment methods and guidance, and health-based standards.

  • Experience in assessing and controlling the impact of toxic substances on human health and the environment.

  • Experience in geographic information systems (GIS).

/Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply./

/To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position./

Materials Required of Applicants:

(To be considered in this pool, please submit the following)

  • Resume

  • Cover letter

  • 3 Professional references

On your first day of work in the office, the Department will provide you with a cloth face covering. You may also bring and wear your own face coverings. Please be advised, all DPHHS employees are required to wear masks/face coverings while at work in the office and outside the office in official employee capacity.

Job: *Business/Analyst/Statistics

Title: Environmental Health Assessor (37385)

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 21140380