Health Sanitarian

Minnesota Department of Health
September 5, 2023
St. Cloud, MN
Job Type


Job Details

Working Title: Health Sanitarian
Job Class: Public Health Sanitarian I or II
Agency: Health Department

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers - bidders will be considered through 9/12/2023.
  • Date Posted : 09/05/2023
  • Closing Date : 09/19/2023
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit : Health Department / Health-MAPE
  • Division/Unit : Health Protection / EH FPLS
  • Work Shift/Work Hours : Day Shift
  • Days of Work : Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required : Yes, up to 75% of the time
  • Salary Range: $25.25 - $37.02 / hourly; $52,722 - $77,297 / annually
  • Classified Status : Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union : 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status : Nonexempt
  • Telework Eligible : Yes
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities : Yes

Make a difference in the lives of Minnesotans.

The work you'll do is more than just a job. Join the talented, engaged and inclusive workforce dedicated to creating a better Minnesota.

Job Summary

The Minnesota Department of Health's (MDH) Environmental Health Division is looking for a health inspector to join its team to administer and monitor the state program activities for the Food, Pools, and Lodging section (FPLS) in an assigned region. In this role, you will manage a caseload of licensed establishments by monitoring for compliance with applicable rules and statutes and communicating survey results to resolve compliance deviations at businesses to protect public health. You will also conduct inspections, collect, and analyze data, write summary reports for clients, and provide technical assistance to clients to assist with gaining compliance. The position also investigates reports of non-compliant operations.

This vacancy is being posted at both the Public Health Sanitarian I and Public Health Sanitarian II levels. The level at which the position will be filled will be based on the successful candidate's qualifications.


Resumes must reflect qualifications to be considered:

Public Health Sanitarian I Minimum Qualifications:

Possession of a registration as an Environmental Health Specialist / Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS Certification) OR the ability to obtain within two years of hire.

Candidates may be hired on a provisional basis, without a current or renewable REHS/RS credential with evidence of:

  • A bachelor's degree OR a degree-in-progress in environmental health, sanitary science, sanitary engineering, chemistry, biology, or other related environmental health field which includes at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical or biological sciences.

Public Health Sanitarian II Minimum Qualifications:

  • Two (2) years of experience working as an environmental health specialist or sanitarian and the ability to obtain an REHS/RS certification within two years of hire.


  • Possession of a master's degree in environmental health, sanitary science, sanitary engineering, chemistry, biology, or other related environmental health field and eighteen (18) months of experience working as an environmental health specialist or sanitarian and the ability to obtain an REHS/RS certification within two years of hire.

To become credentialed in Minnesota as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) a candidate may apply to sit for the NEHA computer-based REHS/RS exam, taken at an approved Pearson VUE testing location, OR apply for Minnesota REHS/RS reciprocity (when currently registered by NEHA or registered in another state as an REHS/RS).

Additional requirements to be assessed during the interview:

  • English verbal and listening skills sufficient to communicate clearly with owners, managers, and employees; interviewing in a variety of environments including while loud equipment is operating, in busy kitchens, and while the employees are working; have written communications skills sufficient to document concise, accurate, and complete information and observations.
  • Critical thinking skills sufficient to collect and analyze information, identify areas of focus, and make decisions based on evidence gathered.
  • Interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships, inform operators of violations and other pertinent findings, and participate in legal proceedings.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge in the following areas:
    • Public health, environmental science, epidemiology, biology, chemistry, geology, hydrogeology, and working knowledge of the procedures for investigating waterborne illnesses.
    • Legal evidence guidelines, with strict attention to detail in completing forms, following procedures, and documenting work.
    • Federal and state statutes, rules and standards, including retail food, public pools, lodging, manufactured home parks/recreational camping areas, youth camps, on-site sewage disposal systems, water wells, public non-community water supplies, and plumbing. ]
  • Experience working in an environmental or public health program, which includes the inspection of public water supplies and/or food, beverage, and lodging establishments.
  • Adaptive communication methods to match specific conditions and personalities; conflict resolution skills to resolve contentious situations.
  • Written and verbal communication skills to provide clear, concise, and accurate information when answering questions, or emphasizing critical issues.
  • Possession of a valid Class D Minnesota driver's license.

Physical Requirements:

  • Maneuver on even/uneven or sloping ground, including snow covered ground.
  • Work outdoors in all seasons, with outside/inside exposure to weather extremes.
  • Perform gross and fine motor tasks, sometimes in varying indoor/outdoor temperature extremes.
  • Frequently lift from ground to waist height, and from waist to shoulder height.
  • Read documents, maps, gauges, equipment manuals, etc.
  • Lift as much as 40 pounds of equipment or samples.
  • Participate in training and meetings using video conference, conference calls and other types of remote communication, using a laptop computer and cell phone in the field.

Additional Requirements:

  • This position requires the successful completion of a background check.
  • This position does not require a valid driver's license, but it demands travel, which the candidate will be responsible for meeting.

Application Details

How to Apply

Select "Apply for Job" at the top of this page. If you have questions about applying for jobs, contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email . For additional information about the application process, go to .

If you have questions about the position, contact Alexis Isaacson at or 651-539-2266 .

To receive consideration as a Connect 700 Program applicant, apply online, email the Job ID#, the Working Title and your valid Proof of Eligibility Certificate by the closing date to Alexis Isaacson at .

About Health Department

Come work for one of the best public health systems in the nation and you will contribute to our mission to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. We are working hard to achieve our vision for health equity in Minnesota, where all communities are thriving, and all people have what they need to be healthy.

Why Work for Us

Diverse Workforce

We are committed to continually developing a workforce that reflects the diversity of our state and the populations we serve. The varied experiences and perspectives of employees strengthen the work we do together and our ability to best serve the people of Minnesota.

A recent engagement survey of State of Minnesota employees found:

  • 95% of employees understand how their work helps achieve their agency's mission
  • 91% of employees feel trusted to do their jobs
  • 88% of employees feel equipped to look at situations from other cultural perspectives when doing their job
  • 87% of employees report flexibility in their work schedule

Comprehensive Benefits

Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:

  • Public pension plan
  • Training and professional development
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 11 paid holidays each year
  • Paid parental leave
  • Low-cost medical and dental coverage
  • Prescription drug coverage
  • Vision coverage
  • Wellness programs and resources
  • Employer paid life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Health care spending and savings accounts
  • Dependent care spending account
  • Tax-deferred compensation
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Federal Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.


Minnesota state agencies are equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employers. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651-259-3637 or email and indicate what assistance is needed.

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