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Job Title: Environmental Health Specialist III, Option 1
Job Number:
Organization: Illinois Department of Public Health
Posted: 7/6/2017
Type: Full-Time
Classification: Environmental Health
Industry: Government
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Champaign,  IL    USA
Compensation: $4,377 - $6,581/salary range per month
Position Description: The Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Health Protection, has an opening for an Environmental Health Specialist 3, Option 1 in the Champaign Regional Office. This individual is responsible for performing professional environmental investigations, collecting samples, investigating complaints and providing detailed technical reports for supervisory review and approval for programs in the Division of Environmental Health with an emphasis on the Lead Program.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college with a minimum of 30 semester hours in physical and/or biological sciences. Three years of professional experience in environmental health is also required as well as a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, microbiology and toxicology as they relate to environmental health and safety.

Requirements for this position include the ability to exercise independent judgement and discretion, and the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. Requirements also include a valid Illinois driver’s license and the ability to travel. Excellent computer skills and work experience in Microsoft software products including, Word, Excel, Power-point, etc. is highly desirable.

Organization Description: In Illinois, if you have eaten at a restaurant ... required hospital or nursing home care ... vacationed at a campground or swam at a public beach or pool ... drank a glass of milk ... got married or divorced ... had a baby, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has touched your life in some important way. Assuring the quality of our food, setting the standards for hospital and nursing home care, checking the safety of recreation areas, overseeing the inspection of milk producing farms and processing plants, maintaining the state's vital records and screening newborns for genetic diseases are just some of the duties of IDPH. In fact, IDPH has 200 different programs that benefit each state resident and visitor, although its daily activities of maintaining the public's health are rarely noticed unless a breakdown in the system occurs. With the assistance of local public health agencies, these essential programs and services make up Illinois' public health system, a system that forms a frontline defense against disease through preventive measures and education. Public health has provided the foundation for remarkable gains in saving lives and reducing suffering. Today, life expectancy is 78 years for women and 71 years for men compared with less than 50 years at the turn of the century. In the past, IDPH directed state efforts to control smallpox, cholera and typhoid, virtually eliminated polio, reduced dental decay through fluoridation of community water supplies, and corrected sanitary conditions that threatened water and food supplies. Today, IDPH has programs to deal with persistent problems that require continued vigilance – infectious diseases, such as AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome), HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and meningococcal disease; foodborne and communicable diseases, such as E. coli 0157:H7, monkeypox, salmonella and West Nile virus; vaccine preventable diseases; lead poisoning; lack of health care in rural areas; health disparities among racial groups, breast, cervical and prostate cancer; Alzheimer's diseases; and other health threats -- sexually transmitted diseases, tobacco use, violence and other conditions associated with high- risk behaviors. In addition, IDPH has been charged with handling the state's response to the threat of bioterrorism. The mission of IDPH is to promote health through the prevention and control of disease and injury. And the agency has been doing just that since it was first organized in 1877 with a staff of three and a two-year budget of $5,000. IDPH, which is one of the state's oldest agencies, now has an annual budget of about $325 million in state and federal funds, headquarters in Springfield and Chicago, seven regional offices located around the state, three laboratories and 1,100 employees. The Department is organized into six offices, each of which addresses a distinct area of public health. Each office operates and supports numerous ongoing programs and is prepared to respond to extraordinary situations as they arise.

Closing Date: 10/6/2017
Desired Starting Date:
Contact Name: Tracy Chrans,  Environmental Health Specialist III, Option 1
Contact Location:

   IL  62761
Contact Location:
 
     IL  62761
 
Contact Phone: 217-785-2031 
Contact Fax:
Contact Email: dph.hrrecruiter@illinois.gov
Web Address:
How to Apply: TO APPLY: 1)Download the Central Management Services (CMS) Employment Application (CMS-100) @ www.work.illinois.gov; 2)Complete the employment application indicating Environmental Health Specialist 3, Option 1 as the position title, and; 3)Mail directly to: Tracy Chrans, HR Representative Illinois Department of Public Health - HR Department 535 W. Jefferson Street, 4th Floor Springfield, IL 62761 (217) 785-2031, dph.hrrecruiter@illinois.gov

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