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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: This is professional public health engineering work involving responsibilities relative to execution of one or more of phases of environmental health programs in a municipality. Duties entail carrying out any specific phases of the program; performing specific assign­ments; advising public officials or individuals on problems requiring ordinary professional public health engineer­ing knowledge and judgment, including measures for improvement and compliance with legal requirements; promotion of public health through application of environmental health practices requiring professional knowl­edge and skill; enforcement of provisions of local and state public health laws and sanitary codes with regard to environmental health matters; investigations of conditions and problems requiring professional public health engineering knowledge and ability; preparation of complicated technical reports. Work is performed under general supervision of a Director of Engineering or other high level health administrator. Supervision of a small number of staff including Public Health Engineer Trainees, Environmental Health Technicians, Environmental Health Aides and clerical employees may be required. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:   (Illustrative only)

  • Applies engineering principles for the detection, evaluation, control and management of those factors in the environment which influence man's health;
  • Investigates and makes reports and recommendations on public water supplies or sewage systems, swimming and bathing places, stream pollution, sanitary conditions of camps, hotels or boarding houses, food, restaurant and general sanitation, air pollution, and environmental health nuisances;
  • Interprets the results of laboratory examinations of air, water, sewage, industrial wastes and other samples;
  • Instructs local water plant operators;
  • Investigates environmental health factors related to disease out breaks;
  • Organizes municipalities and industries conducting surveys to detect illegal plumbing connections;
  • Undertakes and concludes special assignments relating to any phase of public health engineering or environmental health as required;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES & PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS  Good knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of public health engineering and environmental health as related to air pollution, x‑ray installations, water supplies and purification, sewage and sewage disposal, stream pollution, milk and other foods, restaurants and public eating places, camps, hotels, lodging and boarding houses, swimming pools, bathing beaches, schools and other places, insect and rodent control, housing public health nuisances and general sanitation; good knowledge of the provisions of environmental health laws, and local sanitary codes related to above subjects; ability to prepare reports and correspondence; skill in public health engineering techniques and practices; initiative and resourcefulness in solving public health engineering problems; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with subordinates, colleagues, and the public; tact and courtesy.


  1. Bachelors degree, or higher, in engineering; or
  2. A license to practice as a professional engineer in New York State.

NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.


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Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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