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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS: Work involves providing support to professional environmental quality or public health personnel by performing a variety of sub-professional tasks directly related to the professional work. Responsibilities include collecting, observing and documenting samples, observing and verifying conditions, preparing narrative reports of findings and forwarding information to higher level environmental or public health professional for appropriate action. Work is performed under direct supervision, in accordance with sanitary codes. Supervision is not a responsibility of this class. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:   (Illustrative only)

  • Collects samples of air, water, soil, sewage and other materials, as directed, for examination;
  • Observes at field monitoring stations, records observations, and provides testimony of observations;
  • Conducts preliminary interviews to collect data for verification or referral;
  • Makes simple computations in connection with the reduction, interpretation and plotting of raw data;
  • Prepares narrative reports of observations, completes simple checklists and standardized forms to provide a description of inspections;
  • Assists with investigation of complaints, as directed, by observing on-site conditions and reporting findings;
  • Assists with public outreach and disease control efforts;
  • Performs a variety of clerical tasks, such as filing and copying forms and reports, forwarding documents to professional staff for review and follow-up;
  • 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 AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Working knowledge of mathematics; working knowledge of the natural sciences; working knowledge of basic environmental health concepts and principles; good powers of observation; ability to enter data, organize and maintain records, and prepare reports; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; accuracy; reliability; tact and courtesy.


Graduation from high school or possession of a comparable diploma and two (2) years of work experience which involved use of computer applications to manage data, maintain records and/or prepare reports.

SUBSTITUTION NOTE: Post-secondary level(High School)education may be substituted for each year of the required experience on a year for year basis as indicated above based on thirty (30) college credits per year of experience.

PLEASE 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.


  1. Permanent appointees must complete a public health training course approved by the NYSDOH within two (2) years of appointment unless completed prior to appointment.
  2. Access to transportation may be required to complete possible field work assignments in a timely and efficient manner.


7/00; 1/09; 4/13; 5/16; 10/20

Non-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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