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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is routine, technical public health work involving responsibility for making inspections and carrying out one or more specialized phases of the public health program in the Putnam County Department of Health (PCDOH) or the Putnam County Septic Repair Program (PCSRP). Work involves gathering information for use by Public Health Engineers and Public Health Sanitarians in determining compliance with local and state Sanitary Code requirements. Depending upon assignments, work is performed under general or direct supervision of a technical superior who reviews reports and provides advisory assistance when necessary. Performs related work as required.


  • Makes routine and follow‑up inspections of sanitary and safety conditions of camps, hotels, lodging and boarding houses and other premises including semi‑public or individual water supplies, sewage disposal devices, refuse disposal, air pollution, x‑ray installations, public health nuisance complaints, general sanitation;
  • Makes routine and follow-up tests and inspections of on-site wastewater treatment systems included in the PCSRP;
  • Makes routine and follow‑up inspections of handling, display and storage of food in retail establishments;
  • Makes routine and follow‑up inspections of restaurants and public eating places, including arrangements of food handling, food service, dishwashing and disinfection of dishes and utensils;
  • Collects a variety of samples for laboratory analysis;
  • Makes routine and follow‑up inspections of swimming pools and bathing beaches to determine compliance with local and state Sanitary Code requirements;
  • Makes routine and follow‑up inspections of nuisances, mosquito and fly breeding places, rodent harborages and related matters;
  • Maintains records and completes inspection reports;
  • Performs a variety of related duties 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: Practical working knowledge and understanding of the basic principles and practices related to proper environmental health inspection of the establishments and matters mentioned above; good knowledge of acceptable compliance with provisions of the State and local Sanitary Codes related to the above establishments and matters; ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with the public; skill in inspection techniques; tact and courtesy.


Bachelor’s degree with at least fifteen (15) credit hours in natural sciences, of which no more than six (6) credit hours may be in applied sciences.

PLEASE NOTEYour 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. Incumbents must satisfactorily 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.

*  Per New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR), Title 10, Part 11, §11.121.


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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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