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Health Agent

Town of Falmouth

Falmouth, Massachusetts 02540
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Town of Falmouth


 The Town of Falmouth, population 32,000 (100,000 during tourist season), is currently accepting applications for a Health Agent. In this Director level position, position is responsible administrative, technical and inspection work in planning and implementing the Town public health program; and other related work. Reviews plans for new construction and alteration/renovation projects for septic code (Title 5) compliance, hazardous materials, groundwater, housing code and nuisance issues. Reviews preliminary subdivision plans referred by the Planning Board. Receives and reviews applications for special permits on referral from the Zoning Board of Appeals and responds to them on behalf of the Board of Health. Collaborates with other Town Departments or Commissions in areas of shared interests or responsibilities. Collaborates with the Board of Selectmen on the Town public health nursing services contract. Inspects restaurants, food handling and processing establishments, public pools and beaches, body art establishments, places of assembly and other areas required by law. Inspects and licenses motels, campgrounds and recreational camps for children. Provides follow-up in cases of violations, which may result in taking administrative enforcement action or other legal action, including the filing of criminal complaints. Advances the education component of the restaurant compliance program by newsletter, training sessions and scheduled consultations. Coordinates, contracts and conducts Household Hazardous Products Collections for the general public. Develops the budget for subsequent collections.

Serves as the Town’s coordinator of the Community Right to Know law. Serves as an Animal Inspector with authority to quarantine animals. Coordinates with the State Department of Public Health regarding rabies control. Coordinates responses to communicable disease outbreaks with the State Department of Public Health and other agencies. Schedules and supervises the annual public flu clinic. Maintains supplies of biologicals and maintains records of disbursements. Investigates complaints of illegal releases of all types, including sources of air pollution and noise complaints. Coordinates response to natural or man-made disasters with fire officials, police, MEMA and FEMA agencies. Maintains training status for Homeland security responses and is a first responder to disasters as a Local Emergency Planning Committee member. Coordinates local response to biological threats by establishing and supervising the Emergency Dispensing Site for mass vaccine administration. Assists the Board of Health in the development and implementation of regulations relating to issues under its jurisdiction. Sets the agenda for regular Board of Health meetings, consults with Board members on details of hearings, responds to public inquiries on hearings, and attends meetings to facilitate and attends Board meetings.

Responds to questions from the public in person and by phone or correspondence. Enforces statutes and codes by serving as the complainant in non-criminal and criminal actions on behalf of the Board of Health. Bachelor’s Degree in a physical or biological science and a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Environmental Health Industrial Hygiene or similar; three years of experience in a public sector public health field and supervisory role, or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Registration as a Sanitarian in Massachusetts; Title 5 Soil Evaluator & license; Title 5 System Inspector License. Considerable knowledge of the laws, rules and regulations pertaining to public health and sanitation, as well as food production, distribution and preparation systems, thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of subsurface disposal system design and installation; working knowledge of waste and drinking water treatment, a basic understanding of pesticide regulations and practices, air, noise, soil, and groundwater pollution, and chemical, biological and radiological hazards. Ability to enforce and interpret regulations firmly, tactfully and impartially; ability to advance enforcement actions through the legal system by way of criminal complaints and non-criminal procedures, ability to maintain complete and accurate inspection records and to prepare reports; ability to supervise and evaluate the work of staff; ability to prepare and administer budgets.

 Full job description, employment application and instructions for applying can be found at Falmouth Career Opportunities Candidates who submit their application by February 23, 2018 will be given preference. The Town of Falmouth is proud to be an EEO/AA employer.

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