The Department of Health works to protect and improve the health of people in Washington State. The mission of the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS) is to improve the health of people in Washington State by reducing and preventing, where possible, human exposures to a variety of environmental hazards and disease pathogens associated with the disposal of wastewater, the food we eat, the schools our children attend, and the places we recreate and overnight. Learn more about OEHS .
The State Standardized Shellfish Inspector
conducts field inspections of licensed shellstock harvester, shippers, and shucker-packer facilities for compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and is in charge of developing and maintaining an export certificate tracking system to assist with timely and consistent application processing. The focus of shellfish sanitary inspections is to protect public health through assuring compliance to national and state sanitary controls for shellfish. This position provides the leadership and oversight for issuing Harvest Site Certificates.
This is a permanent full-time Public Health Advisor 3 (PHA 3) within the Division of Environmental Public Health, Office of Environmental Health & Safety.
About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives
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DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several Employer of Choice initiatives, including:
We are committed to diversity and inclusion
. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
We have an engaging Wellness@Health
program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
We support a healthy work/life balance
by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile and telework options. (Depending upon job duties.)
We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace
by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
We have an Infant at Work Program
that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding. Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work. (Depending upon job duties and work location.)
What will you be doing? - Duties include:
Conduct standardized public health inspections of non-tribal and tribal licensed commercial shellfish harvester, shellstock shipper, and shucker-packer facilities to ensure compliance with state, tribal, and the National Shellfish Sanitation Program requirements.
Inspect shellfish operations for compliance to Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point plans and monitoring records, Harvest Site Certification, shellfish identification, sanitation standard operating procedures and monitoring records, to support documentation for program compliance.
Participate in food borne illness investigations, shellfish recalls, and enforcement investigations.
Assist in shellfish training events and development of training materials.
Provide oversite and coordination of the Harvest Site Certification program.
Process DOH Health export certificate applications.
Process and issue NOAA export certificates in compliance with the national export program.
A Bachelor's degree or higher in public health, environmental health, or closely allied science, which includes 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in a natural or physical science.
Two (2) or more years of professional experience in environmental public health.
One (1) or more years of experience with interpretation and application of public health requirements and procedures relating to food safety, inspections, environmental science, or marine aquaculture.
Demonstrated experience evaluating public health issues and making corrective action recommendations.
A Master's degree or higher in public health, environmental health, civil or environmental engineering, or a closely allied field.
Three (3) or more years of professional experience in public environmental health and/or environmental quality protection.
Demonstrated knowledge of Federal and State laws and State Board of Health regulations relating to environmental health and sanitation.
Registered Sanitarian with the Washington State Board of Registered Sanitarians, or Registered Environmental Health Specialist or Registered Sanitarian with the National Environmental Health Association.
Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to do the following:
Sit and stand while working at a computer for extended periods.
Work in a tobacco, drug, and alcohol free environment.
Work in a frequently stressful environment with multiple assignments and priority deadlines.
Occasionally work in stressful emergency response conditions.
Work outside in rough terrain and in a variety of weather conditions.
Use proper safety considerations when conducting work in the field.
Move objects and materials weighing up to 25 pounds.
Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week which may include evenings and weekends.
Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle OR
provide alternative transportation.
Travel statewide, or out of state, alone or with another person, when necessary to perform the functions of the position.
Meet frequently with office staff, agency staff, and external stakeholders in a variety of settings.
This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.
The **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer. DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful. It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce. Applicants wishing assistance or alternative formats in the process should contact Cher Williams at (see application details), (see application details) or TDD Relay at 1-(see application details) or 7-1-1.
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Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration.
Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the office.
More than Just a Paycheck!
Employee benefits are not just about the kind of services you get, they are also about how much you may have to pay out of pocket. Washington State offers one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation.
We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That's why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs. Read about our benefits:
The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.
Employees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website . Retirement and Deferred Compensation
State Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems ' web site. Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options. Vacation (Annual Leave)
You begin accruing vacation starting your first month of employment. Since we value your loyalty, the amount of vacation you can accrue increases the longer you work with us. Washington State supports members of the armed forces with 21 days paid military leave per year. Vacation accrues for full-time employees per WAC 357-31-165 .
Full-time employees are entitled to eleven* paid holidays:
New Year's Day January 1 Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday Third Monday in January Presidents' Day Third Monday in February Memorial Day Last Monday in May Independence Day July 4 Labor Day First Monday in September Veterans' Day November 11 Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November & Friday after Christmas Day December 25 Personal Holiday Employee's selection each calendar year
*Employees who are members of certain Unions are entitled to an additional personal leave day of their choice. Please refer to specific Collective Bargaining Agreements for more information. Social Security
All state employees are covered by the federal Social Security and Medicare systems. The state and the employee pay an equal amount into the system. Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month. Paid sick leave may be used for reasons included in WAC 357-31-130 . Please visit the State HR Website for more detailed information.
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