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State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources Public Health Inspector in Ellsworth, Maine

Public Health Inspector

Ellsworth , Maine , United States | Human Services | Full-time

Apply by: March 30, 2023

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Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)Public Health Inspector IOpening Date: March 17, 2023Closing Date: March 30, 2023Job Class Code: 7350

Grade: 04-22 (Pro/Tech)

Salary: $43,201.60 - $57,969.60 / yr.Position Number: 02032-1916

Core Responsibilities:

You will serve as a District Public Health Inspector, conducting inspections for restaurants, mobile food vendors, school kitchens, correctional facility kitchens, hospital cafeteria kitchens, lodging places, campgrounds, youth camps, public pools/spas, mass gatherings and body artists for potential impact on public health and safety. The Health Inspection Program has a current vacancy out of the Ellsworth DHHS office, which includes Hancock and portions of Penobscot, Hancock and Knox Counties, including the towns of Ellsworth, Mount Desert, Bucksport, Orono, Old Town, Milford and other adjacent towns.

You will also:

  • Resolve issues associated with compliance with health, safety, environmental, and sanitary rules and regulations.

  • Provide technical expertise and education on all Program rules and regulations.

  • Assist with the development of Program rules and standard operating procedures.

  • Monitor the correction of violations within a timeframe.

  • Evaluate establishments for compliance with provisions in order to issue licenses.

  • Prioritize the inspection of establishments, the issuance of licenses, and the response to complaints per the program’s standard operating procedures.

  • Recommend compliance closures and determine when to issue Imminent Health Hazard notices.

  • Conduct special investigations for complaints and food/waterborne illnesses.

Minimum Qualifications:

A six (6) year combination of education and/or experience in public health, environmental or biological science, health education or a related field which includes two (2) years of public health, biological or environmental science, or related experience.

Preferred candidateswill also have:

  • Knowledge and experience with food safety, public health and sanitation laws.

  • Knowledge of techniques used in the field of public health inspections.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to train and instruct others.

  • Ability to conduct investigations and inspections.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of internal and external partners.

  • Ability to use computers proficiently.

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is dedicated to promoting health, safety, resilience, and opportunity for Maine people. The Department provides health and social services to approximately a third of the State's population, including children, families, older Mainers, and individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and substance use disorders. The Department also promotes public health, operates two state psychiatric hospitals, and provides oversight to health care providers.

The mission for the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC), within which this position is located, is to develop and deliver services to preserve, protect, and promote the health and well-being of the citizens of Maine.

For additional information about this position please contact Rebecca Walsh, Inspector Supervisor at (207) 287-1978 orRebecca.Walsh@maine.gov.

To apply,please upload a resume and cover letter with your application.

Please submit all documents or files in a PDF or Word format.

To request a paper application, please contact Ashley.Smith@Maine.gov (Ashley.Vigue@Maine.gov) .


No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including:

  • Work-Life Balance – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays , 12 days of sick leave , and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave.

  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.

  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements .

  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value).

  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 13.16 % of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.

  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense.

  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses.

  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office .

  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program.

  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave . Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/state-employees/rules-policies/policy-practices-manual/Employee-Rights-and-Responsibilities-Federal) .

  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions.

  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness (https://www.maine.gov/bhr/oeh/) .

There's a job and then there's purposeful, transformative work. Our aim is to create a workplace where you can learn, grow, and continuously refine your skills. Applicants demonstrate job requirements in differing ways, and we appreciate that many skills and backgrounds can make people successful in this role. As an Equal Opportunity employer, Maine State Government embraces a culture of respect and awareness. We are committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all team members, and our process ensures an inclusive environment to applicants of all backgrounds including diverse race, color, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, familial status or genetics. If you’re looking for a great next step, and want to feel good about what you do, we’d love to hear from you. Please note reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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