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Regional Inspection Associate

Description :

Title: Regional Inspection Associate
Location: Norfolk County 8 - Canton, Dedham, Milton, Norwood, Walpole, Wellesley, Westwood; based in town of Norwood
Caveat: This position is grant-funded and is subject to appropriation under the Massachusetts Public Health Excellence Grant for Shared Services, Department of Public Health
Hours: 35-40 per week
Salary: Grade 3NU $30.38/hr – $32.17/hr
(Salary dependent experience; An additional 5% may be granted for candidates with a related master’s degree)

Norfolk County-8 (NC-8) seeks a Regional Inspection Associate to work with the towns of Canton, Dedham, Milton, Norwood, Walpole, Wellesley, and Westwood. NC-8, in a dynamic shared public health initiative among the towns. This Inspection Associate will be part of a collaborative response to manage and perform essential public health inspections necessary to support healthier communities. This position will provide additional capacity to -all seven communities, but be an employee of the Town of Norwood.

Position Purpose:       

The Regional Inspection Associate may carry out a variety of Environmental, Community, and Public Health program responsibilities, as requested by individual communities. They will be responsible for supporting the performance of technical and inspectional work to promote and protect the public health of our residents through the enforcement of state and local public health laws and regulations as well as providing public health education.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

  • Assist municipal inspectors in the enforcement of state and local public health laws, rules, and regulations including but not limited to food service establishments, housing, swimming pools, recreational camps for children, tobacco enforcement, body arts establishments, and private drinking water wells.
  • Support the inspection capacity of mobile and temporary food service establishments for compliance with state sanitary code; monitors food establishment test results.
  • Support housing inspections to ensure properties conform to state sanitary code. May also inspect rental units and properties subject to public complaints as part of routine sanitary code enforcement. Able to present rationale for enforcement and corrective actions as needed in court.
  • Provide additional capacity to audit regional inspectional documentation related to Food Protection, Housing, Nuisances, and Swimming Pools-related backup documentation requested (e.g., Inspection Reports, Corrective Orders, Condemnation Orders, HACCP/School/Frozen Dessert) Inspections to improve record-keeping, administration, and content.
  • Collaborate on strategy development of a regional food truck permitting system.
  • Contribute to the development of a regional food code violation intervention plan.
  • Provide community outreach and engagement on various public health topics as requested, including but not limited to food code and recreational camp requirements.
  • Maintain knowledge and expertise in relevant areas of public health, housing, and environmental issues to maintain required licenses and certifications and changes in pertinent public health laws and regulations as well as enforcement practices.
  • Participate in public health programs in NC-8 communities as required.

Scope and Judgment: In this field-based role, the Regional Inspection Associate will conduct environmental health inspections and evaluations to verify compliance with state and local regulations. Scope of work includes food quality and safety, wastewater treatment, solid and hazardous waste management, air quality, water quality, insect and animal vector control, recreational and institutional facility inspections, consumer health, and occupational health and safety. Following investigation, the Inspection Associate will consult with facility owners/managers to present and discuss findings and determine the appropriate plan of action for abating violations that were cited during the inspection.

Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision of the Regional Staff Coordinator, and the general administrative direction of the Director, Public Health Department Town of Norwood. Quality of work is overseen by the NC-8 Advisory Board in accordance with applicable provisions of the Massachusetts General Laws, Board of Health regulations, and town bylaws, state, and federal regulations.

Minimum Entrance Requirements

Education, Training, and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in environmental science, public health, or a related field; and one to three (1-3) years’ experience in a related field; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 

Special Requirements:
Valid Class D motor vehicle driver’s license. Applicant must have their own vehicle.

Special Requirements following hire:
Foundations Course within 18 months of hire. Certified Pool Operator (CPO), Lead Determinator, ServSafe, Housing Inspection training as needed to perform inspections. Certified maintenance of continuing education credits (CEUs) is required for ongoing recertification of all required credentials.

Special Requirements within 6 years of hire:

Registered Sanitarian (RS) or equivalent.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skills

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of state sanitary code, food service regulations, and all other laws, rules, and regulations pertaining to public health and sanitation. Working knowledge of current inspection and control procedures.

Ability: Ability to meet and work with municipal colleagues and the public effectively and appropriately; demonstrated ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse individuals. Ability to effectively handle problems in the field and during emergencies; ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; ability to operate a computer; ability to maintain confidential information; ability to maintain, manage, and organize records; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with municipal employees, Town officials, state regulatory agencies and members of the public. Ability to manage multiple tasks in a detailed and organized manner. Ability to enforce laws and regulations in an impartial manner and consistent manner. Must be capable of working independently, taking initiative, and collaborating effectively with stakeholders and colleagues.

Skill: Excellent organizational skills; Intermediate or higher-level skill in Microsoft Office suite; proficient oral and written communication skills. Familiarity or previous experience with inspection field equipment is preferred. Communication skills, including but not limited to comfort speaking languages other than English, or using translation services as needed to communicate with community members.

Physical Requirements:

(The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Physical Skills: Work requires some agility and physical strength, such as moving in or about construction sites or over rough terrain, or standing or walking most of the work period.

Occasionally, work may require lifting objects and carrying them. There also may be a need for the employee to stretch and reach in order to retrieve materials.  

Motor Skills: Position requires minimal motor skills for activities such as: operating a personal computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, moving objects, sorting papers, or operating a motor vehicle.

We are made up of people with different strengths, experiences, and backgrounds. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity but also age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion, and many other parts of one’s identity. These varied points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone's responsibility.

Contact :

Qualified and interested individuals should send a completed resume and cover letter to jobs@norwoodma.gov. Please reference requisition #2024-001on all application material or/and in the subject line of your email.

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled