The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking a qualified individual for the position of Epidemiologist 2 to work within the Private Well Program within the DPH’s Environmental Health and Drinking Water (EHDW) Branch. The EHDW oversees activities related to drinking water supply purity and adequacy, food protection, private wells, subsurface sewage disposal, lead, radon, asbestos and over 15 environmental licensing and certification categories. The Private Well Program provides support to local health departments and technical assistance to the public that have private wells.
There are approximately 325,000 private wells in Connecticut supplying about 820,000 people. The selected candidate will be responsible for managing and maintaining the private well surveillance database and analyzing the data to identify test results that exceed a federal and/or state drinking water standard. The analysis will be used to develop data trends over time and to develop maps using GIS to provide a geographic representation of water quality results from private wells.
Under the direct supervision of a Supervising Environmental Analyst within the Private Well Program, this position will be responsible for duties that will include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Perform administrative functions of the private well surveillance system;
- Coordinate with DPH IT Business Analyst to develop electronic reporting system for private commercial laboratories to submit private well data to DPH in an electronic format;
- Coordinate with contractor to develop a private well results alert report;
- Run routine reports on incoming water quality results received by private commercial labs;
- Distribute a report of results exceeding a safe drinking water standard and associated private well program outreach and education material to Local Health Departments;
- Analyze trends over time for private well water quality test results;
- Use GIS to geocode water quality test results exceeding a safe drinking water standard;
- Coordinate with Private Well Program staff to develop fact sheets or education materials about drinking water contaminants exceeding safe levels.
The Mission of DPH is to protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by assuring:
- The conditions in which people can be healthy;
- Preventing disease, injury, and disability; and
- Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
DPH accomplishes this through the implementation of its Strategic Plan which outlines the actions that DPH is taking to accomplish its Mission.
This position is a permanent, full-time, 35 hours per week position. This position is based out of Hartford and there may be opportunities for an alternate work schedule and/or teleworking in accordance with State policies. We offer a competitive benefits package, excellent health care, generous leave policies, retirement plan, and more! We also encourage a healthy work-life balance to all employees!
FOR ASSISTANCE IN APPLYING:
This position may be subject to Federal requirements for COVID-19 Vaccination Immunization.
- In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
- You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
- In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
- All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to DAS.SHRM@ct.gov.
- This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
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- The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
- Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
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PURPOSE OF JOB CLASS (NATURE OF WORK)
In the Department of Public Health this class is accountable for performing the full range of tasks in investigating infectious, chronic and non-infectious diseases and implementing disease prevention methods.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Leads and participates in routine epidemiologic investigations to identify risk factors and implements and evaluates resulting intervention measures; collect and collates data including performing interviews; performs data analysis and summarizes relevant epidemiologic investigation data into tables, charts and written reports; provides technical information to the professional and lay public including local health departments; collaborates in the preparation and presentation of workshops; may respond to media inquiries; maintains an orderly surveillance system capable of detecting risk factors and changes in disease patterns; may administer biologics or collect specimens such as blood and urine samples, throat and rectal swabs under the supervision of a physician.
In addition to the foregoing, in the Toxic Hazards Section or its Radon Program, performs epidemiological investigations/studies of human exposures to chemical or radiologic hazards in occupational or non-occupational environments; participates in the design and implementation of epidemiological studies relating to toxic and carcinogenic substances; participates in the development of health risk assessments and guidelines/standards based on comprehensive literature reviews; participates in the development of strategies to prevent environmentally induced disease among identified high risk groups; performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
Considerable knowledge of occupational/environmental epidemiology and/or toxicology; Considerable knowledge of infectious and/or chronic disease processes; considerable knowledge of relevant disease processes which affect humans and animals; considerable knowledge of epidemiological methods and techniques; knowledge of basic biological processes; oral and written communications skills; interpersonal skills; computer skills; ability to independently perform epidemiological investigations; ability to independently collect, analyze and interpret epidemiological data.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years' experience in conducting epidemiological investigations in a responsible technical or professional capacity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SPECIAL EXPERIENCE
One (1) year of the General Experience must have involved the preparation of quantitative risk assessment documents at or above the level of Epidemiologist 1.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
1. College training may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one-half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
2. A Master's degree in Public Health, Environmental Science, Toxicology, Biostatistics, Biochemistry, Physiology, Health Physics, Bacteriology or Industrial Hygiene may be substituted for one additional year of the General Experience.
4. A Doctorate in a related discipline such as Public Health, Medicine or a natural or behavioral science may be substituted for the General Experience.
- Experience with data analysis;
- Experience with database configuration and function;
- Experience with project management;
- Experience with creating maps using GIS;
- Experience developing educational materials.
1. Incumbents in this class must be willing to be immunized for communicable diseases as necessary and appropriate.
2. Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be exposed to communicable diseases and hazardous substance.
AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.