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Regional Sanitarian

Recruitment #21-000277-0005






MDH/Prevention and Health Promotion Administration, Office of Food Protection and Consumer Health Services, Baltimore, Maryland

Main Purpose of Job

This position will serve as a Regional Sanitarian in the Center for Food Processing/Office of Food Protection, under the Maryland Department of Health (MDH)'s Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA). This position will inspect food processing facilities, as well as evaluate and test equipment and processes, in order to verify compliance with State and federal laws and regulations which govern food safety.

Additionally, this position will be responsible for collecting food samples and conducting pre-opening inspections for food processing plants, retail chains, and/or franchise facilities. This position will also serve as a member of the Rapid Response Team; provide training and consultation to industry and Local Health Departments (LHDs); and, conduct investigations related to foodborne disease outbreaks and complaints.

Furthermore, this position will perform studies, such as time and temperature relationships and pH assessments, in order to ensure safe food processing. Finally, this position will take enforcement action, when necessary, to gain operator compliance and protect the public from adulterated and misbranded food.

This position will work in collaboration with industry, along with local, State, and federal agencies, to promote public health and ensure that food products are produced in a safe and sanitary manner. This position will be based in Baltimore and work in their assigned region.


Education: Determined by the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarians, under the certificate of eligibility requirements for Environmental Sanitarians.

Experience: Four years of environmental health work experience in the promotion, control and maintenance of environmental health.


1. Applicants may substitute a Master’s degree in Public Health or Environmental Health Sciences for one year of the required general experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at a rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a Commissioned Officer in Environmental Engineering classifications or Environmental Engineering specialty codes in the Engineering and Science field of work, on a year-for-year basis, for the experience.


The desired candidate should have experience working collaboratively with State, local, and federal agencies, legislators, and managers of regulated industries. He/she should also have experience navigating, utilizing and interpreting different types of databases and reports (e.g. lab results, inspection reports), as well as experience communicating findings from such reports.

Additionally, the desired candidate should have experience conducting food safety regulation enforcement of retail, manufacturing, and/or processing facilities, including experience conducting food facility inspections. Finally, the desired candidate should have experience with emergency response and/or preparedness. 

The desired candidate should have the availability to work primarily in the Southern Maryland or Baltimore metro area, while being able to travel throughout the State of Maryland.


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current license as a Registered Environmental Sanitarian from the Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarians. A photocopy of current registration must be attached to the application form (MS-100).

2. The licensure requirements are pursuant to State Environmental Article, Title 11, COMAR 26.07.01 through 26.07.04. The Secretary of the Department of Budget and Management cannot accept any substitutions.

3. Further information on eligibility requirements, including an application for license, may be obtained from the Administrative Officer, Maryland State Board of Environmental Sanitarian Registration, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore, Maryland 21230.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application, based on your education, training and experience, as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. 

Please report all related education, experience, dates, and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this, or other, State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload. If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to, 410-333-5689. Only additional materials which are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division, at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division, at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service, at 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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