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Environmental Health Epidemiologist - Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Location: Helena, MT
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11584
Posted: June 30, 2017
Description:

The Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) is recruiting a Toxicologist and an Environmental Health Epidemiologist to lead the Montana Environmental Health Education and Assessment (MEHEA) program. These staff will conduct public health risk assessments or exposure investigations in communities with state or federal superfund sites and brownfields. This work will require close coordination with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and local government. These staff will also provide technical assistance on other environmental health issues such as fish consumption or harmful algal blooms.

This is a new program at DPHHS. We are looking for energetic professionals to lead this new work at DPHHS. Excellent communication skills and the ability to provide excellent customer service are a must!  This position is located in beautiful Helena, Montana where world-class fishing, hiking, biking, skiing and camping are out your front door.

Conduct Health Assessments, Health Consultations, Exposure Investigations and Program Evaluation       

  • Analyzes and evaluates environmental and public health surveillance data.
  • Designs, coordinates, and manages monitoring and epidemiologic studies on certain high priority or high risk chemicals and identifies potential toxic chemical problems at hazardous waste sites.
  • Designs, critiques, and evaluates results of exposure-based data gathering efforts at hazardous sites.
  • Performs complex statistical and epidemiologic analyses.
  • Prepares Health Assessment, Health Consultation, and Exposure Investigation reports following Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) guidelines.
  • Designs and conducts program evaluation activities.

 Consultation and Education  

  • Provides consultation and assistance to state, local, and federal agency staff as well as community members related to risks and mitigation recommendations at hazardous waste sites. 
  • Provides epidemiology and environmental health consultation and risk communication to divisions throughout Department of Public Health and Human Services and other state agencies.
  • Develops and conducts various trainings related to epidemiology and environmental health related issues.

Physical and Environmental Demands

Most work is conducted in a typical office environment with occasional (several times a year) site visits, which will expose the employee to local weather and may expose the employee to unpleasant and noxious fumes and odors.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of surveillance concepts and theories including epidemiology, statistics, and public health practice.
  • Skill in programming in Statistical Analysis System (SAS) or Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS).
  • Ability to manipulate and analyze large, complex data sets.
  • Skill in descriptive and inferential statistical analysis.
  • Ability to identify relationships and trends in data as well as factors that could affect the results of research.
  • Ability to identify problems, researching to develop and implement solutions.
  • Ability to combine pieces of information to form conclusions.
  • Skill in public speaking.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for a variety of audiences.
  • Skill in writing technical reports or grants.

Qualifications: 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, environmental science, statistics, or a closely related degree.
  • Three years of job related experience in epidemiology or environmental health.
  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s and master’s coursework that includes 15 term hours (10 semester) in toxicology, 20 term hours (14 semester) in chemistry (including inorganic, organic, and biochemistry) and 35 term (24 semester) hours in any combination of the following:  physiology, histology, pathology, statistics, environmental science, microbiology, physical or environmental chemistry (in addition to the above indicated 20 term hours), anatomy, pharmacology, epidemiology, industrial hygiene, toxicology (in addition to the above indicated 15 term hours) or vertebrate biology or zoology.
  • Experience in in assessing and controlling the impact of toxic substances on human health and the environment.
  • Experience in geographic information systems preferred.

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