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Biotoxin Specialist - PHA 3 (In-Training Option) DOH4748

at State of Washington

Posted: 11/15/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2632342

Job Description

Overall Job Objective


 Salary:     PHA 2: $4,161 – $5,466 Monthly, DOQ (Range 53)
                  PHA 3: $4,492 – $5,886 Monthly, DOQ (Range 56)

The Opportunity

As a Biotoxin Specialist, you'll work within the biotoxin program focused primarily on the monitoring and outreach components of the program.  You'll work closely with biotoxin staff as well as the illness prevention coordinator, recreational program, Public Health Laboratory, tribes, local health jurisdictions, other state agencies, and the commercial shellfish industry.  You'll also participate in shellfish-related foodborne illness investigations as needed with the illness prevention coordinator.

This is a full-time permanent Public Health Advisor 2 (PHA 2) In-training to a PHA 3 position.

About the Office of Environmental Health & Safety (OEHS)

OEHS is to improve the health of people in Washington State by reducing and preventing, where possible, human exposures to a variety of environmental hazards and disease pathogens associated with the disposal of wastewater, the food we eat, the schools our children attend, and the places we recreate and overnight.

Washington State has an international reputation for safe shellfish.  An important component of ensuring shellfish safety is our biotoxins program which works to monitor biotoxin levels, conduct outreach, and close areas when levels exceed safety standards. 

About DOH and our Employer of Choice Initiatives

Washington State Department of Health (DOH) works with federal, state, tribal, and local partners to help people in Washington stay healthy and safe.  Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide education to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To learn more about the agency, visit our websiteDOH Infographic, and see what it's like to Work@Health!
DOH is a great place to work and has implemented several "Employer of Choice" initiatives, including:
  • We are committed to diversity and inclusion. DOH fosters an inclusive environment that encourages all employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. We strive to hire, develop, and retain a competent and diverse workforce that is reflective of the customers we serve.
  • We have an engaging Wellness@Health program which offers programs that support healthy behaviors and work/life balance. Our program provides wellness education, access to healthy food, physical activity classes, stress relief, and many other resources to support a healthy you.
  • We support a healthy life/work balance by offering flexible/alternative work schedules, and mobile work options for many positions.
  •  We are making exciting steps towards modernizing our workplace by providing motivating and inspiring workspaces that promote creative thought, innovation, and collaboration among co-workers.
  • We have an Infant at Work Program that is based on the long-term health values of breastfeeding newborns and infant-parent bonding.  Eligible employees who are new mothers, fathers, or legal guardians can bring their infant (6 weeks to 6 months) when returning to work.  (Depending upon job duties and work location.)


What will you be doing? – Duties include:

• Collecting and tracking monitoring samples.

• Determining when to open/close growing areas related to both commercial and recreational access when monitoring results indicate a risk.

• Coordinating, managing relationships, and conducting outreach with Tribes, the commercial shellfish industry, local health jurisdictions, other state agencies, and the general public regarding biotoxins.

• Working various agencies and partners to further develop and integrate the role of phytoplankton monitoring, early warning systems, and forecasting into biotoxin management.

• Conducting illness investigations and ensures shellfish related illnesses are properly logged, traced and filed in an accurate and timely manner.

• Developing appropriate reports summarizing issues and events surrounding illnesses.

What we're looking for

Success in this position requires one to be a team player, defined as having a driving passion for the work, bringing humility to their job and people interactions, and understanding how their words and actions affect others.

Required Qualifications

To enter at the Public Health Advisor 2, in-training to a Public Health Advisor 3 level:  (NOTE:  After successful completion of the agreed in-training plan, incumbent will promote to and PHA3 level.)

• A Bachelor's degree in public health, environmental health  or closely allied science with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in natural or physical science.

• One (1) or more years of professional experience in the following:

o Environmental public health or conducting environmental monitoring.

o Interpreting and applying public health requirements and procedures relating to food safety, environmental science, or marine aquaculture.

o Evaluating public health issues and making corrective action recommendations.

To enter at the Public Health Advisor 3 level: 

• A Bachelor's degree in public health, environmental health or closely allied science with a minimum of 30 semester or 45 quarter hours in natural or physical science.

• Three (3) or more years of professional experience in environmental public health; which includes one (1) or more years of experience interpreting and applying public health requirements and procedures relating to food safety, environmental science, or marine aquaculture.

• Demonstrated experience evaluating public health issues and making corrective action recommendations.

Desired Qualifications 

• A Master's degree in public health, environmental health, or a closely allied field.

• Four (4) or more years of professional experience in public environmental health and/or environmental quality protection.
• Knowledgeable in Federal and State laws and State Board of Health regulations relating to environmental health and sanitation.

This is a position covered by a bargaining unit for which the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) is the exclusive representative.

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) is an equal opportunity employer.  DOH strives to create a working environment that is inclusive and respectful.  It is our policy to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of our workforce.

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Application Process

Intrigued? We'd love to hear from you.  Click "Apply" to submit your detailed application profile along with the following:

1. A letter of interest, describing how you meet the specific required qualifications for this position.
2. A current resume.
3. Three (3) or more professional references, to be included in your profile. Please include at least one supervisor, peer, and (if you have supervised staff) a subordinate.

Note: Do not attach transcripts or other documents that are not requested in the Application Process, or that are password protected.  These type of documents cause errors when downloading application materials and will not be forwarded to the hiring supervisor. Veterans, please feel free to attach a copy of your DD214.

Conditions of Employment/Working Conditions
 With or without an accommodation, I am willing and able to:

• Legally operate a state or privately owned vehicle or provide alternative transportation.
• Occasionally work in excess of 40 hours per week and/or to adjust normally scheduled hours, which may include evening and weekends.
• Travel throughout the state (including rural areas) or out of the state which may include overnight stays.
• Move objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
• Work outside in rough terrain and in a variety of weather conditions.


Supplemental Information

Only applicants who follow the directions and complete the Application Process in-full will have their responses reviewed for consideration. 

Education and experience selected, listed and/or detailed in the Supplemental Questions must be verifiable on the detailed applicant profile submitted.
This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification within the agency.