Position Description

Environmental Health Sanitarian
Location MC - Wausau
MC Department Health
Application Deadline Date 9/18/19
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Marathon County in Northcentral Wisconsin is a great place to live, work, visit and conduct business. Our county government is highly regarded and contributes to a high quality of life by:

  • ensuring public safety;
  • protecting natural resources;
  • preparing for emergency and disaster responses;
  • protecting vulnerable populations;
  • creating and maintaining a high quality infrastructure for transportation; and
  • providing education and fostering economic development

Marathon County employees enjoy competitive salaries, flexible schedules, and a range of excellent benefits,  including:

  • Pay for performance system
  • Health insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Wisconsin Retirement System Defined Benefit Plan
  • Post Employment Health Plan
  • Income Continuation Insurance
  • Paid Time Off (PTO) and holiday pay
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plans
  • Flexible Spending Account to set aside pre-tax dollars for childcare and medical expenses
  • Life insurance
  • Educational reimbursement program
  • Employee recognition programs and a positive workplace culture


Marathon County’s Health Department has a 32-40 hour per week (.80 - 1.00 FTE) Environmental Health Sanitarian opportunity for a qualified individual to join our team. Our environmental health sanitarians perform functions under agent contracts with the State of Wisconsin and Human Health Hazard programming. We are looking for flexible candidates who are grounded in environmental health practice, wanting for an opportunity to grow and contribute to our positive work culture. Employees will work primarily weekday hours with some evening and weekend work required.



Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree from an approved college/university in Environmental Health or physical or biological sciences.  Wisconsin Registered Sanitarian or National Environmental Health Association Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian certification preferred.  A selected candidate without Specialist/Sanitarian certification will be required to obtain the certification when State of Wisconsin licensing requirements related to work experience are met.

Necessary Special Qualifications:  Also required is a driver's license and a driving record that meets County standards or ability to obtain reliable transportation.



  • Inspects, authorizes permits, and  enforces regulations pertaining to restaurants, pools, retail grocery stores, body art facilities, farmers’ markets, lodging, schools, campgrounds, recreation/educational camps, vending operations, temporary restaurant events, taverns, and mobile home parks for compliance with applicable statutes, codes, and regulations.
  • Provides consultation and plan review for construction or renovation of licensed facilities. 
  • Investigates consumer product complaints, tampering, and foodborne and waterborne illness complaints.  Performs disease investigations. Interprets medical information, interviews complainants, advises individuals, businesses, and medical professionals, and determines health and safety risk. 
  • Writes letters and reports to individuals/groups to inform, educate, and regulate. 
  • Issues written and verbal orders to comply with health and safety codes.  May provide testimony in court.
  • Informs and educates through group presentations, individual consultations, and written letters or reports.
  • Develops print and electronic educational materials. Communicates with news media.
  • Investigates and assesses Human Health Hazard risk including though not limited to water quality, animal waste, indoor air hazards, lead paint and asbestos hazards, water seepage, garbage, insects, rodents, mold, sewage, chemical hazards, and poor household hygiene to determine compliance with applicable statues, codes, and regulations.
  • Collects and transports samples including well water, beach, pool, food, sewage, asbestos, lead, stool, vector specimens, soil, and air.  Provides results interpretation, health risk information, and determines appropriate health responses.
  • Collaborates and integrates environmental and public health policy into other agencies.
  • Promotes best practices within the organization by bringing forth new knowledge from current research, conferences, and expert consultation to update policy and procedure standards.
  • Documents all public health interventions using established systems.
  • Uses guidelines of epidemiological principles and scientific knowledge to collect individual and population data; summarizes, analyzes, and uses data to understand health problems, and designs effective strategies to respond to issues.
  • Uses computer programs for data management.
  • Participates in public health preparedness activities and assumes assigned role within the department's Incident Command Structure.
  • Initiates and leads work teams for developing goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Actively contributes to quality improvement activities.
  • Actively contributes to a positive organizational culture. Works well within a team structure.
  • Participates in establishing professional development goals that are supportive of broader County goals.
  • Maintains regular and predictable attendance; works extra hours as required.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of public health statutes, codes, and regulations.
  • Ability to reasonably and accurately interpret, apply, and effectively communicate public health statutes, codes, and regulations.
  • Knowledge of science-based sanitation principles and techniques and the skill in applying these in the work setting.
  • Knowledge of chemistry, biology, microbiology, epidemiology, and communicable and vector borne diseases.
  • Ability to be self-directed to work independently and with others to accomplish county, departmental, and team objectives.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and discretion in completing responsibilities.
  • Ability to secure facts through detailed investigations and inspections and analyze and interpret them effectively.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff, business owners, staff of other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to integrate training and experience into practice.
  • Skill in using a computer for e-mail, calendaring, basic word processing, and data entry.
  • Skill in organizing and providing multiple kinds of services; ability to prioritize.
  • Knowledge of problem solving skills and ability to apply them in practice with groups and individuals.
  • Ability to collect and organize data.
  • Understanding of the County's and department's mission, core values, plans, and priorities for the future.
  • Ability to contribute to a positive work culture that fosters excellent customer service and teamwork.


Starting Range:  Min: $26.09 - Mid: $31.31



Selection of the successful candidate may be made by assessment of experience and education, criminal record check, oral interview; review of references, written background inventory, and other appropriate job-related selection procedures.  All applicants will be notified as to the status of their application.  



Marathon County will make arrangements to furnish appropriate auxiliary aids and services where necessary and reasonable to afford an individual with a disability the opportunity to participate in the recruitment process. Please notify the Employee Resources Department office or phone (715) 261-1451 to request special accommodations prior to the application deadline.



Wisconsin Statutes, Sections 19.36 (7), 64.09 (5), and 64.11 (7) require public employers to treat the following items as a public record: Each applicant’s application, records, recommendations and qualifications except as provided in Section 19.36 (7), Wis. Stats. that allows the identity of an applicant to remain confidential if the applicant requests in writing that the County not provide access to this information.

If you choose not to have this information become a public record, you must make such a request in writing to the Employee Resources Department. If you become a finalist for the position, your identity may be disclosed as required by law.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:    Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 11:59pm.

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