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Public Health Inspector, Food Safety and Community Sanitation - 329630


Food Safety and Community Sanitation Health Inspectors are vital in averting preventable illness and disease.  Health inspectors travel throughout the five boroughs of New York City to ensure compliance with health regulations relating to the environment, educate the public and businesses, and represent the Department to the public on important environmental health issues. 

The work of the inspector includes implementing, educating about and enforcing groundbreaking laws to protect the public’s health such as the Smoke-Free Air Act, which eliminated smoking and second-hand smoke in all public places; the banning of heart-disease causing trans fats in NYC food facilities, mandating calorie information be displayed in restaurants to help promote decision-making by the dining public, ant to assess restaurant conditions for the posting of a sanitary letter grade summarizing their performance.  These immensely important and popular programs help prevent and reduce heart disease, obesity, and foodborne illnesses.  Check us out!  The Health Department maintains a website where the public can view inspection results at 

The Food Safety program uses the most up-to-date technical equipment to support the work of inspectors, including handheld computers to conduct inspections and investigations, real-time uploading of results to a central database and website, and the availability of mobile phone apps to inform the public. 

As a Health Inspector, you may inspect restaurants, mobile food carts, day camps, shelters, pools, saunas, correctional facilities, schools, senior centers, soup kitchens and residences to ensure compliance with all laws and regulations enacted to protect the public’s health.  Exemplary inspectors also support training at our Health Academy, and may conduct both enforcement and consultative inspections on behalf of permitted businesses. 

Starting salary: $42,563 plus generous vacation days with some carry-over allowed.  Salaries for new City employees increase significantly after two years of employment.  New York State residency is required.  Travel throughout the city using public transportation may be required.
Minimum Qual Requirements 1. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college, including or supplemented by 30 semester credits in the physical and/or biological sciences, i.e., biology, botany, chemistry, geology, physics, physiology, and zoology; of which not more than 12 credit hours may be in the applied sciences, i.e., environmental technology, sanitation technology, medical technology, public health, infection control or food service; or

2. An associate degree from an accredited college, with 15 semester credits in the physical and/or biological sciences, of which not more than 6 credit hours may be in the applied sciences, and 5 years of experience as a public health technician assisting sanitarians and engineers in carrying out the various elements of prevention and control programs affecting the public’s health.

Medical Requirement: Medical guidelines have been established for the position of Public Health Sanitarian. Candidates will be examined to determine whether they can perform the essential functions of the position of Public Health Sanitarian. Where appropriate, a reasonable accommodation will be provided for a person with a disability to enable him or her to take the examination, and /or to perform the essential functions of the job.
Preferred Skills The position draws on technical and scientific skills, as well as effective communication skills.  Candidates should have excellent verbal, written, interpersonal and organizational skills.

The job requires carrying and constantly using approximately 18-20 pounds of inspection equipment. This includes a handheld computer (laptop) weighing approximately 5 pounds.

40 hours/week

Please note:  If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:
• A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license. 

• Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title. 

• Current Resume  

• Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)

Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment.   By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:
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We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest; or any other basis prohibited by law.
Residency Requirement New York City residency is generally required within 90 days of appointment. However, City Employees in certain titles who have worked for the City for 2 continuous years may also be eligible to reside in Nassau, Suffolk, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, or Orange County. To determine if the residency requirement applies to you, please discuss with the agency representative at the time of interview.

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