DEPT OF HEALTH/MENTAL HYGIENE
Public Health Engineering
In the summer of 2015, New York City (NYC) experienced the second largest community Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in the history of the United States In response, NYC passed Local Law (LL) 77 and a Commissioner’s Rule requiring building owners or operators to register their cooling tower before operation. Additionally, LL77 and the Commissioner’s Rule requires owners or operators of cooling towers to annually certify that their cooling tower is inspected, tested, cleaned and disinfected and that a maintenance program and plan be developed and implemented in accordance with the law. The regulations are aimed at improving the operating conditions of NYC cooling towers, with the objective of reducing Legionella colonization and reducing the likelihood of future cooling tower associated outbreaks. The Office of Building Water Systems Oversight (BWSO) within the Bureau of Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE) is responsible for conducting regulatory inspections to ensure compliance in over 5,000 cooling tower systems across NYC. BWSO also performs assessments of other engineered systems such as premise plumbing, drinking water storage tanks, and water reuse systems in order to address public health risks including Legionella. BWSO is looking to hire a City Research Scientist II to carry on high priority initiatives, monitor program performance indicators and project status, provide review and comment on draft deliverables and program documents, provide outreach to the regulated community and other public sector stakeholders. The CRS II will report to BWSO’s Deputy Director and work collaboratively with program staff to assist in coordination and management of environmental health initiatives. Proposed Duties • Conduct scientific research/investigations and data analysis for the development and coordination of initiatives aimed at reducing risks associated with Legionella. • Review and analyze a wide variety of engineered systems such as premise plumbing systems, cooling towers, evaporative condensers, drinking water tanks, water reuse and wastewater systems to address health hazards and enhance safety. • Research best industry practices to enhance scientific and technical expertise. • Oversee the implementation of remediation techniques by environmental consultants and building facility owners to address health safety issues, including emerging remediation technologies and evaluation of the effectiveness of the control strategies. • Provide technical knowledge on the identification of hazard conditions under which engineered systems present health risks. • Coordinate multidisciplinary projects within BWSO including planning, designing, developing, and implementing projects designed to improve program functions. • Assist with day-to-day management and evaluation of multidisciplinary, program projects. • Assist with the managing and coordination of emergency response activities in response to Legionnaires’ disease epidemiological surveillance signals and other imminent public health risks. • Support the evaluation of Bureau goals and objectives including the assessment of programmatic outcomes. • Work cooperatively across program teams to develop, formulate, coordinate, manage and evaluate all of the program policies, procedures and operations. • Communicate with the regulated community, other government agencies and industry representatives as needed. Work with the Communications team to design and update website. • Contribute to the preparation of the public speaking engagements (prepare PowerPoint, draft and/or review talking points).
Minimum Qual Requirements:
1. For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health. To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have: 1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or 2. A master’s degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or 3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to 1 or 2 above. However, all candidates must have at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in 2 above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in 1 and 2 above. NOTE: Probationary Period Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.
• Detail oriented with strong problem-solving skills • Strong technical background in engineered systems including building water and HVAC systems • Experience in water safety plan development and implementation • Experience in project management • Experience in the program monitoring and evaluation • Excellent writing and communication skills • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio, Access) • Easily adaptable to the changing environment of new and growing office.
**IMPORTANT NOTES TO ALL CANDIDATES: 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. **LOAN FORGIVENESS 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: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service FINAL APPOINTMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET APPROVAL”
Apply online with a cover letter to https://a127-jobs.nyc.gov/. In the Job ID search bar, enter: job ID number # 423153. 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
Work Location 1:
New York City residency is 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.