New job Environmental Health Risk Assessor in Montana

Environmental Health Risk Assessor
Environmental Health Risk Assessor

Environmental Health Risk Assessor

Company : State of Montana
Salary : $30.69 an hour
Location : Montana

Full Description

Women (and/or) minorities may be under-represented in this position and are encouraged to apply.

The Department of Public Health and Human Services is the largest executive branch department in Montana State Government with over 3,200 employees. We maximize individual and organizational potential by supporting the agency’s most valuable resource – OUR PEOPLE.

The person in this position is responsible for evaluating environmental data from hazardous waste sites, modeling potential exposures, identifying whether a public health hazard exists, and documenting the findings in Health Consultations, Public Health Assessments or other reports, and determining whether methods to reduce exposure to chemicals should be recommended. This position is also responsible for reviewing human health risk assessments by other agencies and other site-related documents relevant to public health.

The purpose of the MEHEA program is to: 1) strengthen collaborative relationships with federal, state, and local partners across Montana; 2) identify pathways of exposure to hazardous substances at hazardous waste sites and releases; 3) identify, implement, and coordinate public health interventions to reduce exposures to hazardous substances which occur at levels of health concern; and 4) to operate a choose safe places for early care and education program.

We Offer:
  • A career in which you can feel good every day knowing you’re making a difference in the lives of others.
  • Advancement opportunities.
  • Work/life Balance
  • A comprehensive benefits package, including:
  • 15 paid vacation days
  • 12 sick days
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Medical, Dental, Vision, Flex Spending Account, Retirement Options, and Employee Assistant Programs (To view State of Montana’s medical, dental, vision coverage, and other offerings, visit our Health Care and Benefits website at

To be considered for any DPHHS Agency position, applicants must complete and submit their application online, as well as upload any required application materials. Successful applicant(s) are required to successfully pass all DPHHS specific background check(s) relevant to each position.

Materials Required of Applicants:
(To be considered in this pool, please submit the following)

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Contact Information for 3 Professional References

(Please type responses in separate Word documents and attach each to the application. HELPFUL HINT: When attaching a document, you must check the “relevant document” box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. Please do not attach more than requested. If you have more than 25 attachments in the system you will need to email these to: Failure to attach the required material will conclude in an incomplete application. You must also keep those relevant boxes checked once you submit your application; if you uncheck the box with an active application it will delete the attachment.)

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.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Analyzes and evaluates environmental, toxicity, and public health surveillance data.
  • Designs, coordinates, and manages studies or data collection of certain high priority or high risk contaminants and identifies potential toxic chemical problems at hazardous waste sites.
  • Designs, critiques, and evaluates results of exposure-based data gathering efforts at hazardous waste sites.
  • Performs complex statistical 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.


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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (Behaviors):
Required for the first day of work:
  • Knowledge of epidemiology, geology, hydrogeology, toxicology, and chemistry.
  • Ability to analyze environmental information and evaluate potential public health risk.
  • Ability to conduct basic statistical analysis.
  • Ability to identify issues and solve problems.
  • Skill in writing technical reports or grants.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including risk communication and public speaking.
  • Ability to work with a variety of interest groups and the general public.
  • Ability to provide outstanding customer service.
Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):
  • Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Environmental or related Sciences or a closely related degree.
  • Three years of job-related experience.
  • Other combinations of directly related education and experience may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Preferred Qualifications (Education and Experience):
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of human health risk assessment methods and guidance, and health-based standards.
  • Experience in assessing and controlling the impact of toxic substances on human health and the environment.
  • Experience in geographic information systems (GIS).

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.
Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

Job: Healthcare
Salary: $ 30.69 - 30.69 Hourly
Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 1
Employee Status: Regular
Schedule: Full-Time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Primary Location: Helena

Agency: Department of Public Health & Human Services
Union: Montana Federation of Public Employees
Bargaining Unit: 019 - MFPE-DPHHS-Quality Assurance

Posting Date: Sep 13, 2021, 10:41:57 AM
Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Ongoing
Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Resume, References

Contact Name: Travis House | Contact Email: | Contact Phone: 406-444-4549