Position Details

Job Title: Sanitarian Director
Department: Environmental Health
Reports To: Carbon County Commissioners
Position Type/Status: Regular, Full-time, Nonexempt, Non-union
Hours: 40 hours/week

Carbon County is currently seeking a full-time Sanitarian Director.  This position is responsible for public health inspections of restaurants, hotels, motels, trailer courts, campgrounds, daycare centers, food service establishments, public accommodations, pools and spas, and septic tank installations as well as administration of local health regulations including septic tank permits, inspections, and site plan review. This position must also respond to complaints in all areas of public health concern.

Purpose of Job

The Environmental Health Department addresses the interaction between human health and the environment. Through a variety of programs and services, the department strives to provide public health protection, offer educational and training opportunities, supply timely and beneficial information, and enforce health protection standards as outlined by the State of Montana or Federal government guidelines.

The Sanitarian performs a variety of professional duties relating to environmental health, sanitation, and emergency preparedness helping protect people and communities from public health risks. Responsible for administration of state/county public health regulations


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties upon the request of the supervisor or other governing entity.

Essential Functions

  • Review permit applications; site inspections; permit issuance; assist public in obtaining information; and respond to complaints.
  • Conduct field inspections of food service establishments, public accommodations, and children’s camps, swimming pools, bathing beaches, septic systems, water and sewage treatment systems, nursing homes, hospitals, trailer courts, campgrounds, day care facilities, group homes, long term and adult care facilities, diagnostic and treatment centers and public school kitchens to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local health regulations.
  • Perform field tests and soil evaluations to ensure public water supplies, septic systems and water treatment facilities comply with federal, state, and local regulations. Document findings and deficiencies in inspection reports, and notify owner and state regulatory personnel of any recommended improvements to the water system or the details regarding corrective actions. Conduct follow-up inspections as necessary to ensure corrective actions are implemented and deficiencies are corrected.
  • Enforce health protection standards as outlined by the State of Montana or federal government guidelines. Recommend appropriate action against violators of the health code and enforce codes pertaining to inspection of licensed establishments. Conduct sanitary surveys on food establishments, public accommodations, trailer courts, public pools and spas, schools, and day care facilities.
  • Provide technical and regulatory assistance to the public in response to routine regulatory questions or complaints related to various environmental health issues (e.g., indoor/outdoor air quality, water quality, septic problems, food safety, hazardous material spills, radon, new or emerging communicable diseases, rabid animals, etc.).
  • Analyze and review septic permit applications to ensure compliance with applicable state and federal regulations. Identify application deficiencies or areas of noncompliance and recommend approval or denial of applications based on analysis. Conduct site evaluations, inspect wastewater treatment system installation, soil testing, and perform groundwater monitoring. Issue septic permits in accordance with local regulations; and conduct well-water testing. Privide technical guidance for exsisting septic system troubleshooting, locating, and permit interpretation.
  • Analyze and review plans for new or remodeled food service establishments and public accommodations by examining plan designs (i.e. materials used, plumbing features and their layout, mechanical features, electrical plans, etc.) for compliance with laws and regulations. Provide assistance in correcting areas of noncompliance, coordinate permitting processes, and conduct specialized inspections of food services provided for temporary events.
  • Conduct health informational and educational meetings for the general public on a variety of health issues as directed. Participate in various meetings to promote improvements in the field of public health. communicate rate and regulation updates and changes to the public. Participate in local and state rule and regulatory updates and changes.
  • Provide instruction and education to food service employees and others on safe food handling and prevention of illness. Conduct presentations and training courses for the public and the food service industry.
  • May investigate food-borne illness outbreaks in coordination with the communicable disease team. Analyze relevant information to identify suspected sources of the food-borne illness, investigate food-handling practices, and provide input for epidemiological studies detailing involved food, symptoms, and any related information to assist in determining causes and prevent future outbreaks.
  • Investigate complaints on unsanitary conditions and nuisances to determine whether public health laws are violated and recommend appropriate level of response based on analysis, or refer complainant to an appropriate source/agency for resolution. Maintain records and reports of findings. Collaborate with County Attorney for enforcement actions.
  • May be required to testify in court in matters relating to actions take against violators of public health law.
  • Manage food and water deliverables for the DHEP Grant. Maintain Truck Wreck Protocol. Collaborate with Public Health for Emergency Preparedness Protocals; assist Disaster and Emergency Services as needed for emergency response / ICS.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

Perform other duties as assigned including but not limited to managing special projects, peparing activity reports, maintaining record, attending meetings and conferences, and participating in on-going training.

Knowledge & Skills


  • Must have a degree in environmental health or equivalent from an accredited college or university and be or become, a licensed sanitarian with the Montana Department of Labor.
  • Must have a good knowledge of all applicable laws, regulations, rules and ordinances.
  • Must be able to work successfully and tactfully with the public.
  • Must have good knowledge of geography, engineering, planning and general science.
  • Must possess a valid Montana drivers license.
  • Preferred:
  • Food Protection Mgr Certification
  • Pool/Spa Operator Certification
  • Work on multiple projects at once.
  • Work well without supervision
  • Demonstrated knowledge of pertinent subject and regulations.

Fiscal Responsibility

Prepare and monitor annual Sanitarian Budget

Extent of Public Contact

Extensive contact with the public.

Working Conditions & Environment

Work involves both office and field duties. Office work is primarily administrative. Field work includes inspections and site evaluations.

Physical Requirements to Perform the Essential Functions

  • Frequently: Repeating movements of arms, hands, wrists
  • Continually: Express or exchange ideas verbally
  • Continually: Perceive sound by ear
  • Continually: Obtain impressions through the eye
  • Activitiy Level: Occasionally lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling 20-50 pounds and/or frequently lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling 10-20 pounds and/or continuous lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling up to 10 pounds; occasional to frequent walking or standing

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties upon the request of the supervisor or other governing entity.


Applications and full job descriptions are available at the Carbon County Clerk and Recorders Office at 17 W. 11th St., Red Lodge, Montana 59068, by calling 406-446-1595, or on the Carbon County Website at http://co.carbon.mt.us/employment/. Carbon County is an equal opportunity employer. Salary is DOE. Applications accepted until position is filled.