Sanitary Inspector

Sanitary Inspector

  • Full Time
  • Concord

Website Town of Concord, MA


The Concord Public Health Division is seeking a part-time Sanitary Inspector to conduct inspections and enforce state and local regulations designed to protect the public and environmental health of the community.  This is a great opportunity to work 8-10 hours per week, in a professional environment with a schedule that is somewhat flexible during Monday-Friday business hours.  This position involves both field and office work, and frequent contact with other Town departments, boards, business owners, and the public. 

The successful candidate must be a Registered Sanitarian or have REHS certification, with education/training in physical or natural sciences, effective verbal and written communication skills, and the ability to productively utilize MS office software.  Pay rate: $45/hour.  We value diversity and welcome candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

Applications will continue to be accepted and may be considered until the position is filled. The most highly qualified candidates will be invited to one or more interviews and/or other assessments. All applicants will be notified of their standing in the process as soon as a decision has been made regarding their individual application.

Appointment of the final candidates will be contingent upon the results of pre-placement conditions including criminal and motor vehicle record checks, a physical exam, and a drug screening.  Costs for these pre-placement requirements will be borne by the Town.


The Sanitary Inspector performs responsible technical and administrative work under the direction of the Public Health Director.  The employee conducts inspections and enforces state and local regulations designed to protect the public and environmental health of the community.

External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.


  • Conducts routine inspections of approximately 200 properties for compliance with rules and regulations relative to food establishments, tobacco sales, swimming pools, bathing beaches, recreational camps, the keeping of animals, and/or the use or storage of hazardous materials; investigates complaints related to such facilities; maintains detailed records of all such inspections and investigations.
  • Investigates complaints regarding potential violations of laws that regulate housing, lead paint, asbestos, and public health nuisances.
  • Prepares a complete report of each inspection, reviews the report with the manager of the effected establishment, and ensures that the report is submitted to the Public Health Director.
  • Conducts animal inspections as a State designated Barn Inspector.
  • Conducts water sampling at White Pond and submits samples for evaluation.  Evaluates water samples for the presence of cyanobacteria using approved sampling techniques.
  • Conducts re- inspections as necessary to determine if violations are corrected.
  • Performs other related duties as required, directed, or as the situation dictates.
  • Regular attendance at the workplace is required.


·         Any combination of education and experience that provides the ability to perform the essential functions is qualifying.  Typical examples include, but are not limited to:


Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree with course work in physical or natural sciences,

Four years of related experience with escalating responsibility, frequent challenges, and exposure to demanding clients.

·         Registered Sanitarian license or REHS certification.

·         Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

·         Certification as a “Lead Determinator” in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts within twelve months of hiring (or as training may be available).


Preferred Qualifications:

·         One (1) year of experience enforcing the State and Sanitary Codes of Massachusetts for municipal governments.

·         FDA food retail inspection training.



·         Proven research and analytical skills.

·         Proven effective interpersonal skills and ability to interact with Town staff, boards and committees, business owners, and the general public. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

·         Ability to read, understand, interpret, and apply state and local regulations, policies, and standards relating to public health and environmental issues.

·         Ability to complete and maintain thorough and accurate paperwork.

·         Ability to enforce regulations firmly, tactfully, and impartially.

·         Ability to effectively operate computers and software necessary for the performance of job duties.



Field investigations require some physical effort under varied weather conditions, and occasional exposure to insects, animals, construction sites and potentially hazardous materials. 

Performs frequent and extended periods of outside work at undeveloped sites, construction sites, or housing sites, subject to all weather conditions and extremes and to rough, wet, and slippery terrain. Walking, standing, climbing, bending, and lifting required. Work requires some physical exertion, such as long periods of standing, walking over rough, uneven terrain, and recurring bending, crouching, reaching, and occasional lifting of moderately heavy items.

Operates computer, printer, video display terminal, calculator, telephone, copier, facsimile machine, and all other standard office equipment requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity. Balancing, crouching, grasping, pulling, reaching, and stooping may also be required.



The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to do this job.  The above is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

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