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State of Massachusetts Emergency Planner in Boston, Massachusetts

The Bureau of Environmental Health (BEH) has a broad mission to protect the public's health from a variety of environmental exposures. These exposures can occur through contact with pollutants in air, soil, or water, whether from human activities or the natural environment. BEH informs the public on how to prevent or minimize exposures to harmful pollutants. BEH programs also support about 40 percent of DPH's statutory mandates, including compliance with minimum standards for sanitation, inspections related to food and radiation safety, compliance with the Massachusetts Lead Law, environmental monitoring in communities near nuclear power plants, laboratory response to radioactive material releases, compliance with the state and federal beaches regulations, and legislatively mandated disease surveillance. BEH is comprised of seven programs, with approximately 140 staff.

The Emergency Planner in the BEH Radiation Control Program implements and coordinates nuclear and radiation event emergency planning activities for the program, interfaces with local law enforcement agencies, designs and conducts nuclear and radiation event training programs for state and hospital workers regarding emergency response, monitors emergency planning events at MA impacted power plants, and serves as a member of the Nuclear Incident Advisory Team (NIAT).

*Travel (25%) is required to attend certain conferences and perform onsite inspections and in-state sample collection for this position. The use of your own vehicle for travel is preferred. Travel expenses essential to the performance of these duties will be reimbursed. Majority of travel required is within the state during normal business hours; however, some weekend/holiday work may be occasionally required.

_Duties and Responsibilities (these are a general summary and not all-inclusive):_

  • Responsible for implementing and coordinating nuclear and radiation emergency planning activities for the Radiation Control Program (RCP).

  • Planning and directing the design and conduct of nuclear and radiation event training sessions for RCP personnel, local law enforcement, and state and hospital personnel.

  • Representing the Director of the RCP and/or the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) at interagency and other meetings dealing with nuclear and radiation event emergency preparedness.

  • Responsible for planning and directing the Nuclear Incident Advisory Team (NIAT) members in carrying out their emergency response activities for nuclear and radiological events.

  • Support maintaining contact with other state and federal programs in nuclear and radiation event emergency planning.

  • Responsible for maintaining the inventory, arranging calibration, procuring and monitoring all the necessary nuclear and radiation event field monitoring and communication equipment for the RCP.

  • Carries out duties and supports environmental sample collection activities as assigned.

_Required Qualifications:_

  • Ability to understand, apply, and explain the laws, rules, regulations, policies, procedures, specifications, and guidelines governing assigned unit activities.

  • Ability to operate instruments and equipment used to measure environmental conditions.

  • Ability to prepare technical and general reports and knowledge of the methods of general and technical report writing.

  • Ability to work independently, maintain accurate records, write concisely, express thoughts clearly, develop ideas in a logical sequence, give oral and written instructions in a precise, understandable manner, and work accurately with numbers, codes and/or symbols.

  • Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others and to deal tactfully with others.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of radiation control, health physics, and the biological effects of ionizing radiation on human health.

_Preferred Qualifications:_

  • U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) “Core Course” Regulatory Program qualified

  • State/ Federal Inspector experience

  • Experience interpreting and implementing FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) REP (Radiological Emergency Preparedness Manual)

  • Access to reliable transportation for required work-related travel

About the Department of Public Health:

The mission of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is to prevent illness, injury, and premature death, to assure access to high quality public health and health care services, and to promote wellness and health equity for all people in the Commonwealth.

We envision a Commonwealth in which all people enjoy optimal health. Massachusetts ranks among the healthiest of states according to comparative analyses, but we face numerous challenges, including chronic and infectious disease, substance abuse, violence, preventable hospitalizations, and health disparities.

DPH coordinates programs and policies to address specific diseases and conditions and offer services to address the needs of vulnerable populations. We also develop, implement, promote, and enforce regulations and policies to assure that the conditions under which people live are most conducive to health and enable people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. We license health professionals, healthcare facilities and a variety of businesses that impact public health. We operate the state laboratory and four public health hospitals. We monitor health status and manage vital records including births, marriages and deaths. We educate people about public health issues and work closely with local boards of health and community partners to identify and solve public health problems.

More information can be found at:* *MA Department of Public Health

  • Total Compensation:*

As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve- but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including:

  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium

  • Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans

  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs

  • Low cost basic and optional life insurance

  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan

  • 11 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

  • Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities

  • Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options

  • Incentive-based Wellness Programs

  • Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities

  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

_Pre-Hire Process:_

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines.

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

For questions regarding this requisition, please contact Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800- 510-4122 Ext. #2

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, technical or professional experience in the field of environmental engineering. civil engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering and (B) of which at least two years must have been in a professional capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below.


I. An Associate's degree with a major in civil engineering or civil engineering technology may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*

II. A Bachelor's degree with a major in environmental engineering, civil engineering, civil engineering technology, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering may be substituted for a maximum of two years of the required (A) experience.*

III. A Graduate degree with a major in environmental engineering, civil engineering, sanitary engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering or public health engineering may be substituted for a maximum of three years of the required (A) experience and one year of the required (B) experience.*

*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.

NOTE: Educational substitutions will only be permitted for a maximum of one year of the required (B) experience.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job: *Engineering

Organization: *Department of Public Health

Title: Emergency Planner

Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 529 Main Street

Requisition ID: 2000086K