Environmental Health Officer
Careers New Zealand
New Zealand
24d ago

Pay for environmental health officers varies depending on experience.

  • New graduates starting as environmental health officers usually earn about $47,000 to $60,000 a year.
  • Environmental health officers with three to five years' experience usually earn about $66,000 to $80,000.
  • Very experienced environmental health officers or those working in managerial roles can earn $88,000 or more.
  • Source : New Zealand Institute of Environmental Health.

    This information is a guide only. )

    What you will do

    Environmental health officers may do some or all of the following :

  • investigate infectious diseases, such as salmonella, and advise people how to prevent their spread
  • monitor food safety in food premises
  • advise on the health requirements on building consents
  • investigate and advise on management of contaminated land
  • take samples from sites to test for environmental pollution
  • take legal action against serious breaches of environment-related laws and regulations
  • teach people about public health
  • work with the media to educate the population about public health matters
  • work on policy development at regional and local levels
  • report on resource consent applications, liquor licences and Land Information Memorandum (LIM) applications.
  • Skills and knowledge

    Environmental health officers need to have :

  • knowledge of environmental and health issues, and related regulations and standards
  • knowledge of Acts of Parliament that relate to public health, such as the Resource Management Act, the Food Act and the Health Act
  • knowledge of practical applications of microbiology
  • knowledge of food industry processes and technology
  • technical skills for taking water samples, and using noise and light-measuring equipment
  • research and analytical skills for infectious disease investigations and complex nuisance complaints.
  • Working conditions

    Environmental health officers :

  • usually work regular business hours
  • work in offices, but may spend more than half their time in the field, carrying out inspections of food premises, hairdressers, factories, swimming pools, etc
  • may work in unpleasant conditions when inspecting insanitary housing or food premises, or investigating odor or pollution complaints.
  • Entry requirements

    To become an environmental health officer, you need to have one of the following :

  • Bachelor of Health Science (Human Health) from Massey University
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (majoring in Health Protection and Environmental Health) from Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Health (in addition to a relevant Bachelor's degree) from Massey University.
  • You will also need a current driver's licence to get a job as an environmental health officer.

    Secondary education

    A tertiary entrance qualification is required to enter further training. Useful subjects include English, maths, chemistry, biology and science.

    Personal requirements

    Environmental health officers need to be :

  • precise, with an eye for detail
  • diplomatic and friendly
  • persuasive and firm
  • able to relate well to people from different cultures, lifestyles and age groups.
  • Useful experience

    Useful experience for environmental health officers includes :

  • work in the health, food or hospitality industries
  • experience in laboratory or science work.
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