Food Safety Analyst

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Food Safety Analyst, Division of Environ Surveillance & Policy

125 Worth Street, NY.  NY.

SALARY: $ 64,140.00 - $ 70,554.00 (Annual)

Job Description 
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Division of Environmental Health works to prevent and control illness and injury related to environmental and occupational health risk through outreach, education, surveillance and enforcement.  With staff of 1,000, the Division covers a broad range of subject matter, including oversight of environmental investigations, leading poisoning, injury prevention, occupational health, food safety, child care, radiation control, recreational and drinking water quality, air quality, climate health, vector control, veterinary public health and pest control. The Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy (BESP) in the Division of Environmental Health at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) works to inform and improve its mission to ground Health Department programs and policy in science and law to support at healthy and equitable natural, built, and occupational environment for all New Yorkers.  We promote environmental health through legal and data-driven program support using innovative methods to track environmental determinants of health with a focus on New Yorkers disproportionately impacted by environmental risk.  We share data and research findings to encourage evidence based decision making, and partner with communities in  community science and outreach to address stakeholder concerns and empower residents.  The Bureau of Environmental Surveillance and Policy request to post for one (1) City Research Scientist (Level I) to provide critical support for development and evaluation of this new initiative and for analysis and reporting for COVID-19 inspection activities.


Under direct supervision, the Food Safety Analyst will serve as a key member of the Food Safety Data Analyst Team, and with latitude for the exercise of independent judgment, shall engage in the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist with the design, execution and performance of analyses for mobile food vending inspection data to enhance program operations.

  • Establish collaborative working relationships with program managers and team members to address request for analyses and reports.

  • Assist with completing data checks and documentation for routine and custom data reports.

  • Work closely with analytics team members to improve data quality and report tracking.

  • Assist with developing and contributing to written reports and presentations.

  • Contribute as needed to environmental and health data surveillance, using a variety of data sources such as population based surveys and hospital discharge data.

  • Provide support for exploratory analyses on other environmental health topics and contributing to written reports and presentation.

  • Participate in emergency preparedness and response activities.

Minimum Qualification Requirements:
For Assignment Level I (only physical, biological and environmental sciences and public health) A master's degree from an accredited college or university with a specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological or environmental science or in public health.

To be appointed to Assignment Level II and above, candidates must have:

  1. A doctorate degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and one year of full-time experience in a responsible supervisory, administrative or research capacity in the appropriate field of specialization; or

  2. A master's degree from an accredited college or university with specialization in an appropriate field of physical, biological, environmental or social science and three years of responsible full-time research experience in the appropriate field of specialization; or

  3. Education and/or experience which is equivalent to "1" or "2" above. However, all candidates must have at least a master's degree in an appropriate field of specialization and at least two years of experience described in "2" above. Two years as a City Research Scientist Level I can be substituted for the experience required in "1" and "2" above.

Probationary Period
Appointments to this position are subject to a minimum probationary period of one year.

Preferred Skills

  • Experience with databases, including analysis and interpretation of data from large, relational data sets;

  • Knowledge and experience writing SQL database queries;

  • Experience with data analysis and visualization using R or Tableau;

  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and skills;

  • Good written and oral communication skills knowledge of environmental epidemiology and public health

Additional Information

Please note:  If you are called for an interview you will be required to bring to your interview copies of original documentation, such as:

  • A document that establishes identity for employment eligibility, such as: A Valid U.S. Passport, Permanent Resident Card/Green Card, or Driver’s license. 

  • Proof of Education according to the education requirements of the civil service title. 

  • Current Resume  

  • Proof of Address/NYC Residency dated within the last 60 days, such as: Recent Utility Bill (i.e. Telephone, Cable, Mobile Phone)


Additional documentation may be required to evaluate your qualification as outlined in this posting’s “Minimum Qualification Requirements” section. Examples of additional documentation may be, but not limited to: college transcript, experience verification or professional trade licenses.

If after your interview you are the selected candidate you will be contacted to schedule an on-boarding appointment.   By the time of this appointment you will be asked to produce the originals of the above documents along with your original Social Security card.


The federal government provides student loan forgiveness through its Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF) to all qualifying public service employees. Working with the DOHMH qualifies you as a public service employee and you may be able to take advantage of this program while working full-time and meeting the program’s other requirements. 

Please visit the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program site to view the eligibility requirements:


We appreciate the interest and thank all applicants who apply, but only those candidates under consideration will be contacted.

The NYC Health Department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse and culturally responsive workforce. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, women, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender non-conforming persons to apply.

All applicants will be considered without regard to actual or perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, age, prior record of arrest

Residency Requirement
**A person serving in a mayoral agency in any of the following civil service titles shall be a resident of the city on the date that he or she assumes such title or shall establish City Residence within ninety days after such date and shall thereafter maintain City residency for as long as he or she serves in such title: agency heads,  including but not limited to Commissioner, First Deputy Commissioner, Executive Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioner, General Counsel, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Associate Commissioner, Assistant Commissioner.
Minimum Qualification Requirements

Our company is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state or federal law.

This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits and termination.