Volunteer Opportunity Details

Boulder County Volunteers!
Position Title:INTERN: Environmental Health Industrial Hygienist
Department:Public Health
Category:Human Services and Public Health
Time Commitment or Project Date:2 days a week for 6 months

3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304

Much of the work can be performed remotely.

Program Summary:

This internship position assists the Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) in BCPH’s Indoor Environment Program by helping to provide industrial hygiene services to homeowners, landlords, tenants, property managers, non-profit organizations, and county governmental agencies. Services are provided in the topical areas of emergency response, indoor environment (e.g. mold, asbestos, chemical, lead, and radon), and hazardous waste disposal. Services include providing advice; conducting inspections; conducting air, surface, and material sampling; developing emergency response tools; and writing reports of inspection findings.

During the internship there may also be opportunities to collaborate with other local governmental agencies and nonprofits regarding local hazardous material emergency response planning, substandard housing, Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) Program development, Colorado’s Plan to Reduce Child Lead Poisoning, American Industrial Hygiene Association (Rocky Mountain Section) educational efforts, and the Colorado Asthma Coalition, among others.

Duties and Responsibilities:

After an orientation period, the length of which depends upon the skill of the applicant, the intern will work on the following:

Emergency Response

  • Edit BCPH’s Environmental Health Emergency Response Playbook for consistency and section content.
  • Complete the Food Safety section of the playbook.
  • Further develop the Solid Waste section of the playbook to coincide with the Boulder County Debris Management Plan being contracted through Boulder County Resource Management’s and Boulder Office of Emergency Management’s disaster assessment plans.
  • Children’s Blood Lead Testing Database
  • Meet with the former intern to review efforts to describe children’s blood lead monitoring results received from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Using very rough children’s lead testing data, the new intern will be tasked with transitioning the data into an easily understood database.
  • Add data received from CDPHE since 2011 to the current database.
  • Evaluate the current data organization system and recommend improvements.

Indoor Environment

  • Assist with editing of the Code Enforcement Mold Inspection Training Manual and associated training course.

Assist with group program planning activities in areas of program interest.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree (BS) or working towards a BS in public health, public planning, environmental health, or statistical methods from an accredited college or university. Student enrolled in a master’s degree program is preferred.

All applicable experience in handling biological monitoring data will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of basic statistical methods.
  • Ability to understand and apply data handling to assigned program areas.
  • Knowledge of educational and community outreach strategies.
  • Ability to use standard computer software, including Word and Excel. GIS skills preferred.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, clients, other agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to perform effectively as a team player.

Special Requirements
Applicant will be expected to periodically provide personal automobile for transportation use.

Application or Registration Deadline:4/15/2013 5:00 PM
Application Process:
Training Dates and Information:

Training Provided

  • Watch online BCPH new employee videos and attend a new employee orientation session.
  • Infection control screening (i.e. for required vaccinations) will be conducted by the employee infection control nurse before the intern can begin.
  • Technical training to successfully complete the internship will be provided.


  • The Certified Industrial Hygienist will review the daily work plan with the intern and mentor the intern throughout the entire BCPH internship.
  • The BCPH Air Quality and Business Sustainability Program Coordinator will conduct program oversight with the intern during periodic personnel management interviews (PMIs).
Additional Information:

Time Commitment

  • Minimum time commitment is two days a week, but much of the work can be performed remotely.
  • A six-month commitment is optimal due to the commitment in training and oversight required.
  • Any number of hours between Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., is acceptable.
  • The length of the internship is flexible.
Volunteer Services
3450 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304


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