Recruitment #2403-5701-001


Located on the western shore of Lake Michigan, Milwaukee is an urban hub bursting with energy. Milwaukee provides a casual sophistication – big city appeal without the big city hassles. We are accessible and affordable, and our residents are welcoming. Milwaukee has evolved through the years, bringing together its unsurpassed charm with top-flight arts and cultural attractions, professional sports, lakefront festivals, recreational opportunities, and great restaurants.


The City of Milwaukee is proud to employ a diverse workforce that is committed to providing exemplary service to the City’s residents. If you have a passion for being a part of an inclusive team of public servants, please consider the following opportunity.


The Emergency Response Planning Coordinator develops written plans and protocols and facilitates internal and external resources and responses during human-made or naturally occurring community emergencies.

Essential Functions

Program Coordination

  • Oversee development, review and evaluation of public health emergency preparedness and response plans related to the City, County and region. 
  • Develop protocols for departmental staff responses to emergencies requiring public health intervention.
  • Conduct training of departmental staff to ensure effective emergency responses. 
  • Design, evaluate and/or participate in departmental and outside agency educational outreach and emergency response exercises; identify gaps in public health preparedness and planning.
  • Provide technical and operational support for the Milwaukee Health Department (MHD).
  • Provide oversight for programs that include environmental review components, including hazardous and toxic materials control, indoor and outdoor air quality, environmental audits and assessments, surface and drinking water quality assurance and vector borne or waterborne illness.

Administration and Reporting  

  • Provide administrative and technical support in the development of new or assigned grants, contracts and interagency agreements, as directed by the Emergency Response Planning Director. 
  • Participate in, attend and represent the MHD on various workgroups, committees, and task forces related to emergency preparedness and environmental health. 
  • Prepare compliance reports and summaries. 
  • Review and prepare summaries of technical and scientific reports, literature, papers, statistical analyses and tables.


  • Respond to local public health emergencies, including environmental health surveillance and investigations, mass care and local health and medical needs.
  • Maintain a calm and focused presence during emergency responses, including full accountability for actions taken.
  • Execute administrative and operational tasks in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS).

We welcome qualified individuals with disabilities who are interested in employment and will make reasonable accommodations during the hiring process in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) of 2008.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must to carry a mobile device for business purposes.
  • Must have City laptop readily available to perform duties when an unexpected incident or emergency occurs.
  • May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, and outdoor weather conditions. 
  • May work outside of regular work hours in conjunction with public health emergencies and investigations and/or be assigned to participate in an MHD Incident Command System during a declared public health emergency.
  • The pre-employment medical requirements for this position include:
    • Physical
    • Lift test
    • Audiogram
    • Vision
    • TB Test annually throughout employment
    • Covid 19 Vaccine Confirmation
    • Hep B Vaccine
    • MMR Vaccine
    • Varicella Vaccine
    • Pulmonary Function Test
    • Medical Eval for Resp
    • Respirator Fit Test

Minimum Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physical or natural sciences, public/environmental health or a related field from an accredited college or university including at least two college-level courses in microbiology, biology, or anatomy and physiology.
  2. Two years of progressively responsible experience in a health-related field performing duties related to emergency preparedness or environmental health surveillance and/or investigation.
  3. Valid driver's license at time of appointment and throughout employment. Private auto allowance may be paid pursuant to Section 350-183 of the Milwaukee Code.
  4. Registration as an Environmental Health Professional in the State of Wisconsin within two years of appointment and throughout employment.
  5. Certificates of completion of IS-100c, IS-200c, and IS-700b, within six months of appointment and throughout employment. 
Equivalent combinations of education and experience may also be considered.

NOTICE: Please do not attach your academic transcripts to your employment application. The hiring department will verify candidates’ education as part of the background screening process prior to extending any job offers.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, Hmong or Burmese.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Other Characteristics


  • Knowledge of emergency planning, preparedness and response management at the local, state and federal level.
  • Planning and organizing skills to coordinate drills and exercises with MHD personnel and outside agencies.
  • Knowledge of acute communicable and chronic disease epidemiology.
  • Knowledge of statistical reporting systems and public health informatics.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret common scientific and technical journals.
  • Ability to effectively utilize computer applications, including database, internet, spreadsheet, word processing, presentation, mapping, modeling, and statistical packages.
  • Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference; ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations.
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Communication and Interpersonal

  • Team building skills, including the ability to support objectives, partner on the completion of assignments, and assist in the training and mentoring of staff.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, including the ability to effectively present information to internal and external groups at various levels of expertise.
  • Strong written communication skills, including the ability to write speeches and articles for publication.
  • Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary staff, other agencies and the public.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and effectively with coworkers and residents whose backgrounds may differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to resolve conflict while listening to others and keeping emotions under control.
  • Ability to remain objective and open to others' views and contribute to building a positive team spirit.
  • Ability to provide services in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies and/or members of the business community.

Judgment and Project Management

  • Project management skills to manage caseloads in various stages of completion.
  • Ability to pursue training and development opportunities and strive to continuously build knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement.
  • Ability to analyze complex situations, diagnose problems and formulate solutions.
  • Ability to demonstrate accuracy, thoroughness and organization to complete tasks efficiently.
  • Honesty, integrity, the ability to maintain confidentiality and responsible stewardship of City resources.

Current Salary

The current salary range (2HN) is $70,165-$81,507 annually, and the resident incentive salary range for City of Milwaukee residents is $72,270-$83,952 annually. Appointment above the minimum is possible based upon level of experience and other qualifications and is subject to approval.


The City of Milwaukee provides a comprehensive benefit program that includes the following:

  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Health and Dental Insurance
  • Paid Parental Leave 
  • Comprehensive Wellness Program  
  • Onsite Clinic Services
  • Onsite Employee Assistance Program 
  • Alternative Work Schedules    
  • Long Term Disability Insurance 
  • Group Life Insurance  
  • Tuition Benefits    
  • Paid Vacation
  • 12 Paid Holidays 
  • Paid Sick Leave and other paid leaves 
  • Flexible Spending Arrangement     
  • Commuter Value Pass  

For full details of the benefits offered by the City of Milwaukee, please visit https://city.milwaukee.gov/der/benefits.

Selection Process

THE SELECTION PROCESS will be job related and will consist of one or more of the following: an evaluation of education, experience and/or responses to supplemental questions; a written or performance test, a structured interview, or other assessment methods. The Department of Employee Relations reserves the right to call only the most qualified candidates to structured interviews and performance examinations. Structured interviews may include written exercises. Selection process component weights will be determined by further analysis of the job.

INITIAL FILING DATE - The selection process will be held as soon as practical after the deadline listed above. Receipt of applications may be discontinued at any time after this date without prior notice. However, recruitment may continue until the needs of the City have been met. Qualified applicants will be notified of the date, time, and place of the selection process components. Unless otherwise required by law, the City of Milwaukee will not provide alternative selection process dates or times. The applicant is responsible for attending all phases of the job selection process at the time and place designated by the City of Milwaukee.

Additional Information

  • APPLICATIONS and further information may be accessed by visiting, https://www.jobapscloud.com/MIL/.
  • If you would like assistance completing an application, please contact the Department of Employee Relations at (414) 286-3751 or staffinginfo@milwaukee.gov.
  • The Department of Employee Relations is located at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St., Room 706, Milwaukee, WI 53202



The City of Milwaukee values and encourages diversity and is an equal opportunity employer.