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Western Plains Public Health has a wide range of benefits and perks such as:

  • NDPERS retirement plan
  • 100% paid health insurance plan (single and family)
  • Dental and Vision insurance
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Family friendly

We would love to have you as part of our team!

If you have any questions regarding our open positions, please contact our administrator, Erin Ourada, at 701.667.3370 or

Open Positions:

Environmental Health Practitioner


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Public Health Nurse I

Accepting Applications Until
Morton County
Job Summary

Salary: $27-28.00 per hour

Provide professional public health nursing services to the community.

Essential Duties:

  • Assist with/or provide health maintenance clinics, immunization clinics, blood pressure testing, rapid strep testing, tuberculosis screening, and medication management.
  • Provide home visits as assigned and nursing care to meet physical, emotional, spiritual, social, and cultural needs of the patient by means of teaching and referral.
  • Utilize the nursing process to identify individual client problems and to develop, implement, and evaluate patient care.
  • Document observations, nursing interventions, therapeutic measures administered and status of coordinated activities between nursing and other professional disciplines utilizing the problem oriented electronic record system.
  • Provide and promote community health services.
  • Serve on health related coalitions and taskforces.
  • Attend staff and branch office meetings as scheduled and continuing education opportunities as approved.
  • Collaborate with emergency response planning and training in order to accurately respond to public health emergencies.
  • Follow current HIPAA guidelines to ensure client confidentiality.
  • Other duties may be assigned.

Specialty Duties & Responsibilities

HIV/Hepatitis C/STI Nurse

  • Provide HIV and Hepatitis C documentation to the State Health Department using designated electronic record program.
  • Conduct Hepatitis C, HIV, STI testing per State Health Department requirements and protocols.
  • Provide treatment of STI’s per Medical Directors standing orders.
  • Conduct the Hepatitis C/HIV/STI testing for high risk inmates in jails as requested.
  • Follow grant guidelines and deliverables.

Mandan Good Neighbor Project Nurse

  • Conducts harm reduction education and syringe exchange in accordance to the North Dakota Department of Health and Human Services Program plan guidelines.

Morton County Nurse

  • Offer Public Health nursing services to Mandan, rural Morton County, Sioux County and the Standing Rock Reservation as assigned. Morton County is the major work site. Office is located in Mandan ND.

Job Type: Full-time

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Driver's License (Required)
  • ND Registered Nurse license (Required)

Work Location: In person at Mandan, ND office and in client's homes or other predetermined locations

Please email resume to or call 701-667-3370 to speak with Director of Nursing, Jodie Fetsch.

Environmental Health Practitioner

Accepting Applications Until
Job Summary

Salary: $27-29/hour

Carries out a variety of environmental health regulatory and consultative activities across a broad range of programs; funded by local levy, grants, and fees. Analyzes data for all Western Plains Public Health programs.

Essential Duties:

1. Educates the regulated public and enforces health and sanitation regulations for body art facilities, onsite sewage treatment, aquatic venues, food and beverage establishments, water supply, tanning facilities, and public health nuisances.

2. Assists and consults as needed with solid waste, hazardous materials, vector control, and air quality.

3. Responds as necessary to public health emergencies to ensure protection of responders and the public, as well as restoration of facilities to ensure the public health.

4. Collaborates with partners to interpret and promote environmental health.

5. Conducts training in environmental health subjects.

6. Prepares reports and submits them to the Administrator at regular intervals.

7. Pursue and participate in professional development to maintain REHS credential.

8. Attend required meetings and conferences.

9. Participation in professional organizations related to environmental health is encouraged.

10. Respond to a wide variety of situations which could entail numerous job tasks not specifically assigned.

11. Development of informational resources.

12. Other duties as assigned.

Specialty Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assists Environmental Health team with creation of inspection programs for mobile home park/RV campgrounds and lodging facilities based on NDCC 23-09 and 23-10.
  • Educate the regulated public and enforce health and sanitation regulations for mobile home park/RV campgrounds and lodging facilities.
  • Provide consultation with department heads, program supervisors, and staff in developing and formulating short- and long-range public health program goals, objectives, and activities.
  • Collect and analyze program data to strengthen a program’s effectiveness in addressing community health issues.
  • Develop annual program reports for the Board of Health and county commissions.
  • May be subject to 24/7 on-call status in emergencies.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Baccalaureate degree in the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, including at least 30 semester or 45 quarter credits in physical, chemical, or biological science.
  • Current ND licensure as an Environmental Health Practitioner (must be obtained in first two months of employment). See requirements here:
  • National licensure as REHS within the first five years of employment. Must be completed before movement beyond entry position.
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Certification in CPR (within first year of employment)
  • Certificates of completion for National Incident Management System (NIMS) training in 100, 200, 700, and 800 (within first year of employment)
  • Successful completion of Certified Pool Operator Training

Job Type: Full-time

Expected hours: 40 per week


  • Dental insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift
  • Monday to Friday
  • Weekends and evenings as needed (always advance notice of these events)

Work Location: In person, Main office location is Mandan, ND

Please email resume to or call 701-667-3370 and ask for Erin Ourada.

Environmental Complaint

Western Plains Public Health environmental health practitioners will inspect public health nuisances under the authority granted through North Dakota Century Code 23-35-09. A public health nuisance can be defined as a condition, activity, or situation that interferes with the use or enjoyment of property and is injurious to health. The nuisance is a public issue when it unreasonably interferes with a right common to the general public. Examples may include breeding areas for flies, collection of sewage, water serving as a mosquito breeding area, rat harborages, bed bugs and other mediums of disease transmission.

If you are aware of a public health nuisance, source of filth, and/or cause of sickness, please call our office at 701-667-3370 or complete the webform.

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Winter Preparedness

Snow storm

Each year, winter weather affects North Dakotans on a broad scale, ranging from travel inconvenience to death. However, you can benefit from preparation and making sure you are ready for the wintry season the region is notorious for. Winter storms can give advanced warning or occur suddenly, and a proactive approach, versus a reactive one, can help ensure your safety.


  • Blizzard Warning – Issued when an expected blizzard event with sustained winds or frequent gusts greater than 35 mph will accompany blowing snow for three or more hours.
  • Blizzard Watch – Issued when conditions are favorable for severe winter weather.
  • Freezing Rain – Precipitation that creates a coating of ice on roads and walkways.
  • Frost/Freeze Warning – Issued when below freezing temperatures are expected.
  • Hypothermia – A health hazard when your body temperature sinks below 96 degrees Fahrenheit.  
  • Sleet – Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground.
  • Wind Chill – The perceived temperature due to weather conditions.
  • Winter Weather Advisory – Issued when snow, blowing snow, ice, sleet or a combination of wintry elements are expected but conditions should not be hazardous enough to meet warning criteria. Use cation when driving.
  • Winter Storm Watches – Issued when conditions are favorable for a significant winter storm event. Heavy sleet, heavy snow, ice storms, blowing snow or a combination of wintry elements are possible.
  • Winter Storm Warning – Issued for significant winter weather events including snow, ice, sleet, blowing snow or a combination of wintry elements. Travel will become difficult or impossible in some situations. Delay travel plans until conditions improve.

Communication Plan

  • List contact numbers such as hospitals/clinics, doctors, schools or service providers, as well as family members and neighbors.
  • Make sure everyone in your family has a copy of the plan and there is a copy in your home
  • Create a list of responsibilities for each person in your family
  • Review and practice the plan


  • Identify a place you can safely warm up should you lose heat in your home
  • Check on friends, neighbors, and relatives, particularly if they are elderly or live alone
  • Have a destination in mind before leaving
  • Dress appropriately for weather conditions

Shelter in Place

  • Choose to stay a room with as few windows as possible
  • Close off unused rooms and stuff towels or rags in cracks under doors.
  • Cover windows at night
  • Wear enough clothing to remain warm, but avoid sweating
  • Listen to a local radio or television station for updated emergency information
  • Eat and drink water regularly

Vehicle Winter Emergency Kit Suggestions

  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Rain gear
  • Extra sets of dry clothing
  • Hats and mittens/gloves
  • High-energy snacks
  • Phone charger
  • Batteries
  • Shovel
  • Sand or kitty litter
  • Windshield scraper
  • Flashlight
  • Chains or rope
  • Tire chains
  • Jumper cables
  • Emergency flares
  • Water
  • First aid kit
  • Spare tire(s)
  • Money


When Traveling

  • Listen to weather reports for your area and areas you’ll be traveling through.
  • Let someone know the route you will be taking, your destination and expected arrival time.
  • Look for sleet, freezing rain or drizzle which can create icy conditions.
  • Accelerate slowly and give yourself room to stop.
  • Do not use cruise control in wintry conditions.
  • Don’t crowd snow plows.
  • Consider alternate traveling plans or cancelling your trip.

If Stranded

  • Do not leave your vehicle unless help is visible.
  • Display a trouble sign or indication you require help.
  • Run the vehicle and use the heater occasionally, 10 minutes each hour. Also, turn on vehicle’s lights while the vehicle is running to create more visibility.
  • Keep your vehicle’s exhaust pipe clear.
  • Lightly exercise and try to keep from remaining motionless.
  • If there is more than one person in the vehicle, take turns sleeping.
  • If there is more than one person in the vehicle, huddle together for warmth.
  • Keep hydrated.
  • Avoid overexertion.

Winterize Your Home

  • Insulate pipes, walls, attics
  • Caulking and weather-stripping doors and inserting storm windows or covering windows with plastic
  • Know where your water valves are in the event of a burst pipe
  • Hire a contractor to check ability of your roof to sustain weight from snow/ice
  • Clear rain gutters
  • Have heating equipment and chimneys cleaned and inspected annually
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in central location of every floor of your house, as well as near sleeping areas


  • Have someone check on your animals if you are unable to be at home for an extended time. 
  • Have registration/adoption papers and vaccinations handy
  • Consider microchipping your pet and enrolling him or her in a recovery database
  • Keep at least 3 days of pet-specific food and water per pet
  • Some melting salts can be harmful to your pet's feet or if it is ingested

Heating Safety

  • Make sure your space heater has an automatic shut-off. If it tips over, it shuts off.
  • Keep wood stove doors closed except for when adding wood/pellets or stoking the fire.
  • Keep snow and ice 3 feet away from fire hydrants.


  • Symptoms include numbness and white or gray-yellow skin that may feel firm or waxy
  • Do not rub the damaged area
  • Remove rings, watches or jewelry, etc.
  • Cover exposed skin
  • Rewarm frostbitten areas with warm, not hot, water
  • Seek medical attention as soon as possible
  • Once inside, do not walk on frostbitten feet or toes as this can cause more damage


  • Symptoms include shivering, exhaustion, confusion, memory loss, slurred speech and drowsiness
  • Warm the body from the center
  • Remove wet clothes
  • Wrap the individual in blankets or put on dry clothing

Additional Resources

NOAA Weather Prediction Center

Winter Weather Checklists

Snowstorms and Extreme Cold 

Winter Storm Safety

Winter Storm Safety Tips and Resources

Preparing for Winter Weather

Summer Preparedness


Summer in North Dakota means a variety of outdoor activities and plenty of fun to be had. But there are also many opportunities to incur injuries. This summer, remember to be safe when participating in activities and to be aware of the dangers around you, and or your family.

UV Safety

Skin cancer is the United States' most common cancer. Use the above UV Index widget to see information for any geographic location. Each year, more new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. than new cases of breast, prostate, lung, and colon cancer combined. One in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. One American dies from skin cancer every hour. Unprotected exposure to UV radiation is the most preventable risk factor for skin cancer.

UV Safety Resources

Heat-Related Illness

The first way to combat the heat is to be aware of the temperatures. By following information disseminated by the National Weather Service, you will know if you are facing heat, heat combined with humidity, etc. One of the best things you can do to stay safe in the heat is stay hydrated. 

During the summer, the temperature in a vehicle can rise up to 20 degrees in 10 minutes and become dangers for people or pets. Even a vehicle with the windows rolled down can be deadly. Heat-related vehicle deaths are preventable. 

Heat Related Illness Resources

Severe Storms

Being outdoors more often likely means being confronted by Mother Nature at some point. While summer storms differ in dangers from winter storms, the danger can be deadly. Use the following terminology to understand the potential weather you may be facing and to stay alive during subsequent weather events:

  • Cloudburst – A sudden, intense rain that normally lasts just a short duration.
  • Cloudy – Clouds covering more than 60 percent of the sky.
  • Flood – Water overflows the confines of a stream or river; water accumulates by drainage over low-lying areas.
  • Hail – Precipitation in the form of balls or lumps of ice. The precipitation freezes and is coated by layers of ice as it is lifted and cooled in strong updrafts of thunderstorms.
  • Heat Index – Index combining air temperature and humidity to give it an apparent temperature (how hot it feels).
  • Heat Lightning – Lightning that can be seen, but is too far away for thunder to be heard.
  • Humidity – The amount of water vapor in the atmosphere.
  • Rain – Liquid water droplets that fall from the atmosphere, having diameters greater than drizzle (0.5 mm).
  • Severe Thunderstorms – Storms that are capable of producing hail that is an inch or larger, or wind gusts over 58 mph.
  • Tornado – A violent rotating column of air, in contact with the ground, pendant from the cumulonimbus cloud. A tornado does not require the visible presence of a funnel cloud. It has a typical width of tens to hundreds of meters and a lifespan of minutes to hours.
  • Warning – Issued for significant weather events.
  • Watch – Issued when conditions are favorable for severe weather.

Severe Storms Resources

Water Safety

Whether swimming, boating, skiing, using a personal watercraft, or fishing, water provides limitless ways to have a memorable day. Make sure you are safe on the water to ensure it isn't memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Water Safety Resources


According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Independence Day holiday. More than 50 percent of these injuries occurred to individuals’ fingers and hands (31 percent) or head, face and ears (22 percent).

While fireworks safety tips can help to keep you more safe, it is important to remember there will always be a potential for harm with fireworks. The only way to assure your complete safety is to leave fireworks to the professionals.

Fireworks Resources


Few images evoke Americana the way cooking meat on a grill in the summer does. When it comes to a family cookout, hamburgers, hot dogs, steaks, kabobs, or a variety of other foods can make your summer event complete. But injury by fire, or damage to a home or similar structure, is also a possibility. Gas grills account for about 8,000 home fires per year, while charcoal or other solid-fueled grills were involved with 1,300 home fires each year.

Grilling Resources

Readiness Kit

Root cellar

Preparing for a Disaster

It is good to be prepared for disasters that may strike your area. Having an emergency supply kit will help in that preparation. (It is suggested to plan for three days). Some suggested items are:

Minimum of 3-Day Food/Water Supply

Health Supplies

  • Minimum of 3-day supply of medicines and prescription medicine
  • Medical Supplies (syringes, cane, hearing aids, extra batteries)

Personal Care Items

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Soap
  • Towels
  • Toilet articles
  • Blankets
  • Containers for waste
  • Baby wipes

Safety Supplies

  • Filter masks or handkerchiefs
  • Fire extinguisher
  • First aid kit
  • Whistle


  • All Hazards Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Radio (Battery-, solar-, or hand-crank powered)
  • Cell phone chargers


  • Insurance cards
  • Immunization records
  • Paperwork for any serious or on-going medical condition
  • Family Emergency Plan (meeting location, contact info, directions for use, etc.)


  • Duct tape and scissors
  • Garbage bags or plastic
  • Multipurpose tool (containing knife, file, pliers, screwdriver, etc.)
  • Extra cash
  • Map of area
  • Extra car/house keys


  • Baby supplies (bottles, formula, baby food, diapers, etc.)
  • Games/activities
  • Stuffed animal


  • Water (Cats and dogs generally need 1 gallon for three days)
  • Pet food
  • Bowls or bottles
  • Litter box
  • Paper towls
  • Trash bags
  • Manual can opener
  • Pet first aid book
  • Leash, harness or carrier
  • Pet toys
  • Medicine and medical records
  • Photo and description of pet(s)
  • Feeding schedules, medical conditions, behavior problems, veterinarian telephone number

Preparedness for Pets


Your pets are important members of your family. In the event of an emergency, you want to ensure they are taken care of. Leaving pets out of evacuation plans can put pets, owners and even first responders in danger.

In the event you need to stay in a hotel, finding a location that is pet friendly is key. Below are pet-friendly search tools for locations in North Dakota. Verify with the hotel prior to booking your reservation. 

When Dealing with an Injured Animal

An injury or illness may cause any animal to act unpredictably. Be sure to examine any animal from a distance initially to determine if the animal is injured. Be sure to only interact with an animal if they are in a safe environment where unexpected motion will cause no injury. 

  • Practice safe handling of your pet -- never assume a pet won't bite or scratch
  • Don't attempt to hug an injured pet
  • Perform all contact slowly -- stop if your pet becomes agitated
  • Wash your hands after dealing with a pet
  • Get your pet to a veterinarian as quickly as possible without risking personal injury or illness

Pet Fire Safety


Pets may indirectly start fires around open flames. The American Kennel Club estimates that 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. Use the following tips to keep your pets and family safe: 

  • Extinguish open flames
  • Remove knobs from stove
  • Replace glass water bowls on wooden decks with metal or plastic
  • Consider flameless candles for ambiance and backup lighting in the event of a power outage
  • Secure pets when away from home
  • Place fire alert window clings identifying the room your pets are located in
  • Have a plan when you are home for who is responsible for each pet

Additional Video Resources