Requisition No: 209801
Agency: Department of Health
Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV
Position Number: 64926083
Salary: $25.00 / Hour
Posting Closing Date: 09/23/2020
The Florida Department of Health in Hendry County is currently recruiting for a COVID-19 DATA ENTRYOPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV to support the state health office and county health departments in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This position requires to work at all three sites, Moore Haven, Clewiston, & LaBelle when needed. This is an OPS (Other Personal Services) positions and as such no paid time off is offered. Health benefits will be offered for full-time employment. OPS employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan. Multiple positions will be filled.
The individual in this role will complete data entry in support of COVID-19 response. The incumbent is anticipated to work an average of forty hours per week.
Must possess a valid, unrestricted Florida driver’s license. Must have a bachelor’s degree in Science from an accredited U.S. college or university. A Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH), Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university, is preferred. Experience in Disease Control (Reportable disease, STD or HIV disease investigation) program preferred. Experience in Florida DOH Epidemiology programs (i.e. – Merlin, Essence, HMS, FLSHOTS, Epigateway, ILInet, Epi Info, etc.) preferred. Experience with Electronic Health Records including scanning of documents preferred. Experience working as a Hospital Infection Control Preventionist or a Health Department Epidemiologist preferred. Experience conducting epidemiological and/or medical interviews preferred.
EMERGENCY DUTY: Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters, or perform other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster or threat thereof, man-made or natural.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
This is a highly responsible epidemiology position which will be under the direct supervision of the Health Manager. The OPS Biological Scientist IV position is an advanced professional position within a county-wide COVID-19 response team. This position is responsible for COVID-19 control and prevention efforts and supports the guidance and protocols of the Department. This position consults with, and is a liaison to, high level officials in agencies and political jurisdictions. Specific duties and responsibilities are performed and accomplished independently with only limited supervision by the immediate supervisor. Duties are as follows:
This position is responsible for performing descriptive and analytic epidemiologic investigations involving cases, clusters and outbreaks of COVID-19. Responsible for conducting case investigations and interviews, contact tracing, prompt implementation of appropriate control measures, coordinating shipment of laboratory specimens to BPHL, case documentation and timely reporting, research and public health surveillance, and field epidemiological investigations of disease clusters, outbreaks, and individual cases of COVID-19. Conducts continuous public health surveillance including monitoring of Merlin task lists, disease reports, and other mechanisms for monitoring incidence of reportable diseases. Prepares technical reports, summaries of investigations, scientific papers and performs related work as required. Provides support and direction to the Department of Health in Charlotte County, local clinics, hospital infection control staff, private physicians, laboratories, nursing homes, community partners, and other facilities concerning early detection of COVID-19 and appropriate prevention and control measures. May consult with the State Health Office and/or Regional Epidemiologists/Lab Liaisons as appropriate. Notifies supervisor and leadership immediately upon identification of suspected outbreaks, disease clusters, and/or individual cases of public health significance.
Functions as liaison to infection control staff of local hospitals, local health care facilities, and partner agencies. Maintains accurate records and provides timely reporting into the Merlin disease reporting system.
Assists in planning and, preparing education materials for staff, medical personnel and community at large on issues related to the COVID-19 prevention, management and reporting. Conducts training and/or presentations as assigned.
Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE SKILLS AND ABILITIES DEEMED ESSENTIAL TO THIS POSITION:
- Using scientific methods to solve problems
- Using logic and analysis to identify the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches
- Knowing how to find information and identifying essential information
- Communicating effectively with others in writing as indicated by the needs of the audience
- Observing and evaluating the outcomes of a problem solution to identify lessons learned or redirect efforts
- Identifying the nature of problems
- Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react the way they do
- Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions
- Listening to what other people are saying and asking questions as appropriate
- ** Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process. **
- This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit. Any misrepresentations or omissions will disqualify you from employment consideration. Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.
- Male applicants born on or after October 1, 1962, will not be eligible for hire or promotion unless they are registered with the Selective Services System (SSS) before their 26th birthday, or have a Letter of Registration Exemption from the SSS. For more information, please visit the SSS website: http://www.sss.gov
- If you are a retiree of the Florida Retirement System (FRS), please check with the FRS on how your current benefits will be affected if you are re-employed with the State of Florida. Your current retirement benefits may be canceled, suspended or deemed ineligible depending upon the date of your retirement.
- The successful candidate will be required to complete the Form I-9 and that information will be verified using the E-Verify system. E-Verify is operated by the Department of Homeland Security in partnership with the Social Security Administration to verify employment eligibility. Only U. S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.
- Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
- Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the DOH in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
- Certain veterans and spouses of veterans deemed eligible will receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to Career Service (CS) positions).
If there are any problems applying online please call People First Staffing Administration: (877) 562-7287 Service Center hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET. TTY users call (866) 221-0268.
OPS – Other Personal Services / Temporary Employment
WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan* – mandatory
Workers’ Compensation – mandatory
Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) – mandatory
Participation in state group insurance (must meet eligibility requirements, please consult with your servicing HR office for details)
Deferred Compensation – voluntary
Employee Assistance Program – voluntary
WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?
Any form of paid leave
Participation in the Florida Retirement System
Reinstatement rights or retention rights
Sections 110.131, 110.1315 and 216.011(1)(dd), Florida Statutes
Rules 60L-33.005 and 60L-34.001, Florida Administrative Code
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.