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Date: Sep 24, 2021

Location: BRADENTON, FL, US, 34208

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Requisition No: 430361 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 64941446 1

Position Number: 853529 

Salary:  $21.00 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 10/31/2021 


OPS Biological Scientist III- Contact Tracer

Requisition ID: 430361

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Manatee County.  If you are looking to establish a successful career in Public Health, you have come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida.  We hope you decide to join our team!  Applicants will be contacted directly if selected for an interview.


Your Specific Responsibilities:

  • Coordinating contact tracing efforts with Supervisors and Case Investigators from the Local Health Department.
  • Conducting interviews in a professional manner that reflects emotional and cultural awareness.
  • Collecting and recording accurate information using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software.
  • Calling newly diagnosed patients to trace individuals they had contact with and determining exposure.
  • Interviewing traced contacts, assessing symptoms, and referring them for testing.
  • Providing contacts with regulated information on isolation and quarantine procedures.
  • Collaborating with designated local authorities in supporting the isolation and quarantine of individuals.
  • Maintaining ongoing virtual communication to monitor symptoms.
  • Facilitating health checks and test, as well as referring contacts to available community resources
  • Complying to all Health Department regulations, including those aimed at protecting personal information.
    Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of general office procedures and practices and the ability to implement them.
  • Ability to prepare reports and correspondences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.
  • Excellent typing and computer skills needed including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Must have the ability to effectively communicate COVID-19 health-related prevention measures such as the need to wear masks, social distancing, and sanitation aspects such as the washing of hands.
  • Proficiency in electronic health records software is ideal.
  • Advanced proficiency in English, additional languages would be advantageous.
  • Ability to comply with regulations and communicate official information in an appropriate manner.
  • Advanced ability to coordinate efforts, facilitate intervention, and maintain records.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and sound judgment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to assist distressed individuals from different cultural backgrounds.
    Ability to fluently speak English and Spanish is highly desired.
  • Must be willing to work flexible hours to include after normal working hours and on weekends.
  • Must have at least a high school diploma
  • Must have a valid driver's license.
    Preferred – Bachelor’s Degree
    Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:
    To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.
    To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.
    nnovation: We search for creative solutions and manage resources wisely.
    C ollaboration: We use teamwork to achieve common goals & solve problems.
    A ccountability: We perform with integrity & respect.
    R esponsiveness: We achieve our mission by serving our customers & engaging our partners.
    E xcellence: We promote quality outcomes through learning & continuous performance improvement.
    Where You Will Work:
    410 6th Ave E,  Bradenton, FL. 34208
    The Benefits of Working for the State of Florida:
    Working for the State of Florida is more than a paycheck. The State’s total compensation package for employees features a highly competitive set of employee benefits including:
  • Annual and Sick Leave benefits;
  • Nine paid holidays and one Personal Holiday each year;
  • State Group Insurance coverage options, including health, life, dental, vision, and other supplemental insurance options;
  • Retirement plan options, including employer contributions
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  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!
    For a more complete list of benefits, visit
    Please be advised:
    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. 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: 
    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.   
    Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.
    Florida has the third largest population of veterans in the nation with more than 1.5 million service men and women.  The Florida Department of Health (department) is committed to serving members of the United States Armed Forces, veterans and their families by encouraging them to apply for vacancies that fit their area of knowledge and/or expertise.  Through the Department's VALOR program, which expedites licensing for military veterans, the Department also waives initial licensing and application fees for military veterans who apply for a health care professional license within 60 months of an honorable discharge. These initiatives help ensure that the transition from military service into the workforce is as smooth as possible and reflects our appreciation for the dedication devoted to protecting our country.    

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.

Nearest Major Market: Sarasota
Nearest Secondary Market: Bradenton