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Date: Aug 12, 2019

Location: BRANDON, FL, US, 33511

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Requisition No: 71147 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS NUTRITION EDUCATOR - 64929043

Position Number: 64929043 

Salary:  $14.92 per hour 

Posting Closing Date: 08/22/2019 



220 S. Moon Avenue, Brandon, FL 33511


Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County.  If you're looking to build a great career in public health - you've come to the right place.  Many of our innovative and successful health programs are recognized throughout Florida. We hope you decide to join this team and make the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County your employer of choice.


The Department of Health’s mission is to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts.


The Florida Department of Health is responsible for the health and safety of all citizens and visitors to the state. As a public health agency, the Florida Department of Health must monitor the health status of Floridians, diagnose and investigate health problems, and mobilize local communities to address health-related issues. The Florida Department of Health develops policies and plans that support health goals, enforce laws and regulations that protect the health of all residents and visitors, and link people to needed health care services. The Florida Department of Health also provides specialized assistance to pregnant women, infants, and children with special health care needs, regulates health care practitioners, and provides medical disability determinations.


Nutrition Educator


This is a 12-month position with opportunity of extension if funding is available.


This entry level nutrition position for the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program. Certifies clients for participation in the WIC Program. Provides individual counseling sessions to WIC clients meeting high and low nutritional risk criteria. Assesses clients' nutritional needs, counsels and documents session prior to the end of the day. Provides referrals to services as needed. Develops care plans when necessary. Care plans are written in SOAP format with appropriate client centered goals. Assigns food packages based on nutritional assessment. Counsels on interconception care for postpartum/ breastfeeding clients.

 Works with clients, answering questions regarding nutrition and diet, assessing anthropometric data and diet intakes, and entering medical data into a computer database.  Strong communication skills are a must. This position may also be required to present nutrition education to small groups of WIC participants.  Applicant should be detail-oriented and able to multi-task.


Responsibilities include:


Certifies clients for WIC. Provides individual counseling to WIC clients meeting high and low nutritional risk criteria. Assesses clients' nutritional needs, develops care plans with goal setting using soap note format and provides 2nd nutrition education contacts to all clients in the family record.


Reviews client records for medically high risk criteria and makes referrals to the licensed dietitian. If fluent in another language, you may be required to assist with translating to ensure quality client services.


Collects anthropometric data of clients through conducting heights/stature and weight measurements. Performs fingers sticks to assess hemoglobin levels of WIC participants. Will receive training on proper anthropometric and hematological collection methods by an approved trainer prior to job duties.


Conducts and/or attends health related meetings, staff meetings, committees, and workgroups. Assists with outreach activities, health fairs and other community activities as needed. Completes related assignments as necessary. Employee works for the FDOH - Hillsborough and at times will be scheduled to work in other locations.


Provides breastfeeding education, encouragement, guidance, and referrals to ensure success. Assists with WIC breastfeeding activities.


Recieves exempt formula upon arrival to the clinic site. Documents receipt and returns inventory paperwork to the employee responsible for the master inventory. Participates in performing formula inventory on the last working day each month.


Documents smoking cessation referrals in client education notes and in the HMS system. Issues WIC benefits to participants when appropriate or directed by clinic supervisor.


If fluent in another language, you may be required to assist with translating to ensure quality client services.    


Seeks to improve professional development within the scope of public health by way of approved workshops and training activities.


Attends staff meetings and other health related meetings, committee meetings, and workgroups as needed. Travels to clinics and performs other duties as assigned by supervisor. Employee works for the HCHD and at times will be scheduled to work in other locations.


  • Submits reports such as travel, HMS, People First  within the timeframe assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree from a Nutrition/Dietetics Program that is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)
  • Valid Driver’s License required to obtain reimbursement for travel according to policy.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual, fluent in both English and Spanish


Department of Health OPS (Other Personnel Services) employees enjoy the following benefits:


FICA Alternative Plan administered through Valic – 7.5% mandatory contribution required

Health insurance for individual or family coverage - State pays 80% of premium (must meet eligibility requirements)

Life insurance available – employee pays premiums

Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.

Tax Deferred Child Care Reimbursement Account available

Additional benefits information can be found under the employment section of


Important Notices- Please be advised:

***Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.  Please review your resume and application thoroughly.


When completing the online application, all gaps of employment or education greater than 90 days starting from high school must be explained (approximate date, month and year) identifying company name or if unemployed.  Incomplete applications/resumes will not be considered. 


The application includes background information questions.  A “yes” answer to these questions will not automatically bar you from employment.  The nature, job-relatedness, severity, and date of the offence in relation to the position you are applying are considered.   Please make sure all questions are answered.


Incumbents may be required to perform emergency duty before, during, and/or beyond normal work hours or days.


Current State Employees - Salary for current employees is based on employee’s current payband/ paygrade.  Salary for promotions will be based on budget availability and Senior Management Team approval.

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, visit


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.


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 on 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.

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: Tampa

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