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Date: Oct 16, 2020

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Requisition No: 253182 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - 64964562

Position Number: 64964562 

Salary:  $25.00/hour 

Posting Closing Date: 11/15/2020 




Must have a Master’s Degree in Public Health (MPH) from an accredited college or university, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university, or equivalent work experience. Must have a valid unrestricted driver's license.  Disease Control (Reportable disease, STD or HIV disease investigation) program experience preferred.  Experience using 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.




The incumbent is part of a global public health organization and is expected to support the Florida Department of Health in Volusia County in its mission to protect, promote, and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county, and community efforts and its vision To be the Healthiest State in the Nation. Furthermore, the incumbent is expected to incorporate the agency values of Innovation, Collaboration, Accountability, Responsiveness, and Excellence in all aspects of their work.


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 Volusia 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.


• Completes timesheet, EARS, and mandatory training in a timely and accurate manner.


• Performs other related duties, including Emergency Duty.


All applications must be completed online through People First.  No faxed or mailed applications will be accepted by the agency.


**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 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:


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.




Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks.  OPS are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment and terminations at the recommendation of the employer.




•State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan- Mandatory


•Workers’ Compensation- Mandatory


•Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation)- Mandatory


•Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements.  Consult with People First and/or the serving HR office)


•Deferred Compensation- Voluntary


•Employee Assistance Program- Voluntary




•Any form of paid leave


•Paid holidays


•Participation in the Florida Retirement System


•Reinstatement rights or retention rights.

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: Daytona Beach