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Date:  Aug 4, 2022

MIAMI, FL, US, 33125

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Requisition No: 671901 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST III - 64085254

Position Number: 64085254 

Salary:  $33,000.00 - $39,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 08/13/2022 

Job posting category - Open Competitive


Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is a highly responsible position in the Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, Epidemiology, Disease Control and Immunization Services (EDC-IS) program under the surveillance coordinator. This position requires incumbent to work independently conducting routine epidemiological investigations involving surveillance, data collection, and some data analysis. In addition, incumbent is required to work as a team member to assist in the planning and implementation of control measures during field investigations and participate in projects. Incumbent will follow Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and information security regulations to ensure confidentiality and privacy of the client health information. Incumbent will establish good rapport with staff and clients and provide positive customer service. Incumbent is expected to adhere to established Health Department policies and procedures


Acts as the Department liaison for DOH Miami-Dade employees suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.  This person will be responsible to investigate cases, scheduling and rescheduling test appointment, track results in the Florida disease reporting Merlin System, notifying the results to the employees.  Responsible for the development of the tracking data base to manage and track of those employees and contacts. Conducts interviews of employees with confirmed or probable COVID 19. Communicates with contacts to notify them of exposure, provides referral for testing (if appropriate) and recommendation for self-quarantine, reviews daily monitoring procedures.  Ensures completion of case interview and contact follow up according to established standards.  Provides clearance to return to work and will notify Managers, Supervisors and Senior Leaders. 


Responsible for conducting epidemiological investigations and disease surveillance activities in case-patients reported with communicable diseases such as Salmonellosis, Shigellosis, and Campylobacteriosis. Investigation includes interviewing patients, identifying other sick contacts, providing education on disease and control measures. Monitors sensitive occupations and disease trends to identify public health areas of concerns and outbreaks to determine approach to epidemiologic investigations and response.


Responsible for using statewide electronic databases such as Merlin to enter case investigation data and document actions taken and any additional findings. Reports cases to central office within 14 days of health department notification date. Reviews Salmonellosis and Campylobacteriosis reports that appear in ESSENCE with Merlin and if the report is not in the surveillance system then will follow-up with health facility to obtain the necessary information to determine if further investigation is needed. 


Assists with collecting patient’s health information by reviewing patient’s health records and/or by interviewing case-patients for communicable diseases such as animal bites, varicella, and campylobacter, and entering the information into the Surveillance/Merlin database.


Contact clinics, laboratories and hospital to ascertain missing information (i.e. patients address, telephone number, health care provider and basic demographic information)


Communicates with medical providers, infection control practitioners, and commercial laboratories to encourages reporting of communicable diseases and provides guidance on appropriate submission of specimens to the state laboratories. Participates on the office on-call schedules to attend to community incoming calls.


Present at the weekly general surveillance meeting on the epidemiology performance that can affect the quality improvement measures such as data quality, timeliness, and case interviews.


Performs monthly quality reports on cases in the surveillance database, Merlin, to inform investigators of the case status and timeliness in reporting to the bureau of epidemiology.


Collaborates with subject matter experts during investigations to assist in preparing written technical reports and designing questionnaires and other data-collection instruments. Maintains an inventory of materials needed for gastrointestinal outbreaks. Assist in arranging a Point Prevalence Survey (PPS) at a health care facility with a highly infectious disease. Maintains records and reports as required.


Performs other related duties as assigned.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of basic epidemiologic principles, including surveillance.
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher and Outlook.
  • Experience analyzing data to formulate recommendations and/or conclusions.
  • Experience in maintaining strict confidentiality and discretion with sensitive information.
  • Knowledge of methods of data collection, data analysis and generating reports/action plans.
  • Ability to initiate, work independently, highly organized and attentive to details.
  • Ability to deal effectively with people, ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to interpret and ensure departmental compliance to rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act privacy rules.



Preferred –

Incumbent in this position is preferred to be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Preferred to have one year of experience in epidemiology or disease control.

Preferred to have experience coordinating and/or presenting in conferences.


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:

Florida Department of Health – Miami Dade County




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 (For more information, please click;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts.
  • Tuition waivers.
  • And more!


For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, 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. 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 Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.


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.


The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace. 


Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). 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. 


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.

VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Certain service members may be eligible to receive waivers for postsecondary educational requirements.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 

Nearest Major Market: Miami