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Date:  Jun 17, 2022

MIAMI, FL, US, 33125

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Requisition No: 562910 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - 64086098

Position Number: 64086098 

Salary:  $42,000.00- $44,000.00 

Posting Closing Date: 07/15/2022 

Job Posting - Open Competitive


Your Specific Responsibilities:

This is a professional position who will be a part of multidisciplinary team assisting with surveillance activities and providing health care education to health care providers and the community as it relates to Maternal and Child issues and communicable diseases. This position meets the requirements as defined in Chapter 447.203(4) or (5), Florida Statute. 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.

Develop/update techniques and procedures in accordance with current infection control standards of practice, rules, and regulations.

Participate in maintaining policies and procedures which provide for a program for the community to include establishment of policies and procedures relating to exposure to infectious diseases, prevention of cross-contamination, and microbiologic sampling of hospital patient and personnel.

Plan, design, organize, and conduct educational programs for employees/community which convey specialized knowledge and skills to increase awareness of existence of disease that affect our community.

Collect, preliminarily analyze, and interpret data on diseases through daily surveillance to include review of lab reports and prepare/distribute reports of findings to the Epidemiology team to include interpretations, projections of trends and appropriate recommendations and/or conclusions.

Collect and preliminarily analyze data in support of epidemiological studies of specific problems or problem areas to determine source of the problem and provide appropriate recommendations.

Assist the Director of the Office of Epidemiology and Disease Control on the implementation of QI/AQ activities in the office.

Recommend and evaluate procedures and/or policy statements relating to infection control. Maintain an updated reference manual on infectious diseases.

Act as a source of reference and provide information relating to the field of infection control for all departments in the Miami-Dade County Health Department.

Assist in the organization of regularly scheduled Infection Control meetings.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of office procedures and practices and the ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the terminology, principles and techniques used in biological and epidemiological research, analysis, or testing.
  • Knowledge of communicable diseases.
  • Knowledge of epidemiologic design methods.
  • Ability to use computer programs, spreadsheets, and statistical analysis (SAS), (Statistical Analytical Software, (SPSS) Statistical Predictive Software System, Geographical Information System (GIS), Epi Info).
  • Ability to compile, evaluate and analyze epidemiologic data.
  • Ability to plan, organize and coordinate the assessment of health-related needs and problem in the community.
  • Knowledge of current practices in all aspects of maternal and childcare.
  • Skills in communicating medical information to the public.
  • Ability to act as a source of reference and provide information relating to the field of maternal and childcare.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to plan and direct technically complex epidemiologic investigation.
  • Ability to prepare health education material at appropriate reading levels.
  • Ability to prepare and conduct training to programs other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
  • Knowledge of HIPAA and client confidentiality requirements




  • At least one year of experience working in public health and/or epidemiology
  • Experience planning, coordinating and/or presenting in conferences
  • Experience in epidemiological case investigation


  • Experience in written and oral communication with public health, particularly in epidemiological studying
  • Familiar with SAS
  • Familiar with GIS


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 in Dade County

1350 NW 14th Street Miami, FL 33125


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!

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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.


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