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Date: Sep 11, 2019

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Requisition No: 71292 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS NUTRITION EDUCATOR - 64951113 1

Position Number: 64951113 

Salary:  $14.55 Hourly 

Posting Closing Date: 10/20/2019 







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

Thank you for your interest in career opportunities with the Florida Department of Health in Pasco 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.


Duties and Responsibilities:

This is a highly skilled professional position which requires an expert understanding of the Federal WIC & Nutrition Program and the use of the WIC FL WiSE system with minimal supervision.  Maintains current knowledge of the Federal WIC program regulations including WIC memos, WIC data system guide and the DHM manual 150-24.  Having successfully completed the Nutrition Education Series of the Florida Nutrition Training Guide Modules, will provide quality nutrition care to WIC participants in compliance with the Federal Regulations. The incumbent is expected to promote cooperation, courtesy, and teamwork, in a diverse environment and as an employee of the Department of Health in Pasco County, represents the agency and its mission and values. Maintains a courteous and cooperative relationship with staff and the public.   Adheres to all departmental policy/procedure, state and federal laws governing participant information, security and privacy.  Follow agency guidelines on the use and operation of computers, telephones, copiers and faxes. This floater position will be available to travel to and work at all clinics as needed. 


This floater position will be available to travel to and work at all clinics as needed.


Completes Nutrition Assessment for all low and high risk WIC clients to provide client-centered nutrition services. Documents Nutrition Care Plan and identified nutrition risks using a standardized process. Provides VENA based nutrition assessment and counseling utilizing appropriate educational materials. Assess clients readiness to change and help client choose appropriate goal(s). Makes referrals for appropriate health and social services.  Establishes appropriate number of subsequent individual nutrition education contacts. Evaluates and revises nutrition care plan as needed. 


Attends in-service on the Nutrition Education Kit and provides interactive nutrition education contacts to low risk participants.  Inputs the nutrition service code in the data system. Maintains documentation of participant goal setting.  Promotes breastfeeding education.  Assists with and participates in QI/QA activities to support the success of WIC.


Obtains accurate data on height and weight measurements on participants.  Performs hematocrit/hemoglobin testing and records results electronically.  Cleans equipment and area where blood work is done daily.  Maintains “universal precautions” when completing HST duties.  Follows established guidelines and standards for safety in handling equipment, biological specimens and waste products to prevent exposure to blood borne pathogens.  Accurately completes the lab/anthro screens in the electronic data system.  Maintains and inventories all medical supplies.


Disburses WIC EBT and VOC/ID cards following standard procedure to eligible WIC participants.  Instructs clients on using the WIC EBT card. Obtains client signature for EBT card issuance letter. Records the necessary information on VOC/ID cards and EBT card log.  Reviews all data for accuracy and completeness.  Immediately reports any discrepancies to the clinic Supervisor. Informs participants when certification expires and what is required for recertification.  Keeps security/separation and inventory of VOC/ID and WIC EBT cards.  Loads benefits into WIC EBT account for household.


Collects data for the end-of-day and end-of- month reports as assigned and submits same to the supervisor on a timely basis.  Assists with inventories of WIC formula, equipment, and educational resources. Submits reports within the required timeframe.


Assists the supervisor with training of staff.  Attends staff meetings and trainings as required.  Travels to other clinic sites to provide services to  WIC participants as needed. Participates in outreach efforts. Refers vendor queries to the vendor manager and client concerns to the supervisor. Assist with completion of client contact reports from the vendor manager.


Offers all eligible participants at certification/recertification or at change of address the option to complete a National Voter Registration Act Preference Form/Application and processes the information according to the Florida voter registration guidelines and established agency policies. Receives infants and child immunization records and sends copies to Family Health Services in accordance with agency protocol.  Completes and submits time sheets, EARS, and travel correctly, timely and according to established division and agency guidelines. Reads, understands and implements directives assigned.  Greets prospective WIC participants, answers telephones promptly and courteously.  Schedules appointments and makes appropriate health and social services referrals. Accurately obtains income, demographic and other participant information necessary to determine WIC program eligibility and advises WIC participants of their rights and obligations according to federal guidelines. Utilizing an electronic data system accurately enters required participant data and obtains signatures. Reviews “How WIC Works” with each new participant.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities, Including Utilization of Equipment required for the position:

Knowledge of the current science and practice of food and nutrition, dietetics or food service.  Knowledge of normal nutrition principles and food needs throughout the life cycle.  Knowledge of meal planning, food budgeting and purchasing.  Ability to provide nutrition education to others in groups or individual instruction.  Ability to determine nutritional needs and develop nutrition education plans for individuals who are not at medical high nutritional risk.  Ability to educate individuals and families about food and nutritional needs.  Ability to participate in education or in-service training programs through teaching classes, demonstrating food practices, giving talks, and developing or selecting educational materials.  Ability to plan, organize and coordinate work assignments.  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others.  Ability to maintain records, communicate, maintain effective working relations and good rapport. Ability to understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Bachelors degree.

When completing the online application process , 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 will not be considered.

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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. 

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. 

Only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers will be hired.

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

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.

 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) to conduct this background check.

Successful completion of a drug test is a condition of employment for safety-sensitive positions.

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 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.

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