Date:  Apr 20, 2024


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Requisition No: 821019 

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITIONIST - 64002467

 Pay Plan: Career Service

Position Number: 64002467 

Salary:  1,666.56 Bi-Weekly 

Posting Closing Date: 05/05/2024 

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Your Specific Responsibilities:

This position provides nutritional assessment, education, CERTIFICATION, and counseling to clients AND MEDICALLY HIGH-RISK CLIENTS of the supplemental food program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program.


Provides excellent customer service to clients displaying courtesy and respect while expediting their visit to reduce wait time. Interviews WIC clients to certify for the WIC program per state WIC program policies and regulations stated in DHM 150-24.  Performs a nutritional assessment screening and analyzes medical and anthropometric data to determine nutritional risk eligibility. Monitors accuracy of completion of growth grids and measurement techniques by Health Support Specialists.  Develops client nutritional care plans to include from 1-2 client-centered SMART goals and prescribes food packages. Documents in the FL-Wise electronic record within 24hours of service. Provides individual and group nutrition counseling and nutrition education.  Completes low and high-risk nutrition assessment, nutritional counseling, certification, and referrals. Completes nutrition assessment, nutrition care plans and counsels medically high-risk WIC clients for certifications, follow up appointments and confers with medical providers on exempt formulas and medical conditions of clients. Completes medically high-risk nutritional care plans for clients certified by nutrition educator staff in WIC to meet state guidelines for a licensed dietitian/nutritionist to complete the care plan for these medically high-risk clients within 45 days.  Refers and coordinates client care with health and social service agencies. Documents in FL-Wise electronic client records by end of business day.  In rare emergencies, a late entry note must follow local and state protocol. Distributes exempt infant formulas to WIC clients as prescribed by a Physician/ARNP/Physician assistant per WIC program guidelines.   Handles receipt of exempt formula and distributes per local procedures. Promotes and supports breastfeeding; distributes breast pumps per guidelines and makes referrals to peer counselors and the Lactation Consultant.  Performs duties utilizing a teamwork approach to assure program objectives are coordinated with other staff to achieve desired results.  Cultivates positive work relationships with co-workers and communicates key concepts to supervisor and co-workers for efficient operations. Maintains client confidentiality and security in accordance DOHP50-10-10 Information Security & Privacy Policy Confidential Information.

Select, develop, and evaluate client educational material. Participates in the development, planning and carrying out of objectives/activities in the Bi-ennial Nutrition Program Plan. Coordinates nutrition education services for assigned clients and provides nutrition in-services for community groups.  Coordinates outreach for health fairs/community activities and community in-services. Completes Healthy Start nutritional counselling for medically high risk and other referrals as assigned. Assist with instruction and grading of the Florida Nutrition Modules for new employees as a supervising nutritionist for this activity.

Accurately completes all forms such as EARs in HMS, People First leave and attendance records, travel, etc., by the required deadlines.  Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-service training, and other professional and staff developmental activities.  Maintains licensure requirements.


Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

including utilization of equipment, required for the position: Nutrition assessment, nutrition counseling, nutrition education and nutrition presentations.  Computer skills, time management




  • Registered Dietitian and FL Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist
  • Excellent computer skills and writing/speaking skills.
  • Nutrition counseling skills and ability
  • Incumbent may be required to work before, during and/or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an
    emergency. Emergency duty required of the incumbent includes working in special needs or Red Cross shelters,
    or performing other emergency duties including, but not limited to, responses to or threats involving any disaster
    or threat of disaster, man-made or natural.


  • Experience working in the WIC program.
  • Four months of nutrition counseling/education


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:

Fort Pierce


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: Port Saint Lucie