BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - SES - 64041626 1 (FORT MYERS, FL, US, 33901)

State of Florida
 Fort Myers, FL

Requisition No: 532344

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV - SES - 64041626 1

Position Number: 64041626

Salary: $50,000.00 - $55,000.00

Posting Closing Date: 01/27/2022

Duties and Responsibilities

The Biological Scientist IV - SES position is under the supervision of the Biological Administrator I – SES. The incumbent provides services to the Epidemiology and Communicable Disease Control Services. The incumbent must be fully knowledgeable about the responsibilities of the position. The incumbent may be required to work during or beyond normal work hours or days in the event of an emergency. Emergency operations functions required of the incumbent include but are not limited to Special Care Centers or other emergency functions. This position has access to the following information sets: HMS, EPI, Immunizations, Child Care, School Health, Vital Statistics and WIC.

The incumbent is knowledgeable about all aspects of communicable disease and works with the Disease Control Team regarding

Prevention and control of communicable disease, surveillance activities, and enhances early intervention by the rapid response team. The incumbent has continuous contact with the Environmental Health section and private providers regarding communicable disease issues and Reportable disease cases. Assist the public with accurate information when they phone and assist in allaying fears in a calm and professional manner. Is a member of the disease control investigation team for reportable diseases and outbreaks as outlined on the Reportable Disease List (Rule 64D3) The incumbent will be available to be assigned to cases which may require field work outside the office setting which will require a valid, Florida driver’s license, in order to use a county vehicle.

Supervises the Epidemiology section staff and ensures a competent, trained Epidemiology work force at DOH-Lee through supervision, coaching and education. Responsible for all supervisory duties including, but not limited to, hiring and selection, developing performance plans, conducting performance appraisals, planning, and directing their work, approving leave, and taking disciplinary action as appropriate.

Rabies Control: This includes, but is not limited to, following activities: maintaining daily contact with Lee County Animal Services (LCAS) for review and disposition of bite cases; educating victims/families, hospital staff, and other health care providers; approve hospital administration of rabies prophylaxis as indicated per protocol; acting as a direct liaison and consultant to LCAS; providing LCAS employees with education as needed; providing a direct, real-time link between LCAS and LCHD by entering pertinent bite case information into the LCAS Chameleon software.

Prepare reports, surveys, data studies, answer questionnaires and any other necessary paperwork as required by the position.

At the request or permission of the supervisor, attend meetings, conferences, symposiums, and any programs pertinent to the position that will keep the incumbent current. Provides in-services to the staff as requested or required.

Serves as back-up liaison and public health resource to the Lee County Mosquito Control District.

Serves in an on-call capacity as part of a monthly rotation with other members of the on-call staff.

Develops, manages, and monitors the Epidemiology section budget.

Performs related work as required, including assignment during disaster.

Knowledge, skills, and abilities, including utilization of equipment, required for the position:

  • Knowledge of terminology, principles & techniques used in biological research, analysis, or testing
  • Knowledge of the procedures, techniques & equipment used in laboratory testing & analysis
  • Knowledge of the methods of data collection
  • Knowledge of principles, practices & procedures
  • Knowledge of correct spelling, punctuation & grammar usage
  • Knowledge of standard business formats & styles for letters & business forms
  • Knowledge of community resources
  • Knowledge to understand confidentiality concepts and maintain information in a confidential manner
  • Skill in operating a personal computer
  • Skill to accurately type and use the Merlin computer programming system
  • Skill in the use of scientific laboratory & field equipment
  • Ability to provide preventive health care counseling
  • Ability to assist in planning & conducting a variety of training activities
  • Ability to teach health care
  • Ability to work with patients having a variety of physical problems
  • Ability to collect, record & analyze scientific data relating to the biological sciences
  • Ability to conduct biological research, studies or analyses using scientific methods & techniques
  • Ability to perform quantitative analysis of scientific data
  • Ability to handle telephone calls in a courteous & effective manner
  • Ability to plan, organize & coordinate work assignments & communicate effectively verbally & in writing
  • Ability to establish & maintain effective working relationship with others
  • Ability to understand & apply applicable rules, regulations, policies & procedures relating to the biological sciences
  • Ability to frequently bend, kneel, reach, and sit or stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds as needed
  • Ability to frequently use telephone, computer, copier, and small hand tools, i.e. stapler, scissors, etc.
  • Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize individual workload
  • Ability to utilize problem-solving techniques
    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS PREFERRED –
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences and two years of professional biological, or public health, experience in a field or laboratory program; or
  • A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences or public health and one year of professional experience as described above; or
  • A doctorate from an accredited college or university in one of the biological sciences.

Licensure/registration/certification requirements (If applicable, list the appropriate Florida Statute or federal regulation cite):

  • N/A

Other job-related requirements for this position:

  • 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.
  • Incumbent must possess a valid Florida Driver License and have a motor vehicle to carry out these duties. This position is authorized to transport confidential information outside of established DOH-Lee facilities and must comply with parameters defined in DOHP 50-10.
  • Information Custodian: This position has the responsibility of being the Information Custodian for the Epidemiology information set and will perform related duties as defined in DOHP 50-10.
  • This position has access to the following information sets: Epidemiology, Merlin, HMS, Immunizations, Environmental Health and Environmental Engineering and any information needed in order to perform job.
  • Selected immunizations or titers and/or periodic screening for tuberculosis may be recommended for this position.

Working hours: (A) Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (B) Total hours in workweek 40 + 40 (C) Explain any variation in work (split shift, rotation, etc.) May work additional hours as needed.

Florida Department of Health Mission, Vision, and Values:

Mission:

To protect, promote & improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county & community efforts.

Vision:

To be the Healthiest State in the Nation.

Values:

I 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:

Work Location

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 www.myfrs.com);

  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Tuition waivers;
  • And more!

For a more complete list of benefits, including monthly costs, visit www.mybenefits.myflorida.com.

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.

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