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- Published on 22 June 2015
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This position, Health Surveillance Epidemiologist (Job Opening #617052), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
Hourly rates within the Classified Bargaining Unit Pay Plan will change effective July 12, 2015. At that time, the starting rate (Step 1) for this job opening will be $28.10 per hour.
Salary commensurate with experience.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail. You must apply online to be considered.
AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS: Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.
The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) is located in the heart of Burlington, Vermont on the shores of Lake Champlain. As the state's largest city, Burlington has a wide range of activities to enjoy year round. If you are interested in hiking, skiing, snowboarding, boating, biking, running, or any other outdoor activities, you could not find a better place to live and work. Burlington is also home to 5 different colleges and universities that contribute to rich social and cultural offerings. From the well-developed local food movement to the ecologically-minded social norms, Burlington’s rating as Gallup Poll's 2011 Happiest Small City only scratches the surface. Finally, Burlington is two hours from Montreal and just a few hours from Boston and New York City.
The VDH provides a unique setting to practice public health. Our staff recognizes the challenges of public health in the 21st century, and Vermont is pushing the envelope as nimble, small states can do. Because our department is smaller than many other state health departments, working here provides opportunities to work across divisions that arise naturally, as many projects require diverse skill sets. This will allow you to meet key individuals in many divisions and contribute to projects that affect the department and state as a whole. Vermont also has a unique centralized structure not seen in most states: there are no autonomous local health departments. Instead, VDH staffs district offices throughout the state that drive community work and implement a wide range of VDH programs. With 500 employees and thoughtful leadership, VDH is not only a great place to practice public health; it plays a key role in Vermont’s consistent ranking at the top of America's Health Rankings' list of healthiest states.
The Vermont Department of Health is recruiting for a Health Surveillance Epidemiologist. This position is located in the Infectious Diseases Section of the Division of Health Surveillance.
Example job duties:
• Acts as the Principal Investigator for the CDC Epi & Lab Capacity cooperative agreement. This includes coordinating the submission of the annual grant application and budget, and all required progress reports. Acts as the main point of contact for CDC on all grant-related issues.
• Oversees the surveillance of and response to vectorborne and zoonotic diseases. This includes overseeing Lyme and other tickborne disease surveillance as well as mosquitoborne disease surveillance. Works with entomologists at the Agency of Agriculture on mosquito surveillance. Supervises the State Public Health Veterinarian and the Epidemiologist who is responsible for the day to day surveillance for tickborne and mosquitoborne diseases.
• Works with the Health Educator and the Communications Office on zoonotic and vectorborne disease education and outreach. Responds to questions from the general public, healthcare providers and legislators about these diseases. Responds to media requests.
• Works with the State Veterinarian at the Agency of Agriculture on zoonotic diseases as needed.
• Assists with other activities of the Infectious Disease Epidemiology Section as needed. This may include helping with non-zoonotic disease outbreak investigations and response and assisting with the development of policies and procedures.
To view the full job specification for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications page.
- Degree in veterinary medicine
- Experience in public health and infectious disease surveillance
- Experience managing CDC grants
- Supervisory experience
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Doctorate in epidemiology AND two (2) years or more of experience in a health related field.
Master's degree in epidemiology AND three (3) years or more of experience in a health related field.
Master's degree in public health or another health related field INCLUDING at least six courses in statistics or epidemiology AND three (3) years or more of experience in a health related field.
Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.
VDH Affirmative Recruitment
The VDH strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity. We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the populations we are dedicated to serving. To view the State of Vermonts Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here .
Equal Employment Opportunity
The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.