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NUTRITION EDUCATOR – 64004994 req 35964

Florida Department of Health in Hernando
May 15, 2018
Spring Hill, Florida
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Date: May 15, 2018

Location:SPRING HILL, FL, US, 34606

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Requisition No: 35964

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: NUTRITION EDUCATOR - 64004994

Position Number: 64004994

Salary:  $1,178.92 Biweekly

Posting Closing Date: 05/27/2018

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


Note: Your responses to qualifying questions for this position must be verifiable by documentation provided through the electronic application process.



Duties and Responsibilities:

This position requires professional work in providing nutrition education services to clientele enrolled in the Hernando County Nutrition program for Women, Infant, and Children [WIC] Program.


Certifies clients for participation in the WIC program in accordance with policies of the state WIC program and regulations stated in HRSM 150-24.  Provides nutrition education on a group or individual basis in the areas of infant, childhood, prenatal and postnatal [including breastfeeding] nutrition to promote development and maintenance of good nutrition habits.  Develops, monitors, and revises nutrition education plans for individual clients not at medical high risk.  Follows policies and procedures for collection, entry, and management of data as well as the operation of computer terminals and printers according to the FL-WiSE manual and HRSM 150-24.


Plans, conducts, and evaluates group nutrition education classes to clientele concerning their nutritional requirements.  Provides breastfeeding education and makes referrals to the Breastfeeding Coordinator and/or Public Health Nutritionists. Reviews, analyzes, and provides follow-up on assigned WIC operational reports. Assists in preparation of strategic plan, nutrition education plan, and the quality assurance-monitoring program.


Completes WIC Reports and inventories as assigned. Assists the supervisor in the provision of periodic in-service education to nursing and/or medical staff on new developments in WIC regulations, current nutrition topics, and other issues as assigned by the supervisor.  Provides on-going staff training to WIC staff to include, but not limited to civil rights, FL-WiSE, Nutrition Education modules & monthly clerical nutrition education at the direction of the supervisor. Attends and participates in staff meetings, in-service training and other professional and staff development activities.


Performs other related duties and responsibilities as required/requested.

Responsible for securing the designated information set for the purposes of protecting confidentiality, data integrity, and appropriate access, for all information, both confidential and public record, which is stored in hard copy or electronic formats.  Responsible as a "need to know" employee for security sets relating to active medical records as it related to performance of assigned duties and responsibilities for security and confidentiality of same.


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

(Note: The knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) identified in this class specification represent those needed to perform the duties of this class. Additional knowledge, skills and abilities may be applicable for individual positions in the employing agency.)

  • 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 understand and apply applicable rules, regulations, policies and procedures.




When completing the online application, 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. 


Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Food Science or Dietetics in accordance with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Florida Chapter 468


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.

Fingerprinting is required of the successful applicant for a sensitive position. 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.

Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.




Veteran Information: Certain veterans and spouses of veterans receive preference in employment by the state (applies only to positions within the Career Service).

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 Departments 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


Department of Health Career Service employees enjoy the following benefits:

  • State of Florida Retirement package - 3% employee contribution required
  • 9 Annual paid holidays
  • Ability to earn 104 hours of paid Annual Leave (annually)
  • Ability to earn 104 Hours of paid Sick Leave (annually)
  • Health insurance for individual or family coverage - State pays 80% of premium
  • Life insurance – State pays 80% of premium
  • Additional supplemental insurances available such as dental, disability, etc.
  • Tax Deferred Medical and Child Care Reimbursement Accounts available
  • Tuition waiver available

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.  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: Tampa

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