OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV


Job title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV

Company: State of Florida

Job description: Requisition No: 337601

Agency: Department of Health

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST IV – 64853557

Position Number: 64853557

Salary: $20-$25 hour

Posting Closing Date: 06/01/2021

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

This is a highly responsible epidemiology position. The OPS Biological Scientist IV position is an advanced professional position within a county wide COVID-19 response team. This position is responsible for COVID-19 control and prevention efforts and supports the guidance and protocols of the Department. This position consults with, and is a liaison to, high level officials in agencies and political jurisdictions. Specific duties and responsibilities are performed and accomplished independently with only limited supervision by the immediate supervisor. Duties are as follows:

This position is responsible for performing descriptive and analytic epidemiologic investigations involving cases, clusters and outbreaks of COVID-19. Responsible for conducting case investigations and interviews, contact tracing, prompt implementation of appropriate control measures, documentation and timely reporting, research and public health surveillance, and field epidemiological investigations of disease clusters, outbreaks, and individual cases of COVID-19. Conducts continuous public health surveillance including monitoring of Merlin task lists, disease reports, and other mechanisms for monitoring incidence of reportable diseases. Prepares technical reports, summaries of investigations, scientific papers and performs related work as required. Provides support and direction to the Department of Health in Monroe County, local clinics, hospital infection control staff, private physicians, laboratories, nursing homes, community partners, and other facilities concerning early detection of COVID-19 and appropriate prevention and control measures. May consult with the State Health Office and/or Regional Epidemiologists/Lab Liaisons as appropriate. Notifies supervisor and leadership immediately upon identification of suspected outbreaks, disease clusters, and/or individual cases of public health significance.

Functions as liaison to infection control staff of local hospitals, local health care facilities, and partner agencies. Maintains accurate records and provides timely reporting into the Merlin disease reporting system.

Assists in planning and, preparing education materials for staff, medical personnel and community at large on issues related to the COVID-19 prevention, management and reporting. Conducts training and/or presentations as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES ESSENTIAL TO THE ROLE:

  • Understanding of confidentiality
  • Ability to explain COVID-19, principles of exposure, infection, infectious period, high-risk interactions, symptoms of the disease, and prevention and control interventions
  • Tactful interpersonal and interviewing skills
  • Ability to communicate with clients who may be difficult to reach or reluctant to engage in conversation
  • Awareness of various cultures and sensitivities
  • Understanding of when to refer an individual to medical, social, or supervisory resources

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?

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.

This is an OPS (Other Personal Services) positions and as such no paid time off is offered. Health benefits will be offered for full-time employment. OPS employees are eligible to participate in a deferred compensation plan.

WHAT BENEFITS ARE APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

  • 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

WHAT BENEFITS ARE NOT APPLICABLE TO OPS EMPLOYEES?

  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights.

APPLICABLE LAWS/RULES:
Sections 110.131, 110.1315 and 216.011(1)(dd), Florida Statutes
Rules 60L-33.005 and 60L-34.001, Florida Administrative Code

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

***Note: Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job duties.

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.

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 .

This position requires a security background check and/or drug screening and participation in direct deposit.

Note: You will be required to provide your Social Security Number (SSN) in order to conduct this background check.

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 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.

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.

Expected salary: $20 – 25 per hour

Location: Key West, FL

Job date: Wed, 31 Mar 2021 07:29:00 GMT

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