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
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
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)-
- 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.
Sections 110.131, 110.1315 and 216.011(1)(dd), Florida
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
- Note: Confidentiality: Incumbent may have access to records
containing Social Security numbers in the performance of their job
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 http://www.sss.gov.
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
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
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