Epidemiologist - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 21, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $37.76 - $45.90 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join our team as an epidemiologist and help improve the health of the community!

Starting salary up to $45.90/hour

The County of Sonoma is seeking qualified individuals to fill two temporary extra-help Epidemiologist positions within the COVID-19 Unit in the Department of Health Services. These positions are responsible for case investigations, surveillance, analyzing a broad and complex range of individual, program, and population health data, and collaborating with other epidemiologists, evaluators, and Department of Health Services' staff to help improve population health outcomes. The Epidemiologists may also conduct literature reviews and provide data and technical evaluation assistance.

The ideal candidates for these positions will possess:
  • Advanced knowledge of epidemiology (infectious disease background desirable)
  • Proficiency with statistical analysis software, such as SAS or R
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of public health sciences and practices
  • The ability to interpret findings and prepare materials (such as briefs, reports, etc.), and communicate results to department staff, the general public, and other partners
  • The ability to provide epidemiological and evaluation input into planning and program processes
  • A proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. This employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help positions as they occur during the active status of the list. The Civil Service title for this position is Biostatistician.APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS REQUIRE THE SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONNAIRE BE COMPLETED.

Minimum Qualifications

The knowledge and abilities listed may be acquired through various types of training, education, and/or experience. A typical way to acquire the required knowledge and abilities would be:

Education: Possession of a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in mathematics and statistics, epidemiology, or a closely related field. A Masters Degree would be desirable.

Experience: Two (2) years of working experience at a technical/professional level of statistical analysis.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of: standard and accepted mathematical and statistical methods and techniques; accepted research and data collection methods and techniques; basic epidemiological research and reporting methods and techniques; designated health services programs, funding sources, and mandates of assigned area of specialization; designated community needs and resources as they relate to assigned area of specialization and research.

Ability to: understand and carry out a variety of complex directives in an independent manner; understand and interpret a variety of programmatic directives, operational policies and procedures, and legislative guidelines and regulations as they relate to assigned areas of specialization; collect, interpret, and evaluate a variety of complex and diverse statistical and narrative data; identify problems and central issues, research and evaluate alternatives, project the consequences of proposed actions, and make recommendations with accompanying justifications; operate designated and specialized databases, graphic programs, and other software programs; compute complex mathematical calculations in support of statistical analyses methods and techniques; communicate effectively and understandably in both oral and written forms; establish and maintain effective schedules and priorities for self and others in the timely completion of assigned tasks and functions; establish and maintain effective work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all your employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying. If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.
Please visit Getting a Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the application, examination, and department selection processes.

The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities which relate to this position to ensure satisfaction of the minimum qualifications for this position. Candidates who possess the minimum qualifications for the position will be placed on an extra-help employment list and referred to the department. The department may contact candidates from the employment list who possess the most appropriate job-related qualifications for further consideration.


A background investigation is required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.


Applications are accepted on-line at www.yourpath2sonomacounty.org . Paper applications may be submitted by person, fax (707-565-3770), email, or through the mail. All applications and appropriate supplemental information as outlined in the job bulletin must be RECEIVED by the time and date specified on the first page of this job announcement. Continuous recruitments may close without notice at any time that a sufficient number of qualified applications have been received. Applications received after the recruitment closes will not be accepted.

The County of Sonoma prioritizes and is committed to continuously providing a workplace where equal employment opportunity is afforded to all people. Please view the County's Equal Employment Opportunity Policy for further information.

HR Analyst: DP
HR Technician: KC

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