Epidemiologist I/II

  • Merced County, CA
  • Merced, California
  • Sep 20, 2021
Full Time Public Health
  • Salary: $6,298.93 - $8,444.80 Monthly USD

Job Description

Examples of Duties
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Designs, coordinates, conducts and evaluates epidemiological studies, including determining the methods, areas and extent of investigation and data collection required for the evaluation of disease patterns, environmental hazards, and general conditions of the community; monitors disease trends.
  • Assesses risks of epidemics, communicable diseases, or environmental hazards and provides information and recommendations regarding potential epidemic trends or patters, including causation, and measures for prevention, control and mitigation.
  • Keep apprised of professional, technical and scientific literature and reports relating to communicable disease and environmental epidemiology to keep abreast of developments in the field.
  • Establish and maintain information and surveillance systems to monitor community health status /trends.
  • Evaluates performance and cost effectiveness of public health programs.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings, committees, study groups and task forces in the community.
  • Prepares clear and concise epidemiological reports and publications.

Minimum Qualifications
Level I
Experience:

One (1) year experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and interpreting epidemiological or demographic data.

Education:
A Masters Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with specialization in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a closely related public health field.

OR

A Bachelors Degree in a public health related field and three (3) years of experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and interpreting epidemiological or demographic data.

Level II
Experience:

One (1) year experience performing duties comparable to an Epidemiologist I in Merced County.

Education:
A Masters Degree or higher from an accredited college or university with specialization in epidemiology, biostatistics, or a closely related public health field.

OR

A Bachelors Degree in a public health related field and three (3) years of experience in designing and conducting epidemiological studies and interpreting epidemiological or demographic data.
Essential Functions
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Operate a personal computer and other office equipment.
  • Communicate effectively with others in person and over the telephone.
  • Meet deadlines and complete multiple priority projects under stressful conditions.
  • Establish, implement and achieve goals and objectives.
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or County regulations.
  • Represent the County with the community and other agencies.
  • Frequent use of depth perception, peripheral vision and color perception.
  • Frequently lift, carry, reach, push, pull, twist and manipulate large and small objects.
  • Frequent use of data entry device including repetitive hand and arm motion.
  • Occasionally lift and carry up to 40 pounds.
  • Normal dexterity, frequent holding and grasping.

  • Regular attendance is an essential function.


Knowledge of:
  • The principles, methodology and procedures of epidemiology, including design and evaluation of epidemiological research of common diseases and methods of disease control.
  • Methods and format for preparation of scientific papers.
  • Principles and practices of statistics as applied in Epidemiology.
  • Current developments in epidemiology and general medicine.
  • Environmental, social, economic, cultural and other issues impacting epidemiology.
  • Causes, means of transmission, and method of control of communicable diseases, including sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS and tuberculosis.
  • Community resources and demography.
  • Budget development.


Ability to:
  • Plan, conduct and evaluate epidemiological projects and studies.
  • Prepare well-written, clear and concise epidemiological reports and publications.
  • Evaluate complex issues related to environmental and communicable diseases and prepare recommendations for their control.
  • Organize and present ideas through oral communication and in writing.
  • Develop, organize, analyze and interpret statistical data.
  • Establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted during the course of work.


HOLIDAYS & LEAVES

VACATION

10 days the first 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 160 hours), 15 days in the second 5 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 240 hours), and 20 days after 10 years of continuous employment (limited to a maximum of 320 hours).

SICK LEAVE

.0462 hours sick leave for each paid regularly scheduled work hour. 12 days (96 hours per year) with unlimited accumulation. Optional annual buy back of a portion of accumulated sick leave hours upon meeting certain criteria.

HOLIDAYS

Twelve paid holidays annually plus one optional holiday.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE

Three (3) regularly scheduled work days or five (5) days if distance traveled over 500 miles one-way.

INSURANCE

HEALTH INSURANCE


County paid health plan with maximum contributions; 100% for employee up to maximum of $420, 50% of dependent up to maximum of $100 for child/$220 for spouse biweekly. There are multiple health plans to choose from. County paid dental and vision plans, 100% for employee, with 50% of dependent premiums paid by the County.

County sponsored employee health clinic available for zero or reduced co-pay depending on selected health plan.

DISABILITY INSURANCE

State Disability Insurance - Benefit based on highest quarter during previous calendar year. Employee pays premium.

LIFE INSURANCE

$10,000 County-paid coverage (Accidental Death and Dismemberment included). Voluntary Term Life and Universal Life Insurance available - premium paid by employee.

RETIREMENT

DEFERRED COMPENSATION


The County offers a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Employees choose their investment funds and can make pretax contributions to the plan up to the maximum allowable.

MERCED COUNTY EMPLOYEE RETIREMENT ASSOCIATION


The retirement plan is a defined benefit plan administered pursuant to the County Employees Retirement Law of 1937 and other provisions of the California Government Code. MCERA members also pay into Social Security.The applicable benefit formula is dependent upon your hire date with an MCERA employer; yourpension amount will be determined by your age, years of service and final compensation amount.

EXTRA HELP EMPLOYEES DO NOT QUALIFY FOR COUNTY BENEFITS.

EMPLOYEE PROGRAMS

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP)


MHN EAP services provides up to five face-to-face counseling sessions per incident and provides a toll-free "800" hotline available 24/7 for emergencies and crisis intervention. EAP services include counseling services, legal services, financial services and Work-life Resource services.

For more information log on to members.mhn.com.


EMPLOYEE TICKETS, COUPONS, and DISCOUNTS

The County of Merced has partnered with Employee Savings Tickets to provide discounted coupons and tickets for all county employees to attractions throughout the state and out-of-state. The discounts and coupons are available for shopping, movies, sporting events, theme parks, zoos and aquariums and much more.

THIS BULLETIN IS NOT A CONTRACT AND DOES NOT CREATE CONTRACTUAL OR LEGAL RIGHTS ON BEHALF OF ANY EMPLOYEE. THIS BULLETIN IS SUBJECT OF BEING SUPPLEMENTED, MODIFIED, WITHDRAWN OR OTHERWISE CHANGED PENDING LABOR AGREEMENTS AND/OR AT THE DISCRETION OF THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE OFFICER OR AS THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEEM NECESSARY.

For answers to specific questions regarding employee benefits, please call Human Resources at 209.385.7682 or go to Merced County Benefits Summary


Job Address

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