Public Health Nutritionist II

  • Stanislaus County, CA
  • Modesto, California
  • Mar 11, 2023
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Health
  • Salary: $71,448.00 - $86,840.00 Annually USD

Job Description

About the Opportunity
The Health Services Agency (HSA) is looking for a team member who is interested in a career where you can make a difference in the health of our community. The ideal candidate is energetic, team-oriented with strong customer service skills and the ability to bring positive leadership to a fast-paced clinic environment. Candidates that are bilingual are highly sought after, to ensure we provide culturally competent services to all WIC participants. The candidate will have the opportunity to provide nutrition education, breastfeeding support and referrals to healthcare and other community services. The program helps pregnant and postpartum women and infants and children, up to age five, eat well and stay healthy. WIC serves families from many different cultural and ethnic traditions, languages, backgrounds and abilities. It is designed to promote positive health outcomes and reduce health disparities in populations we serve.

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The Public Health Nutritionist II (PHN II) is the journey level position within this classification and performs with more independence of action within established guidelines. The PHN II oversees operations and personnel functions at an assigned site(s). This individual plans, develops, implements, provides and evaluates nutrition activities for the general public, and in particular for low-income, pregnant and breast-feeding women, infants and children under the age of five who are classified as a nutritional or medical risk. This position is subject to overtime, standby, and callback assignments. Performs related duties as assigned.

Unless otherwise provided, this position is part of the Classified Service of the County and is assigned to the Community & Health Services bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.

Individuals who are in a full-time classification position are required to serve a twelve-month probationary period, which may be extended an additional six months, for a total of eighteen months.

Incumbents may also be subject to overtime, standby, callback, weekend, holiday and shift assignments as identified in their MOU (Memorandum of Understanding).

The Job Task Analysis provides information detailing the physical and functional demands of the classification. For the complete job task analysis, visit the Risk Management website at under the "Disability" tab.
Typical Tasks
  • Select and develop nutrition and consumer education materials appropriate to the Women, Infants and Children's Program (WIC);
  • Prepare monthly schedules for the WIC Program;
  • Implement special projects such as, Breastfeeding, Nutrition Services Plan, Training, and Quality Assurance;
  • Plan and provide in-services education in nutrition to WIC, medical and nursing staff and community agencies in conjunction with the Program Coordinator;
  • Develop a and conduct nutritional education classes for WIC participants and the community;
  • Plan and participate in WIC outreach activities in recruitment of participants and program publicity;
  • Prepare nutritional assessments and high risk care plans on referred clients including therapeutic formula prescriptions;
  • Counsel according to plans and provide for appropriate follow-up;
  • Complete certifications and re-certifications for WIC participants as needed; and
  • Work at WIC sites as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education/Experience)
  • Understand technical medical and occupational terminology;
  • Plan and supervise the preparation of specific diets and menus to meet the appropriate mineral, vitamin and caloric requirements;
  • Modify regular diets to meet the particular needs of the patient's condition;
  • Communicate thoughts orally sufficient to counsel and instruct clients and the general public;
  • Provide continuing education to medical, nursing and support staff;
  • Maintain records of food served and diets prepared; and
  • Prepare training and instructional materials for clients and the medical and nursing staff.

  • Modern principles and practices of dietetics with special emphasis on diet therapy;
  • Health precautions necessary in large scale food preparation and services;
  • Food preparation and food service management methods and techniques;
  • Chemistry, caloric values and physical properties of foodstuffs, as well as understanding the medical basis for dietetic restrictions;
  • Normal, infant, prenatal and therapeutic nutrition;
  • Behavior modification techniques; and
  • Roles and responsibilities of community health care agencies and related health professionals.

We recognize your time is valuable, please only apply if you meet the following required qualifications.


  • Professional registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration.


  • Eligible for registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration with plans to take and pass the dietetic registration exam within twelve (12) months of hire.


  • Possess and maintain a valid California Drivers License.

NOTE: Registration consists of completing an approved internship or Master's program and passing an exam. (All approved by the American Dietetic Association).

Proof of education is required for verification purposes before the Oral Examination Date. Applicants who are unable to submit proof must call 209-558-7106 to make other arrangements. Failure to submit proof or make other arrangements before the Oral Examination will result in disqualification.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, applicant screening will focus on the following desirable qualifications. Please list any of these qualifications you may have within the "duties" of section of the online application.
  • One (1) year of experience in a WIC Program.
Application and Selection Procedures
Applications cannot be submitted later than 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date. Make your online application as complete as possible so a full and realistic appraisal may be made of your qualifications.

Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Attaching your resume and cover letter are an optional feature for those who wish to do so in addition to completing the required application. Information on your resume and cover letter will not substitute for the education, work experience and required fields on the County application. The online County application is the primary tool used to evaluate your job qualifications.

Most County recruitment consists of the steps detailed below and are governed by Merit
Principles. The examination process ensures that all applicants are given the same opportunity to gain employment within Stanislaus County.

  • Application Review and Screening. Applications are carefully screened based on information provided. Those who submit incomplete applications that lack relevant qualifications or do not submit all required documents will not be invited to move on.
  • Written Examination. Applicants will be invited to participate in a written exam that tests knowledge for the position.
  • Oral Examination. Applicants are invited to a panel interview in which they will be evaluated by County subject matter experts.
  • Eligible Lists. Candidates who pass the examination will be placed on an eligible list for that classification. Eligible lists are effective for six months, but may be extended up to eighteen months.

Closing Date: Continuous but may close at anytime
Oral Selection Examination: Tentatively every other week beginning on March 17, 2023

Note: The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, part-time and full-time vacancies throughout Stanislaus County.

Final appointment will be conditional upon successfully passing a County paid pre-employment drug screening (if applicable for position) and a job-related background investigation.

Some positions may require possession or the ability to obtain, and maintenance of a valid California Driver's license or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job related essential functions.

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Cell phones are typically incompatible with the online application format or browser. We recommend using a desktop or laptop computer. If you are still having technical difficulties, please call NEOGOV at 1-855-524-5627.

Benefits associated with this position can be found at Benefits Summary .

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

Modesto, California United States View Map