Public Health Nurse II - Extra Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Dec 17, 2023
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Public Health
  • Salary: $55.74 - $67.76 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

The County of Sonoma's Department of Health Services seeks candidates for
Extra-Help Public Health Nurses II!

Starting salary up to $67.76/hour*

Depending upon experience, we are hiring Public Health Nurses (PHNs) at the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the I level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate, concurrent recruitment being conducted.

Public Health Nurse II is the full journey-level class in the Public Health Nurse series where incumbents provide the full range of direct public health nursing services to the community and affected individuals and families. This level requires possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate and one year of public health nursing experience after receipt of the Certificate.

PHNs provide a wide range of services on behalf of vulnerable families and populations in the community, including:

  • Performing health system planning and coordination, to ensure clients receive access to high-quality health care and community resources
  • Providing comprehensive case management services
  • Performing facility reviews and providing technical assistance to health care agencies, assuring compliance with regulations and County optimal quality of service standards
  • Conducting disease investigations
  • Collaborating with other health programs and agencies
  • Processing agency referrals to address the many social determinants of health such as access to food, affordable health care, housing, education, jobs, parenting information, family counseling, health education, legal assistance, and violence prevention/early intervention resources
The ideal candidates for Public Health Nurse II positions will be self- starters that are detail-oriented, organized, and have strong communication, customer service, and computer skills. In addition, they will also possess:

  • Experience working in community/clinic/public health settings with medically fragile individuals
  • Working knowledge of modern public health practices and community-based resources
  • The ability to work independently and in close collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team
  • Strong planning and organizational skills
  • A commitment to using evidence-based tools, and interest in tracking outcomes for continuous quality improvement
  • The ability to develop therapeutic relationships, and utilize concepts of reflection and motivational interviewing
  • The ability to talk to people from diverse backgrounds and communities, engage them in conversations about their health and wellbeing, and ask the difficult questions so you and your clients may work together to better support their needs
The Department of Health Services currently has a position available in the following program:

Foster Care

This Foster Care PHN position performs a variety of public health nursing duties focused on the concepts of health care coordination for children in foster care. This position ensures children, served by the Human Services Department (HSD), receive needed preventive/wellness health care, and follow-up diagnosis and treatment services. This position also functions as a health care consultant to the social workers in HSD’s Family, Youth and Children’s Services Division. Additionally, the PHN initiates case management on medical, dental, nutritional, and mental health conditions found during health assessments; collaborates with foster family agencies, group home directors, and/or health care coordinators; and other health programs such as Mental Health, California Children's Services, Managed Care Plans, Medi-Cal Eligibility, etc. to identify and address access to care issues; and provides program planning and oversight.


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.

Department of Health Services is currently recruiting to fill a temporary, extra-help Public Health Nurse position at either the I or II level. This Public Health Nurse II employment list may also be used to fill future extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. Qualified County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment.

*Salary is negotiable within the established range.


Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a California State Public Health Nursing Certificate.


One year of public health nursing experience obtained after receipt of a California Public Health Nursing Certificate.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Working Conditions: Duties may require exposure to hostile, emotionally disturbed or mentally ill persons and/or confrontational interpersonal situations; intermittently sit at a desk for long periods of time while reviewing patient charts and histories and preparing patient charts and reports; intermittently walk, stand, bend, climb and reach while making field visits, conducting clinics or making educational presentations or demonstrations; twist to reach equipment surrounding desk or treatment areas; perform simple grasping and fine manipulation; use telephone and write or use a keyboard to communicate through written means; see and hear with sufficient acuity to examine and assess patient conditions; lift moderate weight; may work in dangerous, high crime areas of the community; and/or standby, callback and work during non-routine hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: Modern principles, methods, and practices of public health nursing, including preventive medicine, epidemiology, public health education, gerontology, and sociological problems involved in public health nursing; and community aspects of public health nursing programs.

Working knowledge of: Community resources available for assistance in public health programs. Federal, State and local laws and regulations governing public health; causes, control and care of chronic and communicable diseases and illness, handicapping conditions, mental illness and other disabling conditions; child growth and development and procedures involved in promoting maternal and child health. Environmental, sociological, and psychological problems related to public health nursing programs; principles and procedures involved in family planning, sexuality transmitted disease control, and pre and post-natal care; procedures and practices used to promote maternal and child health and to assess infant, child, adolescent development and other special programs; principles and practices of work safety, especially as related to communicable diseases; differing cultural, religious, economic and social groups and their relationships to the delivery of and acceptance of health care services; and current literature and trends in community health.

Ability to: Organize and carry out public health nursing activities in assigned district or program; guide the work of professional and para-professional personnel and volunteers and to provide clinical oversight of student nurses; differentiate medical problems requiring immediate consultation with a physician rather than a deferred consultation; follow prescribed protocols set up by physicians and to consult with physicians and other medical personnel; work effectively with families and individuals to assist them in solution to health problems; develop and maintain effective public relations with clients, staff, community groups and organizations; exercise independent judgment, analyze and evaluate situations independently and take appropriate actions; instruct in the prevention of disease and promotion of public health; write and speak effectively and prepare and maintain clear and concise records and reports; work with various cultural and ethnic groups in a tactful and effective manner; use a computer, calculator, typewrite, telephone, facsimile machine, photocopy machine, and audio-visual equipment; and use clinical and instructional supplies and equipment including blood pressure cuff, stethoscope, audiometer, syringes and needles.

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 employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application. 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 hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.


The selection procedure will consist of the following examination:

An Application and Supplemental Questionnaire Appraisal Examination (pass/not pass) will be conducted to evaluate each applicant's combination of educational coursework, training, experience, knowledge, and abilities that 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 is 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 online at . 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 values diversity and is dedicated to creating a workplace environment that provides individuals with a sense of belonging. We are committed to having a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. The County is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where all aspects of employment are based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: Benefits described herein do not apply to Extra Help positions.


These are some of the excellent benefits the County offers:

Paid Time Off : Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals; 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year; and may be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment.

Health Plan : Choice of five health plans (a PPO, EPO, HMO, and two deductible HMOs) with a County contribution towards the premium (the contribution amount varies by bargaining unit.For specific details, please refer to the applicable MOU).A County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement is available for some bargaining units.

Retirement :Fully integrated with Social Security.For more information regarding eligibility, retirement contributions, and reciprocity with prior public service, please visit .

IRS 457 Plan : Pre-tax employee contribution up to the IRS annual maximum.

Retiree Medical : County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits.

Plus excellent dental, vision, disability, life insurance, professional development, and more.

For answers to specific questions regarding the employment process and more details about benefits or retirement, please contact Human Resources at (707) 565-2331.Additional details about benefit and compensation packages can be found in the MOUs located at . For specific information about health and welfare benefits including plan options, coverage, and premium amounts go to or, contact the Human Resources' Risk Management-Benefits Office at or (707) 565-2900.

*IMPORTANT NOTES: Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Base Pay


Job Address

Santa Rosa, California United States View Map