Nutritionist - Extra-Help

  • Sonoma County, CA
  • Santa Rosa, California
  • Mar 17, 2020
Variable Shift Clerical and Administrative Support Nutrition and Food Services
  • Salary: $29.73 - $36.14 Hourly USD

Job Description

Position Information

Join the Department of Health Services as an Extra-Help Nutritionist!

Starting salary up to $36.14/hourly*

As a County of Sonoma Nutritionist, you will haveexpansive opportunities for growth and development, theability to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment thatprovides continuous training, education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to betterour communities.

The County ofSonoma Department of Health Servicesisseeking a qualified candidate to fillone temporary, extra-help Nutritionist vacancyin the Women, Infants, andChildren (WIC) Program. The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help (intermittent) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list.

Nutritionists work as part of a staff team within the WIC Program and eagerly provide services to WIC participants with a strong focus on customer service. They interview WIC participants, determine and document indicators of nutritional need for WIC eligibility, plan and provide nutrition education, referrals,and breastfeeding support to high risk and other WIC participants, prescribe the appropriate WIC food packages, and act as a consultant to individuals concerning proper diet.They communicate with community agencies, health care providers, media, and other Health Services staff regarding the WIC Program and exercise tact, discretion, and courtesy in conducting business with the public and other employees.

The ideal candidate would be a Registered Dietitian skilled in individual and group nutrition counseling, assessments, and evaluations, andhave knowledge of nutritional needs for infants, children, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. The candidate should have the ability to effectively communicate with individuals fromdiverse, underserved populations. The candidate will have the ability to work in a fast paced environment.

PLEASE NOTE: This position requires current registration as a Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration, or eligibility for registration. An individual hired into this class must obtain registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration within the six month probationary period.


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 aCounty contribution towardmedical coverage.

* Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can be found in the Engineers and Scientists of California Union Local 20 Memorandum of Understanding (ESC MOU) .

The employment list established from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help (intermittent) vacancies as they occur during the active status of the list.

Please provide specific and detailed responses of a reasonable length to the supplemental questionsto allow for thorough assessment of your qualifications. Responses which state "See Resume" or "See Application" may be considered insufficient.

Minimum Qualifications

Education and experience: Any combination of education and/or training which would provide an opportunity to acquire the above knowledge and abilities. A typical way to qualify is: Possession of a Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university with a major in food, nutrition, dietetics or a closely related field and completion of an internship in a program accredited by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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

Registration: Current registration as a Dietitian with the Commission on Dietetic Registration or eligibility for registration. Must obtain registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration within the six month probationary period.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: the principles, techniques and practices of sound nutrition and dietary patterns; the educational methods and skills used in training others in the principles of nutrition and the manner in which the principles are applied to various phases of public health programs; the dietary requirements of various age and occupational groups, expectant mothers, and others with specialized food requirements; modern principles and techniques necessary for effective supervision.

Working knowledge of: the analytical and statistical research methods used in nutritional investigation and dietary studies; modern office practices, administration and recordkeeping; current sociological and economic problems pertaining to community health nutrition.

Ability to: apply methods and techniques used in nutrition investigation and dietary studies; plan, organize and conduct training programs on nutrition; supervise and assign the work of others in a manner conducive with effective operations and high morale; establish and maintain rapport with the community, other professionals and other staff; prepare clear and concise reports; analyze situations effective and implement an appropriate course of action.

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 Jobwith 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 . 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.

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