Epidemiologist- Temporary

  • 481 4th St., Hollister, California
  • Feb 26, 2021
Temporary Public Health
  • Salary: $37.46 - $50.20 Hourly USD

Job Description


Under direction, plans, initiates and conducts epidemiological investigations, field studies and disease surveillance; Performs difficult and complex administrative tasks to control disease outbreaks and prevent avoidable morbidity and mortality; Performs project management as assigned; Performs related duties as assigned.

This class is responsible for sophisticated surveillance, identification and complex control measures of communicable and reportable disease hazards and environmental disease hazards. The incumbent applies advanced technical epidemiological models to determine patterns of disease in a community and designs research projects to assess levels of community morbidity or apply successful interventions to local projects. This class is distinguished from Public Health Nurse classes which provide clinical, educational and counseling activities directly to clients relating to disease control. This position provides consultation to Public Health Officer and Public Health Nurses who are assigned to communicable disease control activities.

Director of Nursing/Deputy Director of Public Health, Public Health Officer or designee

May supervise clerical or professional staff as assigned by Deputy Director

Sit for extended periods; frequently stand and walk; normal manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination; lift and move objects weighing up to 25 lbs.; corrected hearing and vision to normal range; verbal communication; use of office equipment, including computer, telephone, calculator, copiers, and FAX.

Work is generally preformed in an office setting; Continuous contact with the public and other staff. Frequent overnight travel to trainings, conferences and meetings required.

Examples of Duties / Knowledge & Skills
Duties may include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Initiates and plans Epidemiological assignments
  • Trains and instructs staff as necessary
  • Develops and implements methodology and systems to be used
  • Prepares grants and special reports in support of Public Health service activities
  • Assesses and determines program goals and priorities
  • Coordinates Public Health Accreditation activities
  • May conduct programs to train on techniques related to the various phase of Public Health activities
  • Plans course of study and implements and evaluates its effectiveness
  • May represent Health Officer at meetings, conferences, and seminars
  • Makes recommendation to administrators regarding allocation of resources and program design based upon Epidemiological evidence
  • Collects and analyzes data applying advanced bio-statistical methodologies to calculate risk of diseases and appropriateness of intervention
  • Performs technical and informational presentations to the professional medical community
  • Develops various health services, programs, policies and procedures
  • Plans, executes and evaluates the work of the facilities, agencies or community groups with which they work
  • Performs related duties as assigned

Minimum qualifications & Requirements
Education, Training and Experience:

Any combination of training and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

A Master's degree from an accredited college or university in Epidemiology or related field that includes a minimum of two (2) graduate level courses in Epidemiology or two (2) comparable graduate level classes in advanced research methodology and two (2) graduate level courses in statistics or biostatistics;


Completion of a Bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university in Public Health, Epidemiology, Health sciences, Statistics or a related field and two (2) years work experience within the field of Epidemiology performing study design, implementation and analysis.

Special Requirements:
Possession of or ability to obtain a California Driver's license.
Supplemental information
Knowledge of:
  • Thorough knowledge of epidemiological trends and disease patterns, their characteristics, and standards to determine the origin, spread and control of hazards to the community.
  • Thorough knowledge of statistical theory and techniques of epidemiological, demographic, biostatistical and community health research.
  • Thorough knowledge of research design methods and techniques
  • Thorough knowledge of review and evaluation of disease outbreak interventions
  • Working knowledge of community resources and medical services available for medical programs
  • Knowledge of project management, including funding sources, grants proposal writing and project evaluation.
  • Personal computer operating systems, software applications (MS Office, etc.) and related equipment
  • Methods and techniques used in researching, proofing, evaluating, gathering, organizing, and arranging data
  • Effective methods of training and presentations skills
  • Record keeping and time-management practices and procedures
  • Modern office practices and procedures
  • Correct English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • Basic arithmetic

Ability to:
  • Plan, organize, coordinate and direct a public health project(s)
  • Initiate and design complex interventions to collect field data
  • Apply sophisticated mathematical and biostatistical techniques to analyze data to determine origin, spread and risk of morbidity and populations
  • Write, present and consult with health administrators in the preparation of concise narrative and statistical reports
  • Establish, and maintain effective working relationships with private and public agencies in the health care delivery system
  • Provide technical expertise to department staff involved in eliciting vital epidemiological information, disseminating findings and advocating for measures meant to reduce the level of disease in eh community
  • Apply research methodologies and research findings in the course of disease control or prevention projects
  • Evaluate project effectiveness
  • Prepare grant applications and contracts
  • Speak effectively before groups
  • Use computer software to analyze and present data in diagrammatic formats and support data processing activities
  • Exercise sound and independent judgment in determining and selecting appropriate processes, alternatives, forms and desired actions within established work practices, procedures and commonly used regulations
  • Learn and develop skills with computer software programs or automated systems
  • Provide training and assistance for others in using assigned systems or software
  • Read and understand detailed and complicated instructions
  • Understand, interpret and apply rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Work productively under time pressure and with interruptions
  • Exercise tact when dealing with others
In accordance with California Government Code section 3100, et., seq., all County of San Benito employees are considered disaster service workers who may be required to report for duty, or remain on duty to address disaster service activities in the event of an emergency or disaster and are required to undertake an applicable loyalty oath.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

Job Address

481 4th St., Hollister, California 95023 United States View Map