Public Health Nutritionist (Bilingual Spanish Preferred) - Continuous/Open Until Filled

  • Napa County
  • Napa, California
  • Sep 03, 2022
Full Time Nutrition and Food Services Public Health
  • Salary: $83,366.40 - $99,424.00 Annually USD

Job Description

The Napa Valley


The Napa Valley - Internationally known for its fine wines, exciting restaurants and world-class resorts, is home to 140,000 residents who share a strong sense of community and a legacy of preserving and protecting our rich agricultural heritage.

Located in the heart of California's preeminent wine region, the Napa Valley is also part of the dynamic San Francisco Bay Metropolitan Area. With its sunny Mediterranean climate and proximity to the mountains and ocean, the Valley offers residents easy access to virtually unlimited shopping, dining, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The Napa Valley's strategic location, natural and cultural resources, history of responsible land use planning and attractive quality of life provide the ideal mix of small town living and big city amenities.

County of Napa as an Employer

The County of Napa is a highly respected employer within the local community as well as throughout the region. We offer rewarding and challenging work, flexible hours, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package and tremendous opportunities for career growth. At the County of Napa we truly value our employees and are committed to diversity in our family-oriented environment. This is why we are the Employer of Choice for more than 1,400 employees.

As an organization, the County is dedicated to improving the lives of our citizens and reflecting the best of the community's values: Respect, Accountability, Dedication, Integrity and Innovation.

The Position

The Public Health Nutritionist is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing nutrition and food service programs for individuals, families and groups through nutritional assessment and program implementation and to provide technical, education and advisory services on nutrition to health department staff, community agencies, individuals and organizations.


1. Applications will be accepted on-line on a continuous basis until the current vacancy is filled. For first consideration, please submit your application by Friday, September 16, 2022.

2. Applications will be reviewed for minimum qualifications and license requirements. Those who meet the minimum requirements will have their supplemental questions scored.

3. The most qualified group will be invited to the Oral Panel Interview (date to be announced). The most qualified from the Oral Panel Interviews will be placed on the eligibility list and referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Human Resources reserves the right to make changes to the recruitment process at any time.

Example of Duties

The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.

Plan, develop and implement nutrition and food service programs for individuals, families and groups through nutritional assessment and program implementation.

Provide technical, educational and advisory services on nutrition to health department staff, community agencies, individuals and organizations.

Counsel individuals and families having particular health care needs on proper nutrition and special dietary considerations; perform individual and family nutritional assessments and develop individualized care plans; plan and certify menus to meet meal pattern requirements of WIC program participants.

Provides assistance to paraprofessional and support staff in identifying and evaluation nutritional need of individuals and families; provides support and direction in the planning, development and provision of nutrition and health education.

Collect and evaluate dietary, biochemical, medical and anthropometric data related to the determination of nutritional conditions; plan and conduct studies to obtain data relating to nutritional risk, dietary patterns, food needs and their relationship with health and disease.

Educate the public concerning the prevention of chronic and debilitating nutritional related diseases and the treatment and rehabilitation of individuals.

Evaluate the jail and juvenile hall menus for nutritional adequacy according to specific nutrition guidelines on an annual basis.

Prepare, review and revise informational material and disseminate such to increase awareness of nutrition, diet and special services offered by the department.

Cooperate with other agencies in the formulation of nutrition programs involving professional or community groups.

Keep informed on recent nutrition research; interpret to professional and lay groups it's applications to the public health program; attend meetings and/or conferences.

Serve as an informational resource and liaison on matters related to nutrition to public health agencies and the community.

Screen and monitor clients at high risk; complete appropriate plan for their care and provide appropriate follow-up; manage continuing nutrition caseload.

Appraise, recommend and select educational methods, materials and demonstration equipment for teaching normal and therapeutic nutrition.

Conduct nutritional outreach programs.

Assist in the operation of the WIC program or other nutritional programs; may act on behalf of the WIC Coordinator/Nutrition Supervisor as assigned.

Assist in orienting and training new staff, including overseeing training requirements for certification as WIC Nutrition Assistants.

Maintain a variety of records; prepare reports and correspondence.

Perform related duties as assigned.



Principles, techniques and practices in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

Dietary requirements of various age, sex and occupational groups, prenatal and postpartum women, infants, children, teens and others with specialized food requirements.

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.

Meal planning and food preparation within financial constraints.

Nutritional value of foods including various ethnic specialties.

Nutritional assessment techniques.

Analytical and statistical research methods used in nutritional investigation and dietary studies.

Contemporary sociological and economic considerations pertinent to community health and nutrition.


Apply methods and techniques used in nutrition investigation and dietary studies.

Accurately assess nutritional needs and make recommendations consistent with sound nutritional practice and clients' ability to implement given finances, dietary practice and family preferences.

Plan, organize and conduct training programs on nutrition and nutrition related topics.

Write informational materials explaining technical concepts and practices in understandable terms.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with other professionals, staff and community.

Prepare clear and concise reports.

Analyze situations accurately and take effective action.

Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Maintain confidentiality of information.

Establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with staff, other departments and agencies, the privates sector and the public.

To qualify for this classification, an individual must possess any combination of experience and education that would likely produce the required knowledge and abilities. A desirable combination is:

Preferred one year of professional experience in community nutrition. (A Master's degree in Public Health which included community nutrition exposure may be substituted for the required experience.)

Equivalent to graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, public health nutrition, or home economics with emphasis in nutrition and completion of a dietetic internship or traineeship approved by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

License or Certificate:
Current certification as a Registered Dietitian/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with the Commission on Dietetic Registration or eligibility for registration. Must obtain RD/RDN certification with the Commission on Dietetic Registration within 12 months of hire as a condition of passing probation.

Possession of a valid California Driver's license.

*Any license, certification, or registration required for this position shall be maintained (i.e. active and in good standing) at all times during employment with Napa County. For continued employment with Napa County, you must maintain such license, certification, or registration to meet the minimum qualifications of this position.

Special Qualifications:
Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in English and preferably Spanish.

Work primarily in a standard office setting with some travel to different sites and locations.

Stoop, bend, kneel, reach and twist as needed to complete daily assignments.

Use repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including using a computer keyboard.
Lift light boxes and equipment.

ADA Accommodation
Applicants requiring accommodation during the application and/or selection process pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities (ADA) Act should contact County of Napa Human Resources at (707) 253-4303.

Napa County is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Salaries are based on a five-step range. Appointments are usually made at the beginning step with advances occurring at six months and the completion of each year thereafter. Salary rates are reviewed annually.

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Certain designated County positions require a candidate to pass a physical examination prior to appointment. Offers of employment are conditional upon successful completion of this examination.

All employees hired into allocated positions or extra help positions will be fingerprinted.


FOR POSITIONS IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND THE PROBATION DEPARTMENT - The selection process will include an oral board interview, psychological assessment, background investigation, and a pre-employment physical exam.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous

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