• Emergency Preparedness & Response (EPR) Regional Epidemiologist - Full Time, Limited Term

    Job ID
    2018-3234
    Position Type
    Full Time - Limited Term
    Hiring Pay/Range
    28.03-33.63
    Closing Date
    10/29/18
    Department
    Health & Environment
    Reporting Location : Location
    US-CO-Fort Collins
  • Overview

     

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    The Larimer County Health and Environment Department is seeking an EPR (Emergency Preparedness and Response) Epidemiologist to join our team.  

     

    The Job:

    The EPR epidemiologist is a grant-funded emergency preparedness position that serves as an epidemiological and technical resource for Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, as well as for other local public health agencies and partners within the eleven county Northeast region.  Services provided to local and regional partners will be focused on public health, epidemiology, and disease prevention.  This position collaborates with other regional staff funded by the Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PHEP) Cooperative Agreement, local public health agency staff (especially staff that work on communicable disease issues), and other public health partners  (local, state and regional) in researching, developing, communicating, coordinating, and executing epidemiologic aspects of public health preparedness and response efforts and strategies.

     

    Our Team:

    Our mission is to promote a healthy community and reduce unnecessary suffering caused by preventable disease, disability, or death.  This mission is accomplished by providing community health and environmental health services, communicable disease control, health education, vital records management, health data assessment, development of policies that advance the public's health, and advocacy for community-based services that provide needed health care.  We believe that the work we do is vital in keeping our community safe and healthy, and take pride in our work.

     

    Key Tasks in this Role:

    • Fulfill the grant deliverables set forth in the Public Health Emergency Preparedness Cooperative Agreement.
    • Acts as a resource and liaison to community, state, regional and local public health partners regarding disease control and epidemiologic issues.
    • Monitors, analyzes, and interprets disease surveillance data. Sets up new and/or ad hoc surveillance systems as needed.
    • Assesses disease investigation metrics reports to identify issues and address insufficiencies.
    • Facilitates sample/specimen collection and laboratory testing for diseases of public health importance.
    • Assists in using the Health Alert Network (HAN) system to alert partners to a situation that potentially affects public health and develops health alerts as necessary.
    • Participates in emergency planning and preparedness activities and exercises to provide an epidemiologic perspective in conjunction with local, state, and regional public health staff, as well as other partners (such as hospitals, clinics, health care providers, laboratories, veterinarians, law enforcement, fire departments, etc.)
    • Participates in the Incident Command System (ICS) when it is utilized for public health-related incidents or emergency response.
    • Responds to public health-related incidents within the Region and across the state when additional epidemiological capacity is needed
    • Serves as part of the Department’s Communicable Disease team and as a member of the Environmental Health Division’s on-call Emergency Response team.

     

    To view the full job description, please click here.

     

     

    Our Ideal Candidate:

    We are looking for someone who is able to work independently, without close supervision.  To fill this role, you must have the ability to multi-task.  Work will require you to problem-solve, negotiate, provide conflict resolution, and coordinate several projects simultaniously.  Though you'll primarily be based out of the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment, this position may require travel throughout most of Larimer County and also throughout the eleven county region (Larimer, Weld, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma, Cheyenne, Lincoln, and Kit Carson Counties).  Additionally due to the nature of this work, you must be able to be reached and work outside normal business hours as necessary.

     

    Essential Qualifications:

    You must have a Bachelor's level degree from an accredited college or university with a focus on Environmental Health, Public Health, or a science-based/health care professional discipline.  Three years of professional experience working with a state or local public health agency, in a health care setting, or in a directly related field with duties related to epidemiology, communicable disease, and emergency preparedness and response is required.  If a candidate does not currently possess OSHA 40-hour HAZWOPER (Hazerdouse Waste Operations and Emergency Response) Certification, the candidate must be able to complete this within 6 months of hire.  

     

     To be considered for this position, you must attach a resume and cover letter in your applicant account.

     

    This is a 100% grant funded position to fulfill public health Emergency Preparedness and Response grant deliverables.

     

    Skills assessment testing may be administered

     

    An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.  As marijuana is an illegal substance under federal law, testing positive for marijuana (medical or otherwise) or any other substance for which the county tests, will result in the contingent offer of employment being revoked.  A successful completion of the drug screen is defined as obtaining a negative result.

     

    This position will close at 10:00 PM on the closing date listed.

     

    Employee Benefits

    Click here to view information on Larimer County's Benefits.

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