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Title:  Public Health Nurse I

Application Deadline Date:  Open Until Filled
Req ID:  10161
Department:  Health

Newport, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $29.59


The Vermont Department of Health has a dynamic opportunity for an enthusiastic and experienced nurse who wants to join a dedicated interdisciplinary team that will make differences in the health of communities in the Northeast Kingdom. We are seeking a well-organized and energetic nurse with great communication skills to complete our team of public health professionals in the Newport District Office. 
We seek an enthusiastic and dedicated nurse to become our new Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Coordinator and School Liaison. You will work at the systems level, encouraging coordination of services for pregnant women, infants and children. This important work is achieved by developing and maintaining relationships with the local systems of care for children and families and facilitating systems change to improve MCH outcomes.  There is a prevention focus, creating a foundation for health and wellness from preconception through early childhood.


Major duties include:
1.    Develop and maintain relationships to local system of care for children and families with the goal of assessing community needs, sharing best practices, and facilitating systems change to improve MCH outcomes
2.    Identify health disparities and service gaps related to the MCH population through regular review of local, state and national data to maintain awareness of trends in the MCH population and share data with community partners
3.    Through participation with MCH related programs and partnerships, inform and contribute to the design of systems that serve special populations, including pregnant women/infants with opioid addiction, children with special health needs, children in custody and foster care, victims of domestic violence, and families living in poverty.
4.    Support School Nurses across the region and support school health initiatives including infection control practices.


As a public health nurse, you also work with a public health team on emergency preparedness, epidemiological investigation, immunizations, and substance abuse prevention. Duties are performed under supervision of Public Health Nurse Supervisor. 

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Nurse I (Job Requisition #10161), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

Please Note: This position is open until filled. The State of Vermont posts vacancies for a minimum of ten business days. Positions posted as open until filled can be removed at any time after the initial ten day period. After the initial posting period, departments may begin interviewing and may close the posting without notice.

Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. 

Level I: Job Requisition 10161

Level II: Job Requisition 10103

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Justin.Barton-Caplin@vermont.gov.
Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.
Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting.


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.


Beginning September 15, 2021, State of Vermont Executive Branch employees must attest to being fully vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus or be subject to regular COVID-19 testing and masking requirements.

Environmental Factors

Duties primarily performed in a standard office setting. Work may be performed in clinic settings and possibly client homes. Exposure to communicable diseases and other stressful situations may occur. Private means of transportation is required. May be required to work evenings, weekends and 12 hour shifts.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate's degree in nursing AND two (2) years or more of professional nursing experience.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


College senior in the final semester of a bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) program. (Graduation from the BSN program must occur prior to hire and continued employment will be contingent on the employee passing the Nursing Licensure Exam (NCLEX).

Possession of, or eligibility for, licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Vermont.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


One or more years of maternal and child health nursing experience and/or school nurse experience.

Special Requirements

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. In accordance with applicable hiring standards, fingerprint supported criminal record checks, adult and child abuse registry checks, the Office of Inspector General exclusion database, and motor vehicle driving record checks, as appropriate to the positon under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion, or demotion into a classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

NOTE: Must maintain Vermont licensure as a Registered Nurse as a condition of employment.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:
  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
Want the specifics? Explore the Benefits of State Employment on our website.

AHS Affirmative Recruitment

The Vermont Agency of Human Services strives to build a diverse and inclusive community. It is our fundamental belief that in order to create and sustain a healthier Vermont, we as an organization must honor the cultures, beliefs and values of those we serve in order to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce which reflects the increasing diversity of Vermont. To view the State of Vermont's Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, please click here.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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