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Title:  Public Health Nutritionist I

Application Deadline Date:  12/12/2019
Req ID:  3764
Department:  Health

Newport, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $22.06

Are you a nutritionist who wants to make a difference in the lives of children under five and perinatal & breastfeeding women?  We seek a bright, energetic, committed nutritionist to join the Vermont Department of Health, Newport District Office. We are a motivated and hardworking public health team that is community-minded and client-centered.  We are looking for someone who is a good listener, a clear communicator, a systems thinker, solution focused, and organized.

This position provides outreach, eligibility determination, WIC clinical services, health and nutrition assessments & education, and breast-feeding support to a large caseload of eligible families.  WIC clinical services are provided both at the Department of Health and at community settings. This position will also have opportunities to participate in community teams that support WIC families by providing education and building partnerships with others involved with maternal and child health populations. We are always trying to improve our services to clients and appreciate an innovative thinker who has good assessment skills.

A person who is successful in this position will enjoy working with pregnant and postpartum women as well as children under the age of five. Expect to meet with nutritionally high-risk clients who will require follow up planning. Also with the team, you would provide on-going training and technical assistance to district office WIC staff to help them maintain their knowledge and skills. We value employees who embrace change and enjoy participating in a variety of activities in collaboration with other staff to meet our public health mission.

The Vermont Department of Health is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the department's diversity and commitment to foster an environment of mutual respect, acceptance and equal opportunity.

Duties are performed under the general supervision of a District Supervisor. Duties include:

•    Provide nutritional counseling and breastfeeding support to individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).  
•    Conduct WIC clinics and work with nutritionally high-risk clients who will require the development of follow up plans.
•    Act as a nutrition liaison with community partners and with the health care community.
•    Plan, conduct and evaluate group nutrition education for clients and the public.
•    Explain nutrition programs and maintain cooperative relations with civic, educational and other groups concerned with public health and nutrition.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Nutritionist I (Job Requisition #3764), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
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.

Environmental Factors

Duties primarily performed in public health organization setting or in outlying service sites. Travel to outlying sites will require a driver's license. Private means of transportation may be required. Occasional travel to statewide trainings required. Potential travel in difficult weather conditions. There is considerable interaction with staff, clients and the general public. At times of public health emergencies (floods, infectious disease outbreaks, etc.) individuals may be expected to assist. Physical demands vary with the position; generally limited to carrying equipment needed to conduct clinic and education activities. Employees work with a variety of clients and may have contact with potentially dangerous and combative individuals as well as a wide variety of illnesses. Certain functions may require duty outside of normal work hours.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree or higher in community nutrition, foods and nutrition, or dietetics from a didactic or coordinated program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND).


Bachelor's degree or higher in community nutrition, foods and nutrition, or dietetics which includes coursework that meets the American Dietetic Association Standards of Education and Standards of Performance for Dietetic Registration.


College senior in the final semester of a bachelor's degree program in community nutrition, foods and nutrition, or dietetics from a didactic or coordinated program approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). (Graduation from the program must occur prior to hire.)

Preferred Qualifications

Licensed Dietitian (L.D.), Licensed Nutritionist (L.N.) or Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (L.D.N.).

Registered Dietitian. (R.D.)

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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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