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Title:  Public Health Nutritionist I

Application Deadline Date:  02/01/2023
Req ID:  46052
Department:  Health

St Albans, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $24.93


The Vermont Department of Health; St. Albans District Office is looking for an energetic person to provide outreach, eligibility determination, clinical services, health and nutrition education to a large caseload of individuals enrolled in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program.


Much of the Public Health Nutritionist's time is spent providing nutritional counseling and breastfeeding support to individuals enrolled in the WIC supplemental nutrition program. Currently this is being done over the phone, but services will also be provided in-person at our St Albans WIC clinic and other community settings in the future. Comfort using motivational interviewing in a culturally competent way is a plus. A person who is successful in this position will enjoy working with prenatal and postpartum women as well as children under the age of five. Expect to meet with nutritionally high-risk clients who will require the development of follow up plans. The position includes community outreach, education and partnership 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. This position would, with our team of nutritionists, perform outcomes-based planning and assess the effectiveness of nutrition interventions through our Nutrition Services Plan. 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. All staff members are trained to respond to public health emergencies that affect the health of the community.


We are a motivated and hardworking office that is community-minded and customer-focused.  We are looking for someone who is a good listener, systems thinker, solution focused and a clear communicator.  

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Nutritionist I (Job Requisition #46052), is open to all State employees and external applicants.
If you would like more information about this position, please contact
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 or higher degree in nutrition, nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, or public health nutrition. 


Applicant in the final semester of a bachelor's or higher degree program in nutrition, nutritional sciences, community nutrition, clinical nutrition, dietetics, or public health nutrition. (Graduation from the program must occur prior to start date.)

Preferred Qualifications

Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. (R.D./R.D.N), at least one year of experience providing nutrition education. Volunteer, internship, or undergraduate experience will be considered.

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
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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.