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Title:  Public Health Nurse II

Application Deadline Date:  07/17/2022
Req ID:  36221
Department:  Health

St Johnsbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $32.06


Hourly rates within the Classified Bargaining Unit Pay Plan will change effective July 3, 2022.  At that time, the starting rate (Step 1) for this job opening will be $33.03 per hour.

The St. Johnsbury District Office of the Vermont Department of Health has a dynamic opportunity for an enthusiastic and organized nurse who is passionate about improving community health. The right candidate will join an interdisciplinary team of nurses, nutritionists, epidemiologists, and public health specialists to make a difference in the health and well-being of communities in the Northeast Kingdom.  We are a motivated and hardworking office that is community-minded and customer-focused.  We are looking for someone who is a good listener, a clear communicator, and a solutions-focused, systems thinker.  We are committed to building and maintaining a multicultural and diverse workforce, and we strive to offer a supportive, professionally challenging, and healthy workplace to our employees. The right candidate will focus primarily on infectious disease epidemiology and chronic disease prevention program activities.  All Department of Health employees participate in emergency preparedness planning and operations, including COVID-19 response.


Epidemiology job duties will include working with community partners in the reporting and surveillance of infectious disease, conducting contact tracing during investigations, and providing public health recommendations to prevent the spread of infectious disease. In the management of some infectious diseases, the Public Health Nurse may be asked to perform in-person case management and Directly Observed Therapy. 


Chronic Disease Prevention activities are responsive to community and department priorities.  The Public Health Nurse serves as a public health expert helping cities and towns make changes to their policies and infrastructure to create a healthy environment for all residents and improving health equity in their community. The Public Health Nurse collaborates with the other team members to coordinate and support efforts across communities in the district and incorporates community engagement into their work. 


The Public Health Nurse will:
•    Develop and maintain internal and external collaboration, communication, and partnerships to further the goals of the VT Department of Health to include, but not limited to, developing, and presenting public health topics to internal and external partners. 
•    Respond to inquiries from the public, community partners, and healthcare professionals.
•    Provide investigative coverage for infectious disease surveillance and immunizations.
•    Demonstrate and maintain competence in clinical skills such as venipuncture, tuberculin skin testing and vaccinations.
•    Provide support and services during public health emergencies, including the current COVID-19 efforts.

Who May Apply

This position, Public Health Nurse II (Job Requisition #36221), is open to all State employees and external applicants.

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 36270


Level II: Job Requisition 36221


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.


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 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 five (5) years or more of professional nursing experience INCLUDING three (3) or more years in public health or community health nursing*.


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) AND three (3) or more years in public health or community health nursing*.

Possession of, or eligibility for, licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) in Vermont OR eligible to practice in the state of Vermont via a multi-state license.

*Community Health Nursing is defined as school nursing, home health nursing, home visiting nurses and community nurse health educators.

NOTE: Must maintain Vermont licensure or multi-state license as a Registered Nurse as a condition of employment.

Preferred Qualifications

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

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.

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