PUBLIC HEALTH INVESTIGATOR TRAINEE

Company Details

Los Angeles County Human Resources

EXAM NUMBER:
PH5644D

TYPE OF RECRUITMENT:
Open Competitive Job Opportunity

FILING START DATE:
01/18/2018 at 8:00 a.m., Pacific Standard Time (PST)
FILING WILL BE SUSPENDED AFTER THE FIRST 100 APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED, OR ON 01/22/2018 AT 5:00 P.M. (PST), WHICHEVER OCCURS FIRST. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED AFTER THE FIRST 100 WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.

DEFINITION:

Under close supervision learns the skills and techniques to conduct investigations related to the control of communicable and selected non-communicable diseases.

CLASSIFICATION STANDARDS:
Positions allocable to this entry level class function under the close supervision of a Supervising Public Health Investigator and are characterized by participation in a year-long formal and on-the-job training program designed to teach the skills, techniques and procedures of communicable disease investigation and the enforcement and application in the field of these skills, techniques and procedures as defined by applicable public health laws and Public Health Investigation policies and manuals.
Essential Job Functions

Attends formal training sessions to receive instruction in public health investigation principles, methods and techniques and orientation to the organization, policies and procedures of the Department of Public Health, Public Health Investigation, and state and local public health laws and ordinances.

Learns to conduct investigations to locate cases and contacts of tuberculosis, sexually transmitted diseases, human immunodeficiency virus or other communicable diseases and selected non-communicable diseases, such as alcoholism by interviewing infected persons to determine contacts or other persons at risk, locating and tracing contacts and convincing them to voluntarily seek diagnosis and treatment as required by applicable public health laws.

Learns principles of legal interventions to complex compliance up to and including arrest and incarceration when essential to protect the public health.

Learns to counsel individuals who suffer from communicable or non-communicable diseases regarding the nature and control of their disease and to educate these individuals on risk reduction techniques and behaviors.

Obtains departmental certification as an human immunodeficiency virus pre- and post-test counselor and learns to counsel persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus and to offer and provide partner service to these persons.

Learns to enforce public health laws, rules and regulations governing communicable disease control by serving orders of the Health Officer on patients in their homes, hospitals or detention facilities, quarantining cases and contacts of communicable disease in private homes or institutions, placing restrictions on infected individuals employed in sensitive occupations such as food handling, supervising disinterment of human remains for foreign shipment, assisting in food poisoning investigations, coordinating case management of persons potentially exposed to rabies, responding to widespread outbreaks of communicable disease and establishing and enforcing the State mussel quarantine order.

Learns to transport patients in connection with the enforcement of legal orders pertaining to the isolation of such patients in a hospital or detention facility, or to facilitate the medial care and treatment of patients infected with a communicable disease.



Learns to investigate cases of quarantine violations and refusal or failure of persons to comply with health laws, ordinances and regulations; and observes Public Health Investigators recommending court action to enforce legal orders, preparing cases for court by gathering evidence and appearing in court as the representative of the Health Officer on cases involving violations of public health laws, ordinances and regulations pertaining to communicable disease and non-communicable disease.

Learns to support the California Department of Public Health Marine Biotoxin Monitoring Program through the collection of shellfish and phytoplankton samples and preparation of these samples for shipment to the state laboratory.

Learns to conduct special investigations not directly involving communicable disease, such as investigating impersonations of departmental personnel or the verification of home births.

Requirements

SELECTION REQUIREMENTS:
OPTION I: A Bachelor’s degree* in Public Health from an accredited college or university.

OPTION II: A Bachelor’s degree* from an accredited college or university with EITHER a successful completion of a minimum of thirty (30) semester units or forty-five (45) quarter units of Basic Sciences** OR successful completion of a minimum of sixteen (16) semester units or twenty-four (24) quarter units distributed among the following fields: Public Health Administration, Epidemiology, Public Health Statistics, Public Health Microbiology and Communicable Disease Control.

OPTION III: A Bachelor’s degree* from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of experience in investigation or inspection work in a Public Health or law enforcement agency***.

These requirements are in accordance with Section 120180 of the California Health and Safety Code.

LICENSE:
A valid California Class C Driver License or the ability to utilize an alternative method of transportation when needed to carry out job-related essential functions.

PHYSICAL CLASS:
3 – Moderate: Includes standing or walking most of the time, with bending, stooping, squatting, twisting, and reaching; includes working on irregular surfaces, occasionally lifting objects weighing over 25 pounds, and frequent lifting of 10-25 pounds.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS INFORMATION:
**Basic Sciences are defined as the natural sciences that include, but are not limited to Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physiology, Anatomy, and Geology.

***Law enforcement agency is defined as a government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.

Additional Information

EXAMINATION CONTENT

This examination will consist of two (2) parts:

Part I: A written test weighted 80% that contains both computerized and paper-and-pencil components covering Reading Comprehension, Data Analysis and Decision Making, Written Expression, Achievement, Confidence and Optimism, Deductive Reasoning Ability, Independence, Influence, Professional Potential, and Reliability.

Only those candidates who achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on the written test will be eligible for the Structured Interview (Oral Examination) portion of the examination.

Part II: A Structured Interview weighted 20% covering Adaptability/Flexibility, Interpersonal Skills, Integrity/Ethics, and Oral Communication.
Applicants with disabilities who require special arrangements must provide the Examination Unit with written notification at the time of filing.

Candidates must meet the Selection Requirements and achieve a passing score of 70% or higher on both weighted Part I and Part II of the examination in order to be added on the Eligible Register.


TRANSFER OF SCORES:

Candidates that have taken identical written test part(s) for other exams within the last twelve (12) months, will have their written score(s) for the identical test parts(s) automatically transferred to this examination. This examination contains test part(s) that may be used in the future for new examinations. Upon acceptance of your application, your score(s) will be transferred to the new examination(s) and you may not be allowed to retake any identical written test part(s) for at least twelve (12) months.

THE WRITTEN TEST IS NOT REVIEWABLE BY CANDIDATES PER CIVIL SERVICE RULE 7.19.

Test invitations and/or notifications may be sent electronically to the e-mail address provided on the application. It is important that candidates provide a valid e-mail address. Please add vangarcia@ph.lacounty.gov to your e-mail address book and list of approved senders to prevent e-mail notifications from being filtered as spam/junk mail.

TEST PREPARATION:
The following resources are available to assist applicants prepare for written employment tests:

• An interactive Online Test Preparation System for taking practice tests may be accessed on the Department of Human Resources’ website at: http://hr.lacounty.gov/. Under the “Find a Job” tab click on “Job Search Toolkit.” Scroll down to find Test Preparation Information located under the “Employment Test Assistance” section.
• You can also access practice tests for the computerized portion of the test by going to the following website: http://www.shldirect.com/practice.tests.html.

While these study guides will help in preparing for the test, we advise you to review all related materials that you deem necessary.

Passing this examination and being added to the Eligible Register does not guarantee an offer of employment.

Non-Acceptance and Final Results letters will be sent via United States Postal Service (USPS). Test scores cannot be given over the phone or by e-mail.


ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION:

The names of candidates receiving a passing score in the examination will be added to the Eligible Register in the order of their score group for a period of twelve (12) months following the date of eligibility.

NO PERSON MAY COMPETE IN THIS EXAMINATION MORE THAN ONCE EVERY TWELVE (12) MONTHS.

Complete applications will be processed on an “as-received” basis and added to the Eligible Register accordingly.

VACANCY INFORMATION:
The Eligible Register resulting from this examination will be used to fill vacancies in the Department of Public Health as they occur.

AVAILABLE SHIFT: Any

APPLICATION AND FILING INFORMATION:
Applications must be filed ONLINE ONLY. Applications submitted by mail, fax, or in person will NOT be accepted. Any required documents and/or additional information, if any, must be submitted with your application online or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to vangarcia@ph.lacounty.gov.

Apply online by clicking on the green “Apply” button at the top right of this posting. You can also track the status of your application using this website. Applications must be submitted by January 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). Filing will be suspended after the first 100 applications are received or by January 22, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. (PST), whichever occurs first. Applications received after the first 100 will not be considered.

The acceptance of your application depends on whether you have clearly shown that you meet the SELECTION REQUIREMENTS. Fill out the application and supplemental questionnaire accurately and completely to receive full credit for any relevant education and/or job experience you include. In the space provided on the application for education, include names and addresses of schools attended, dates attended, degree(s) received, and degree major. For each job listed, provide the name and address of employer, title of position held, start and end dates, number of hours worked per week, and description of work and duties performed. If your application and/or supplemental questionnaire is/are INCOMPLETE, the application will be REJECTED.


*
In order to receive credit for any college or university degree, such a Bachelor’s degree or higher, you must include a legible copy of the Official Diploma, Official Transcript(s)****, or Official Letter from the accredited institution (which shows the area of specialization and the date the degree was awarded) with Registrar’s signature and school seal attached to your application online at the time of filing or within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission to vangarcia@ph.lacounty.gov.

****Official Transcript is defined as a transcript that bears the college seal and states “official and/or copy” issued by the school’s Registrar Office. A printout of the transcript from the school’s website is NOT considered official, therefore, it will NOT be accepted and will result in your application being REJECTED as INCOMPLETE.


NOTE:
If you are unable to attach the required documents with your application online, you must e-mail them to vangarcia@ph.lacounty.gov within fifteen (15) calendar days from application submission. In the “Subject” of the e-mail please type the Exam Number and Exam Title.

Failure to provide complete and accurate information will impact the assessment of your qualifications and the acceptance of your application into the examination process.

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Please note that ALL information supplied by applicants and included in the application materials is subject to VERIFICATION at any point during the examination and hiring process, including after an appointment has been made.
  • Applications may be rejected at any stage of the examination and selection process.
  • FALSIFICATION of any information may result in DISQUALIFICATION or RESCISSION OF APPOINTMENT.
  • Utilizing VERBIAGE from Class Specifications and/or Selection Requirements serving as your description of duties WILL NOT be sufficient to demonstrate that you meet the requirements. In doing so, your application will be REJECTED as INCOMPLETE.


COMPUTER AND INTERNET ACCESS AT PUBLIC LIBRARIES:

For candidates who may not have regular access to a computer or the internet, applications can be completed on computers at public libraries throughout Los Angeles County.


NO SHARING OF USER ID AND PASSWORD:

All applicants must file their application online using their OWN user ID and password. Using a family member’s or friend’s user ID and password may erase a candidate’s original application record.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER:
Please include your Social Security Number for record control purposes in the format XXX-XX-XXXX.
Federal law requires that all employed persons have a Social Security Number.

California Relay Services Phone: (800) 735-2922
ADA Coordinator Phone: (323) 914-8505
Teletype Phone: (800) 899-4099
Alternate Teletype Phone: (800) 897-0077

Department Contact Name: Vanessa J. Garcia
Department Contact Phone: (323) 914-8488
Department Contact Email: vangarcia@ph.lacounty.gov

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