Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Epidemiological Specialist (Neglected Diseases)

Apr 11 2024
Job Description



Disease Outbreak Control Division Disease Investigation Branch Downtown, Oahu


Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC)
Epidemiological Specialist (Neglected Diseases)
$4,690 - $5,713 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, temporary, full-time appointment. The primary purpose of this position is to plan, organize, and perform the most complex investigational and educational epidemiologic activities for disease outbreak control and surveillance.  The position provides epidemiologic expertise for statewide surveillance for infectious diseases and certain non-infectious conditions; investigates individual cases and outbreaks of new, rare, or serious illness; implements disease prevention and control measures; and assists in the review of work performed by lower-level and neighbor island epidemiological specialist within the branch.



Minimum Qualifications


EDUCATION:  Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree that included completion of two (2) introductory biological science courses plus one (1) additional biological science course beyond the introductory level.  Successful completion of such coursework should demonstrate an aptitude for, and a basic knowledge of, the biological sciences.  Prior training in microbiology is highly desirable since it is the foundation for understanding the technical aspects of laboratory testing, proper specimen collection, and molecular epidemiology, all of which are important for successfully performing the duties of this position.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Two and one-half (2 ½) years of progressively responsible professional work experience that required the knowledge and application of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques used in the identification, prevention, and control of infectious diseases.  Typically, this work experience would entail a minimum of one (1) year of professional work experience as an epidemiological specialist at the next lower level.


SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED:  Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in biological science, public health, or related area may be substituted for one-half (1/2) year of Specialized Experience.  Possession of a master’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in epidemiology or related area may be substituted for one and one-half (1 ½) years of Specialized Experience.


LICENSE:  Possession of a valid State of Hawaii Driver’s License is required.


Who May Apply


LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO WORK REQUIREMENT: The State of Hawaii requires that all persons seeking employment with the government of the State shall be citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the United States, or eligible under federal law for unrestricted employment in the United States.


How to Apply


Applicants should mail a resume with current statement of qualifications, State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, and three (3) references to:


Department of Health

Disease Investigation Branch PO BOX 3378

Honolulu, Hawaii 96801-3378

Attn:  Lindsay Woodward


Application packet at:  https://health.hawaii.gov/employme​nt/job-opportunities/


Other Information


For additional information, you may contact Lindsay Woodward at [email protected].  


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position no. 123422.


This position is exempt from civil service. Employment in such positions is considered to be “at will.”


The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all

people in Hawaii. Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) supports a diverse-multicultural workforce that

reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels, and creates an inclusive work environment, free from discrimination.


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