Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC) Epidemiological Specialist

Sep 13 2023
Job Description


State of Hawaii

Department of Health

Kauai District Health Office

Disease Investigation Section

Lihue, Kauai


Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Infectious Diseases (ELC)
Epidemiological Specialist

$4,252 - $5,178 per month, salary commensurate w/ training and experience


Exempt, non-civil service, full-time, temporary appointment. The primary purpose of this position is to perform island-wide communicable disease control activities for the County of Kauai by providing epidemiological expertise for county-wide surveillance of communicable diseases and certain non-communicable conditions; investigating individual cases and outbreaks of new, rare or serious illness; implementing disease prevention and control measures. This position supports disease investigation and outbreak control, in coordination with our Disease Investigation, PHP, CDPHN and other programs as appropriate, under the supervision of the Deputy District Health Officer.



Minimum Qualification(s)


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:  Six (6) months 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. 


LICENSE:  Valid driver's license preferred; certification to pack and ship biohazard materials and equipment preferred.


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


Mail cover letter, completed State of Hawaii Application for Non-Civil Service Appointment with original signature, three (3) references, salary requirement and detailed resume to:


Department of Health

Kauai District Health Office

3040 Umi Street

Lihue, Hawaii 96766

Attn:  Human Resources


Recruitment is continuous until needs are met for position no. 124046.


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


Other Information


For additional information, you may email Hazel Kashiwabara at [email protected].


This position is exempt from civil service. Employment in such positions is considered to be “at will.” This position can be up to a 24-month appointment, federally funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity (ELC) Cooperative Agreement for the budget period beginning August 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024. Continuation of this position will be dependent on a successful application for subsequent grant period.


The mission of the Department of Health is to protect and improve the health and environment for all people in Hawai`i. Hawaii Department of Health supports a diverse-multicultural workforce that reflects the community, promotes equal opportunity at all levels, and creates an inclusive work environment, free from discrimination.


An Equal Opportunity Employer