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HAB Health Program Specialist - PH

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/15
Posting End Date: 2024/02/29
Category: Public Health
Sub Category: Program Management
Work Type: Full Time
Remote: Flexible Hybrid
Location: Boise, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 30.38
Maximum Salary: 35.70
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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People Making a Difference!

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

The Division of Public Health is recruiting for a limited-service Health Program Specialist in the Bureau of Environmental Health & Communicable Diseases. The Health Program Specialist will plan, implement, and coordinate harmful algae bloom (HAB) public health response project programming having statewide impacts. The HAB Health Program Specialist will coordinate with multiple agencies and partners to design and implement improved data sharing, communication, response tools, and training. 

This is a limited-service position with funding to last through July 2024. The length of limited-service appointments are determined by the availability of funds such as grants, alternative funding sources and/or timeframes such as pilot projects, alternative funding sources or program termination. 



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 


  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance- (full-time/30+ hours per week) employee only coverage for PPO $65/month for medical and vision & $11.80/month for dental
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000)
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness
  • and more!


  • Serve as the project coordinator for the implementation and management of the HAB public health response project.
  • Lead education and outreach efforts in the collaboration and coordination of multiple agencies and partners, coordinate with multiple agencies and partners.
  • Design and implement improved data sharing, communication, response tools, and training Survey partners to develop budgets for subsequent funding requests.
  • Work with internal partners to report event and illness data related to HABs to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) One Health Harmful Algal Bloom (OHHAB) and National Outbreak Reporting System (NORS) website.
  • Develop a white paper on the possibility of using "citizen science" or partnering with the Idaho Invasive Species program for detection and monitoring. 


You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.

  • Some knowledge of public health practices. Typically requires completion of college-level coursework relating to public health practices OR at least one year of professional level experience in a public health field.
  • Some knowledge of survey methodology and statistical procedures used to collect, analyze, and interpret data. Typically requires completion of at least one upper division college-level course in statistics OR at least one year of experience performing related work with a measured outcome.
  • Experience managing projects. Typically requires approximately one year of experience where you held the responsibility for all the various aspects of managing an entire project.

Below is preferred experience. It is not required for the position but applicants with this experience may receive consideration over other applicants.

  • ArcGIS experience. Typically gained by at least six months of work experience.

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